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Current Chess News (see below for tournaments completed)

See calendar and TA pages for more info about upcoming chess events. The state championship results have been moved to the "Completed Tournament / Match News" below on this page.

Special Event / final days! Maryhill Museum (near Goldendale, WA) Cardboard, Clay & Crayons: Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists Exhibition (now until Jul 31).

This Week/Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! Portland CC G/60 (Jul 26); Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Jul 27).

This Week/Weekend - Other (non-GP) events! Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Jul 24); Firecracker Swiss (Rd 3 on Jul 25) in Tacoma.

Northwest girls at Susan Polgar Girls Invitational! The following local players are participating: Andrea Botez and Lauren Mei Calora from Oregon, Olga Cherepakhin from Washington and Carmen Pemsler from Idaho. Additionally, Alise Pemsler and Andrei Botez are on the TD staff this year. - Reported by Frank Niro.

Berry article! In an article on his website, Jonathan Berry of Canada discusses his "Career as a Chess Arbiter, Referee (and) Tournament Director," and mentions former NWC Business Manager Rusty Miller.

July magazine! The July issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Monday 6/23, less than three weeks after the June issue was mailed! It's a 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. Cover: Roland Feng in his victory pose at the 2014 Washington Open. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).


June magazine! The June issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Tuesday 6/3. It's only a 24-page issue (due to a shortage of material) 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. Cover: Peter Lessler at 2014 Grand Pacific Open by Blue Giraffe Photo. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

U.S. Champions! Gata Kamsky and Irina Krush repeat as U.S. Chess Champions - see story on USCF website. Previous story: The U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women's Championship will again be held in St. Louis, May 7-21, followed by the U.S. Junior Closed Championship, June 20-July 3. See a blog post by Rusty Miller. The field and commentators for the championships were announced ... see USCF story.

May magazine! The May issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 4/29. It's a 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. Cover: Hank Harris at the BCC #2 Tournament in Boise by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

April magazine! The April issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday 3/28. It's a 32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and Washington Chess News (all including state championship coverage). Cover: 2014 State Champions. (See magazine for photo credits.) See the full edition (all pages with color). Donations Suggested! The American Red Cross is encouraging people who want to help those impacted by the mudslide in Snohomish County to consider making financial donations. For additional information, contact the Red Cross at www.redcross.org/wa/everett or call: 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767). Northwest Chess magazine is printed at Snohomish Publishing Co. in the city of Snohomish, Washington.

Updated! Most Active Players! Rusty Miller reports that the following chess players in the Northwest have been most active in USCF events since online recordkeeping began in the early 1990s: August Piper (Seattle) 785 events, Nick Raptis (Portland) 691 events, Stephen Buck (Tacoma) 541 events, Fred Kleist (Seattle) 511 events, David Griffin (Spokane) 509 events, Viktors Pupols (Kingston) 419 events and Jim Waugh (Spokane) 417 events. Did we miss anyone?

See old news previously appearing on this page.

Completed Tournament / Match News

Beginning in 2013, most 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 has now stepped down. 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.

  Open Events (July):
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Jul 1-22?)
  • 2014 ICA Summer Classic (Jul 19-20) in Boise
  • Seattle Seafair Open (Jul 18-20)
  • Portland Saturday Quads (Jul 19)
  • Oregon Senior Open (Jul 12-13) in Oregon City
  • Puget Sound Open (Jul 12) in Tacoma
  • Portland Chess Club USCF-rated Thursday Blitz (Jul 10)
  • Seattle CC Novice (Jul 6)
  • USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament (Jul 5) at Coffee Time in Portland
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Jul 5)
  Scholastic Events (June):
  • Family Chess at Director Park (Jun 26) in Portland
  • Issaquah Beginners Tournament (Jun 21) at Chess4Life, Issaquah, WA
  • LaVerne Park Summer Fun (Jun 21) near Coquille, OR

