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Note: Next update scheduled for July 30. See calendar and TA pages for more info about upcoming chess events, including late July and first weekend of August.

This Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! Tacoma Open (Aug 29); Portland CC G/60 (Aug 29); Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Aug 30).

This Weekend - Other (non-GP) events! Tacoma CC Summer Mini-Swiss (G/30) (week 2 on Aug 28).

Fischer movie! See the official website for the new motion picture, Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, as he challenges Boris Spassky and the Soviet Empire in 1972.

Sluggers return to action! The Seattle Sluggers returned to U.S. Chess League action on Wednesday, August 26. Although the Sluggers lost that first match to Dallas, there are plenty of weeks of exciting action ahead. Message from team manager Josh Sinanan: "This year we welcome a new GM to the team, GM Giorgi Margvelashvili, who recently relocated to Vancouver, WA from Dallas after graduating from UTD. We also welcome USCL rookie NM Bryce Tiglon and welcome back IM Michael Lee, who last played for the team in 2010 and just recently achieved the International Master title! IM Ray Kaufman also joins the team having just moved up to WA from CA just recently."

September magazine! The September issue of Northwest Chess is in production, with mailing scheduled for Friday, August 28. It's a 32-page issue with Denker/Barber/NGIT by Owen McCoy, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, Idaho Chess News, and a back-cover photo of "Alex Machin at the Boise Chess Club" by Jim Berezow. Cover: Dewain Barber, Owen McCoy and Dylan Denker at the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions by Sarah McCoy. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

MegaChess plastic chess set for sale! This set, with 37-inch kings, was ordered brand new for a stage production last summer at an original cost of $769. To make an offer (half-price is reasonable) contact Don at northwestjunction@gmail.com. The set can be picked up in the Puyallup, Washington area or shipped at additional cost. Special board shown in photo is not included.

Interesting story, "Victory Day," on the First Move website regarding the role of chess masters in World War II.

In Memoriam - We regret to announce the passing away of Richard Gutman on July 25, 2015. Richard was one of Portland's strongest players. In 2013 he tied for first place in the Oregon Open. He played in the Oregon Closed many times and will surely be missed by all who knew him. Reported by Allen Chalfen.

August magazine! The August issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on July 31. It's a 32-page issue with Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News, "Chess Groovies" by NM Daniel He and NM Samuel He and a back-cover photo of "Jeffrey Roland at the Boise Chess Club by Jim Berezow." Cover: David Lucky “in victory pose” as he wins the 2015 Idaho Open in the same calendar year as he also won the Idaho Closed, making him the first player in over 50 years to do that. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Two new history articles! Chess in the Northwest in the 1970s and 1980s by IM John Donaldson with photos preserved by John Braley, and History of the Portland Chess Club (with photos) by Casey Bush. Russell Miller has also written a blog post, Capablanca in Portland Oregon 99 years ago, based on some information obtained by Casey.

Northwest Players in California! See "PNW Players among Winners of Long Running California Event - Arthur Stamer Memorial Winners (1964-1993)" by Russell Miller on the NWC blog.

GP Update! See 2015 Elmars Zemgalis Memorial Grand Prix standings by state as of July 4, 2015.

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 $1,500 up to September 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.

Note: Full May and June magazines now available on the back issues page.

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 (August):

Photo: Conclusion of a round 4 game at the Vancouver Open. Credit: Russell Miller.
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Scholastic Events (May):

Photo: Players shake hands before round 1 of the Washington Open.
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