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This Week/Weekend - Other (non-GP) events!

  • Dec 6 Portland Tuesday Night Quads begin, Portland, OR
  • Dec 10 Seattle Chess Masters Series, Seattle, WA - See flyer

Carlsen Retains Title! FIDE World Chess Championship Match, Sergey Karjakin of Russia v. defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Nov 11-30 in New York City. See the official match website. The match was tied 6-6 after normal (classical) play, with each player having won one game, after the first seven games were drawn! But Carlsen won two consecutive quick chess games on 11/30 to retain his title, by a final score of 9-7 (two more games were also drawn). See the story and the games on U.S. Chess. Also see the reports about Karjakin's Game 8 win and Carlsen's Game 10 win, also on U.S. Chess. Magnus the movie opened on Friday 11/18 in New York - see the official movie website on FilmRise.

For Sale! 1972 Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky World Chess Championship Used Chess Board. Link is to description on Heritage Auctions website. Make an offer by Dec. 5, or buy it now for $119,500 with Buyer's Premium!

December magazine! The December issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 11/23, the day before Thanksgiving. It's a 32-page issue with "Tales Of The Latvian Gambit" by Mike Murray, "Tacoma Chess Times (covering three events)" by Gary Dorfner, "Bethel September Quads" by Owen McCoy, "Bend Falls Quads" by Eric Holcomb, "Norman Friedman Memorial" by Adam Porth, "Emerald City Chess Tournament" by Owen McCoy, "October 2016 PCC Quads" by Brian Berger, "Aaron Grabinsky at SPICE" by Aaron Grabinsky, "Vancouver Open" by Josh Sinanan and Gary Dorfner, "October 2016 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "Washington Challengers Cup" by Josh Sinanan and Gary Dorfner, "Michael Lee wins Inaugural Seattle Chess Masters" by Josh Sinanan, "Challengers Cup Scholastic" by Josh Sinanan and Gary Dorfner, "Oregon Class Championship" by Brian Berger, "Miscellaneous Games," "2017 Newport June Open Planning Stages" by H.G. Pitre, and a back-cover photo of "Kyle Haining observes Alikhan Irgaliyev, Curt Collyer, Michael Lee, and Anthony He at the Seattle Masters" by Xuhao He. Cover: Aaron Nicoski vs. Jake Winkler at Vancouver Open by Josh Sinanan. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

November magazine! The November issue of Northwest Chess was mailed early on 10/25. It's a 32-page issue with "Seattle Kings vs. Princes Match III" by Josh Sinanan, "Film Review: Wazir" by Mike Hasuike, "Casual Chess at the Boise Chess Club," "September 2016 PCC Quad 45" by Brian Berger, "2016 Washington Women’s Championship" by Carol Kleist and Mary Kuhner, "September 2016 PCC Game 60" by Brian Berger, "2016 Eastern Washington Open" by Kevin Korsmo, "2016 Norman Friedman Memorial" by Adam Porth, "Film Review: The Dark Horse" by Mike Hasuike, "National Chess Day Portland Fall Open" by Brian Berger, and a back-cover photo of "Jason Cigan at Kings vs. Princes Match" by Victoria Jung-Doknjas. Cover: Minda Chen at Kings vs. Princes/Round Robin #2, by Victoria Jung-Doknjas. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Another young master! Congratulations to high-school student Seth Talyansky of Portland, Oregon, who achieved a U.S. Chess rating of 2200 by winning two games at the Vancouver Open, Oct. 22-23 in Vancouver, WA.

October magazine! The October issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 9/29. It's a 32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He, Idaho Chess News, and a back-cover photo of Perry and Moshe Rachmuth at PCC Quad 45 by Brian Berger. Cover: Gavin Zhang in St. Louis by Kristina Zhang. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

U.S. Team Wins Chess Olympiad!! The 42nd World Chess Olympiad was held Sept. 1-14 in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan. More than 180 teams took part in the open section, and more than 140 teams fought for medals in the women's section. As reported by team captain John Donaldson, "Congratulations to the 2016 U.S. Chess Olympiad team, which won the gold medals in Baku, and to MI (Mechanics' Institute in San Francisco) member GM Sam Shankland, who was part of the U.S. team." The MI also held a celebration to honor the team on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Congratulations! You can read the team captain’s report at https://new.uschess.org/news/olympicgold. New! Also see Oct. 22 article in the San Francisco Chronicle, including an interview with John Donaldson about drug testing in chess and other subjects.

Chess Movie! Two special screenings of Disney's Queen of Katwe were held in Seattle; the first showing was on Sept. 7 at AMC Pacific Place; the second showing was on Sept. 20 at Regal Thornton Place. Regular theater screenings began on Sept. 23. Background: Phiona Mutesi is a chess prodigy from Uganda. Born in 1993, she grew up in the Ugandan slum of Katwe. When Phiona was nine years old she joined a chess program run by Sports Outreach Institute. By 2012, she was one of two candidates to earn the title Woman Candidate Master (WCM), making her one of the first chess players from Uganda to earn a title. The movie is based on the book The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming Chess Champion by Tim Crothers. See flyer | See feature on KING 5 news about NM Elliott Neff's link to the Queen of Katwe.

September magazine! The September issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 8/25. It's a 32-page issue with Washington Chess Letter Historic Cover from September, 1958, Washington Chess News, CJA Award for 2016 Best State Magazine/Newsletter (special center-fold!), Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, and a back-cover photo of Jesse Batten at the Boise Chess Club by Jim Berezow. Cover: The Oregon Scholastic Champions by Nancy Keller. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

GM Norm! Congratulations to Idaho IM Luke Harmon-Vellotti, 17, for achieving a GM norm in the 25th Chicago Open held May 26-30 in Wheeling, Illinois. In the 9-round tournament, IM Harmon-Vellotti defeated GM Carlos Hevia Alejano and IM James A Rizzitano, and drew with GMs Varuzhan Akobian, Jianchao Zhou, Elshan Moradiabadi, Eugene Perelshteyn, Alexander Shabalov and IM Andrey Gorovets. Reported by Hock San Lee. Also see an interview of Luke on local TV station KBOI 2 (posted 6/28/2016). New! See new interview of Luke on YouTube in Idaho Living feature, also produced by TV station KBOI 2 (posted 8/20/2016).

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.

Photo: Action at the Thanksgiving Scholastic. Photos courtesy Josh Sinanan and WCF.
Scholastic Events (November-December):

Photo: Gary Dorfner (left) and Fred Kleist (right) handle the TD duties at the WA Class Championships.
Open or Invitational Events (November-December):
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Photo: Sophie Velea (girl on left) receives her Pan-Am U8 Girls Champion award. Credit: Andy Ke.
Scholastic Events (July-August):

Playing room at the Seattle Chess Club for the Quads on July 9. Credit: Russell Miller. (More photos linked in blog post.)

Carl Haessler receives trophy for Oregon Senior Championship for the third consecutive year! Credit: Brian Berger.
Open or Invitational Events (July-August):
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