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Important note: Please read "From The Publisher’s Desk" in the teaser edition of the December magazine. There has been an increase in state membership dues for the first time in 15 years, starting in January. See the PayPal membership application page to make a payment, or see the printable membership/subscription form. Life memberships are also available - please inquire if interested.

This Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events!

  • Feb 17-18 Washington Presdient's Cup, Seattle, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Feb 17-19 Idaho Closed State Chess Championship, Twin Falls, ID

This Weekend - Other (non-GP) events!

  • Feb 17-19 WA State Championship (final weekend - 4 sections), Redmond, WA - See ad/flyer
  • Note: Oregon Closed championship postponed due to unexpected circumstances

In Memoriam (reported by IM John Donaldson) - National Master John (Johnny) D. Walker (1948-2018) passed away on Saturday 2/10. He was one of the strongest players in Washington during the early and mid 1970s. A late developer, who began his chess career at Bothell High School under the direction of Stephen Christopher, he ended up playing in six state championships (1970-75), continually improving his performance culminating in his win in 1975 with the excellent score of 5.5 from 7. (See list of Wash. chess champions.)

Walker played almost all of his chess in the Northwest, but did participate in a World Open around 1973 and won a tournament in Italy roughly a year or two later. He played very little after 1976, one short-lived comeback being the 1984 President's Cup in Seattle. Walker, who was a regular at the Last Exit Cafe, was a strong blitz player who played quickly and used his skill in rook and pawn endings to rescue many a difficult position. He had a narrow opening repertoire, but what he played he knew well, particularly his favorite English Opening.

GM Yasser Seirawan stuff (reported by Rusty Miller) - A History of Chess Openings (on YouTube, 41-min. lecture from Oct. 2014) and doing commentary for the 2018 world championship candidates match, scheduled for March 10-28 in Berlin.

Chess Olympics! See "Global Moves: Americans in Chess Olympiads," on the World Chess Hall of Fame website.

GP Final Results! 2017 Neil Dale Memorial Grand Prix final standings and results are available from links on the GP page. Checks were mailed to the winners this week (on 2/8), or some winners will receive NWC subscriptions if not currently members of their state chess organization. Congratulations if you're one of the winners!

February magazine! The February issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 1/25. It's a 32-page issue with "Northwest Chess Open" by Duane Polich, Letters To The Editor, "PCC Winter Open" and "December 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Chess4Girls Strategy Session Report" by Shifi Somji, "Another Washington Class Game" by Viktors Pupols, "December 2017 Seattle Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "Pan-American Intercollegiate" by Walter Borbridge assisted by Benjamin Mukumbya, "Washington Winter Classic" by Josh Sinanan, "Aaron Grabinsky at Pan-American Intercollegiate" by Aaron Grabinsky, "January 2018 Seattle Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "A Piece Of Idaho Chess History" by Mark McAllister, "2018 BCC #17" by Jeffrey Roland, and a back-cover photo of David Zaklan by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Stephanie Velea and Sophia Velea by Duane Polich. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Bryan Black memorial chess park - The non-profit Puyallup Parks Foundation would like to dedicate a new outdoor chess park to the memory of Bryan Black, a very good local chess player and one of the U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers killed in action last October. The new chess park is planned for Pioneer Park in downtown Puyallup. There will also tentatively be a chess tournament the weekend of the dedication. For more information and/or to make a donation to the chess park, see https://www.gofundme.com/legacy-4-soldier-who-died-in-niger. (Submitted 1/12/2018 by Phil Watson.)

Fischer series of books! IM John Donaldson recently gave an interview for the Perpetual Chess Podcast, much of which is spent discussing the Fischer series of books. The interview is available at https://www.perpetualchesspod.com/new-blog/2018/1/9/episode-54-im-john-donaldson. Including in the book series is BOBBY FISCHER: THE LATER YEARS 1963-2008 by John Donaldson and Eric Tangborn.

January magazine! The January issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 12/27. It's a 32-page issue with "What’s In A Logo?" and "Western Idaho Open" by Jeffrey Roland, a Letter To The Editor by Cleve Johnson, "World Senior Chess Championship" by David Rupel, "Norman Friedman Memorial," "Southern Idaho Open" and "2017 South Central Regional Scholastic Tournament" by Adam Porth, "WA Challenger’s Cup/WA Challenger’s Cup Scholastic" and "WA Class Championships" by Josh Sinanan, "Oregon Class Championship" and "PCC November 2017 Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Coquille at National K-12 Championship" by Nancy Keller, and a back-cover photo of Gaby Dagher by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: DeWayne Derryberry and Larry Parsons by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

December magazine! The December issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 11/30. It's a 32-page issue with 8 color pages! Includes "From The Publisher’s Desk" by Duane Polich, "2017 BCC #15" (and also #16) by Jeffrey Roland, "2017 Eastern Washington Open" by Kevin Korsmo, "Microsoft vs. Amazon 2017 Rivalry Match" by Josh Sinanan, artistic color photos by Philip Peterson, "2017 Portland Fall Open" by Brian Berger, "My Dallas Trip" by Abbie Wu, "2017 Washington Women’s Championship" and "September 2017 Seattle Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "2017 PCC Club Championship" and "PCC October 2017 Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Hayhurst Halloween K-12 Scholastic Chess Tournament" by Chad Lykins, "October 2017 Seattle Masters" and "2017 WA G/60 + Blitz Championship" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of Eli Sanders by Adam Porth. Cover: Merry Christmas cartoon from Northwest Chess by Brian Berger. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Seattle Sluggers Qualify for 2018 PRO Chess League! - See the blog post. Note that the PRO Chess League is truly international - the Sluggers first match was held on Jan. 18 at 7:05 p.m. Pacific time against the Australia Kangaroos, and the Sluggers have now played five matches. Updates are available at https://www.prochessleague.com/.

In Memoriam - GM William Lombardy, 1937-2017, who although best known as Bobby Fischer's second during the 1972 world championship match against Spassky, had the talent to become one of the world’s top players, had he not decided to become a priest instead. See article #1 and article #2 on John Henderson's blog.

November magazine! The November issue of Northwest Chess was mailed early on 10/19! It's a 32-page issue with "Feldman’s Folly" by Ralph Dubisch, "Oregon Open" by Brian Berger, "More Jim Tarjan" by Jim Tarjan, "PCC September 2017 Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Inaugural Seattle Chess Classic" by Josh Sinanan, "Game From Recent Event" by Brian Lange, and a back-cover photo entitled “I’ve Just Seen A Face” by JR & AM. Cover: GM Jim Tarjan at the 2017 Oregon Open by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color). Note: Grand Prix report updated in teaser as of the evening of Nov. 8.

In Memoriam - 35 year old Staff Sgt. Bryan Black of Puyallup was one of four Green Berets killed when they came under fire in Niger on Oct. 4. He served as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. Bryan was an active chess player in Washington State in the 1990s and 2000s. His last US Chess rating was 1975. He was Tacoma Chess Club champion in 1999 and graduated from Puyallup High School in 2000. Our thoughts are with his family. The City of Puyallup held a memorial service on Sunday Nov. 19 at Pioneer Park Pavilion. See story on The News Tribune website. | See the Tacoma Chess Club history page for club champions.

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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.

  Scholastic Events (January-February):

Photo: NM Joshua Doknjas vs WCF President Josh Sinanan at the WA vs. BC match. (Credit: Victoria Doknjas)
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Photo: Playing room scene at the Thanksgiving Scholastic. Courtesy WCF.
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Photo: Playing room scene at the WA Challenger's Cup at the Seattle Chess Club. Courtesy WCF.
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