Register for Reno!

Due to an error, the full-page ad for the 33rd Annual Sands Regency Reno – Western States Open, Oct. 16-18 in Reno, Nevada, was not repeated in the October issue of Northwest Chess. However, it’s not too late to register for the event. See the full-page ad/entry form on the NWC website and mail your entry by October 9, or you can also register onsite. This is one of the top chess tournaments of the year, offers prizes of up to $2,000 in open and class sections, and there is always a good turnout of players from the Northwest. As of this writing, hotel rooms are still available at the chess rate – call the Sands Regency Casino Hotel, 1-866-386-7829, and ask for code USCHESS1015.

Portland CC August 2014 Quad 45 event

The Portland Chess Club holds a monthly quad tournament (known as a “Quad 45” because of the 45-minute time control) that usually takes place on the third Saturday of each month. This tournament is billed as a great way for new players to get introduced to the PCC and USCF-rated tournament chess as well as for seasoned veterans to battle against similarly rated opponents. The format is a 3-round quad, ambulance G/45; d5. One section may run as a 6-player Swiss depending on the number of players.

The August 2014 event top-rated section ended in a 2.5-point tie between Karl Stump and Jeff Jack Austin after the two players drew each other in the first round. See the USCF crosstable.

For more details on this monthly tournament, see the PCC website or the NWC calendar pages.

Harmon Memorial TLA

Clark Harmon
Clark Harmon

Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix!

May 2-4 or 3-4 Harmon Memorial

2 Sections. Open & Reserve (U1800): 5SS, 30/90, SD/60 d5, (2-Day Option, Rd. 1, G/60 d5). Seattle Chess Club, 2150 North 107th St., Seattle, WA 98133. 206-417-5405. $$1,000/b40. Open: $200-125, U2100 $100, U1900 $100. Reserve (U1800): $150-100, U1600 $75, U1400 $75, U1200 $75. Foreign ratings used for players with no USCF rating. EF: $50 if postmarked or online by 04/30, $60 at site. Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs. Registration: Fri. (5/2) 7-7:45pm. Rds.: Fri. 8pm, Sat. 12:30pm & 6pm, Sun. 11am & 4:30pm. 2-Day Schedule: Registration Sat (5/3) 9-9:45am. Rds.: Sat 10am, then merges with 3-Day Schedule. Bye: limit 2, request before end of Rd. 2. Memb. Req’d: $25 ($19 juniors). OSA. ENT: Checks payable to Washington Chess Federation. Mail to: Dan Mathews, 749 Somerset Ln., Edmonds, WA 98020-2646. Info:, 425-218-7529. : NS. NC. W.

Oregon Open Labor Day Weekend

62nd Annual Oregon Open
Aug. 31, tadalafil Sept. 1&2, 2013
Increased Prize Fund and Hotel Location!
6-round Swiss: 2 sections, Open & Reserve (under 1800)
Time Control: 40 moves in 2 hours, sudden death in 1 hour, 5 second delay (40/2; SD/1; d5)
Registration: Saturday 9-10:45 am. Bring sets & clocks (none provided)
Rounds: Saturday 11 & 5:30; Sunday 9:30 & 5:30; Monday 9 & 3
Location: Lloyd Center DoubleTree, 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, OR; Free Parking
Byes: 2-½ pt. byes available, request before Rd 1 Other: Open Section FIDE rated!
$3,400 Guaranteed!
$1700 in each Section
Open: 1st $600; 2nd $330; 3rd $220 U2000: 1st $250; 2nd $180; 3rd $120
Highest Oregon finisher in Open Section is seeded into Oregon Closed Championship
Reserve: 1st $400; 2nd $250; 3rd $150 U1600, U1400, U1200 each $150-90-60
Unrated players limited to class prizes of $100 in Open, $60 in reserve
Entry: $60; $10 discount for all who register and pay by August 28
Juniors (under 19) may play for FREE in Reserve Section (not eligible for prizes) if they have
purchased USCF and NW Chess memberships through Aug. 31, 2014
Memberships: USCF and OCF/WCF required (OSA) USCF & NW Grand Prix.
Address _____________________________________________________________________________________
USCF ID # ________________ USCF Exp ____________ OCF/WCF Exp _____________ Rating ________
Email ________________________________________________ Section _____________ Bye Rds __________
Entries: Payable to Portland Chess Club; mail to Mike Morris, 2344 NE 27th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
Oregon Open Scholastic Tournament
Saturday, August 31. 4 round Swiss; Game in 45, 5 second delay.
Entry: $20; $5 discount for all that register and pay by August 28
Every player with a plus score will win a prize (USCF or NW Chess memberships.) No
memberships required. See
for further details and prize distribution

Columbia Cup Returns to Tri-Cities July 27-28, 2013

NOTE: Some of the details below have been changed. Check NWC website for correct info.

