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Current Chess News (see below for tournaments completed)

See calendar and TA pages for more info about upcoming chess events. The state championship results have been moved to the "Completed Tournament / Match News" below on this page.

This Week/Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Sep 6).

This Week/Weekend - Other (non-GP) events! Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open (Sep 6, 20) at Director Park in Portland - See information sheet. Note: Portland Tuesday Night Quads now starts Sep 9 due to Oregon Open.

September magazine and 800th Issue! The September issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 8/21. It's a 32-page issue with the Fremont Troll (!), "Northwest Chess wins CJA Award!", Oregon Chess News, Book Review by IM John Donaldson, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News and a back-cover photo of "Jerrold Richards plays banjo at PCC Summer Open" by Brian Berger. This is the 800th issue, dating back to the first Washington Chess Letter in Nov. 1947. Cover: Carl Haessler wins fourth annual Oregon Senior Open, presented by Mike Morris. Photo by Brian Berger. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Seattle Sluggers season underway! A new Sluggers season (as part of the United States Chess League) is underway! This year we welcome USCL rookies FM Bill Schill and NM Samuel He and welcome back NM David Golub, who last played for the team in 2011. The 2014 Sluggers roster includes 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 is Josh Sinanan, assisted by Tian Sang. The local TDs are Bert Rutgers and Mark Smith. Wednesday 8/27 was the team's first match, against Arizona; with the next match this Tuesday (9/2) against San Francisco.

Recent Scholastic Stories! See "Human chess game at Centro Cultural (Cornelius, OR) gets many students involved" story and video from The Oregonian (8/16) and "Pan-American Youth Championship" Chess Travel blog post (7/21) from the Bashkansky family.

Northwest Chess wins CJA Award! Northwest Chess has been selected as the Best State Magazine/Newsletter by the Chess Journalists of America as part of the 2014 CJA award program. See the list of winners, and congratulations to NWC editor Jeff Roland!

GP standings! Elena Donaldson Akhmylovskaia Memorial Northwest Chess Grand Prix Standings for 2014:
See 2014 Grand Prix standings alphabetically | See 2014 Grand Prix standings (by score) by state (updated as of July 28, except Portland July G/60).

August magazine! The August issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 7/29, however due to a mailing error, a separate mailing was done for new subscribers and persons with updated addresses. If you're in this category and didn't receive a magazine, please email info@nwchess.com. It's a 32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News including a reprint of "Fifty Years of Idaho Chess," Oregon Chess News and a back-cover photo of Harry Buerer at the Newport June Open by Suzy Buerer. Cover: Frisco Del Rosario at the 2014 Idaho Open. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Northwest girls at Susan Polgar Girls Invitational! The following local players are participating: Andrea Botez and Lauren Mei Calora from Oregon, Olga Cherepakhin from Washington and Carmen Pemsler from Idaho. Additionally, Alise Pemsler and Andrei Botez are on the TD staff this year. - Reported by Frank Niro.

Berry article! In an article on his website, Jonathan Berry of Canada discusses his "Career as a Chess Arbiter, Referee (and) Tournament Director," and mentions former NWC Business Manager Rusty Miller.

July magazine! The July issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Monday 6/23, less than three weeks after the June issue was mailed! It's a 32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News, "Oregon’s Andy Trattner: From Chess to MIT" by Brian Berger, Idaho Chess News and a back-cover photo of the newly elected WCF Board of Directors by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Roland Feng in his victory pose at the 2014 Washington Open. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

 

June magazine! The June issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Tuesday 6/3. It's only a 24-page issue (due to a shortage of material) with Insights from the Grand Pacific Open by NM Peter Lessler, Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and a back-cover photo of Nick Raptis at the Clark Harmon Memorial Open by Joshua Sinanan. Cover: Peter Lessler at 2014 Grand Pacific Open by Blue Giraffe Photo. See the full edition (all pages with color).

U.S. Champions! Gata Kamsky and Irina Krush repeat as U.S. Chess Champions - see story on USCF website. Previous story: The U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women's Championship will again be held in St. Louis, May 7-21, followed by the U.S. Junior Closed Championship, June 20-July 3. See a blog post by Rusty Miller. The field and commentators for the championships were announced ... see USCF story.

