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Next Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! Christmas Congress (Dec 20) in Fife, WA (organized by Tacoma Chess Club); Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Dec 21).

This Weekend - Other (non-GP) events! Tacoma Chess Championship (Rd 3 on Dec 19); Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult) (Dec 19) in Eugene, OR - See flyer; Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament (Dec 20).

January magazine! The January issue of Northwest Chess is in production and should be mailed on 12/26. It's a 32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Chess Groovies by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and a back-cover photo of Jim Berezow by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Alan Tan by Duane Polich.

David Golub awarded top USCL board 4 honors! Congratulations to NM David Golub for being named U.S. Chess League 1st team All Star for board 4 for the 2014 season. Link to report from the USCL website. 1st Team: NM David Golub (SEA). This was not a difficult decision as Golub had a near-perfect record (7.5 of 8 with a 2499 performance rating), with many instrumental wins along the way, several of which were critical to Seattle recovering from a tough start to the season and snagging the final playoff spot. According to team manager Josh Sinanan, "I can assure you that David will be graduating to board 3 next season!"

Tied for 1st! Congratulations to Samir Sen of Washington for his 1st-place tie in the 12th grade section of the USCF K-12 Championships held Dec. 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. Samir scored 6 of 7, raising his rating to 2222, a solid master level. See the completed tournament news below for a link to the USCF crosstables for the grade-level sections of this event.

In Memoriam - Elmars Zemgalis (b. September 9, 1923 in Riga, Latvia - died December 8, 2014 in Seattle, Washington) as reported by IM John Donaldson. He was the second oldest Grandmaster in the world (age 91) behind only Yury Averbakh (92). Elmars was Washington State Champion in 1953 and 1959. His best result was = 1st with Bogoljubow at Oldenbourg 1949 ahead of Rossolimo, Unzicker, O'Kelly, Saemisch and 12 other participants. Photo at left: Zemgalis at 90th birthday party in 2013, courtesy of Viktors Pupols and Deborah Petzal. Photo at right: Zemgalis at chessboard in his younger days, courtesy of IM John Donaldson.

December magazine! The December issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 11/28. It's a 32-page issue with Oregon Chess News (includes Raptis vs. Koons match annotated by Koons), Idaho Chess News, Millionaire Chess Open and Western States Open, Washington Chess News, Chess Groovies by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, Journal of Chess Research Launches with De Groot Gala! by FM Loren Schmidt and a back-cover photo of Jazon Samillano with Morgan the Dog by Brian Berger. Cover: Darwin Porth on National Chess Day by Adam Porth. This is also the first issue printed by Sound Publishing Inc. of Everett, Wash. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Photo at right: Northwest Chess editor Jeff Roland shows off the December magazine at the Boise Chess Club on December 8. Left to right: Alex Machin (sitting at the chessboard playing), Corey Longhurst (standing next to Jeff, looking at the magazine) and Jeff (holding magazine). Photo by Jim Berezow.

World Championship Rematch! Carlsen wins and retains championship! World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Vishy Anand played the World Championship Match (actually rematch) in Sochi, Russia, November 7-23, with Carlsen winning 6.5-4.5, thus retaining his championship title. Carlsen won games 2, 6 and 11, and Anand won only game 3, although he missed a Carlsen blunder in game 6. The FIDE President previously invited the Prime Ministers of Norway and India to the opening ceremony and to the "first move." The FIDE President also invited all World Champions to the ceremony, which took place on November 7th. Official match website.

