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This Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events!

  • Oct 22-23 Vancouver Open, Vancouver, WA - see flyer

This Weekend - Other (non-GP) events!

  • Oct 21 Seattle CC Autumn Leaves (Rd 3) - See September SCC ad
  • Oct 21 Tacoma Chess Club Championship (Rd 4)
  • Oct 21-23 34th Annual Sands Regency Reno - Western States Open, Reno, NV - see flyer/entry form

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).

Special Screenings! 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.

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.

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).

August magazine! The August issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 7/28. It's a 32-page issue with Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, and a back-cover photo of Ching-E Nobel Ang by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Janos Fucsko by Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Chess in Hollywood! - See collection of photos on the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess website. Note that GM Yasser Seirawan is in a couple of the photos!

Master! Anthony He becomes Washington’s youngest ever master (link to blog post) - Congratulations, Anthony!

July magazine! The July issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 6/23. It's a 32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News, and back-cover photos of John Glenn and Tom Booth at the Boise Chess Club by Jim Berezow. Cover: Chesstoon of “Blitz The Kid” by Brian Berger. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Book Review! Review of new book about GM Yasser Seirawan: A Short Review of Karolyi's Legendary Chess Careers: Yasser Seirawan on The Chess Mind blog.

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 (September-October):
  Open or Invitational Events (September-October):

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):
See old tournament news previously appearing on this page.


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