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This Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events!

  • Nov 18 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA - See November SCC ad
  • Nov 18 Portland CC G/60, Portland, OR

This Weekend - Other (non-GP) events!

  • Nov 17 Tacoma City & Pierce County Championship (Rd 4), Tacoma, WA
  • Nov 17 Seattle CC November Rains (Rd 3), Seattle, WA - See November SCC ad
  • Nov 19 Bethel Sunday Chess Quads, Eugene, OR - See ad/flyer

Seattle Sluggers Qualify for 2018 PRO Chess League! - See the blog post. Note that the PRO Chess League is truly international - the Sluggers first match is scheduled for Thursday Jan. 18 at 7:05 p.m. Pacific time against the Australia Kangaroos!

In Memoriam - GM William Lombardy, 1937-2017, who although best known as Bobby Fischer's second during the 1972 world championship match against Spassky, had the talent to become one of the world’s top players, had he not decided to become a priest instead. See article #1 and article #2 on John Henderson's blog.

November magazine! The November issue of Northwest Chess was mailed early on 10/19! It's a 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. Cover: GM Jim Tarjan at the 2017 Oregon Open by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color). Note: Grand Prix report updated in teaser as of the evening of Nov. 8.

In Memoriam - 35 year old Staff Sgt. Bryan Black of Puyallup was one of four Green Berets killed when they came under fire in Niger on Oct. 4. He served as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. Bryan was an active chess player in Washington State in the 1990s and 2000s. His last US Chess rating was 1975. He was Tacoma Chess Club champion in 1999 and graduated from Puyallup High School in 2000. Our thoughts are with his family. See story on The News Tribune website. | See the Tacoma Chess Club history page for club champions.

October magazine! The October issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 9/27. It's a 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. Cover: WCF President Josh Sinanan (L) and FM Steven Breckenridge, winner of the 2017 Vancouver Open. Photo Credit: Jacob Mayer. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

September magazine! The September issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 8/24. It's a 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. Cover: James Schroeder circa late 1950s/early 1960s, by James Schroeder. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Advertising Omission! Northwest Chess regrets that the business card for Master's Academy in Boise, Idaho, was omitted from the September issue of NWC by mistake. Please see the calendar page for the Academy's business card and list of upcoming scholastic tournaments.

US Chess names new Executive Director (Aug. 29) - The United States Chess Federation (US Chess) is pleased to announce the selection of Carol Meyer as its new Executive Director. The selection of Ms. Meyer was made after a nationwide search that attracted more than 100 applicants. "US Chess is very pleased to announce Ms. Meyer's appointment," says Mike Hoffpauir, President of the US Chess Board of Directors. Mike notes, "Carol's deep expertise and years of leadership experience of 501(c)(3) organizations will greatly aid our efforts to fund an array of educational and social chess initiatives in keeping with our recent conversion to a 501(c)(3) educational organization." See uschess.org for more information.

NWC CJA award certificate (2017)NWC Wins CJA Award! Northwest Chess is pleased to once again be the recipient of the chess journalist award for Best State Magazine, awarded by the Chess Journalists of America (CJA). The 2017 award certificate, shown here, names Editor Jeffrey Roland. Congratulations to Jeff and all of our NWC magazine contributors.

Chess companion wanted - Mr. John Epley (photo at left), age 87, is no longer able to travel to his chess club in Vancouver, Wash. due to a disability, and would like someone to visit and play chess. According to daughter Cathy, "He is still cognitively sharp and a delightful man but plays slowly because of his stroke and age. I would be willing to pay someone to spend time with my father playing chess a couple times a week. It would mean a lot to me to find someone to play with him. I guarantee you that they would have a good time with my dad as he is a very interesting man." Contact: Cathy Epley, 503-516-7173, email cepley@mac.com.

ACM discount still available! American Chess Magazine, in cooperation with Northwest Chess, is pleased to offer a $5 discount using the code published in the ACM ad in the May edition of NWC. (See the teaser version for the ACM ad page, and a review by NWC games editor Ralph Dubisch.)

August magazine! The August issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 7/26. It's a 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. Cover: GM Timur Gareyev by Adam Porth. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Visit to Fischer's Grave - The son of Oregon chess player Russ Winge recently visited Iceland, including the site of Bobby Fischer's grave, as shown in the photo, at a humble location ... the graveyard of an inconspicuous country church. And, yes, there's construction in progress in the background. For a story of Fischer's life, including the final years in Iceland, consider reading Endgame - Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall ..., by Frank Brady.

See old news previously appearing on this page.

Completed Tournament / Match News

Beginning in 2013, 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. 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.

  Scholastic Events (November-December):
  Open or Invitational Events (November-December):
  Scholastic Events (September-October):

Photo: Playing room scene at the WA Challenger's Cup at the Seattle Chess Club. Courtesy WCF.
Open or Invitational Events (September-October):
  Scholastic Events (July-August):
  • Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix #4 (Aug 31) in Ferndale, WA
  • Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix #3 (Aug 10) in Ferndale, WA
  • Denker Tournament of High School Champions (Jul 29-Aug 1) in Norfolk, VA
  • Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions (Jul 29-Aug 1) in Norfolk, VA
  • National Girls Tournament of Champions (Jul 29-Aug 1) in Norfolk, VA
  • Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix #2 (Jul 27) in Ferndale, WA
  • North American Youth Chess Championship (Jul 12-16) in Morristown, NJ. - Bryce Tiglon (WA) was awarded the IM title for winning 1st place in the U18 Open section with 7.5 of 9 points. Other winners included Stephanie Velea (WA) who finished 1st place in the U10 Girls section and earned the WCM title, Owen Xuan (WA) 3rd place in U10 Open section with the CM title, and Minda Chen (WA) 2nd place in U14 Girls section with the WCM title. See the standings.
  • Hot Summer Chess Grand Prix #1 (Jul 13) in Ferndale, WA
  Open or Invitational Events (July-August):
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