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2016-2017 for Chess Journalists of America
(as printed in black & white)
Best State Magazine/Newsletter Award
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2017 (all in full color!)
Note: Most 2017 issues also feature a Northwest Chess Grand Prix report by Murlin Varner, and "From the Editor’s Desk" by Jeffrey Roland.
December
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(selected pages)
Cover: Merry Christmas cartoon from Northwest Chess by Brian Berger.
32-page issue with 8 color pages! Includes "From The Publisher’s Desk" by Duane Polich, "2017 BCC #15" (and also #16) by Jeffrey Roland, "2017 Eastern Washington Open" by Kevin Korsmo, "Microsoft vs. Amazon 2017 Rivalry Match" by Josh Sinanan, color photos by Philip Peterson, "2017 Portland Fall Open" by Brian Berger, "My Dallas Trip" by Abbie Wu, "2017 Washington Women’s Championship" and "September 2017 Seattle Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "2017 PCC Club Championship" and "PCC October 2017 Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Hayhurst Halloween K-12 Scholastic Chess Tournament" by Chad Lykins, "October 2017 Seattle Masters" and "2017 WA G/60 + Blitz Championship" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of Eli Sanders by Adam Porth.
November
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Cover: GM Jim Tarjan at the 2017 Oregon Open by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with "Feldman’s Folly" by Ralph Dubisch, "Oregon Open" by Brian Berger, "More Jim Tarjan" by Jim Tarjan, "PCC September 2017 Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Inaugural Seattle Chess Classic" by Josh Sinanan, "Game From Recent Event" by Brian Lange, and a back-cover photo entitled “I’ve Just Seen A Face” by JR & AM.
October
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Cover: WCF President Josh Sinanan (L) and FM Steven Breckenridge, winner of the 2017 Vancouver Open. Photo Credit: Jacob Mayer.
32-page issue with "Vancouver Open" by Sarah McCoy, "July 2017 PCC Game 60," "2017 Oregon Senior Open" and "August 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "East Idaho Senior Games" by Jay Simonson, "Portland Rapid and Blitz Championships" by Micah Smith, "Spotlight On Roshen Nair" by Brian Berger, "BCC #14" by Jeffrey Roland, "2017 Inaugural Hall of Fame" by Adam Porth, and a back-cover photo of "Roshen Nair holding U.S. Junior Open trophy" by Sanjay Nair.
September
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Cover: James Schroeder circa late 1950s/early 1960s, by James Schroeder.
32-page issue with "Remembering James Shroeder (1927-2017)" by John Donaldson, "2017 ICA Summer Classic" by Jeffrey Roland, "Rose City Sectionals" by Brian Berger, "N.W. Represented Well at National Scholastic" by Owen McCoy, "July 2017 PCC Quad 45" by Brian Berger, "CJA Award for 2017 Best State Magazine," "A Little Chess Nostalgia from 1979" by Philip Peterson, "2017 Washington State Championship Brilliancy Prizes (Part 2 of 2)" by Michael Hosford and Eric Tohni, and a back-cover photo of James Schroeder at 2012 US Open in Vancouver by Jeffrey Roland.
August
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Cover: GM Timur Gareyev by Adam Porth.
32-page issue with "Letter to Editor" by David Lucky, "GM Timur Gareyev Comes to Iowa...I Mean Idaho!" by Adam Porth, "2017 PCC Summer Open," "June 2017 PCC Quad 45" and "June 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Helping Chess in Equatorial Guinea" by Avi Gupta and Seth Talyansky, "The Xu Open" by Jeffrey Roland, "Northwest Players at the 2017 Women’s Open" by Mary Kuhner, "2017 Washington State Championship Brilliancy Prizes (Part 1 of 2)" by Michael Lee and Curt Collyer, and a back-cover photo of Fred Kleist by Jim Berezow.
July
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Cover: Georgi Orlov at 2017 Washington Open by the WCF.
32-page issue with "Orlov Triumphs at Washington Open" by Josh Sinanan, "Idaho Scholastic Champion Of Champions" by Jeffrey Roland, "Minda Chen at Chicago All-Girls National Champ" by Zhou Chen, "Susan Polgar National Open" by Monica Olaru, "Spokane Chess Club Elections" by Kevin Korsmo, "May 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "May 2017 PCC Quad 45" by Micah Smith, "Miscellaneous Game from Seattle Masters 8" by Curt Collyer, "Aaron Grabinsky achieves second IM Norm" by Aaron Grabinsky, and a back-cover photo of "Isaias Oregel and other players at Washington Open" by the WCF.
