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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 on or after April 1, 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 Week/Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! (Oregon GP now administered separately)

  • Oct 19 Northern Idaho Open, Coeur d'Alene, ID

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

  • Oct 18 TCC Class & Club Championship (G/90 Rd 3), Tacoma, WA
  • Oct 18 PNWCC Friday Night Rapids, Kirkland, WA - See October PNWCC ad
  • Oct 18 PNWCC G45 Duel, Kirkland, WA - free in October - See flyer
  • Oct 18-20 37th Annual Sands Regency Reno - Western States Open, Reno, NV - See ad/flyer
  • Cancelled! Oct 19 Charlie’s Safari Chess Tournament, Lacey, WA
  • Oct 19-20 PNWCC USCF Open (Over 1800), Kirkland, WA - See October PNWCC ad

Attention PNWCC Players - Pacific Northwest Chess Center in Kirkland no longer uses the NWC online registration system. 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.

Volunteers wanted for chess activity at a youth detention center in Washington. See the coaches/volunteers wanted page. (Posted 9/22/2019)

October magazine! The October issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 9/25. Note that the magazine page size is now slightly smaller at 8 x 10 inches. It's a 32-page issue with "Baumanns Inducted Into The ICA Hall Of Fame" by Jef Leifeste, "ICA Hall Of Fame" by Jeffrey Roland, "Letter To The Editor" by John P. Christy, "69th Annual Oregon Open" by Owen McCoy, "Meet Chad Lykins: A Champion Of Scholastic Chess" by Sarah McCoy, "Josh Sinanan Interview" by Carol Kleist, "Seattle Seafair" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Mahajan Tops Third Seattle Classic" by Josh Sinanan, "A Chess Camp Just For Girls" by Sarah McCoy, "Engineering Consultants, Inc." and "Trader Joe’s Of Boise" by Alise Pemsler, and a back-cover photo of "Cake at ICA Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony" by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Ellen and David Baumann Inducted Into ICA Hall Of Fame by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

NWC CJA award certificate (2019)NWC Wins CJA Award! Northwest Chess is pleased to once again be the recipient of the Chess Journalist Award for Best State Magazine / Newsletter, one of "The Top Four" awards, awarded by the Chess Journalists of America (CJA). The 2019 award certificate, shown here, names Editor Jeffrey Roland. Congratulations to Jeff and all of our NWC magazine contributors. This is six years in a row for Jeff!

New master! Congratulations to Eric Zhang of Bellevue, Wash., who achieved a U.S. Chess rating of 2200 as a result of scoring 4 out of 5 points at the 2019 Vancouver Open, held at the Vancouver Hampton Inn & Suites, Aug. 10-11. Along the way, Eric scored wins against Yu-Chen Liang (1792), David Murray (1872), and Zoey Tang (2017). Way to go, Eric!! See the U.S. Chess crosstable. Photo: Eric (right) and WCF President Josh Sinanan.

September magazine! The September issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 9/4, after a short delay. It's a 32-page issue with Editorial by Jeffrey Roland and Ralph Dubisch, a Letter To The Editor by Jerry Richards, "First North Idaho Championship" by Adam Porth, "ICA Summer Classic" by Jeffrey Roland, "PNWCC And Jim Tarjan" by Jim Tarjan, "2019 Best Magazine/Newsletter and award certificate" from Chess Journalists of America, "Emerald City Open" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Bob Ferguson Fundraising Simul" by Duane Polich, and back-cover art of Bob Ferguson drawn during play at Fundraiser Simul by Eli Lara. Cover: Michael Cambareri playing at North Idaho Championship by Adam Porth. See the full edition (all pages with color).

August magazine! The August issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 7/24. It's a 32-page issue with "Las Vegas International Chess Festival" by Nancy Keller, Las Vegas International (Joshua’s Perspective) by Joshua Grabinsky, "In Memory Of Ernst Rasmussen" by Richard Golden, "Sam And Ernie, A Retrospective" by Michael Murray, "Washingtonian Wallops Wimps At World Open" by Tom Purser, Ernst Rasmussen on Dec. 2010 NWC Cover by Russell Miller, Ernst Rasmussen on May 1990 NWC Cover by Rob Rittenhouse, "Letter to Oregon Northwest Chess Subscribers," "More Games From The Washington Open" with various games annotated by Ralph Dubisch, "ICA Players’ Memorial" by Jef Leifeste, and a back-cover photo of "Finn Belew at the 2019 ICA Players’ Memorial" by Jennifer Leifeste. Cover: Joshua Grabinsky at the National Open by Nancy Keller. See the full edition (all pages with color).

Chess in Seattle! See the story from The Seattle Times, Chess is credited with helping change Westlake Park for the better. Meet one of Westlake’s regulars. (7/15/2019)

July magazine! The July issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 6/26. It's a 32-page issue with "Idaho Senior Open" and "Idaho Scholastic Tournament Of Champions" by Jeffrey Roland, "Inland Empire Open" by Kevin Korsmo, "2019 Washington State Invitational Brilliancy Prizes" by Michael Hosford, "2019 Washington Open" by Josh Sinanan, "44th Annual Keres Memorial" by Roger Patterson, "Unkel Vik’s Solutions From June 2019 Issue" by Viktors Pupols, and a back-cover photo of Alex Goodwin and William Wang by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Daniel Shubin at the 2019 Washington Open by Sten Petrov. See the full edition (all pages with color).

Maryhill Chess Set Gallery Open! The GEORGE E. MUEHLECK, JR. GALLERY OF INTERNATIONAL CHESS SETS at the Maryhill Museum of Art near Goldendale, Washington is open for the season until November 15; see the website for details.

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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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