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 has now stepped down. 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: Action in the playing room at the Vancouver Open. Credit: Russell Miller.
Open Events (August):
  • Oregon Open (Aug 30-31 & Sep 1) in Portland, OR - See flyer/entry form
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Aug 28)
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Aug 24)
  • ICA Players Memorial (Aug 23-24) in Boise
  • Portland CC G/60 (Aug 23)
  • Tacoma CC Summer Championship (Aug 8-22)
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Aug 5-19 or possibly 26)
  • Spokane Falls Open (Aug 16-17) in Spokane, WA
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) (Aug 16)
  • Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open (Aug 16) at Director Park in Portland
  • Washington Senior Adult Championship (Aug 16) in Tacoma
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Aug 14)
  • Vancouver Open (Aug 9-10) in Vancouver, WA
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Aug 9)
  • Tacoma Open (Aug 2)
  • USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament (Aug 2) at Coffee Time in Portland
  • Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open (Aug 2) at Director Park in Portland
  • Run/Chess Championship (Aug 2) in Newport, OR
  • Knockout Tournament (G/10) (Aug 1) in Tacoma

Photo: Action at the Seattle Seafair Open. Credit: Josh Sinanan.
Open Events (July):
  • Maryhill Museum (near Goldendale, WA) Cardboard, Clay & Crayons: Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists Exhibition (ended Jul 31)
  • Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open (Jul 28) at Director Park, Portland
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Jul 27)
  • Portland CC G/60 (Jul 26)
  • Firecracker Swiss (Jul 11-25) in Tacoma
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Jul 24)
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Jul 1-15 or possibly 22)
  • 2014 ICA Summer Classic (Jul 19-20) in Boise
  • Seattle Seafair Open (Jul 18-20)
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) (Jul 19)
  • Oregon Senior Open (Jul 12-13) in Oregon City
  • Puget Sound Open (Jul 12) in Tacoma
  • Portland Chess Club USCF-rated Thursday Blitz (Jul 10)
  • Seattle CC Novice (Jul 6)
  • USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament (Jul 5) at Coffee Time in Portland
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Jul 5)
  Scholastic Events (June):
  • Family Chess at Director Park (Jun 26) in Portland
  • Issaquah Beginners Tournament (Jun 21) at Chess4Life, Issaquah, WA
  • LaVerne Park Summer Fun (Jun 21) near Coquille, OR

Photo: Jeremy Silman at Maryhill Museum. Credit: Russell Miller. See more on Flickr.
Open Events (June):
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Jun 29)
  • 2014 Idaho Open (Jun 28-29) in Boise, ID
  • 2nd Annual Olympia Open (Jun 28) in Olympia, WA
  • Portland CC G/60 (Jun 28)
  • Tacoma City Championship (concluded on Jun 27)
  • Portland Chess Club USCF-rated Thursday Blitz (Jun 26)
  • Summer Open (Jun 21-22) in Portland
  • Emerald City Open (Jun 20-22) in Seattle
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Jun 3-17)
  • Newport June Open (Jun 14-15) in Newport, OR - See information/entry form
  • Qualchan Quads (Jun 14) in Spokane, WA
  • Five-round Rapid Chess Tournament at Guardian Games (Jun 14) in Portland
  • Portland Chess Club USCF-rated Thursday Blitz (Jun 12)
  • Maryhill Museum Game/15 Quads & IM Jeremy Silman visit (Jun 7) - This event was in connection with the Harry Potter chess game that Silman helped create as part of the “Cardboard, Clay and Crayons, Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists” exhibit.
  • Boise Chess Festival (Jun 7)
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) (Jun 7)
  • USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament (Jun 7) at Coffee Time in Portland
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Jun 7)
  • Evergreen Empire Open (Jun 7) in Tacoma
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Jun 1)
  Scholastic Events (May):
  • American Chess Institute Quads Tournament (K-8) (May 30) in Vancouver, WA
  • Bethel Last Friday Quads, Willamette High School (May 30) in Eugene, OR
  • WA Open Scholastic (May 24) in Seattle
  • WA - BC International Scholastic Invitational (May 3) in Vancouver, BC
Photo (at Coffee Time event by Galen Pyle): Ricard Guttman (purple), Lennart (standing) and Luke Robson (scarf). Open Events (May):
  • Portland CC G/60 (May 31)
  • Washington Open (May 24-26), North Seattle Community College - see two-page flyer with side events. New NWC subscriptions will not begin until the July magazine.
  • U.S. Amateur North Championship (May 24-26) in Boise, ID
  • Portland CC unrated Thursday Blitz (May 22)
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (May 6-20)
  • 39th Paul Keres Memorial (May 17-19) in Richmond, BC
  • Inland Empire Open (May 17-18) in Spokane
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) (May 17)
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (May 17)
  • May Day Quads (G/20) (May 16) in Tacoma
  • Pierce County Open (May 10) in Tacoma
  • Portland CC USCF-rated Thursday Blitz (May 8)
  • Harmon Memorial (May 2-4) in Seattle
  • USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament (May 3) at Coffee Time in Portland
  • Pierce County Championship (concluded May 2) in Tacoma
See old tournament news previously appearing on this page.

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