June
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Cover: Alex Machin at 2017 Idaho Open by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with "2017 Idaho Open" by Jeffrey Roland, "11th Annual Clark Harmon Memorial" by Brian Berger, "2017 Grand Pacific Open" by Mike Murray, "Congrats to NM Derek Zhang!" by Josh Sinanan, "BCC #13" by Jeffrey Roland, "MVCC Championship" by Adam Porth, "District 91 Scholastic Chess Tournament" by Jay Simonson, "April 2017 PCC Quad 45" and  "April 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "12th Annual OSCF State Championship" by Owen McCoy, "2017 Girls State Scholastic Championship" and "2017 Wood River Elementary Chess Championship" by Adam Porth, and a back-cover photo of "Corey Longhurst at Boise Chess Club" by Jim Berezow.
May
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Cover: Seth Talyansky at Glacier National Park, by Roza Kotlyar.
32-page issue with "Nikolay Minev (1931-2017)" by John Donaldson, "Honors at Scholastic 9-12 Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, "Idaho Scholastic Chess" by Adam Porth and Alise Pemsler, "Ethan Bashkansky Earns National Master Title" by Guy Bashkansky, "Chess Bio - Advaith Vijayakumar," "Washington State Girls Championship" by David Hendricks,  "1st Annual Neil Dale Memorial" by Brian Berger, "American Chess Magazine #1 Review" by Ralph Dubisch, "Oregon High School Team State Championships" by Nancy Keller, "March 2017 PCC Quad 45" and "March 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "82nd Montana Open" by Seth Talyansky, "The Kids’ Texas Vacation" by Ralph Dubisch, "Anthony He Earns FIDE Master Title" by Xuhao He, and a back-cover photo of Ralph Dubisch, Duane Polich, and Philip Peterson, by Philip Peterson.
April
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Cover: 2017 State Champions (photos by Alpernas, Porth and Sinanan).
Special 48-page issue with "Nikolay Minev (1931-2017) Initial Report," "Oregon State Championship" by Grisha Alpernas, "Washington State Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "Washington Closed Player Bios," "Idaho Closed State Championship" by Barry Eacker, "Changes In The ICA Point To A Bright Future" by Adam Porth, "Become A Prison Chess Volunteer" by Tom Booth, "February 2017 PCC Quad 45" by Brian Berger, "2017 Washington President’s Cup" by Duane Polich, "Bethel February Quads" by Owen McCoy, "John Donaldson Lecture" by Brian Berger, "February 2017 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "25th Dave Collyer Memorial" by Kevin Korsmo, "5th Annual Presidents Weekend Tournament" by Owen McCoy, a "Miscellaneous Game," "Passing Of The Torch for Olympic Chess Club" by William Bodnar, "Bobby Fischer’s Resting Place" by Tom Booth, "Chess Princesses" by Mary McCoy, and a back-cover photo of "T-Shirt of Jeffrey Bret Hall at Idaho Closed" by Jeffrey Roland.
March
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Cover: Anthony He, a 6th grader from Sammamish, at the fourth Seattle Masters tournament. Photo Credit: Josh Sinanan.
32-page issue with "Ben Franklin Quote" by Sarah McCoy, "Remembering John Braley (1944-2017)" by John Donaldson, "Film Review: Pawn Sacrifice" by Mike Hasuike, "Anthony He wins 2017 Washington Jr. Closed" / "Washington Junior Open & Reserve" by Gary Dorfner and Josh Sinanan, "Eugene Winter Carnival" by Owen McCoy, a corrected game, "January PCC Quad 45" by Brian Berger, "Bethel January Quads" by Owen McCoy, "Coeur d’Alene Chess Club" by Greg Callen, "Washington State H.S. Individual Championship" by Gary Dorfner and Josh Sinanan,"January PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Emerald City Chess Club Winter Open" by Owen McCoy, "BC and Washington Teams Meet In Historic Match" by Paul Leblanc, "He & Mukumbya Victorious at 4th Seattle Masters" by Gary Dorfner and Josh Sinanan, "2016 NW Grand Prix Final Report" by Murlin Varner, and a back-cover photo of "Adjacent chess automobiles from WA vs. BC Match" by Josh Sinanan.
