Chess - The Mind's The Limit
Jan. 24 Bellingham Wade King Classic
Feb. 7 Ferndale International Chess Jam
March 7 Bellingham Happy Valley Chess Rally K-8 -- print the flyer

In Blaine at the 2011 Washington State High School Chess Team Championships, Lakeside and Interlake tied for the title after five rounds. Overtime, to determine the State Championship, was a five-on-five speed chess playoff, each player having three minutes on the clock (with a two second delay). The photo above taken right at the start of the playoff. (Photo courtesy of Barry Hanson.) (More Chess State photos.)

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Checkmate! video from KVOS-TV ENW with Deb Slater (allow pop-ups).

From Joanna at Chess Season in the Northwest. An introduction to organized youth chess in Northwest Washington. Also from Joanna: Considerations Before Competing. If you're thinking about a tournament, here are some considerations.

Bellingham Herald - The Game of Kings is the new King of Cool - Photos
Skagit Valley Herald - State's Best come to Burlington

Ask Dr. Chess column -- "Please describe the current dimensions of the scholastic chess world and the status of extracurricular chess in Northwest primary and secondary education."

Chess Openings 101: Need further persuasion? Here it is. Turn on your speakers, we have compelling oratorical virtuosity reminding us: Don't Mess With The Sicilian.

Photos: Elementary State - Chess F.E.S.T. - High School State - Whatcom Championships

Play me! Play me! Practice chess against the Little Chess Partner! Or against The Brain, and watch it think as it ponders each move. You'll need a Java-enabled browser. Can you beat The Brain?

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State Elementary, view from above
1,135 kids playing chess at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.
Chess -- as big as you think!

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