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Important Changes - Please Read
  • Unless you are a resident of Washington State, your Northwest Chess subscription no longer includes a state chess membership. (Existing memberships will continue to be honored until they expire.)
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  • The NWC board approved a non-member NWC annual subscription promotional rate of $25 until June 30, which has now been extended until September 16 (two weeks after the Oregon Open). PayPal Subscription Form.
  • For new subscriptions and renewals on or after April 1, NWC no longer guarantees that there will continue to be 12 printed magazines each year, beginning in 2020. There could be fewer editions, and/or publication could be in an online format. The NWC board has a committee to study this topic.

  • In 2018, the NWC board decided to add "Foundation" to its corporate name, becoming the Northwest Chess Foundation. We will completely update the website once this name is officially registered with the State of Washington and the IRS. This does not affect the name of the magazine - it's still Northwest Chess!
  • The Northwest Chess Forum (bulletin board for chess-related discussions) has fallen into disuse, and has been disabled.

Remainder of August - NWC Grand Prix events! (Oregon GP now administered separately)

Remainder of August - Other (non-GP and scholastic) events!

August magazine! The August issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 7/24. It's a 32-page issue with "Las Vegas International Chess Festival" by Nancy Keller, Las Vegas International (Joshua’s Perspective) by Joshua Grabinsky, "In Memory Of Ernst Rasmussen" by Richard Golden, "Sam And Ernie, A Retrospective" by Michael Murray, "Washingtonian Wallops Wimps At World Open" by Tom Purser, Ernst Rasmussen on Dec. 2010 NWC Cover by Russell Miller, Ernst Rasmussen on May 1990 NWC Cover by Rob Rittenhouse, "Letter to Oregon Northwest Chess Subscribers," "More Games From The Washington Open" with various games annotated by Ralph Dubisch, "ICA Players’ Memorial" by Jef Leifeste, and a back-cover photo of "Finn Belew at the 2019 ICA Players’ Memorial" by Jennifer Leifeste. Cover: Joshua Grabinsky at the National Open by Nancy Keller. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Chess in Seattle! See the story from The Seattle Times, Chess is credited with helping change Westlake Park for the better. Meet one of Westlake’s regulars. (7/15/2019)

July magazine! The July issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 6/26. It's a 32-page issue with "Idaho Senior Open" and "Idaho Scholastic Tournament Of Champions" by Jeffrey Roland, "Inland Empire Open" by Kevin Korsmo, "2019 Washington State Invitational Brilliancy Prizes" by Michael Hosford, "2019 Washington Open" by Josh Sinanan, "44th Annual Keres Memorial" by Roger Patterson, "Unkel Vik’s Solutions From June 2019 Issue" by Viktors Pupols, and a back-cover photo of Alex Goodwin and William Wang by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Daniel Shubin at the 2019 Washington Open by Sten Petrov. See the full edition (all pages with color).

Maryhill Chess Set Gallery Open! The GEORGE E. MUEHLECK, JR. GALLERY OF INTERNATIONAL CHESS SETS at the Maryhill Museum of Art near Goldendale, Washington is open for the season until November 15; see the website for details.

June magazine! The June issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 5/28. A limited number of copies were available at the Washington Open. It's a 32-page issue with "16th Annual Idaho Scholastic Girls Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, "Washington Senior Championship" by Gary Dorfner, "Grand Pacific Open" by Stephanie Velea, "Washington Championship Game" by Michael Lee, "Washington State Championship Brilliancy Prizes" by Daniel He, "Washington State Premier Brilliancy Prizes" by Samuel He, "Washington State Challengers Brilliancy Prizes" by Mark Smith, "Seattle Spring Open" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Idaho Open" by Jay Simonson, "9th Annual Oregon Senior Open" and "2019 Portland Spring Open" by Brian Berger, and back-cover images relating to "50 Years Ago — June 1959 Washington Chess Letter — Buz Eddy became editor." Cover: Ava Gaylord vs. Temiloluwa Aderogba, by Jeffrey Roland. See the full edition (all pages with color).

Seshadri represented Washington in GAMMA Reykjavík Open - This international event, also known as the Bobby Fischer Memorial Open, took place April 8-16 in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the beautiful Harpa convention center. Sridhar Seshadri, who advertises his chess academy with NWC, played for the first time in this event. Although "Sri" is certainly an underdog with his FIDE rating of 1603 (US Chess 1739), his recent performance of a draw with Canadian National Master Howard Wu said he may have good chances, and bring laurels to Washington State, if he takes up his game seriously! We wished Sri good luck and a safe and successful trip to Iceland. (Watch for a story in the June edition of NWC.) Photo: Sri in Iceland with a couple of interesting sculptures.

May magazine! The May issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 4/25. It's a 32-page issue with "For The Record" by the Northwest Chess Staff, "Another Name On The Trophy" by Jason Cigan, "Washington President’s Cup" by Travis Olson, "The Game That Matters" by Jeffrey Roland, "Boise Chess Club (Poem)" by Glen O’Harra, "From The Business Manager" by Eric Holcomb, and a back-cover cartoon of "Odie and Morgan playing chess" by Brian Berger. Cover: Jason Cigan by Andrei Botez. See the full edition (all pages with color). An interview with Jason Cigan is also available on The Perpetual Chess Podcast.

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Completed Tournament / Match News

Some local tournament reports are posted to the Northwest Chess (NWC) blog, found at http://www.nwchess.com/blog/. Links are to NWC blog post or other report, usually US Chess or scholastic rating report. Thanks to Rusty Miller for writing most of the tournament reports from 2013 until April 2014. Rusty stepped down, but started blogging again occasionally as of Nov. 2014. If you are interesting in blogging for your club's events, please let us know. Click on photos to enlarge, or see photos in some of the blog posts.

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