February
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Cover: Various photos of Neil Dale.
32-page issue with "From the Editor’s Desk" by Jeffrey Roland, "A Remembrance of Kornelijs (Neil) Dale" by Brian Berger, "December 2016 PCC Quads 45" by Brian Berger, "Film Review: Queen to Play" by Mike Hasuike, "December 2016 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Gavin Zhang Wins in Las Vegas" by Casey Bush, "Tiglon, Raptis, and Collyer win Second Seattle Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "Northwest Chess Open" by Duane Polich, "FM Bryce Tiglon wins Third Seattle Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "2016 Washington Game/60 Championship" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of "Nick Raptis in victory pose at Northwest Chess Open" by Josh Sinanan.
January
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Cover: Naomi Bashkansky, a scholastic world champion, by Guy Bashkansky.
32-page issue with "Naomi Bashkansky takes first at World Schools Chess Championship Girls Under 13" by Alexander Kaplunov, "Fall Quarter at the Seattle Chess Club" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Move Over Steinitz" by FM David Lucky, "5th Annual Clackamas K-12 Open" by Ed Addis, "November 2016 PCC Quads" by Brian Berger, "2016 Turkey Shoot Results" by Adam Porth,  "Breckenridge Rated Simul" by Brian Berger, Lennart Bjorksten, and Steven Breckenridge, "Fall Classic in Eugene" by Owen McCoy, "Explosive Growth Evident" by James Stripes, "November 2016 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Aaron Grabinsky Games" by Aaron Grabinsky, "2016 Washington State Blitz/Bughouse Championships" by Josh Sinanan, "Bethel December Quads" by Owen McCoy, "Tiglon, Raptis, and Collyer win Second Seattle Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "Portland Winter Open" by Brian Berger, "Washington Class Championship" by Gary Dorfner and Ralph Dubisch, "PRO Chess League" by Josh Sinanan and Jason Cigan, and a back-cover photo of "Aaron Fischer and George Oliver at SCC Extravaganza" by Matthew Tedesco.
2016 (all in full color!)
Note: All 2016 issues also feature a Northwest Chess Grand Prix report by Murlin Varner.
December
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Cover: Aaron Nicoski vs. Jake Winkler at Vancouver Open by Josh Sinanan.
32-page issue with "Tales Of The Latvian Gambit" by Mike Murray, "Tacoma Chess Times (covering three events)" by Gary Dorfner, "Bethel September Quads" by Owen McCoy, "Bend Falls Quads" by Eric Holcomb, "Norman Friedman Memorial" by Adam Porth, "Emerald City Chess Tournament" by Owen McCoy, "October 2016 PCC Quads" by Brian Berger, "Aaron Grabinsky at SPICE" by Aaron Grabinsky, "Vancouver Open" by Josh Sinanan and Gary Dorfner, "October 2016 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Washington Challengers Cup" by Josh Sinanan and Gary Dorfner, "Michael Lee wins Inaugural Seattle Chess Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "Challengers Cup Scholastic" by Josh Sinanan and Gary Dorfner, "Oregon Class Championship" by Brian Berger, "Miscellaneous Games," "2017 Newport June Open Planning Stages" by H.G. Pitre, and a back-cover photo of "Kyle Haining observes Alikhan Irgaliyev, Curt Collyer, Michael Lee, and Anthony He at the Seattle Masters" by Xuhao He.
November
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Cover: Minda Chen at Kings vs. Princes/Round Robin #2, by Victoria Jung-Doknjas.
32-page issue with "Seattle Kings vs. Princes Match III" by Josh Sinanan, "Film Review: Wazir" by Mike Hasuike, "Casual Chess at the Boise Chess Club," "September 2016 PCC Quad 45" by Brian Berger, "2016 Washington Women’s Championship" by Carol Kleist and Mary Kuhner, "September 2016 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "2016 Eastern Washington Open" by Kevin Korsmo, "2016 Norman Friedman Memorial" by Adam Porth, "Film Review: The Dark Horse" by Mike Hasuike, "National Chess Day Portland Fall Open" by Brian Berger, and a back-cover photo of "Jason Cigan at Kings vs. Princes Match" by Victoria Jung-Doknjas.
October
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Cover: Gavin Zhang in St. Louis by Kristina Zhang.
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, Idaho Chess News, and a back-cover photo of Perry and Moshe Rachmuth at PCC Quad 45 by Brian Berger.
