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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!

  • Mar 24-25 Portland Spring Open, Portland, OR
  • Mar 24-26 Seattle Spring Open, Seattle, WA - See March SCC ad

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

  • Mar 20 Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Rd 3), Portland, OR
  • Mar 23 Tacoma Spring Championship (Rd 3), Tacoma, WA

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. The match is now underway! Also see "The Candidates Lift" on John Henderson's blog.

Seattle Sluggers Update! - The Sluggers ended the 2018 season with a bang on Wednesday 3/7 by clobbering the division-leading Chengdu Pandas 9-7! See the full write-up about the match on chess.com. Also check out commentary of the match on the Nakamura's Knockouts channel. The Sluggers finished with 4 wins, 1 draw, and 4 losses, tied with the San Jose Hackers, just missing the playoffs but avoiding relegation. Final pre-playoff standings: https://www.prochessleague.com/standings.html. Josh Sinanan would like to thank Sluggers management - Eddie Chang, Tian Sang, Siva Sankrithi, and Jacob Mayer. Also, many thanks to our fans and sponsors for supporting the team. We will be hard at work in the off-season to improve the team and come back stronger in the years to come!

See the original blog post (about the Sluggers qualifying for the league in 2018). Note that the PRO Chess League is truly international - the Sluggers first match was held on Jan. 18 against the Australia Kangaroos!

March magazine! The March issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 2/28. It's a 32-page issue with "Shah Mat" by Glen O’Harra, "John (Johnny) D. Walker (1948-2018)" by John Donaldson, et.al., "2018 Washington Junior Closed" by David Hendricks, "Neil Dale Memorial" and "PCC January Game 60" by Brian Berger, "2018 BC vs WA Challenge Match" by Josh Sinanan, "Chess Poem from the Idaho Closed - Peace" by David Zaklan, Miscellaneous Games, "2018 Washington Junior Open" and "2018 WA State High School Individual Championship" by Gary Dorfner and Josh Sinanan, "Tacoma News" by Gary Dorfner, et.al., "Washington Closed Bios," "2018 Idaho Blitz Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, and a back-cover photo of Bryce Tiglon and Roland Feng by Jacob Mayer. Cover: Kevin Xu, Idaho State Blitz Champion by Dylan Porth. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

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.) Photo scan courtesy of John Donaldson.

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.

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).

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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.

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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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