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  • Jun 24 Portland Sunday Quads, Portland, OR

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Pupols wins Marshall Award! Longtime chess master and WCF life member Viktors Pupols has been named a winner of the annual Frank J. Marshall Award from US Chess, along with Franc Guadalupe of Texas. This award is given "for being an outstanding ambassador for chess and lifetime contributions to the game." Congratulations, Vik!

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June magazine! The June issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 5/30. It's a 32-page issue with "Letters To The Editor" by Jerrold Richards & Cleve Johnson, "2018 Idaho Open" by Jay Simonson, "Oregon Senior Open" by Brian Berger, "2018 OSCF State Championship" by Owen McCoy, "Jack Schrader (1935-2018)" by Russell Miller, "April 2018 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "US National Junior Congress 2018" by Vijay Sankaran, Igor Shubin, and Stephan Jiang, "2018 WA State Middle School Chess Champion Mahalakshmi Arasu," "Grand Pacific Open" by Naomi Bashkansky, and a back-cover photo of "Rusty’s Socks" by Russell Miller. Cover: Michael Abron at the Idaho Open by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Local Juniors Qualify! The US Chess Federation recently announced (on May 8) the list of junior players who have qualified to participate in the 2018 World Cadet Chess Championships to be held in Galicia, Spain, Nov. 3-16, 2018. 14 Washington and Oregon players qualified either for this event or for the World Youth (ages 12-18) event, which will be held in Halkidiki, Greece, Oct. 19-31, 2018! Please see the blog post on this website, and congratulations - Looks like some travel coming up!

Scholar Award! The U.S. Chess Federation (US Chess) named five recipients of the 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer Awards, and we're pleased to report that Seth Talyansky, age 17, from Portland, Oregon was one of the five. See the article on the US Chess website. Seth previously appeared on the cover of Northwest Chess for May 2017 - see the 2017 news page.

U.S. Championships! - The 2018 U.S. Chess Championships were held April 17-29 at the Saint Louis Chess Club for the tenth consecutive year. Congratulations to new U.S. Chess Champion GM Sam Shankland, with a final score of 8.5 out of 11, going undefeated. World championship candidate GM Fabiano Caruana finished a close second with 8 points, losing only once.

In Memoriam (reported by Russell (Rusty) Miller) - Jack Arthur Schrader of Vancouver, Wa., and originally from Oregon, passed away on Apr. 18 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter, 5 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters. Jack was a man of many talents, of which chess was one, playing at a respectable amateur level. A number of his cartoons have appeared in Northwest Chess. Photo: Jack Schrader at Biscuits restaurant. Photo courtesy of Esther Schrader.

Local youth to represent U.S.! - Sophie Velea will be the Official U.S. Representative for Girls U10 at the 2018 Pan-American Youth Championships in Santiago, Chile, July 21-29! Stephanie Velea and Bryce Tiglon also qualified by Personal Rights by achieving gold medals at the 2017 North American Youth. See the official news on the US Chess website, and congratulations to Sophie, Stephanie, and Bryce! Note (added 4/25): Stephanie and Anne-Marie Velea also had great results at the All-Girls National Chess Championships held Apr. 20-22 in Chicago. Stephanie tied for 1st place in girls under 12 and Anne-Marie took 2nd place in girls under 14. Photo at right: Stephanie and Anne-Marie Velea at the April event. Photo courtesy of Monica Olaru.

Reported by US Chess - Congratulations 2018 World Championship Candidate GM Fabiano Caruana! US Chess proudly congratulates GM Fabiano Caruana for winning the Candidates Tournament in Berlin, Germany. The entire American chess community, along with chess fans around the world, will be excitedly anticipating his match against World Champion Magnus Carlsen this November 9-28 in London, England. Also see "The Candidates Lift," "Absolutely Fabi-lous!," "The Shape of the Challenger" (and other related postings) on John Henderson's blog.

GM Yasser Seirawan stuff (reported by Rusty Miller) - A History of Chess Openings (on YouTube, 41-min. lecture from Oct. 2014) and doing commentary for the 2018 world championship candidates match, March 10-28 in Berlin.

May magazine! The May issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 4/25. It's a 32-page issue with "Letter To The Editor" and "Letter To The Northwest Chess Board" (with various responses) by Micah Smith, "2018 PCC Spring Open" and "PCC March Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Kings vs Princes Match V," "2018 Intermat Candidates Tournament" and "Seattle Super Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "2018 Washington President’s Cup" by Jacob Mayer, "Annotated Game" by Ralph Dubisch, and a back-cover photo of GM Julio Sadorra doing a pushup at Kerry Park by Jacob Mayer. Cover: US Chess Master Owen McCoy (now rated 2201 as of 4/14) by Sarah McCoy. See the full issue (all pages with color).

April magazine! The April issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 3/28. It's a 32-page issue with "Spokane Chess Club Officers" by James Stripes, "2018 Idaho Closed State Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, "Introduction to the Inman vs. Machin Game" by Garrett Reynolds, "PCC February Game 60" by Brian Berger, a Letter To The Editor by John P. Christy, "Dave Collyer Memorial" by Kevin Korsmo, "2018 Washington State Girls Championship" by David Hendricks, "Megan Lee Lecture" by Josh Sinanan, "2018 Washington Closed State Championship" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of Alex Machin by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Roland Feng and Alex Machin, by Jacob Mayer and Jeffrey Roland. See the full issue (all pages with color).

Seattle Sluggers Update! - The Sluggers ended the 2018 season with a bang on Wednesday 3/7 by clobbering the division-leading Chengdu Pandas 9-7! See the full write-up about the match on chess.com. Also check out commentary of the match on the Nakamura's Knockouts channel. The Sluggers finished with 4 wins, 1 draw, and 4 losses, tied with the San Jose Hackers, just missing the playoffs but avoiding relegation. Final pre-playoff standings: https://www.prochessleague.com/standings.html. Josh Sinanan would like to thank Sluggers management - Eddie Chang, Tian Sang, Siva Sankrithi, and Jacob Mayer. Also, many thanks to our fans and sponsors for supporting the team. We will be hard at work in the off-season to improve the team and come back stronger in the years to come!

See the original blog post (about the Sluggers qualifying for the league in 2018). Note that the PRO Chess League is truly international - the Sluggers first match was held on Jan. 18 against the Australia Kangaroos!

March magazine! The March issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 2/28. It's a 32-page issue with "Shah Mat" by Glen O’Harra, "John (Johnny) D. Walker (1948-2018)" by John Donaldson, et.al., "2018 Washington Junior Closed" by David Hendricks, "Neil Dale Memorial" and "PCC January Game 60" by Brian Berger, "2018 BC vs WA Challenge Match" by Josh Sinanan, "Chess Poem from the Idaho Closed - Peace" by David Zaklan, Miscellaneous Games, "2018 Washington Junior Open" and "2018 WA State High School Individual Championship" by Gary Dorfner and Josh Sinanan, "Tacoma News" by Gary Dorfner, et.al., "Washington Closed Bios," "2018 Idaho Blitz Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, and a back-cover photo of Bryce Tiglon and Roland Feng by Jacob Mayer. Cover: Kevin Xu, Idaho State Blitz Champion by Dylan Porth. See the full issue (all pages with color).

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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.

May 5 Intermat group photo by Victoria Doknjas.
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Photo: NM Joshua Doknjas vs WCF President Josh Sinanan at the WA vs. BC match. (Credit: Victoria Doknjas)
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