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This Week/Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! Spokane Fall Championship (Rd 4 on Oct 8); Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Oct 10); Wood River Weekend Progressive Open Chess Tournament & National Chess Day Celebration (Oct 10) in  Hailey, ID; National Chess Day Fall Open (Oct 10-11) in Portland.

This Week/Weekend - Other (non-GP) events! Portland CC Championship (Rds 2 on Oct 6); Tacoma CC Championship (Rd 2 on Oct 9); 100 Board Simul with National Master Elliott Neff (Oct 10) in Bellevue, WA; Millionaire Chess Open (Oct 10-12) in Las Vegas; Seattle CC Novice (Oct 11); Mukilteo Free Rapid Quads! #2 (Oct 11) in Mukilteo, WA.

It's Not Too Late for Reno! Western States Open (Oct 16-18), Reno, NV - see full-page ad/entry form.

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

New Master! Although it's not quite official yet, Kyle Haining of Washington is likely 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. Congratulations!

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).

Sluggers in action! The Seattle Sluggers returned to U.S. Chess League action on Wednesday, August 26, and are now 3-3 in match play, with wins over the Minnesota Blizzard and the Arizona Scorpions, and ties against the St. Louis Arch Bishops and Rio Grande Ospreys. There is more exciting action ahead. Message from team manager Josh Sinanan: "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." Next match: Wednesday 10/7 against the Las Vegas Desert Rats. The Sluggers normally play at the Orlov Chess Academy in Redmond.

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.

In Memoriam - We regret to announce the passing away of Richard Gutman on July 25, 2015. Richard was one of Portland's strongest players. In 2013 he tied for first place in the Oregon Open. He played in the Oregon Closed many times and will surely be missed by all who knew him. Reported by Allen Chalfen.

August magazine! The August issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on July 31. 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 "Jeffrey Roland at the Boise Chess Club by Jim Berezow." Cover: David Lucky “in victory pose” as he wins the 2015 Idaho Open in the same calendar year as he also won the Idaho Closed, making him the first player in over 50 years to do that. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Two new history articles! Chess in the Northwest in the 1970s and 1980s by IM John Donaldson with photos preserved by John Braley, and History of the Portland Chess Club (with photos) by Casey Bush. Russell Miller has also written a blog post, Capablanca in Portland Oregon 99 years ago, based on some information obtained by Casey.

Northwest Players in California! See "PNW Players among Winners of Long Running California Event - Arthur Stamer Memorial Winners (1964-1993)" by Russell Miller on the NWC blog.

In Memoriam - GM Walter S. Browne, 1949 – 2015. See the report on the Vegas Chess Festival website. Walter passed away at a friend's home immediately after this year's festival, held June 19-21. Also see the remembrance of Walter by Jude Acers on Jude's website. Also see the New York Times obituary of Walter.

New Advertisers! Northwest Chess welcomes the following new advertisers - Dover Publications (see business card in magazine or on calendar page), chess coach Neil Salmon (also see magazine beginning in July or calendar page) and Kambo Handicrafts Amritsar, a manufacturer of wooden chess sets and other products. See Kambo's half-page ad, which also debuts in the July magazine. Photo: Chess pieces from the Kambo ad.

Register for Millionaire Chess Open! For you really serious chess players, this event will be held Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas, and you can enter for $1,500 up to September 30. Please see the registration banner/link on the NWC calendar page.

YouTube Video! - A Prodigy’s Progress—Lecture By IM John Donaldson about chess legend Bobby Fischer’s meteoric rise to a World Championship Candidate. The talk was given at the World Chess Hall of Fame on May 7.

July magazine! The July issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday, June 26. It's a 32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, a "Travel The World And Play Chess Crossword Puzzle" by Carol Kleist. Front cover: Members of the Lakeside K-12 Championship Team by Hideyuki Nagase. Back cover: "Jim Berezow taking picture of Jaime Crosby and Jarod Buus at Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland." See the teaser (selected pages with color).

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.

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  Scholastic Events (September):
2015 Eastern Washington Open
Photo: strong concentration at the Eastern Washington Open. Credit: Annette Weyland.
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Photo: Conclusion of a round 4 game at the Vancouver Open. Credit: Russell Miller.
Open/Invitational Events (August):
Scholastic Events (July):
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