Seattle Sluggers eliminated in wildcard round! This year's Sluggers season (as part of the United States Chess League), which started on 8/27, is now over, with the Sluggers eliminated in the wildcard playoff round on Wednesday 11/5 against New Jersey. The Sluggers finished the regular season 4.5-5.5, managing three impressive 3.5-0.5 wins during the season, over San Francisco, Rio Grande and New Jersey. Background: This year we welcomed USCL rookies FM Bill Schill and NM Samuel He and welcomed back NM David Golub, who last played for the team in 2011. The 2014 Sluggers roster included IM Georgi Orlov, GM Emil Anka, FM Costin Cozianu, FM Tian Sang, FM Curt Collyer, NM Roland Feng, NM David Golub, FM William Schill and NM Samuel He. The team manager was Josh Sinanan, assisted by Tian Sang. The local TDs were Bert Rutgers and Mark Smith. The Sluggers played at the Orlov Chess Academy in Redmond.

Paul Morphy Chess Tournament! See "Paul Morphy Chess Tournament showcases New Orleans best" from TV station WGNO. U.S. Chess Master Jude Acers is widely considered the greatest chess player in New Orleans currently, and he selects who plays. Acers also has a connection to the Northwest. (Posted 10/24.) Update! And now, to find out more about that connection, see the video (on vimeo.com) where Jude talks about former WCF President, NWC Business Manager and Jude Acers promotional tour manager Russell Miller. (Updated 10/30.)

FIDE supports new journal advertised in NWC! FIDE has written a letter of support for the Journal of Chess Research, an interesting new journal advertised (with a call for papers) in the November issue of Northwest Chess (see below).

November magazine! The November issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 10/23, and it's a little scary! It's a 32-page issue with "The Game Of Chess Is The Clue To Success" Crossword Puzzle by Carol Kleist, Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News and a back-cover photo of Alex Lopez at the Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Halloween decoration taken Oct. 6, 2014 at the Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Match of State Champions! An intense six-round weekend match was held Oct. 11-12 at the Portland Chess Club between Washington state chess champion Nat Koons and Oregon state chess champion Nick Raptis. Games were played at a time control of G/100 minutes plus a 30 second increment per move. The match ended in a 3-3 tie with all games being decisive; there were no draws! The prize fund of $1,200 will be evenly split between the two players. A report on the match (with games) will appear in a future edition of Northwest Chess.

October magazine! The October issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 9/30. it's a 32-page issue with annual USPS Statement of Ownership, From The Editor, Idaho Chess News, "Northwest well represented in 2014 SPFGI" by Frank Niro, Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News and a back-cover photo of Hank Harris’ Chess Set by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Esteban Ruiz Proaño by Jeffrey Roland. Note: Full version of this and earlier issues now available on the back issues page.

New IM! Michael Lee has officially become the newest International Master from Washington State. Michael achieved his three IM norms in the following events: 37th Annual World Open (2009), 1st Metropolitan International (2011), and 22nd Annual Chicago Open (2014). Michael was a member of Seattle Sluggers from 2006-2010 and a three-time scholastic national champion. He is currently a senior at Princeton University.

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 stepped down, but has started blogging again 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.

  Open Events (December):
  • Portland Winter Open (Dec 13-14)
  • 2014 Western Idaho Open (Dec 13-14) in Boise
  • Northwest Chess Open and fundraiser (Dec 13-14) in Seattle
  • Tacoma Chess Championship (Rd 2 on Dec 12)
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Dec 11)
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Dec 6)
  Scholastic Events (November-December):
  Open Events (November):

Photo: USCF Life Master Viktors Pupols plays GM Alexander Ivanov in Reno. Credit: Brian Berger.
Open Events (October):
  Scholastic Events (September):
  Open Events (September):
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Sep 28)
  • Portland CC G/60 (Sep 27)
  • Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult) (Sep 26) in Eugene
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Sep 25)
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Sep 9-23)
  • Eastern Idaho Open (Sep 20-21) in Pocatello
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament (Sep 20)
  • Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open (Sep 20) at Director Park in Portland
  • Seattle Fall Open (Sep 19-21)
  • Autumn Equinox Open (Sep 13) in Tacoma - tournament cancelled
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Sep 11)
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Sep 6)
  • Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open (Sep 6) at Director Park in Portland
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