Columbia Cup
July 27?28, patient 2013
Site: Red Lion Richland Hanford House, try 802 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99352. (509) 946-7611.
HR: $109 until 07/26. 1-800-RED-LION, mention Chess Tournament.
Two Sections: Open and Reserve (under 1800).
Open: 4 Round Swiss. Time Control: 30/90, SD/1, D/5
Reserve: 5 Round Swiss. Time Control: Saturday 40/90, SD/30, D/5; Sunday 30/90, SD/1, D/5.
Foreign ratings used for players with no USCF rating.
Prize Fund: $1,000 (based on 40 paid entries).
Open: 1st $200, 2nd $150, 3rd $110, 1st U1900 $90
Reserve: 1st $125, 2nd $100, 1st U1600 $75, 1st U1400 $75, 1st U1200/Unr $75
Entry Fee: $50 if postmarked or online by 07/24, $60 after 07/24 or at site.
Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs.
Registration: Saturday 8:00 ? 9:30 AM.
Rounds: Open: Saturday 10:00 AM, 5:00 PM; Sunday 9:00 AM, 3:00 PM.
Reserve: Saturday 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM, 7:00 PM; Sunday 9:00 AM, 3:00 PM.
Byes: One half?point bye available (Open Section), Two half?point byes available (Reserve Section)
Request before end of round 2. USCF and WCF/OCF memberships required, other states accepted.
Northwest Chess Grand Prix event. NS. NC. W.
Entries: Make checks payable to Washington Chess Federation.
Mail To: Dan Mathews, 2700 NW Pine Cone Drive, Unit 402, Issaquah, WA 98027-8677.
Phone: (425) 218-7529. E?mail:
Online Registration:

Newport Open in June

Newport Beach in 2009.
Newport Beach in 2009.

From the beach at Newport in 2009 a short distance from the tourney.. We are expecting the beaches will be just as beautiful this year. Come play in the chess event on June 15-16, tadalafil 2013. As of May 16 there are 16 advanced entries.
CLICK Here tournament announcement at

As of June 3.. there are 24 players entered… See tournament listing for details to register by mail through June 7..

Open: Corey Russell 2200, sick Becca Lampman 1981, pharmacy Greg Freeze 1932, Jacob Reid 1922

Premier: Paul C. Leblanc 1889, David Bannon 1844, Michael Vaughn 1770, Jeffrey Roland 1700, Lon Brusselback 1599

Reserve: Ralph Anthony 1629, Alex James Machin, 1629, Mike Vinyard 1600, Sean Zlatnik 1548, William Hanlan 1541, Russell W. Miller 1508, Mike L Hasuike 1500, John James 1470, Bill Barrese 1407, Michael James Lilly 1295

Booster: Harry Buerer 1256, Tai D. Pruce-Zimmerman 1246, Dave Prideaux 1220, Martin Van Order 924, Jerry Waterman 918

Washington Closed Players List

From WCF President Josh Sinanan

Dear Washington Chess Players, rx

Here are the updated fields of the Championship, pills Premier, and Invitational sections (as of 2/1).


FM Costin Cozianu 2508
FM Curt Collyer 2311
NM Tian Sang 2288 (seed)
NM Josh Sinanan 2254
FM Ignacio Perez 2235
NM Roland Feng 2218 (seed)
NM David Golub 2213
NM Samir Sen 2211
Igor Ummel 2187 (seed)
Nathan Lee 2131 (seed)

avg rating: 2256
Prize Fund: $1500


NM Michael MacGregor 2211 (seed)
LM Viktors Pupols 2200
Michael Omori 2153
FM Paul Bartron 2149
WFM Chouchanik Airapetian 2131
Megan Lee 2112
David Rupel 2096
Marcel Szabo 2052 (seed)
Daniel He 2040 (seed)
Kyle Haining 1939 (seed)

avg rating: 2108
Prize Fund: $1000


Patrick Van Dyke 2057
Bryce Tiglon 2044
Samuel He 2033
Alan Bishop 2020
David Arganian 2000
Becca Lampman 1973 (seed)
Krishnan Warrier 1925
Sarah May 1888
Noah Fields 1887
Joseph Kiiru 1881

avg rating: 1971
Prize Fund: $500

1st Alternate: Nicolo Gelb 1869
2nd Alternate: Mark Smith 1869
3rd Alternate: Lane Van Weerdhuizen 1869
4th Alternate: David Eva 1866
5th Alternate: Ethan Bashkansky 1839
6th Alternate: Neal Bonrud 1807

Pairings will be released after the drawing of lots, scheduled to take place Feb. 2 at 12 noon in the food court at Northgate Mall (located near SCC east of I-5). A number of players will be there to witness the event and everyone is welcome!

List of WA Champions from years past CLICK HERE

Info Page on NWC website

Wenatchee tournament Cancelled AGAIN

Notice from Washington Chess Federation President

Hi Everyone,

Due to lack of sign-ups, WCF has decided to cancel the Wenatchee Valley Open chess tournament next weekend (Nov 10-11). Please cancel any hotel reservations that you may have made. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience.

Luckily for us, the convention center will not charge a cancellation fee!

We will continue to search for opportunities to hold an event in Wenatchee sometime in the future.