September
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Cover: The Oregon Scholastic Champions by Nancy Keller.
32-page issue with Washington Chess Letter Historic Cover from September, 1958, Washington Chess News, CJA Award for 2016 Best State Magazine/Newsletter (special center-fold!), Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, and a back-cover photo of Jesse Batten at the Boise Chess Club by Jim Berezow.
August
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Cover: Janos Fucsko by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, and a back-cover photo of Ching-E Nobel Ang by Jeffrey Roland.
July
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Cover: Chesstoon of “Blitz The Kid” by Brian Berger.
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News, and back-cover photos of John Glenn and Tom Booth at the Boise Chess Club by Jim Berezow.
June
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Cover: Andy Halda wearing his prize-winning fiery bughouse hat, at the OSCF State Championship in Seaside, Oregon. Photo credit: Robert Schuff.
32-page issue with The Ross Report (Grand Pacific Open, Victoria BC) by IM Dave Ross, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News, and a back-cover photo of "OSCF State Championship Bughouse trophy" by Robert Schuff.
May
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Cover: "The Back is on the Front" ... Christopher Baumann by Jeffrey Roland. You can also see Chris' face on the inside of the magazine.
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samual He, and a back-cover photo of the “magic” chess hat of Bob Bishop (photo by Jeffrey Roland).
April
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Cover: The three State Chess Champions by various photographers.
32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News (all including the state championship) and a back-cover photo of Viktors Pupols at the 2016 Washington Closed by Wei Feng.
March
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Cover: Players at the Barnes & Noble Blitz Round Robin tournament in Twin Falls, ID, by Adam Porth.
32-page issue with Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, and a back-cover photo of Kyle Schwab at the Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland.
February
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Cover: Daniel He and Samuel He by Li Wang.
32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and a back-cover photo of Wesley Brimstein and Andre Murphy by Adam Porth.
January
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Cover: Ian Cavey at the Boise Chess Club. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, and a back-cover photo of Roland Feng and Nick Raptis at the State Champions Match by Josh Sinanan.
2015 (all in full color!)
Note: All 2015 issues also feature a Northwest Chess Grand Prix report by Murlin Varner.
December
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Cover: Ryan Long of Hillsboro, Oregon, at the 2015 Oregon All Stars Invitational Tournament in Salem on October 9. Photo credit: Jeffrey Dobbins.
32-page issue with "Are We Losing The Human Side Of Chess?" by Brian Berger, "Chess Notes from Another America" by Dan Bailey, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News and a back-cover photo of David Zaklan by Jeffrey Roland. CJA photojournalism entry: NWC December 2015 back cover (photo of David Zaklan by Jeffrey Roland).
Nov. 2015 NWC cover November
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Cover: Jerrold Richards (left) vs. David Hendricks at the Vancouver Open. On the next board, Joseph Truelson (left) vs. Nathan Lee. Photo Credit: Rachna Soneji.
32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, and a back-cover photo of the late Richard Gutman at the 2013 Oregon Open by Jeffrey Roland.
Oct. 2015 NWC Cover October
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Cover: GM Timur Gareyev gives Blindfold Simul by Mike Morris.
32-page issue with 2015 Chess Journalists of America Awards, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, annual USPS Statement of Ownership, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, and a back-cover photo of "2015 Run or Bike/Chess Championship by Dianne Barrese."
Sept. 2015 NWC Cover September
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Cover: Dewain Barber, Owen McCoy and Dylan Denker at the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions by Sarah McCoy.
32-page issue with Denker/Barber/NGIT by Owen McCoy, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, and a back-cover photo of "Alex Machin at the Boise Chess Club" by Jim Berezow.
Aug. 2015 NWC Cover August
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Cover: David Lucky “in victory pose” as he wins the 2015 Idaho Open in the same calendar year as he also won the Idaho Closed. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He and a back-cover photo of "Jeffrey Roland at the Boise Chess Club by Jim Berezow."
July 2015 NWC Cover July
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Cover: Members of the Lakeside K-12 Championship Team by Hideyuki Nagase.
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, a "Travel The World And Play Chess Crossword Puzzle" by Carol Kleist and a back-cover photo of "Jim Berezow taking picture of Jaime Crosby and Jarod Buus at Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland."
June
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Cover: Some prize winners at the Washington State Elementary & Middle School Chess Championship by Antony Chiang.
32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, and a back-cover photo of "Two players looking at a tablet at the Washington State Elementary & Middle School Chess Championships by Antony Chiang."
