National Chess Day in Vancouver WA

National Chess Day was Saturday October 13, 2018.

On that day a Simultaneous Exhibition by Grandmaster James Tarjan was held at the Vancouver Mall, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver WA near Macy’s entrance to the mall by the large chess set on the lower level that gets a lot of play. Play took place over 14 boards and took about 3 hours. A mixture of adults and kids and one woman took part. This was a free event for players and spectators. The grandmaster won all his games.

The organizer was Russell (Rusty) Miller e-mail:

The sponsors were: Vancouver Mall, Northwest Chess, US Chess provided chess mags, Chess Butler provided chess books for prizes e-mail:, Esther Schrader, EinsteinWise Academy provided the sets and boards and their website is:, IQ Credit Union in Vancouver WA provided the pens for players to keep a score of their game.

Pictures of the event can be found on Russell’s flickr account:

Chess in Equatorial Guinea

Story submitted by Seth Talyansky, email

We, the leaders of the Catlin Gabel Chess Club, investigated the circumstances of chess in Equatorial Guinea (EG), the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, as a project for Spanish class. After Seth’s saga of efforts to connect us with people in EG, which we recount in an article for the July issue of the Northwest Chess magazine, we received a message from Mr. Federico Ele Rano, a passionate advocate for chess in Equatorial Guinea. According to him, the chess players in the country number two dozen, none FIDE-rated. The first “semi-professional” tournament in Equatorial Guinean history was held recently in Malabo, the capital. Federico is looking to establish both scholastic and general competitive chess in EG. In particular, he is seeking help with acquiring chess materials. We’re fundraising for sets, clocks, and books for donation to EG. We have created an online GoFundMe page at

Please see the July issue of NWC (when available) and/or the linked page for more information.

Klamath Falls Chess News

Klamath Falls Chess Club (reports on Facebook)

Congratulations to our member Stu Taylor on a nice undefeated performance at the Portland Spring Open (including draws with two experts) – bringing his USCF rating up to 1880. This means that the Klamath Falls Chess Club membership roster now includes three of the top fifty players in Oregon!

Throw in some very strong players in the Medford/Ashland area, and Southern Oregon is better represented within our state’s chess scene than one might think. Watch out Portland, we’re coming for you!

Major Chess Events Coming to St Louis Again

Saint Louis to host 2014 U.S. Championships by Mike Wilmering from MI Newsletter by IM John Donaldson

SAINT LOUIS (January 15, 2014) — The best chess players in the U.S. will gather in Saint Louis once again to fight for the title of U.S. Champion and U.S. Women’s Champion.

For the sixth consecutive year Saint Louis will host the top chess tournaments in the nation.

GM Gata Kamsky will defend his title at the 2014 U.S. Championship while recently anointed Grandmaster Irina Krush will look for her sixth title at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship. The events will be held simultaneously May 7 through May 21 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL).

The U.S. Junior Closed Championship also will be held in Saint Louis once again from June 20 through July 3. This marks the fifth consecutive year the CCSCSL has hosted the top event in the nation for players under the age of 20.

Tony Rich, executive director of the CCSCSL, said he is excited to continue the long-standing and growing tradition of U.S. Championship chess in Saint Louis.

Since 2009, we’ve worked to raise the prominence and profile of the U.S. Championships, Rich said. We’re honored the U.S. Chess Federation once again awarded these prestigious events to Saint Louis, and we hope our U.S. Champions will continue to serve as role models for young chess players across the country.

These three events are the most prominent invitational tournaments in the nation, and the players will be competing for more than a quarter of a million dollars in prize money.

2014 U.S. Championship

Dates: May 7-21, 2014
Format: 12-player round robin
Prize Fund: $171,000 plus $64K Fischer bonus (breakdown to be published soon)


o2013 U.S. Champion: Gata Kamsky
2013 U.S. Junior Closed Champion: Daniel Naroditsky
2013 U.S. Open Champion: Josh Friedel
(1) – Wildcard (TBD)
(8) – Rating (TBD – March supplement)

2014 U.S. Women’s Championship

Dates: May 7-21, 2014
Format: 10-player round robin
Prize Fund: $65,000 (breakdown to be published soon)

o2013 U.S. Women’s Champion: Irina Krush
(2) – Wildcard (TBD)
(7) – Rating (TBD – March supplement)

2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship

Dates: June 20 – July 1, 2014
Format: 10-player round robin
Prize Fund: $10,000 (breakdown to be announced soon)

o(1) – 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Champion (Daniel Naroditsky)
(1) – 2013 U.S. Junior Open Champion (Justus Williams)
(2) – Wildcard (TBD)
(6) – Rating (TBD – April rating supplement)

For the U.S. Championship, the CCSCSL once again will sponsor the $64K Fischer Prize, to be awarded to anyone who scores a perfect 11-0, in honor of Bobby Fischer’s similar accomplishment at the 1963-64 U.S. Championship.

Check for the latest updates, info about past U.S. championships and news about the top players in the U.S.

Top 12 Active Players in Portland Chess Club Events

Photo Credit: Russell Miller. Kathy Miller holding NWC banner outside Portland CC.
Photo Credit: Russell Miller. Kathy Miller holding NWC banner outside Portland CC.

Info from USCF website. Number of events that players played in 2013 that Portland Chess Club held.

1. Mike Janniro 23
2. Nick Rapits 21
3. Jerrold Richards 20
4. Brian Berger 19
5. Lennart Bjorksten 17
6. Mike Hasuikel 17
7. Jerry Sherrad 17
8. Andrew Trattner 17
9 Jason Cigan 16
10. Harry Buerer 15
11. Steven Deeth 15
12. Yurity Kamshs 15

Top 10 Players to take part in WCF events in 2013

Top Rated Players for Affiliate

(Players With 1 or more Events by this Affiliate in Last Year are shown.)

Rank USCF ID Name State Rating Date Published Events
1 12869121 FM COSTIN COZIANU WA 2478 2013-04-01 1
2 20058328 IM RAY KAUFMAN CA 2398 2014-01-01 2
3 12626859 FM SLAVA MIKHAILUK WA 2385 2013-07-01 1
4 12470662 FM NICK RAPTIS OR 2375 2014-01-01 3
5 14160594 FM TIAN SANG WA 2330 2013-09-01 2
6 12517518 FM CURT D COLLYER WA 2299 2014-01-01 4
7 13631615 ROLAND FENG WA 2273 2014-01-01 6
8 12826891 JOSHUA CHRISTOPHER SINANAN WA 2254 2014-01-01 5
9 12689583 FM IGNACIO PEREZ WA 2246 2013-07-01 2
10 13483694 DAVID GOLUB WA 2238 2014-01-01 4

Full list can be found on USCF website; CLICK HERE.

You can made the list cover up to 6 years back. Go to the bottom of the list to enter what list you want.