Photo: Jeremy Silman at Maryhill Museum. Credit: Russell Miller. See more on Flickr.
Open Events (June):
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Jun 29)
  • 2014 Idaho Open (Jun 28-29) in Boise, ID
  • 2nd Annual Olympia Open (Jun 28) in Olympia, WA
  • Portland CC G/60 (Jun 28)
  • Tacoma City Championship (concluded on Jun 27)
  • Portland Chess Club USCF-rated Thursday Blitz (Jun 26)
  • Summer Open (Jun 21-22) in Portland
  • Emerald City Open (Jun 20-22) in Seattle
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Jun 3-17)
  • Newport June Open (Jun 14-15) in Newport, OR - See information/entry form
  • Qualchan Quads (Jun 14) in Spokane, WA
  • Five-round Rapid Chess Tournament at Guardian Games (Jun 14) in Portland
  • Portland Chess Club USCF-rated Thursday Blitz (Jun 12)
  • Maryhill Museum Game/15 Quads & IM Jeremy Silman visit (Jun 7) - This event was in connection with the Harry Potter chess game that Silman helped create as part of the “Cardboard, Clay and Crayons, Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists” exhibit.
  • Boise Chess Festival (Jun 7)
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) (Jun 7)
  • USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament (Jun 7) at Coffee Time in Portland
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Jun 7)
  • Evergreen Empire Open (Jun 7) in Tacoma
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Jun 1)
  Scholastic Events (May):
  • American Chess Institute Quads Tournament (K-8) (May 30) in Vancouver, WA
  • Bethel Last Friday Quads, Willamette High School (May 30) in Eugene, OR
  • WA Open Scholastic (May 24) in Seattle
  • WA - BC International Scholastic Invitational (May 3) in Vancouver, BC
Photo (at Coffee Time event by Galen Pyle): Ricard Guttman (purple), Lennart (standing) and Luke Robson (scarf). Open Events (May):
  • Portland CC G/60 (May 31)
  • Washington Open (May 24-26), North Seattle Community College - see two-page flyer with side events. New NWC subscriptions will not begin until the July magazine.
  • U.S. Amateur North Championship (May 24-26) in Boise, ID
  • Portland CC unrated Thursday Blitz (May 22)
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (May 6-20)
  • 39th Paul Keres Memorial (May 17-19) in Richmond, BC
  • Inland Empire Open (May 17-18) in Spokane
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) (May 17)
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (May 17)
  • May Day Quads (G/20) (May 16) in Tacoma
  • Pierce County Open (May 10) in Tacoma
  • Portland CC USCF-rated Thursday Blitz (May 8)
  • Harmon Memorial (May 2-4) in Seattle
  • USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament (May 3) at Coffee Time in Portland
  • Pierce County Championship (concluded May 2) in Tacoma
It's Over ... the biggest kids' event of the year!
Washington State Elementary Chess Championship
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal
Pier 91, Magnolia WA 98121
Saturday April 12th, 2014

Coquille Chess Team display their collection of trophies at the National: Tanner Flood, Hailey Riley, Aaron Grabinsky, Josiah Perkins, Joshua Grabinsky. Photo by Nancy Keller.
Scholastic Events (April):
  Open Events (April):
  • Seattle Chess Club Novice (Apr 27)
  • Western Pacific Open (Apr 25-27 or 26-27) in Los Angeles
  • Portland CC G/60 (Apr 26)
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Apr 26)
  • Portland Chess Club unrated Thursday Blitz (Apr 24)
  • Grand Pacific Open (Apr 18-21) in Victoria, BC
  • Larry Evans Memorial (Apr 18-20) in Reno, NV - see full-page ad
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) (Apr 19)
  • Daffodil Open (Apr 19) in Tacoma, WA
  • Taxing Quads (Apr 3-17) in Spokane, WA
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Apr 1-15)
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Apr 13)
  • Portland Chess Club USCF-rated Thursday Blitz (Apr 10)
  • Seattle Adult Swiss (Apr 5-6)
  • City of Eugene Recreation chess tournament (Apr 5-6)
  • USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament (Apr 5) at Coffee Time in Portland
See old tournament news previously appearing on this page.


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