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In Memoriam - John A. Braley, 1944-2017, former three-time Washington state chess champion (one tied) and Northwest Chess editor of 18 issues during 1983-1984. John passed away on the evening of Feb. 7 in Seattle. He had been seriously ill for some time. Photos: John Braley c. 1984, courtesy of IM John Donaldson. Also see a short remembrance of John Braley on the U.S. Chess website at https://new.uschess.org/news/john-braley-1944-2017/.

In Memoriam - Kornelijs (Neil) Dale, 1933-2016, of Portland, Oregon. See the blog post and the February magazine below.

This Week/Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events!

  • Feb 25 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR
  • Feb 25 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See February SCC ad
  • Feb 25-26 The 25th Dave Collyer Memorial, Spokane, WA - see flyer

This Week/Weekend - Other (non-GP) events!

March magazine! The March issue of Northwest Chess is in production, and should be mailed by about Feb. 22. It's a 32-page issue with "Ben Franklin Quote" by Sarah McCoy, "Remembering John Braley (1944-2017)" by John Donaldson, "Film Review: Pawn Sacrifice" by Mike Hasuike, "Anthony He wins 2017 Washington Jr. Closed" / "Washington Junior Open & Reserve" by Gary Dorfner and Josh Sinanan, "Eugene Winter Carnival" by Owen McCoy, a corrected game, "January PCC Quad 45" by Brian Berger, "Bethel January Quads" by Owen McCoy, "Coeur d’Alene Chess Club" by Greg Callen, "Washington State H.S. Individual Championship" by Gary Dorfner and Josh Sinanan, "January PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Emerald City Chess Club Winter Open" by Owen McCoy, "BC and Washington Teams Meet In Historic Match" by Paul Leblanc, "He & Mukumbya Victorious at 4th Seattle Masters" by Gary Dorfner and Josh Sinanan, "2016 NW Grand Prix Final Report" by Murlin Varner, and a back-cover photo of "Adjacent chess automobiles from WA vs. BC Match" by Josh Sinanan. Cover: Anthony He, a 6th grader from Sammamish, at the fourth Seattle Masters tournament. Photo Credit: Josh Sinanan. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Rescheduled! The 1st Annual Neil Dale Memorial Open (formerly advertised in the Dec. 2016 magazine as the Portland New Year’s Open), scheduled for Jan 7-8 in Portland, was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, and is now rescheduled for March 4-5. The prize fund has also been increased to $1,500 - see the new event ad/flyer.

Sluggers/Rain Update! The Seattle Sluggers, formerly one of the teams in the U.S. Chess League, became part of the PRO Chess League in January 2017 - see U.S. Chess League website. The Sluggers are conducting a fundraiser to help cover the cost of the team's free agent GMs. See the team's GoFundMe page, and help if you can. Also, here is a season preview article written about the Sluggers on the chess.com news page.

Portland also has a team in the PRO Chess League, named the Rain. NM Jason Cigan is on the Portland team; click the link to see his Facebook news feed.

Competition for both teams began on Wednesday 1/11. Matches take place on chess.com, with the Sluggers playing at the Orlov Chess Academy in Redmond, Washington. Matches usually start at 6:45 p.m. local time with a time control of G/15 with a 2-second increment (4 games).

Sluggers match results to date: lost 5-11 to San Diego Surfers; won 12.5-3.5 against the Rain; lost a "nail-biter" against Dallas, 7.5-8.5; won against their old archrivals, the San Francisco Mechanics, by a score of 8.5-7.5; won against the Dublin Desperadoes from Ireland, 10-6; lost a tough match to the very strong Rio Grande (Texas) team by a score of 6.5-9.5.

Benjamin Mukumbya (photo above left) is the newest member of the Seattle Sluggers chess team! Benjamin is a strong candidate master from Uganda who was featured in the recent Disney film Queen of Katwe. He recently graduated from high school and is visiting Seattle for six months pursuing the chess master title and studying for his college entrance exams. Benjamin hopes to attend college here in the states in order to become a neurosurgeon. Welcome, Benjamin!

Recognition! On Monday, Jan. 30, the King County Council recognized Naomi Bashkansky for winning the 2016 World School Chess Championship in the Girls Under 13 category, held Dec. 2–12 in Sochi, Russia. (See original story below.)

