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This Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! No events due to 4th of July holiday. Have a great weekend!

This Weekend - Other (non-GP) events! No events; except possible playoff for Tacoma City Championship.

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 $1,250 up to June 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).

New Member? Did you join your state chess federation and subscribe to Northwest Chess at the Washington Open? If so, welcome, and you'll receive your first magazine via regular periodicals mail at the beginning of July. If you didn't pick up a copy of the June magazine at the tournament, a limited number of copies are still available on request.

June magazine! The June issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Wednesday, May 27. It's a 32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News and "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He." Front cover: Some prize winners at the Washington State Elementary & Middle School Chess Championship by Antony Chiang. Back cover: Two players looking at a tablet at the Washington State Elementary & Middle School Chess Championships by Antony Chiang. A limited number of copies of the June magazine were delivered to the Lynnwood Convention Center for the Washington Open, and new members/subscribers were requested to pick up a copy. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

May magazine! The May issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday, May 1. It's a 32-page issue with "Morgan the Dog Interview" by Brian Berger, Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News and "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He. Front cover: Morgan the Dog in Hollywood by Lisa Kuhlman & Brian Berger. Back cover: cartoon of "Dog trying to look like Morgan the Dog by Brian Berger." As you can see, this issue has really gone to the dogs! See the teaser (selected pages with color).

1,000 Events! - Both the Seattle and Portland Chess Clubs were nearing 1,000 rated events since the current period of USCF record-keeping began in 1991, and the SCC has now reached that mark. See the original blog post by Rusty Miller, and the blog post when SCC reached the 1,000 (and 1,001) mark in April.

U.S. Chess Championships! - Both the open and women's events took place March 31-April 12 in St. Louis. See the official website. GM Hikaru Nakamura won the main event by 0.5 points, with a score of 8 out of 11 with no losses. GM Ray Robson finished second with 7.5, while GM Irina Krush is the women's champion with 8.5 of 11.

Seirawan story! - See "Seirawan revisits milestone in Dubai" from Susan Polgar's Chess Daily News and blog, March 25.

April magazine! The April issue of Northwest Chess has been produced, and was mailed on 3/27. it's a 32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, and a back-cover photo of Bill Brubaker at the Boise Chess Club by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: The three State Chess Champions by various photographers. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Maryhill Museum of Art Now Open! - This interesting museum, located near Goldendale, Wash., opened for its 75th anniversary season on Sunday, March 15. It features a collection of chess sets in addition to many other works of art. See March 1 article in The Columbian.

Another new local NM! Marcell Szabo, an 8th grader at Hamilton Middle School in Seattle, became the Northwest's newest USCF National Master on Jan. 25. He scored 3.5/4 at the Seattle Chess Club January Tornado and gained 18 points to boost his USCF rating to 2217! Along the way, he beat Anthony He (1979) and FM Roland Feng (2325). Congratulations, Marcell! See the USCF crosstable link. Photo: Marcell shows his USCF NM certificate.

Scholastic Chess Article! See " All the right moves: La Center chess team wins league title" from The Columbian (Feb. 26, 2015) about the La Center High School chess team, which finished first out of 12 teams in the second division of the Oregon High School Chess Association's Portland League in their first year as a competitive team.

March magazine! The March issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 2/27. it's a 32-page issue with Northwest Chess Grand Prix 2014 Final Report by Murlin Varner, Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, Crossword Puzzle No. 2 by Carol Kleist, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, and a back-cover photo of Matthew Dominick and Jarod Buus by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: David Lucky, Idaho Blitz Chess Champion 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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Photo: Playing room at the Evans Memorial Open. Vik Pupols in blue jacket. Photo by Russell Miller.
Open/Invitational Events (April):

Photo: Trophy winners in the WA Girl's Champ. (L to R): 5th Cheyenne Zhang, 4th Freya Gulamali, 3rd Becca Lampman (not shown), 2nd Naomi Bashkansky, 1st Sangeeta Dhingra.
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