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Important Changes (Rev. Oct. 2020) - Please Read
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May - NWC Grand Prix events!

  • All local over-the-board chess events have been cancelled. Please contact the event organizer for more information and current status of scheduled events. Some events have been moved online. See calendar and TA pages for more info about upcoming chess events.
  • Seattle Chess Club - The club has suspended advertising of in-person events until the club is able to safely reopen. Quads & Tornadoes are now online.
  • As in 2020, the NWC Grand Prix will be conducted in two sections - Washington and all others. See the standings intended for publication in the May magazine. The 2021 GP is named in honor of Russell ("Rusty") Miller.

May - Other (non-GP) events!

  • All WCF, Seattle and Apropos events are US Chess Online Rated if eligible.
  • No events scheduled.

May - Scholastic Events

May magazine! The May 2021 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 4/27. It's a 32-page issue with "Chess-Themed Movies: Hatley High" by Breck Haining, "Chess In A New World" by Karen Schmidt, "Washington Closed Brilliancy Prizes (by section):" Championship by Brendan Zhang, Premier by Samuel He, Invitational by Daniel He, "February 13 Seattle Chess Club Quads," "2021 Presidential Scholastic," "2021 Washington Girls Championship," "2021 Orlov Academy vs Juniors to Masters Academy," and "March 7 Seattle Chess Club Quads" by Josh Sinanan, "2021 Washington Spring Mini-Teams" by Siva Sankrithi and Josh Sinanan, "March 14 Seattle Chess Club Tornado," "2021 Intermat Candidates," "Seattle Spring Open" and "April 4 Seattle Chess Club Quads" by Josh Sinanan, "Chess Fever & The 1925 Moscow International" by Breck Haining, "Humor In Chess, Part Three" by Karen Schmidt, "Idaho Chess Roundup" by Jeffrey Roland, and a back-cover photo of Jeffrey Roland by Alex Machin. Cover: Renaissance Chess Set (photo by Jeffrey Roland). See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

A windy day on some sand dunes ... short chess-themed video by Philip Peterson.

New Dake article! Casey Bush, who has written extensively about chess master Arthur Dake (1910-2000) before, just had a new article posted on a site called The Decadent Review. The article, "Marcel Duchamp Mugged by a Street Hustler," is about a game played by Arthur Dake at the Folkestone Olympiad in 1933, but it is also about the evolution of culture from the arts to the sciences as seen through the lens of chess, according to Casey.

April magazine! The April 2021 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 3/24. It's a 48-page issue with a Letter To The Editor by Jerry Richards, "2021 Washington State Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "Chess Shorts: Geri’s game" by Breck Haining, "Readers’ Showcase" by Ryan Porter, "2021 Washington Chess960 Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "2021 Washington Junior Closed" by Jacob Mayer, "Game Of The Gods Review" by Karen Schmidt, "2021 Seattle City Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "Self-Acceptance: My Chess Story" by Nobel Ang, "2021 Washington President’s Cup" by Josh Sinanan, "Meet Xuhao He" by Breck Haining, "Washington State High School Individual 2021" and "2021 Washington Junior Open And Reserve" by Jacob Mayer, "Membership/Subscription #6000" by Eric Holcomb, "1966 US Open" by Daniel Shubin, and a back-cover photo of "The He Family with GM Miroslav Miljkovic" by Xuhao He. Cover: Anthony He by Xuhao He. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

March magazine! The March 2021 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 2/24. It's a 48-page issue with a Letter To The Editor by Marvin Hayami, "2020 Oregon Junior Closed Championships" by Wilson Gibbins, "Carol Kleist / August Piper" by Karen Schmidt, "Remembering Michael Franett" by John Donaldson, "Viktors Pupols vs Bobby Fischer" by Daniel Shubin, "Duane Reminisces" by Duane Polich, "Pan-Am Intercollegiate 2020-2021" by Nicholas Whale, "The Price Is Austin" by Jude Acers, "British Columbia Defeats Washington" by Paul Leblanc and Josh Sinanan, "Recap For ICA Online Events" by Jeffrey Roland, "Nine Bobcats In The Morning" by Nick Allison, "Chess Lines Canines Play" by Breck Haining, and "80 Glorious Years Of US Chess Federation (A Special Knight's Tour) by Awani Kumar. Cover: Caricature of Jeffrey Roland by Brian Berger. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

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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.

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