February magazine! The February issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 1/25. It's a 32-page issue with "From the Editor’s Desk" by Jeffrey Roland, "A Remembrance of Kornelijs (Neil) Dale" by Brian Berger, "December 2016 PCC Quads 45" by Brian Berger, "Film Review: Queen to Play" by Mike Hasuike, "December 2016 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Gavin Zhang Wins in Las Vegas" by Casey Bush, "Tiglon, Raptis, and Collyer win Second Seattle Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "Northwest Chess Open" by Duane Polich, "FM Bryce Tiglon wins Third Seattle Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "2016 Washington Game/60 Championship" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of "Nick Raptis in victory pose at Northwest Chess Open" by Josh Sinanan. Cover: Various photos of Neil Dale. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

January magazine! The January issue of Northwest Chess was mailed. It's a 32-page issue with "Naomi Bashkansky takes first at World Schools Chess Championship Girls Under 13" by Alexander Kaplunov, "Fall Quarter at the Seattle Chess Club" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Move Over Steinitz" by FM David Lucky, "5th Annual Clackamas K-12 Open" by Ed Addis, "November 2016 PCC Quads" by Brian Berger, "2016 Turkey Shoot Results" by Adam Porth,  "Breckenridge Rated Simul" by Brian Berger, Lennart Bjorksten, and Steven Breckenridge, "Fall Classic in Eugene" by Owen McCoy, "Explosive Growth Evident" by James Stripes, "November 2016 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Aaron Grabinsky Games" by Aaron Grabinsky, "2016 Washington State Blitz/Bughouse Championships" by Josh Sinanan, "Bethel December Quads" by Owen McCoy, "Tiglon, Raptis, and Collyer win Second Seattle Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "Portland Winter Open" by Brian Berger, "Washington Class Championship" by Gary Dorfner and Ralph Dubisch, "PRO Chess League" by Josh Sinanan and Jason Cigan, and a back-cover photo of "Aaron Fischer and George Oliver at SCC Extravaganza" by Matthew Tedesco. Cover: Naomi Bashkansky, a scholastic world champion, by Guy Bashkansky. (Also see below.) See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Another World Champion! Bellevue 8th grader wins World School Chess Championship! (link to NWC blog) Naomi Bashkansky won the 2016 World School Chess Championship in the Girls Under 13 category, held Dec. 2–12 in Sochi, Russia. Congratulations!

Carlsen Retains Title! FIDE World Chess Championship Match, Sergey Karjakin of Russia v. defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Nov 11-30 in New York City. See the official match website. The match was tied 6-6 after normal (classical) play, with each player having won one game, after the first seven games were drawn! But Carlsen won two consecutive quick chess games on 11/30 to retain his title, by a final score of 9-7 (two more games were also drawn). See the story and the games on U.S. Chess. Also see the reports about Karjakin's Game 8 win and Carlsen's Game 10 win, also on U.S. Chess. Magnus the movie opened on Friday 11/18 in New York - see the official movie website on FilmRise.

Was For Sale! 1972 Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky World Chess Championship Used Chess Board. Link is to description on Heritage Auctions website. This item was offered at $119,500 with Buyer's Premium, but did not sell.

December magazine! The December issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 11/23, the day before Thanksgiving. It's a 32-page issue with "Tales Of The Latvian Gambit" by Mike Murray, "Tacoma Chess Times (covering three events)" by Gary Dorfner, "Bethel September Quads" by Owen McCoy, "Bend Falls Quads" by Eric Holcomb, "Norman Friedman Memorial" by Adam Porth, "Emerald City Chess Tournament" by Owen McCoy, "October 2016 PCC Quads" by Brian Berger, "Aaron Grabinsky at SPICE" by Aaron Grabinsky, "Vancouver Open" by Josh Sinanan and Gary Dorfner, "October 2016 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Washington Challengers Cup" by Josh Sinanan and Gary Dorfner, "Michael Lee wins Inaugural Seattle Chess Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "Challengers Cup Scholastic" by Josh Sinanan and Gary Dorfner, "Oregon Class Championship" by Brian Berger, "Miscellaneous Games," "2017 Newport June Open Planning Stages" by H.G. Pitre, and a back-cover photo of "Kyle Haining observes Alikhan Irgaliyev, Curt Collyer, Michael Lee, and Anthony He at the Seattle Masters" by Xuhao He. Cover: Aaron Nicoski vs. Jake Winkler at Vancouver Open by Josh Sinanan. 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 (January-February):
  Open or Invitational Events (January-February):

Photo: Action at the Thanksgiving Scholastic. Photos courtesy Josh Sinanan and WCF.
Scholastic Events (November-December):

Photo: Gary Dorfner (left) and Fred Kleist (right) handle the TD duties at the WA Class Championships.
Open or Invitational Events (November-December):
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