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Business Manager Address: Eric Holcomb, 1900 NE 3rd St STE 106 PMB 361, Bend, OR 97701-3889.
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Important Changes (Rev. Oct. 2020) - Please Read
  • If you are a resident of Washington State, your Northwest Chess subscription includes a state chess membership. For WCF (Washington) membership options, please continue to use this website. All WCF memberships are considered "Premium," and include benefits such as free registration to certain seminars.
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  • For new subscriptions and renewals, NWC no longer guarantees that there will continue to be 12 printed magazines each year. There could be fewer editions, and/or publication could be in an online format. At present, we expect that printed magazines will continue to be available for all 2021-dated editions.
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  • In 2018, the NWC board decided to add "Foundation" to its corporate name, becoming the Northwest Chess Foundation. We will completely update the website once this name is officially registered with the State of Washington and the IRS. This does not affect the name of the magazine - it's still Northwest Chess!
  • The Northwest Chess Forum (bulletin board for chess-related discussions) has fallen into disuse, and has been disabled.

March - 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.
  • Please note: We did not have a separate Oregon section of the NWC Grand Prix in 2020, however, a small GP prize fund for non-WA players was announced.

March - Other (non-GP) events!

  • All WCF, Seattle and Apropos events are US Chess Online Rated if eligible.
  • Mar 20-21 Apropos Adult Swiss #7, online via Chess.com

March - Scholastic Events

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).

February magazine updated due to error in Grand Prix results!! The printed edition of the February 2021 Northwest Chess inadvertently had the wrong 2020 Mike Neeley Memorial Grand Prix results table. The table was copied from the January magazine, instead of replacing it with the correct final results. The teaser edition (selected pages with color) has been updated with the correct results, along with the online edition on Google Drive. Checks will be mailed to Washington winners by 2/19, and winners of online subscriptions from other states or locations will be notified by next week. We regret this error.

Bellingham club featured! See "Bellingham Knights Chess Club Captures Enthusiasm From All Ages and Skill Levels," published 1/21 by local newspaper Whatcom Talk.

February magazine! The February 2021 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 1/27. It's a 32-page issue with "Rusty ...like the father of Northwest Chess..." by Duane Polich, "Russell “Rusty” Miller (1942-2020)" by John Donaldson, Murlin Varner, Ralph Dubisch, Mike Mulford, Jude Acers, Philip Peterson; "2020 Washington Scholastic Mini Teams Championship" by Siva Sankrithi and Josh Sinanan, "2020 Northwest Chess Winter Open," "2020 SCC Extravaganza," "2020 Washington Class Championships" and "Washington Winter Classic" by Josh Sinanan; and a back-cover photo of "Kathy Miller and Russell Miller" by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Russell “Rusty” Miller by Philip Peterson. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

In Memoriam - Rusty Miller, 1942-2020. We regret to announce that Rusty Miller passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 29, 2020, at the age of 78, at his home in Vancouver, as reported by daughter Ielleen Miller. Rusty was born in 1942 in Hood River Oregon, and most recently lived in Vancouver, Washington. He was the editor of Northwest Chess, and for several years he and his wife Kathryn (Kathy) Eddy (sister of editor Buz Eddy) printed the magazine on a press in their home in Seattle. Rusty also served as NWC Business Manager, until current Business Manager Eric Holcomb took over the job in 2003. We'll miss you, Rusty! More information will be posted when available, and there will be a memorial in the February 2021 edition of Northwest Chess.

January magazine! The January 2021 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 12/31. It's a 40-page issue with "The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)" by Karen Schmidt, "Portland Chess Club Championship" by Wilson Gibbins, "Team Washington Wins Inaugural States Chess Cup" by Josh Sinanan, "Washington Scholastic Mini Teams Championship" by Siva Sankrithi and Josh Sinanan, "Chess960 (Fischer-Random)" by Valentin Razmov, "WA Chess960 Pilot Tournament" by Josh Sinanan, "Oregon Class Championships" by Wilson Gibbins,"Chess Shorts: Cheerleaders And Chess" by Breck Haining, "Recap For ICA Online Events" by Jeffrey Roland, "PCC Winter Open" by Mike Morris and a back-cover photo of "Faded Warrior" by Philip Peterson. Cover: Fairy Chess by Philip Peterson. 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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