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This Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! Washington Class Championships (Nov 27-29) in Seattle - see ad/flyer.

This Week - Other (non-GP) events! No more events.

December magazine! The December issue of Northwest Chess was mailed Wednesday, 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.

Sluggers season ends. The Seattle Sluggers concluded their U.S. Chess League action for the year with a playoff loss to San Francisco. According to team manager Josh Sinanan, "The Sluggers fought valiantly against the San Francisco Mechancis (on 11/4) while facing a double-GM lineup and draw odds in the wildcard round. David Golub was the only Slugger to land a knockout blow with a nice win on board 3 over a strong NM. The rest of the team didn't fare so well and went down by score of 3-1. Here is a link to the Sluggers facebook page, which features pictoral reports from most of the matches." The Sluggers finished the regular season 5.5-4.5 in match play (details on USCL website). Pre-season message from Josh: "This year we welcome a new GM to the team, GM Giorgi Margvelashvili, who recently relocated to Vancouver, WA from Dallas after graduating from UTD. We also welcome USCL rookie NM Bryce Tiglon and welcome back IM Michael Lee, who last played for the team in 2010 and just recently achieved the International Master title! IM Ray Kaufman also joins the team having just moved up to WA from CA just recently."

Nov. 2015 NWC coverNovember magazine! The November issue of Northwest Chess was mailed Thursday, October 29. It's a 32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, and a back-cover photo of the late Richard Gutman at the 2013 Oregon Open by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Jerrold Richards (left) vs. David Hendricks at the Vancouver Open. On the next board, Joseph Truelson (left) vs. Nathan Lee. Photo Credit: Rachna Soneji. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Donate! Support Donorschoose.org chess in classrooms (two are local) - see scholastic oportunities page. Simul raises nearly $1,000 - The 100 Board Simul with National Master Elliott Neff (Oct 10) in Bellevue, Washington, raised $985 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County to help bring the benefits of chess to as many kids as possible. Elliott actually played 115 games, drawing only four games and winning all the rest. Wow!

New Master! It's now official - Kyle Haining of Washington is a new US Chess National Master, achieving a rating of 2212 following his excellent performance at the Oregon Open, where he won four games, lost none, and drew only Carl Haessler, a longtime Life Master. Kyle's NM certificate from the US Chess Federation is dated Sept. 18. Congratulations!

GP Update! See 2015 Elmars Zemgalis Memorial Grand Prix standings by state as of September 10, 2015.

Fischer movie! See the official website for the new motion picture, Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, as he challenges Boris Spassky and the Soviet Empire in 1972. Also see:

Oct. 2015 NWC CoverOctober magazine! The October issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Thursday, September 24. It's a 32-page issue with 2015 Chess Journalists of America Awards, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, annual USPS Statement of Ownership, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, and a back-cover photo of "2015 Run or Bike/Chess Championship by Dianne Barrese." Cover: GM Timur Gareyev gives Blindfold Simul by Mike Morris.
See the teaser (selected pages with color).

September magazine! The September issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday, August 28. It's a 32-page issue with Denker/Barber/NGIT by Owen McCoy, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, and a back-cover photo of "Alex Machin at the Boise Chess Club" by Jim Berezow. Cover: Dewain Barber, Owen McCoy and Dylan Denker at the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions by Sarah McCoy. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

MegaChess plastic chess set for sale! This set, with 37-inch kings, was ordered brand new for a stage production last summer at an original cost of $769. To make an offer (half-price is reasonable) contact Don at northwestjunction@gmail.com. The set can be picked up in the Puyallup, Washington area or shipped at additional cost. Special board shown in photo is not included.

Interesting story, "Victory Day," on the First Move website regarding the role of chess masters in World War II.

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.

Photo: The four Washington players (including Anthony He and Naomi Bashkansky) at the WYCC in Greece. Credit: Xuhao He.
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Photo: strong concentration at the Eastern Washington Open. Credit: Annette Weyland.
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