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Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend - NWC Grand Prix event! WA Class Championships (Nov 28-30), Lynnwood Embassy Suites, Lynnwood, WA - See flyer.

This Week - Other (non-GP) events! No more events.

December magazine! The December issue of Northwest Chess has been produced and should be mailed on 11/28. It's a 32-page issue with Oregon Chess News (includes Raptis vs. Koons match annotated by Koons), Idaho Chess News, Millionaire Chess Open and Western States Open, Washington Chess News, Chess Groovies by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, Journal of Chess Research Launches with De Groot Gala! by FM Loren Schmidt and a back-cover photo of Jazon Samillano with Morgan the Dog by Brian Berger. Cover: Darwin orth on National Chess Day by Adam Porth. This is also the first issue printed by Sound Publishing Inc. of Everett, Wash. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

World Championship Rematch! Carlsen wins and retains championship! World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Vishy Anand played the World Championship Match (actually rematch) in Sochi, Russia, November 7-23, with Carlsen winning 6.5-4.5, thus retaining his championship title. Carlsen won games 2, 6 and 11, and Anand won only game 3, although he missed a Carlsen blunder in game 6. The FIDE President previously invited the Prime Ministers of Norway and India to the opening ceremony and to the "first move." The FIDE President also invited all World Champions to the ceremony, which took place on November 7th. Official match website.

Seattle Sluggers eliminated in wildcard round! This year's Sluggers season (as part of the United States Chess League), which started on 8/27, is now over, with the Sluggers eliminated in the wildcard playoff round on Wednesday 11/5 against New Jersey. The Sluggers finished the regular season 4.5-5.5, managing three impressive 3.5-0.5 wins during the season, over San Francisco, Rio Grande and New Jersey. Background: This year we welcomed USCL rookies FM Bill Schill and NM Samuel He and welcomed back NM David Golub, who last played for the team in 2011. The 2014 Sluggers roster included IM Georgi Orlov, GM Emil Anka, FM Costin Cozianu, FM Tian Sang, FM Curt Collyer, NM Roland Feng, NM David Golub, FM William Schill and NM Samuel He. The team manager was Josh Sinanan, assisted by Tian Sang. The local TDs were Bert Rutgers and Mark Smith. The Sluggers played at the Orlov Chess Academy in Redmond.

Paul Morphy Chess Tournament! See "Paul Morphy Chess Tournament showcases New Orleans best" from TV station WGNO. U.S. Chess Master Jude Acers is widely considered the greatest chess player in New Orleans currently, and he selects who plays. Acers also has a connection to the Northwest. (Posted 10/24.) Update! And now, to find out more about that connection, see the video (on vimeo.com) where Jude talks about former WCF President, NWC Business Manager and Jude Acers promotional tour manager Russell Miller. (Updated 10/30.)

FIDE supports new journal advertised in NWC! FIDE has written a letter of support for the Journal of Chess Research, an interesting new journal advertised (with a call for papers) in the November issue of Northwest Chess (see below).

November magazine! The November issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 10/23, and it's a little scary! It's a 32-page issue with "The Game Of Chess Is The Clue To Success" Crossword Puzzle by Carol Kleist, Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News and a back-cover photo of Alex Lopez at the Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Halloween decoration taken Oct. 6, 2014 at the Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Match of State Champions! An intense six-round weekend match was held Oct. 11-12 at the Portland Chess Club between Washington state chess champion Nat Koons and Oregon state chess champion Nick Raptis. Games were played at a time control of G/100 minutes plus a 30 second increment per move. The match ended in a 3-3 tie with all games being decisive; there were no draws! The prize fund of $1,200 will be evenly split between the two players. A report on the match (with games) will appear in a future edition of Northwest Chess.

October magazine! The October issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 9/30. it's a 32-page issue with annual USPS Statement of Ownership, From The Editor, Idaho Chess News, "Northwest well represented in 2014 SPFGI" by Frank Niro, Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News and a back-cover photo of Hank Harris’ Chess Set by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Esteban Ruiz Proaño by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

New IM! Michael Lee has officially become the newest International Master from Washington State. Michael achieved his three IM norms in the following events: 37th Annual World Open (2009), 1st Metropolitan International (2011), and 22nd Annual Chicago Open (2014). Michael was a member of Seattle Sluggers from 2006-2010 and a three-time scholastic national champion. He is currently a senior at Princeton University.

September magazine and 800th Issue! The September issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 8/21. It's a 32-page issue with the Fremont Troll (!), "Northwest Chess wins CJA Award!", Oregon Chess News, Book Review by IM John Donaldson, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News and a back-cover photo of "Jerrold Richards plays banjo at PCC Summer Open" by Brian Berger. This is the 800th issue, dating back to the first Washington Chess Letter in Nov. 1947. Cover: Carl Haessler wins fourth annual Oregon Senior Open, presented by Mike Morris. Photo by Brian Berger. See the teaser (selected pages with color). Note: Full version of this and earlier issues now available on the back issues page.

Northwest girls at Susan Polgar Girls Invitational! The following local players participated in this event held in July: Andrea Botez and Lauren Mei Calora from Oregon, Olga Cherepakhin from Washington and Carmen Pemsler from Idaho. Additionally, Alise Pemsler and Andrei Botez were on the TD staff this year. - Reported by Frank Niro. See blog post.

Recent Scholastic Stories! See "Human chess game at Centro Cultural (Cornelius, OR) gets many students involved" story and video from The Oregonian (8/16) and "Pan-American Youth Championship" Chess Travel blog post (7/21) from the Bashkansky family.

Northwest Chess wins CJA Award! Northwest Chess has been selected as the Best State Magazine/Newsletter by the Chess Journalists of America as part of the 2014 CJA award program. See the list of winners, and congratulations to NWC editor Jeff Roland!

GP standings! Elena Donaldson Akhmylovskaia Memorial Northwest Chess Grand Prix Standings for 2014:
See 2014 Grand Prix standings alphabetically | See 2014 Grand Prix standings (by score) by state (updated as of July 28, except Portland July G/60).

See old news previously appearing on this page.

Completed Tournament / Match News

Beginning in 2013, most 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. Thanks to Rusty Miller for writing most of the tournament reports from 2013 until April 2014. Rusty stepped down, but has started blogging again 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.

  Scholastic Events (November):
  Open Events (November):

Photo: USCF Life Master Viktors Pupols plays GM Alexander Ivanov in Reno. Credit: Brian Berger.
Open Events (October):
  Scholastic Events (September):
  Open Events (September):
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Sep 28)
  • Portland CC G/60 (Sep 27)
  • Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult) (Sep 26) in Eugene
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Sep 25)
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Sep 9-23)
  • Eastern Idaho Open (Sep 20-21) in Pocatello
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament (Sep 20)
  • Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open (Sep 20) at Director Park in Portland
  • Seattle Fall Open (Sep 19-21)
  • Autumn Equinox Open (Sep 13) in Tacoma
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Sep 11)
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Sep 6)
  • Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open (Sep 6) at Director Park in Portland
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