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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! Portland CC G/60 (Oct 25); Washington Challenger’s Cup (Oct 25-26) in Seattle - See ad/flyer.

This Week/Weekend - Other (non-GP) events! Portland CC Club Championship (Rd 4 on Oct 21); Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Oct 23); Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult) (Oct 24) in Eugene - See flyer.

Match of State Champions! An intense six-round weekend match was held Oct. 11-12 at the Portland Chess Club between Washington state chess champion Nat Koons and Oregon state chess champion Nick Raptis. Games were played at a time control of G/100 minutes plus a 30 second increment per move. The match ended in a 3-3 tie with all games being decisive; there were no draws! The prize fund of $1,200 will be evenly split between the two players. A report on the match (with games) will appear in a future edition of Northwest Chess.

Seattle Sluggers season update! This year's Sluggers season (as part of the United States Chess League) is in progress, having started on 8/27, and is now winding down, with two weeks remaining. 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. With impressive 3.5-0.5 wins over San Francisco earlier in the season and now over Rio Grande, the Sluggers have scored 3.5 of 8 match points this season, with time to recover an even or better record. The team's next match is Tuesday 10/21 against New Jersey. The Sluggers play at the Orlov Chess Academy in Redmond.

October magazine! The October issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 9/30. it's a 32-page issue with annual USPS Statement of Ownership, From The Editor, Idaho Chess News, "Northwest well represented in 2014 SPFGI" by Frank Niro, Washington Chess News, Oregon Chess News and a back-cover photo of Hank Harris’ Chess Set by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Esteban Ruiz Proańo by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

New IM! Michael Lee has officially become the newest International Master from Washington State. Michael achieved his three IM norms in the following events: 37th Annual World Open (2009), 1st Metropolitan International (2011), and 22nd Annual Chicago Open (2014). Michael was a member of Seattle Sluggers from 2006-2010 and a three-time scholastic national champion. He is currently a senior at Princeton University.

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).

World Championship Rematch! FIDE is happy to announce that both World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Vishy Anand have signed the World Championship Match contract and preparations are proceeding as planned. The match will take place in Sochi, Russia, November 7-27. FIDE President invites the two Prime Ministers of Norway and India to the opening ceremony and to the "first move." The FIDE President has also decided to invite all World Champions to the ceremony, which will take place on November the 7th. FIDE wishes both players and all the chess world a great match!

Northwest girls at Susan Polgar Girls Invitational! The following local players participated in this event held in July: Andrea Botez and Lauren Mei Calora from Oregon, Olga Cherepakhin from Washington and Carmen Pemsler from Idaho. Additionally, Alise Pemsler and Andrei Botez were on the TD staff this year. - Reported by Frank Niro. See blog post.

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).

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.

Note: Full version of this and earlier issues now available on the back issues page.

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.

  Open Events (October):
  Open Events (September):
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Sep 28)
  • Portland CC G/60 (Sep 27)
  • Bethel Chess Quads (K-12 and adult) (Sep 26) in Eugene
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Sep 25)
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Sep 9-23)
  • Eastern Idaho Open (Sep 20-21) in Pocatello
  • Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) + Blitz (G/3;d2) Tournament (Sep 20)
  • Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open (Sep 20) at Director Park in Portland
  • Seattle Fall Open (Sep 19-21)
  • Autumn Equinox Open (Sep 13) in Tacoma
  • Portland Chess Club Thursday Blitz (USCF Blitz rated) (Sep 11)
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Sep 6)
  • Double Round Swiss Styled Blitz Open (Sep 6) at Director Park in Portland

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-July):

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)
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