May
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Cover: Morgan the Dog in Hollywood by Lisa Kuhlman & Brian Berger.
32-page issue with "Morgan the Dog Interview" by Brian Berger, Oregon Chess News,  Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News and "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He. The back cover cartoon is "Dog trying to look like Morgan the Dog by Brian Berger." As you can see, this issue has really gone to the dogs!
April
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Cover: The three State Chess Champions by various photographers.
32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, and a back-cover photo of Bill Brubaker at the Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland.
March
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Cover: David Lucky, Idaho Blitz Chess Champion by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with Northwest Chess Grand Prix 2014 Final Report by Murlin Varner, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, Crossword Puzzle No. 2 by Carol Kleist, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, and a back-cover photo of Matthew Dominick and Jarod Buus by Jeffrey Roland.
February
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Cover: Aaron Grabinsky by Nancy Keller.
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, "The Foolish King" by Samir Sen, Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News and a back-cover photo of Corey Longhurst by Jim Berezow.
January
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Cover: Alan Tan by Duane Polich.
32-page issue with Washington Chess News, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and a back-cover photo of Jim Berezow by Jeffrey Roland.
2014 (all in full color!)
Note: All 2014 issues also feature a Northwest Chess Grand Prix report by Murlin Varner.
December
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Cover: Darwin Porth on National Chess Day by Adam Porth.
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News (includes Raptis vs. Koons match annotated by Koons), Idaho Chess News, Millionaire Chess Open and Western States Open, Washington Chess News, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, Journal of Chess Research Launches with De Groot Gala! by FM Loren Schmidt and a back-cover photo of Jazon Samillano with Morgan the Dog by Brian Berger. This is also the first issue printed by Sound Publishing Inc. of Everett, Wash.
November
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Cover: Halloween decoration taken Oct. 6, 2014 at the Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with "The Game Of Chess Is The Clue To Success" Crossword Puzzle by Carol Kleist, Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News and a back-cover photo of Alex Lopez at the Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland.
October
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Cover: Esteban Ruiz Proańo by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with annual USPS Statement of Ownership, From The Editor, Idaho Chess News, "Northwest well represented in 2014 SPFGI" by Frank Niro, Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News and a back-cover photo of Hank Harris’ Chess Set by Jeffrey Roland.
September
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Cover: Carl Haessler wins fourth annual Oregon Senior Open, presented by Mike Morris. Photo by Brian Berger.
32-page issue with the Fremont Troll (!), "Northwest Chess wins CJA Award!", Oregon Chess News, Book Review by IM John Donaldson, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News and a back-cover photo of "Jerrold Richards plays banjo at PCC Summer Open" by Brian Berger. This is the 800th issue, dating back to the first Washington Chess Letter in Nov. 1947.
August
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Cover: Frisco Del Rosario at the 2014 Idaho Open. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News including a reprint of "Fifty Years of Idaho Chess," Oregon Chess News and a back-cover photo of Harry Buerer at the Newport June Open by Suzy Buerer.
July
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Cover: Roland Feng in his victory pose at the 2014 Washington Open. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News, "Oregon’s Andy Trattner: From Chess to MIT" by Brian Berger, Idaho Chess News and a back-cover photo of the newly elected WCF Board of Directors by Jeffrey Roland.
June
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Cover: Peter Lessler at 2014 Grand Pacific Open by Blue Giraffe Photo.
24-page issue with Insights from the Grand Pacific Open by NM Peter Lessler, Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and a back-cover photo of Nick Raptis at the Clark Harmon Memorial Open by Joshua Sinanan.
May
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Cover: Hank Harris at the BCC #2 Tournament in Boise by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Book Reviews by IM John Donaldson, Idaho Chess News, and a back-cover photo of the Coquille Chess Team at K-12 National Chess Championship in San Diego by Nancy Keller.
April
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Cover: 2014 State Champions. (See magazine for photo credits.)
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and Washington Chess News (all including some state championship coverage).
March
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Cover: Quentin Van Law at Dragon Chess Open. Photo by Adam Porth.
32-page issue with State Championship Early Report, Rusty’s Chess History by Russell Miller, Oregon Chess News, Seven Book Reviews by IM John Donaldson, Elliott’s Chess Tips by NM Elliott Neff, Washington Chess News, The Dialogue That Ends With A Point by Jacob Stinar and Jeffrey Roland, Idaho Chess News and Andre Murphy at the Mountain Home Open by Jeffrey Roland (back cover)
February
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Cover: Steven Breckenridge giving a 52-board simul. Photo by Sean Tobin.
