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Northwest Chess March 2024 coverMarch magazine! The March 2024 issue of Northwest Chess should be mailed on Friday 2/23. It's a 48-page issue with "NWC Hall Of Fame Inductee (Clark Harmon)" by Ralph Dubisch, "Remembering August Piper" by John Selsky with Fred Kleist, "Bryce Tiglon Interview" by Ken Lee, "2023 Washington Class Championships" by Josh Sinanan, "2024 East Idaho Regional Scholastic Qualifier" by Jay Simonson, "IM Eric Tangborn Simul" by Josh Sinanan, "2023 Washington Junior Invitational" and "2023 Washington Winter Classic" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of John Selsky by Meiling Cheng. Cover: Kyle Haining by Meiling Cheng. See the teaser edition (selected pages).

Three New National Masters!

Ryan Min at North American OpenAdvaith Vijayakumar(1) Congratulations to Ryan Min of Bellevue, Washington, who recently became Washington State's newest National Master! Ryan achieved a US Chess rating of 2206 by winning three games in a row at the North American Open, held in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 26-30, 2023. Along the way, Ryan scored clutch wins against NM Nathan Yan (2277) and GM Dmitry Gurevich (2475), with the victory against the Grandmaster officially sealing the title. See: US Chess crosstable, Game which made Ryan Min a National Master. Photo (left): Ryan at the North American Open on Dec. 27. (2) Advaith Vijayakumar of Bothell, Washington, was recognized as a National Master by U.S. Chess, in Sept. 2023. He achieved his NM title at a PNWCC norm event. Photo (right): Advaith at the HS State Individual tournament (Jan. 2024), taken by Ani Barua.

Yu-Cheng Liang(3) Congratulations to Yu-Cheng Liang of Camas, Washington, who became one of Washington State's newest National Masters in 2023. Yu-Cheng achieved a US Chess rating of 2214 as a result of scoring 4/9 at the Independence Day IM Norm tournament, hosted by 1000GM in Sunnyvale, Calif., June 30-July 4, 2023. Along the way, Yu-Cheng scored clutch victories against NM Alejandro Maass (2254) and WGM Martha Fierro (2353). See: US Chess crosstable. Yu-Cheng maintained a rating of 2213 by scoring 5/9 at the North American Open, defeating Yesun Kate Lee (2046), Vincent Yang (2055), and Steve Wongso (2275). See one of Yu-Cheng's games from the SPICE Cup Open. Photo (left): Yu-Cheng at a 2023 chess event.

Northwest Chess February 2024 coverFebruary magazine! The February 2024 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday 1/26. It's a 32-page issue with "Reader Appreciation" by Josh Sinanan, Stephen Willy, and Su Lim, "2023 Oregon Junior Closed" by Wilson Gibbins, "18th Annual SPFNO For Girls And Boys" by SPFNO Organizers, "St. Anne Celtic Challenge Fall 2023" by Josh Sinanan, "The Unique Connection Between Music And Chess" by Ken Lee, "Blast From The Past!" by Viktors Pupols, "Sridhar At North American Open" by Sridhar Seshadri, "Happy New Year 2023" by Jeffrey Roland, "NM Ryan Min" and "NM Yu-Cheng Liang" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of Emel Bayrambeyli and Pace Lykins by Wilson Gibbons. Cover: Zoey Tang by Wilson Gibbins. See the teaser edition (selected pages). In addition to the teaser, you can also view the article "The Unique Connection Between Music And Chess (A Conversation With FM Slava Mikhailuk)" by Ken Lee.

Northwest Chess January 2024 coverJanuary magazine! The January 2024 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday 12/29. It's a 32-page issue with "News Flash: Bryce Tiglon Grandmaster" by Josh Sinanan, "2023 Oregon Class Championships" by Wilson Gibbins, "2023 Washington Challenger’s Cup" by Josh Sinanan, "A Conversation With Super GM Liem Le Ken Lee," "2023 Challenger’s Cup Scholastic" and "Inaugural Veterans Day Open" by Josh Sinanan, "WCF and SettleKing Announcement" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of George Oliver by Meiling Cheng. Cover: Stephen Willy by Wilson Gibbins. See the teaser edition (selected pages).

Bryce TiglonNew Local GM!! Congratulations to Bryce Tiglon of Woodinville, Washington, who recently became the Pacific Northwest's newest Grandmaster! Bryce achieved his third and final GM Norm at the recently concluded Chessable Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival, which took place from December 12-22, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. Along the way, Bryce scored an undefeated 7.5/10 points in Group A, including victories against GM Jingyao Tin (2573) and GM H. Bharath Subramaniyam (2504): https://www.sunwaychessfestival.com/en/sitges/player/Bryce-Tiglon_2087456. See his games on ChessBase. Bryce is currently in college at Stanford University, where he is pursuing a double major. With this fantastic performance, Bryce becomes the second grandmaster ever from Washington State since Yasser Seirawan achieved the title in 1980! (And Yasser has sent his congratulations to Bryce!)

Northwest Chess Dec 2023 coverDecember magazine! The December 2023 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday 11/24. It's a 32-page issue with "Plateau Youth Chess Club" by Anna Jonson and Susanna Lim, "A Tribute To Ignacio Perez" by Josh Sinanan, "Do Brown Cows Make Chocolate Milk?" by Ken Lee, "Open Window School Fall Tornado" by Josh Sinanan, "Southern Idaho Open Veterans Day" by Barry Eacker, six more Washington chess stories by Josh Sinanan - "2023 National Chess Day Scholastic," "Washington National Chess Day Blitz," "Washington G/60 Championship," "Washington Bullet Championship," "CM Nikash Vemparala Clock Simul," "2023 Lakeside Fall Classic," and a back-cover photo of Juan Larios with Jace Liu and Kyle Liu spectating by Justin Johnson. Cover: Handshake between Sahan Katipally and Alice Li, by Justin Johnson. See the teaser edition (selected pages).

See old news previously appearing on this page.

Completed Tournament / Match News

Some local tournament reports were previously 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. However, blogging activity has stopped. If you are interesting in blogging for your club's events, please let us know.

  Scholastic Events (January-February):
  Open or Invitational Events (January-February):
  • Feb 4 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Feb 3 SCC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Jan 27-28 SCC Adult Swiss, Seattle, WA
  • Jan 5-26 SCC January Thaw (close ratings), Seattle, WA
  • Jan 21 SCC G/20 Hexes, Seattle, WA
  • Jan 20 SCC Novice, Seattle, WA
  • Jan 20 Washington Winter G/60 Championship, Seattle, WA
  • Jan 13-14 SCC Seattle City Championship, Seattle, WA
  • Jan 7 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  Scholastic Events (November-December):
  Open or Invitational Events (November-December):
  • Jan 7 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 31-Jan 1 SCC Insanity, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 30 SCC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 16-17 WA Winter Classic, Lakeside School, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 13 IM Eric Tangborn Simul + Raffle, presented by Issaquah Highlands Chess Club, Issaquah, WA
  • Dec 10 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 9 SCC G/20 Hexes, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 3 SCC Novice, Seattle, WA
  • Dec 2 SCC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 24-26 Washington Class Championships, Bellevue, WA
  • Nov 21-26 58th American Open, Garden Grove, CA
  • Nov 18 SCC G/20 Hexes, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 12 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 11 Veteran's Day Open, Seattle, WA
  • Nov 4-5 SCC Rain City Plus-Score Swiss, Seattle, WA
  Scholastic Events (September-October):
  Open or Invitational Events (September-October):
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