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This Week/Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! Portland CC G/60 (Apr 25); Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Apr 25).

This Week/Weekend - Other (non-GP) events! Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Rd 3 on Apr 21); Pierce County Championship (Rd 3 on Apr 24) in Tacoma. On the scholastic side, the Washington State Elementary Chess Championships will be held Apr 25 in Spokane, and the Washington State Middle School Chess Championship will also be held Apr 25-26 in Spokane.

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).

Nearing 1,000 Events! - Both the Seattle and Portland Chess Clubs are nearing 1,000 rated events since the current period of USCF record-keeping began in 1991. See the blog post by Rusty Miller.

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).

Nakamura wins in Gibraltar! GM and former U.S. chess champion Hikaru Nakamura was the second-highest rated player entered in the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, Jan. 26-Feb. 5, and he won the event with an impressive 8.5/10 score! The highest rated player, at 2800 FIDE, was former world championship contender Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria. He finished in a tie for 3rd with 7.5/10. Taking 2nd was English GM David Howell with 8.0/10. See the event website.

February magazine! The February issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 1/30. it's a 32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, "The Foolish King" by Samir Sen, Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News and a back-cover photo of Corey Longhurst by Jim Berezow. Cover: Aaron Grabinsky by Nancy Keller. See the teaser (selected pages with color). Note: The teaser, and eventually the final version that will appear online, contain corrections to a couple of errors that appeared in the printed edition.

Best Chess Books! See a list of the "Best Chess Books Ever" on chess.com as recommended by various GMs and IMs including GM Seirawan, IM Donaldson and IM Silman.

Elmars Zemgalis memorial information - A memorial to celebrate the inspirational life of Elmars Zemgalis, International Grandmaster, was held on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Seattle. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Seattle Chess Club, http://www.seattlechess.org, or to the church. See the obituary on legacy.com, as also published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 4.

January magazine! The January issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 12/26. It's a 32-page issue with Washington Chess News, Chess Groovies by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and a back-cover photo of Jim Berezow by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Alan Tan by Duane Polich. 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.

Scholastic Events (April):
  • Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult) (Apr 17) in Eugene, OR
  • Chess for Success Girls Play Chess Championships (Apr 11) in Aloha, OR
  • Chess Extravaganza (Apr 11) in Eagle, ID

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.
Scholastic Events (March):
  Open/Invitational Events (March):
  Scholastic Events (February):
Photo: Washington State chess champion Roland Feng. Open/Invitational Events (February):

Daniel He, winner of the Washington Junior Closed.
Scholastic Events (January):
  Open Events (January):
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Jan 31)
  • Portland CC G/60 (Jan 31)
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Jan 6-27)
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Jan 25)
  • New Years 30-30 (Jan 16-23) in Tacoma
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Jan 22)
  • Seattle City Championship (Jan 16-18)
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz Tournament (Jan 17)
  • Let's Play Booth at Tacoma Dome (Jan 17) in Tacoma.
  • Seattle CC Novice (Jan 11)
  • Tacoma Chess Championship (concluded on Jan 9)
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Jan 8)
  • Gresham Open (Jan 3-4) in Gresham, OR - See flyer
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Jan 3)
  • Idaho Blitz Chess Championship (Jan 3) in Boise
See old tournament news previously appearing on this page.


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