32-page issue with Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News and photo of Water Bottle at the Western Idaho Open by Jeff Roland!
January
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Cover: World chess champion Magnus Carlsen as drawn by local artist, Brian Berger.
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News, World Chess Championship Games and collage of three pictures of Jacob Stinar juggling chess pieces while balancing a chess king on his forehead by Jeff Roland. 8 pages of this issue were printed in color!
2013 (all in full color!)
Note: All 2013 issues also feature a Northwest Chess Grand Prix report by Murlin Varner.
December
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Cover: ICA Vice President Adam Porth showing his tattoo. Photo by Jeff Roland.
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, "Ontology Of Chess" by Jacob Stinar and Washington Chess News.
November
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Cover: Ralph Anthony, Run-away NWC Grand Prix Leader, as taken at the 2013 Oregon Open. Photo by Jeff Roland.
32-page issue with "Spotlight on Ralph Anthony, Northwest Chess Grand Prix Leader," Washington Chess News (including the Seattle Sluggers), Oregon Chess News and Idaho Chess News.
October
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Cover: Winners of the 2013 Oregon Open (Aaron Grabinsky, Alexandra Botez, and Richard Gutman) in three photos by Jeff Roland.
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News (including the Oregon Open), Idaho Chess News and Washington Chess News (including the Seattle Sluggers).
September
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Cover: Six Northwest girls plus Susan Polgar and Jeff Roland at the closing ceremonies of the 10th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational on July 25, 2013.
32-page issue with "Six Northwest Girls at the Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational," "A Nice Time in the Middle of the Country (U.S. Open Report)" by Murlin Varner, Some Games from the U.S. Open, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News and Washington Chess News.
August
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Cover: Luke Harmon-Vellotti playing Kayden Troff at the 2013 U.S. Junior Closed by Tony Rich and courtesy of the St. Louis Chess Club.
32-page issue with "Just a Matter of Time for Luke Harmon-Vellotti" by Frank Niro, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News and Washington Chess News.
July
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Cover: Michael Wang wins Washington Open. Photo credit: Jeff Roland.
32-page issue with Washington Chess News (including the Washington Open), Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and "An Afternoon Chat with Yasser" by Frank Niro.
June
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Cover: Jim Waugh of Spokane celebrates his 84th birthday at the 2013 Inland Empire Open. Photo credit: Jeff Roland.
32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and Washington Chess News.
May
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Cover: Nathan Jiang wins the Idaho Scholastic Champion-ship. Also pictured is retiring ICA President, Jay Simonson. Photo credit: Jeff Roland.
32-page issue with State Championship Games (Part III) Washington Games Conclusion, Oregon Chess News by Frank Niro, Washington Chess News compiled by Russell “Rusty” Miller and Idaho Chess News.
April
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Cover: IM John Donaldson at the 2013 Dave Collyer Memorial by Jeff Roland.
32-page issue with Dave Collyer Memorial Tournament Report by Kevin Korsmo, "Luck in Chess" by IM John Donaldson, State Championship Games (Part II) Oregon plus Idaho, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News, Scholastics and Oregon Chess News.
March
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Cover: Washington, Oregon and Idaho state champions.
32-page issue with Washington State Championship Results, Oregon State Championship Results, Idaho State Championship Results, State Championship Games (the first weekend, February 9-10), John Donaldson Book Review, Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News and Idaho Chess News.
February
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Cover: Nick Raptis at the 2012 Western Idaho Open. Photo credit: Jeff Roland.
32-page issue with Dr. Ralph Hall Northwest Grand Prix (Final 2012 Report) by Murlin Varner, Oregon Chess News, PNW Players Results at the 22nd North American Open (Las Vegas), Washington Chess News, Scholastics, Idaho Chess News and "The Modern von Bardeleben" by Matt Wilson.
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Cover: Georgi Orlov and Elena Donaldson Akhmylovskaia in August 2008. Family photo courtesy of Georgi Orlov.
48-page special memorial issue with "Elena Donaldson Akhmylovskaia (1957-2012) by Frank Niro," "World Youth Championship (NW Players) by the players/families," "Seattle Sluggers U.S. Chess League Champions," Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News and Oregon Chess News.