Special Appearance

GM Susan Polgar

GM Susan Polgar

Special Events led by GM Susan Polgar

Saturday: 11am-12pm – Parents & Coaches Seminar, 2-3pm – Girls Workshop, 5:30-8pm – Simul and Q&A.
Sunday: 8:30-9:30am – Breakfast w/ Susan, 10am-4pm – Polgar Chess Camp.

Special Guest

WIM Megan Lee - 2020 WA State Champion

WIM Megan Lee

Special Guest Appearance by WIM Megan Lee!

12-1:30pm – Game review and analysis
2-3pm – Girls Workshop
3:30-5pm – All comers Blitz!

SPFNO for Girls and Boys

The prestigious annual Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys (SPFNO) was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation (SPF) to give more opportunities to young chess players in the United States.

Prizes include $100,000 in Scholarships to Webster UniversityThe top-scoring player in each 2-day Championship section (Girls sections only) in the SPFNO will earn qualification for the prominent Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls.

16th Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and Boys

October 2-3, 2021


  • K-5 Girls
  • K-5 Open
  • K-8 Girls
  • K-8 Open
  • K-12 Girls
  • K-12 Open

1-DAY SECTIONS (Saturday-only)

  • K-1 U800
  • 2-3 U800
  • K-3 Open
  • 4-8 U900
  • 4-8 Open
  • 9-12 Open

Event Venue: Hyatt Regency Bellevue


Please register online: nwchess.com/OnlineRegistration

COVID Health & Safety Protocols & Waiver of Liability

The Washington Chess Federation and the Susan Polgar Foundation, in co-hosting the SPFNO, are doing everything we can to protect you, the public, as well as our players, spectators, and staff.  To this extent, we will be following the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and local health department guidelines in order to reduce the spread of Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19.  All players and guardians must agree to the terms detailed in our Health/Safety Form prior to participation in all SPFNO events.  Masks are mandatory for all players and spectators at all times.

Contact Us

Josh Sinanan
Washington Chess Federation President
Email: WashingtonChessFederation@gmail.com, Cell: (206) 769-3757

Jacob Mayer
Washington Chess Federation Scholastic Director
Email: Jacob.MayerChess@gmail.com, Cell: (206) 697-5625

Tournament and Side Event Information

Time Control, Round Times, Entry Fees, and Package Deal Discounts!


    K-5 Girls, K-5 Open, K-8 Girls, K-8 Open, K-12 Girls, K-12 Open

    FORMAT: A six-round Swiss in six sections, as shown above.
    TIME CONTROL: G/60; d5.  Game in 60 minutes with a 5-second delay.
    RATING: Dual NWSRS and US Chess Rated.
    ROUND TIMES: Saturday 10/2 & Sunday 10/3 @ 9:30AM, 12PM, 2:30PM.
    PRIZES: Trophies awarded to the top-scoring individuals in each section.  Prizes include $100,000 in Scholarships to Webster University!
    Entry Fee: $70 by 9/17, +$15 9/18-9/29, +$30 9/30 or after.

  • 1-DAY SECTIONS (Saturday-only)

    K-1 U800, 2-3 U800, K-3 Open, 4-8 U900, 4-8 Open, 9-12 Open

    FORMAT: A five-round Swiss in six sections, as shown above.
    TIME CONTROL: G/30; d5. Game in 30 minutes with a 5-second delay.
    RATING: Dual NWSRS and US Chess rated Open sections, NWSRS rated Reserve sections.
    ROUND TIMES: Saturday 10/2 @ 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM.
    PRIZES: Trophies awarded to the top-scoring individuals in each section.  Medals for first-timers who do not earn a trophy.
    WA State Elementary Qualifier.
    ENTRY FEE: $50 by 9/17, +$15 9/18-9/29, +$30 9/30 or after.


    Open to all students registered in grades K-12.  Grade is based on 2021-2022 school year.  Registration deadline Friday Oct 1 @ 5pm.  Unpaid players not checked in by 8:45am will receive a zero-point bye for any missed rounds.  Trophies for top-scoring individuals and teams.  Higher of October 1st US Chess or NWSRS rating will be used to determine section and pairings.

  • US Chess Membership

    US Chess membership required for the 2-day Championship sections, the 1-day Open sections, and for the Blitz Championship.
    Join or renew your US Chess membership here.

  • Parents & Coaches Seminar

    Saturday, 10/2: 11 AM-12 PM.
    Led by GM Susan Polgar.
    Entry Fee: Free!