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This Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events!

This Weekend - Other (non-GP) events!

  • Jul 21 Firecracker Swiss (Week 3, G/30 x 2 Rds/night), Tacoma, WA
  • Jul 22 Portland Rapid and Blitz Championships, Portland, OR
  • Jul 22 Bend Summer Open & Novice, Bend, OR - See flyers: Open | Novice

ACM discount still available! American Chess Magazine, in cooperation with Northwest Chess, is pleased to offer a $5 discount using the code published in the ACM ad in the May edition of NWC. (See the teaser version for the ACM ad page, and a review by NWC games editor Ralph Dubisch.)

August magazine! The August issue of Northwest Chess should be mailed on 7/26. It's a 32-page issue with "Letter to Editor" by David Lucky, "GM Timur Gareyev Comes to Iowa...I Mean Idaho!" by Adam Porth, "2017 PCC Summer Open," "June 2017 PCC Quad 45" and "June 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Helping Chess in Equatorial Guinea" by Avi Gupta and Seth Talyansky, "The Xu Open" by Jeffrey Roland, "Northwest Players at the 2017 Women’s Open" by Mary Kuhner, "2017 Washington State Championship Brilliancy Prizes (Part 1 of 2)" by Michael Lee and Curt Collyer, and a back-cover photo of Fred Kleist by Jim Berezow. Cover: GM Timur Gareyev by Adam Porth.

Visit to Fischer's Grave - The son of Oregon chess player Russ Winge recently visited Iceland, including the site of Bobby Fischer's grave, as shown in the photo, at a humble location ... the graveyard of an inconspicuous country church. And, yes, there's construction in progress in the background. For a story of Fischer's life, including the final years in Iceland, consider reading Endgame - Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall ..., by Frank Brady.

July magazine! The July issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 6/28. It's a 32-page issue with "Orlov Triumphs at Washington Open" by Josh Sinanan, "Idaho Scholastic Champion Of Champions" by Jeffrey Roland, "Minda Chen at Chicago All-Girls National Champ" by Zhou Chen, "Susan Polgar National Open" by Monica Olaru, "Spokane Chess Club Elections" by Kevin Korsmo, "May 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "May 2017 PCC Quad 45" by Micah Smith, "Miscellaneous Game from Seattle Masters 8" by Curt Collyer, "Aaron Grabinsky achieves second IM Norm" by Aaron Grabinsky, and a back-cover photo of "Isaias Oregel and other players at Washington Open" by the WCF. Cover: Georgi Orlov at 2017 Washington Open by the WCF. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Progress towards Norms! Two Northwest chess players made progress towards international title norms at the Chicago Open, held Memorial Day weekend - IM Luke Harmon-Vellotti (originally from Idaho) is now 2/3 of the way to GM with a second norm; and Aaron Grabinsky of Oregon achieved a second IM norm, finishing with a score of 5.5 of 9, beating two GMs in the process! See link under "Completed Tournament / Match News" for the crosstables.

June magazine! The June issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 5/23. A limited number of copies were available at the WA Open. It's a 32-page issue with "2017 Idaho Open" by Jeffrey Roland, "11th Annual Clark Harmon Memorial" by Brian Berger, "2017 Grand Pacific Open" by Mike Murray, "Congrats to NM Derek Zhang!" by Josh Sinanan, "BCC #13" by Jeffrey Roland, "MVCC Championship" by Adam Porth, "District 91 Scholastic Chess Tournament" by Jay Simonson, "April 2017 PCC Quad 45" and  "April 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "12th Annual OSCF State Championship" by Owen McCoy, "2017 Girls State Scholastic Championship" and "2017 Wood River Elementary Chess Championship" by Adam Porth, and a back-cover photo of "Corey Longhurst at Boise Chess Club" by Jim Berezow. Cover: Alex Machin at 2017 Idaho Open by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Revisiting the 2012 U.S. Open in Vancouver, WA! - See the high-quality set of photos taken by Philip Peterson, the NWC back issues during the Aug-Oct 2012 time period, and the Northwest Chess blog.

Interesting Article! See "The Fischer King: Recalling four days in 1964 when Bobby Fischer brought his game to Louisiana" (and was hosted by local chess star Jude Acers) from a 2015 edition of The New Orleans Advocate.

Set for Sale! The very intricate hand-made wooden chess/checker set pictured here is for sale for $300. It sits 2' x 2' and 6.5" tall. Contact: Kelly Humeston in Idaho Falls, ID, email kellyinidaho@hotmail.com, phone 208-483-2400.

Another New Young Master! Congratulations to Derek Zhang of Bellevue, Washington, who achieved a 2200 U.S. Chess rating as a result of scoring 5 of 7 points in the U2200 section at the 11th Annual Philadelphia Open, Philadelphia, Pa., April 12-16. See the crosstable, and see the blog post by WCF president Josh Sinanan.

... And a Young Google Engineer! See "IM Luke Harmon-Vellotti Joins Google" on the US Chess website. Vellotti, now 18, was a former Idaho and national scholastic chess star.

May magazine! The May issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 4/25. It's a 32-page issue with "Nikolay Minev (1931-2017)" by John Donaldson, "Honors at Scholastic 9-12 Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, "Idaho Scholastic Chess" by Adam Porth and Alise Pemsler, "Ethan Bashkansky Earns National Master Title" by Guy Bashkansky, "Chess Bio - Advaith Vijayakumar," "Washington State Girls Championship" by David Hendricks,  "1st Annual Neil Dale Memorial" by Brian Berger, "American Chess Magazine #1 Review" by Ralph Dubisch, "Oregon High School Team State Championships" by Nancy Keller, "March 2017 PCC Quad 45" and "March 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "82nd Montana Open" by Seth Talyansky, "The Kids’ Texas Vacation" by Ralph Dubisch, "Anthony He Earns FIDE Master Title" by Xuhao He, and a back-cover photo of Ralph Dubisch, Duane Polich, and Philip Peterson, by Philip Peterson. Cover: Seth Talyansky at Glacier National Park, by Roza Kotlyar. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

See old news previously appearing on this page.

Completed Tournament / Match News

Beginning in 2013, 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. 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.

  Scholastic Events (July-August):
  • North American Youth Chess Championship (Jul 12-16) in Morristown, NJ. - Bryce Tiglon (WA) was awarded the IM title for winning 1st place in the U18 Open section with 7.5 of 9 points. Other winners included Stephanie Velea (WA) who finished 1st place in the U10 Girls section and earned the WCM title, Owen Xuan (WA) 3rd place in U10 Open section with the CM title, and Minda Chen (WA) 2nd place in U14 Girls section with the WCM title. See the standings.
  • Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix #1 (Jul 13) in Ferndale, WA
  Open or Invitational Events (July-August):

Photo: Washington team at the Intermatch. Photo by Victoria Doknjas.
Scholastic Events (May-June):
  Open or Invitational Events (May-June):

Photo: Girls U9 awards at WSCC in Romania. Photo by Velea family.
Scholastic Events (March-April):
  Open or Invitational Events (March-April):
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