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This Week/Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! Spokane Winter Championship (Rd 4 on Feb 11); Washington President’s Cup (Feb 13-14) in Seattle - see flyer; Idaho Closed State Championship (Feb 13-15) in Twin Falls.

This Week/Weekend - Other (non-GP) events! Valentine's Day Swiss (begins Feb 12) in Tacoma; Oregon Chess Championship (Rds 5-9 on Feb 13-15) in Portland; Washington Chess Championship (Rds 5-9 on Feb 13-15) at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Note: registration and badging required to access Microsoft building for this event. Contact Josh Sinanan, joshsinanan@gmail.com, for information. Each state championship event has an additional section this year.

Scholastic Chess Reminder! Both Washington and Oregon have high school team chess championships scheduled for the Feb. 27-28 weekend; see the scholastic events section of our calendar page for more information. Photo: Playing room at the 2015 Oregon High School Chess Team State Championships event at Portland Community College, courtesy of Nancy Keller.

$10,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund announced for the annual Oregon Open, scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5, in Portland at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree. See the TA page for details.

Viesturs SeglinsIn Memoriam (Reported by IM John Donaldson) - Two-time Washington state champion Viesturs Seglins died in Seattle on January 14th at the age of 89. Seglins was born on June 28, 1926, in the town of Bauska in southern Latvia about 40 miles from Riga and was introduced to the game at the age of 9 when his godfather bought him a book by Capablanca. This work (likely Chess Fundamentals) had a great influence on his style and in later years Sieglins would be noted for his expertise in the the endgame, the Cuban's forte. Seglins played in some small tournaments during his school days in Latvia but it was only after World War II that he began competing more seriously. He was second at the 1947 Muhlhausen Championship in Germany and the following year won a strong tournament in Kufstein, Austria. Seglins started playing in the Pacific Northwest around 1958 and immediately made an impact winning the state championship that year and in 1962. He was the top-scoring Washington player in the 1966 U.S. Open (with Viktors Pupols and James McCormick), scoring 9-4. Seglins had another fine result in the 1968 U.S. Open in Aspen, Colorado, where he shared 11th place place in a field of 172 with a score of 8-4. Memorial service information: February 13th, 1:00 p.m., at the Latvian Center, 11710 3rd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, phone (206) 362-9894.

February magazine! The February issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Thursday, 1/28. It's a 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. Cover: Daniel He and Samuel He by Li Wang. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

New Fischer book! IM John Donaldson has released a new greatly enlarged 3rd edition of his book, A Legend on the Road: Bobby Fischer's 1964 Simultaneous Tour, including many annotated games. Here's the link to buy a Kindle or paperback version on amazon.com.

January magazine! The January issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 12/30. It's a 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. Cover: Ian Cavey at the Boise Chess Club. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color). Note that the teaser version does contain the story on the Feng-Raptis match, along with the back-cover photo!

Sluggers follow-up! Josh Sinanan reports that another Slugger has been recognized as an All Star by the U.S. Chess League. Congratulations to Bryce Tiglon for being named 2nd team All Star for board 4! Roland Feng and David Golub were also recognized as honorable mentions for board 3. Here is the report from the USCL website: http://uschessleague.com/wp/2015/12/17/2965/#more-6174.

Yaz writes ... See "On Chess: Final stage of the Chess Grand Tour is ready to start" by Yasser Seirawan on the St. Louis Public Radio website. This is about the 7th London Chess Classic, which began on Friday 12/4, the final of three events in the inaugural Chess Grand Tour.

December magazine! The December issue of Northwest Chess was mailed November 25. It's a 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. Cover: Ryan Long of Hillsboro, Oregon, at the 2015 Oregon All Stars Invitational Tournament in Salem on October 9. Photo credit: Jeffrey Dobbins. See the teaser (selected pages with color). Note that the teaser version does not contain the ads for three WCF events to be held in December (NWC Open, Women's Championship and G/60 Championship); however, all of those ads are available separately on the calendar page.

December magazine - 41 Years Ago! The December 1974 issue of Northwest Chess is the latest of 200 NWC back issues now available - see the scanning project page. In addition, you can enjoy 168 issues of Washington Chess Letter and Northwest Chess Letter, which preceeded NWC. That's 368 total back issues, more than one for every day of the year. And more will be added next year. The December 1974 holiday cover shown here was sketched by Victoria Poyser. Kennedy (Kip) Poyser (link to people articles page) subsequently served as NWC Editor from November 1975 to October 1978.

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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.

WA Jr Closed 2016
Photo: 2016 Washington Junior Closed players. Congratulations to winner Daniel He. See linked blog post for more details.
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Photo: The four Washington players (including Anthony He and Naomi Bashkansky) at the WYCC in Greece. Credit: Xuhao He.
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Photo: View of the playing hall at the Washington Class Championships.
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