Saturday, July 02, 2011

U.S. Chess Open coming to Vancouver in 2012

About 500 chess players will head to the city on August 4-12, 2012, for The United States Chess Federation’s 113th U.S. Open.

The event will be held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington hotel at 301 W. 6th St.

It’s a big deal, both locally, and throughout the region, said Gary Dorfner, secretary of the Washington State Chess Federation and tournament director of the Tacoma Chess Club.

“We tried to get them to hold it here in Seattle, but they couldn’t find a hotel big enough or inexpensive enough,” Dorfner said.

The last U.S. Open in the region was in Portland in 1987. The last U.S. Open in Washington was in Seattle in 1964, he said.

Was properly confused with the city name and thought that the tourney goes to Canada! But it is Vancouver of the Portland metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Washington.

Read the full article in The Columbian

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