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Northwest Chess — Chess News from Washington, Oregon and Idaho

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Note: See calendar and TA pages for more info about upcoming chess events.

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.)
  • For ICA (Idaho) membership options, please visit the ICA website. These options include a "premium" membership with a NWC subscription.
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  • For new subscriptions and renewals, NWC no longer guarantees that there will continue to be 12 printed magazines each year, effective immediately. 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.

This Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! (Oregon is tentatively rejoining NWC GP in 2020 with a limited number of events)

  • Most over-the-board chess events have been cancelled. Please contact the event organizer for more information. Some events have been moved online. See calendar and TA pages for more info about upcoming chess events.
  • No events.

This Week or following Monday - Other (non-GP) events!

  • See PNWCC website for online chess classes/camps and other events.
  • Chess4Life is also offering live virtual chess classes/camps.
  • No events.

Coming Soon!

Congratulations Vik! Longtime U.S. Chess Life Master and Washington State resident Viktors Pupols has received an Outstanding Player Achievement Award from U.S. Chess! See the 2020 award recipients page, which includes a photo of Vik from the March 2009 cover of NWC.

June magazine! The June issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 5/29. It's a 32-page issue with "Hello To The Northwest Chess Community" by Kent McNall, "The Magic Year of 1971" by John Donaldson, "Seattle City Championships" by Mary K. Kuhner, "WA vs B.C. Intermat" by Josh Sinanan, "Washington Senior Championship" by Ani Barua, "Chouchan Airapetian Webinar Notes" by Valentin Razmov, Historic Image from February 1993, and a back-cover photo of "Social Distancing" by Philip Peterson. Cover: The Negative Effect of Social Distancing by Philip Peterson, Jeffrey Roland, and Ralph Dubisch. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

International Student Exchange Opportunity - As we look forward to the return to life as we know it, students from around the world are excited to spend an academic year in the U.S. as high school exchange students! See the remainder of the story on the scholastic opportunities page.

May magazine! The May issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 5/1. It's a 32-page issue with "Memories And Games Of Dennis Waterman" by John Donaldson, "May 2020 Chess Musings" by Karen Schmidt, "Recapping The Harmon Memorial" by Jacob Mayer, "2020 Washington State Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "Alexandra Botez Joins Susan Polgar Foundation Official Press Release," and a back-cover photo of "Paul Morphy Grave" by Philip Peterson. Cover: Cover Art by Philip Peterson. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Note: The Oct. 1973 edition of Northwest Chess has a photo of Dennis Waterman, Clark Harmon and William Bills, which has been updated using a scan of the original photo print. See page 12 of 32 for the photo and story.

Magnus Wins! The Magnus Carlsen Invitational, where the world chess champion challenged seven of his biggest rivals to a 2-week, $250,000 battle, starting April 18 on chess24.com, and concluded May 3. The semifinals featured Nakamura vs. Caruana on May 1, and Liren vs. Carlsen on May 2. In the final on May 3, Carlsen defeated Nakamura. See John Henderson's blog post.

FIDE Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg, Russia suspended halfway through the event due to Russian travel restrictions - see John Henderson's blog post.

April magazine! The April issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 4/2 after a delay. It's a 32-page issue with "Chess During The Pandemic" by James Stripes, "Idaho Closed State Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, "Michael Schemm (1947-2019)" by John Donaldson,  "Oregon Chess News" by Frank Niro, "Singer Hill Sunday Update" by Brian Berger, "Dave Collyer Memorial" by Kevin Korsmo, "Presidential Scholastic" by Josh Sinanan, "Washington President's Cup" by Travis Olson, "Washington Girls Championship" by Jacob Mayer, "Yermo Annotates MLK Games" by Alex Yermolinsky, Chess Vignette "Peter's Story" by Karen Schmidt, and a back-cover photo of Luke Wei by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Chesstoon by oil-painting Brian Berger. See the full edition (all pages with color).

March magazine! The March issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Monday 3/2. It's a 32-page issue with "Susan Polgar Comes To Town" by Frank Niro, "Idaho (+ Eastern Oregon) Chess News" by various authors, "Washington Junior Open" and "High School State Individual Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "PNWCC MLK FIDE Open" and "Oregon Chess News" by Frank Niro, "BC vs. Washington Match BCCF Bulletin" by Stephen Wright, Editor, "Victoria Open" by Paul LeBlanc, "Chess Vignette - Randy's Story" by Karen Schmidt, "Mike Neeley" by Ralph Dubisch, and a back-cover photo of Lisa Xu by Frank Niro. Cover: Collin Dang vs Jan Buzek (at Washington State High School Individual Championship) by Josh Sinanan. See the full edition (all pages with color).

GP Final Results! 2019 Glen Buckendorf and Buz Eddy Memorial Grand Prix final standings and results are available from links on the GP page. Checks have been mailed to all of the winners, or some winners received NWC subscriptions if not currently subscribing. Congratulations if you're one of the winners!

See old news previously appearing on this page.

Completed Tournament / Match News

Some local tournament reports were previously 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. However, blogging activity has stopped. If you are interesting in blogging for your club's events, please let us know.

  Scholastic Events (May-June):
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  Open or Invitational Events (March-April):

WA Junior Closed group photo. Credit: Josh Sinanan and Jacob Mayer.
Scholastic Events (January-February):

Washington vs. BC match team photo. Credit: Rachna Soneji.
Open or Invitational Events (January-February):
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