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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.)
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  • For new subscriptions and renewals, NWC no longer guarantees that there will continue to be 12 printed magazines each year, beginning in 2020. 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 GP may rejoin NWC GP in 2020; otherwise administered separately)

  • No events.

This Weekend - Other (non-GP) events!

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 most of the winners (except Idaho will be mailed this week), or some winners will receive NWC subscriptions if not currently subscribing. Congratulations if you're one of the winners!

February magazine! The February issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 1/31. It's a 32-page issue with Letter To The Editor by Owen McCoy, "Oregon Chess News (with a wide variety of coverage)" by Frank Niro including also the "Neil Dale Memorial" by Mike Morris, "Open Letter To The WCF" by Cleveland Johnson, "Kings vs. Princes VII Match" by Josh Sinanan, "Junior Closed And Invitational" by Jacob Mayer, "Extravaganza" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Western Idaho Open" by Jeffrey Roland, and a back-cover photo of "Lincoln Whitney at Western Idaho Open" by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: IM Aaron Grabinsky of Webster University. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

New! PNWCC recognized by US Chess for "Chess Renaissance in Seattle." See the article, which is specifically about the Winter of Washington (WOW) event held just before the end of 2019. A couple of high-level games (including a GM and a GM norm game) are included.

New/Old! More Fischer stuff - The exhibition A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer was on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis back in 2014-15. Fortunately, an article with photos and descriptions of the items on display is available on the WCHoF website: https://worldchesshof.org/exhibit/memorable-life-glimpse-complex-mind-bobby-fischer. (Thanks to Rusty Miller for discovering this.)

January magazine! The January issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 12/30. It's a 32-page issue with "Toasting The Host (Chess Poem)" by Glen O'Harra, "Samuel Clemons Tournament Game" by Alex Machin, "Chess Vignette - Abdul's Story" by Karen Schmidt, "Oregon Chess News (with a wide variety of coverage)" by Frank Niro, "Washington Class Championship," "Thanksgiving Scholastic," "Chess Workshop For Women And Girls" and "Washington Class Blitz" by Josh Sinanan, "Washington Class Games" (various), "Girls And Women's Workshop" by Angela Agaian, and a back-cover photo of Stephanie Velea, Monica Olaru and Andrei Botez by Paul Truong. Cover: Megan Lee and Ignacio Perez by Josh Sinanan. See the full edition (all pages with color).

Ratings! How to check US Chess ratings and "Top 100" lists - From the US Chess homepage (https://new.uschess.org/home/), select "Players/Ratings Look-Up" under "Ratings." That will take you to the page https://new.uschess.org/players/search/. Once you're there, you'll see a "Click here" link to search for individual player ratings, and a "VIEW THE TOP 100 LISTS" button. Many of the top 100 lists are already linked, or you can choose "Top Players By State" to create a list for a particular state. Doing this for Washington for all players with recent activity, you should see one GM, several IMs, a WIM and quite a few FMs. There are eight players rated 2400+, and 16 rated 2300+.

December magazine! The December issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 12/2. It's a 32-page issue with "Free Chess Lectures Weekly" and "Norman Friedman Memorial" by Jeffrey Roland, "Washington Blitz Championship," "Washington Game/60" and "Washington Challenger’s Cup" by Josh Sinanan, "Corporate/Collegiate Tournament" by Florian Helff, "Northern Idaho Open" by Adam Porth, "Arliss Dietz" by Brian Berger, "Chess Peace Cartoons" by Tony Sullivan, "Oregon Chess News" by Frank Niro, "Turkey Open" by Mike Murray,  "Chess Vignette (Yuri)" by Karen Schmidt, "Sridhar Seshadri in Iceland at Fischer Grave (photo)" by Sridhar Seshadri, and a back-cover photo of Corey Longhurst by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Joshua Price at the Norman Friedman Memorial. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland. See the full edition (all pages with color).

1947 WA vs. BC Match! Another "blast from the past!" Old issues of Chess Life are now available online, and Rusty Miller discovered that the April 1947 edition page 1 reports on the third international match between Washington and British Columbia. The first two matches were held in 1946. Go have a look to see the outcome of the first three matches! Update: A recent edition of the BCCF Bulletin has an interesting article about BC vs. WA matches in the 1940's. Contact WCF President Josh Sinanan for more information.

November magazine! The November issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 10/31. It's a 32-page issue with "Megan Lee Wins WA Women’s Championship" by Josh Sinanan, Chess Vignette “Karen Schmidt’s Chess Story” by Karen Schmidt, "Eastern Idaho Open" by Jay Simonson, "Keplinger’s Revenge" by David Zaklan, "Chess At The Washington State Fair" by Bill Rogers, "Tacoma Report" by Gary Dorfner, "Seattle Fall Open" by Carol Kleist, "Vancouver Open" by Josh Sinanan, a Miscellaneous Game, "Donaldson Wins FIDE’s Botvinnik Award" by Rusty Miller/John Donaldson, and a back-cover photo of Jacob Mayer at Applebee’s by Josh Sinanan. Cover: Megan Lee, 2019 Washington Women’s Champion, by Josh Sinanan. See the full edition (all pages with color).

Scholarship Available! A "One Move Ahead Chess Scholarship" in the amount of $1,000, funded by the Liebenthal family, is open for applications until March 23, 2020. The scholarship is open to any students high school and above. See the linked page to apply.

Attention PNWCC Players - Pacific Northwest Chess Center in Kirkland no longer uses the NWC online registration system, as of October. Players should instead visit the PNWCC Schedule & Registration page for information. For a complete list of chess events advertised with NWC, please see the NWC calendar page.

Donaldson Award! As reported by FIDE (the International Chess Federation), "Chess trainers are often behind the scenes but they are the driving force of a team or individual success! The FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG) announced the Trainer Awards results for the best achievements in 2018. The Mikhail Botvinnik Award, for best trainer of men or a team in an open event, goes to William John Donaldson." (As most of you know, IM Donaldson is from the Northwest, and has been actively involved in chess at all levels for many years. See the November magazine for more information.) New! - Also see Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #902 (Jan. 2020) for an article about Donaldson receiving the award trophy.

Ruse de Guerre! A "blast from the past!" - With the help of Russell Miller and Esther Schrader, we're pleased to present an extensive tournament booklet with many games from the Ruse de Guerre Chess Club in Camas, Wash., back in 1964. See: RdG 1964 tournament booklet chapters 1-3 (27 MB) and RdG 1964 tournament booklet chapters 4-6 (23 MB). More club publications (newsletters): Jan 1964 (16 MB) | Jan 1965 (9 MB) | Apr to Sep 1965 (combined, 9 MB).

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.

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

Washington vs. BC match team photo. Credit: Rachna Soneji.
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Photo: OWS Fall Tornado playing room. Credit: Sha Sha Metzmaker.
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