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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 Weekend - NWC Grand Prix events! Daffodil Open (Apr 19) in Tacoma.

This Weekend - Other (non-GP) events! Pierce County Championship (Rd 3 on Apr 18) in Tacoma; Larry Evans Memorial (Apr 18-20) in Reno, NV - see full-page ad; Grand Pacific Open (Apr 18-21) in Victoria, BC - see half-page ad; Portland Saturday Quads (G/45) (Apr 19).

Register! Online Registration now available for Washington Open, May 24-26 at North Seattle Community College. Extended! Please register by May 4 for the best discount. Also register for the Harmon Memorial, May 2-4 in Seattle.

April magazine! The April issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday 3/28. It's a 32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News and Washington Chess News (all including some state championship coverage). Cover: 2014 State Champions. (See magazine for photo credits.) See the teaser (selected pages with color). Donations Suggested! The American Red Cross is encouraging people who want to help those impacted by the mudslide in Snohomish County to consider making financial donations. For additional information, contact the Red Cross at www.redcross.org/wa/everett or call: 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767). Northwest Chess magazine is printed at Snohomish Publishing Co. in the city of Snohomish, Washington.

Updated! Most Active Players! Rusty Miller reports that the following chess players in the Northwest have been most active in USCF events since online recordkeeping began in the early 1990s: August Piper (Seattle) 785 events, Nick Raptis (Portland) 691 events, Stephen Buck (Tacoma) 541 events, Fred Kleist (Seattle) 511 events, David Griffin (Spokane) 509 events, Viktors Pupols (Kingston) 419 events and Jim Waugh (Spokane) 417 events. Did we miss anyone?

Scholastic Story! See "Chess Wizards bring magic to classic game" (Mar 14) from the Maple Valley Reporter. Scholastic Video! See "Chess teaches elementary students more than moves" from Spokane Public Schools.

March magazine! The March issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 2/27. It's a 32-page issue with State Championship Early Report, Rusty’s Chess History by Russell Miller, Oregon Chess News, Seven Book Reviews by IM John Donaldson, Elliott’s Chess Tips by NM Elliott Neff, Washington Chess News, The Dialogue That Ends With A Point by Jacob Stinar and Jeffrey Roland, Idaho Chess News and Andre Murphy at the Mountain Home Open by Jeffrey Roland (back cover). The front cover features Quentin Van Law at Dragon Chess Open. Photo by Adam Porth. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

Carlsen chess app! Magnus Carlsen officially launched his iOS chess app on 2/26: Play Magnus. In this app you have a chance to play against a Carlsen-tuned chess engine. Play Carlsen from the age of 5 up to present day. Includes exclusive training video content by the World Champion himself. Download the app for free on the App Store: http://appstore.com/playmagnus. In another story about Magnus, Chess4Life founder Elliott Neff had the opportunity to meet Carlsen at a luncheon in San Francisco in January ... see the story.

Now at Princeton! Former Washington junior chess star Michael Lee now attends and plays for Princeton University ... see "Princeton a Repeat Champ at Amateur Tournament" in the New York Times.

In Memoriam - The Spokane Chess Club reports the death of Bill McBroom, 1937-2014. Regional chess, and the Spokane Chess Club in particular, suffered a huge loss with the recent death of Bill McBroom in Missoula. Bill, a retired professor of sociology at the University of Montana, was instrumental in building the chess relationship between Spokane and Missoula. He was a regular at the Collyer Memorial since the second Collyer in 1994. Bill was one of the original supporters of the Gary Younker Foundation and worked hard to promote chess in Montana, Spokane and northern Idaho.

Kasparov Story! See "What is Garry Kasparov's Next Move?" from the Smithsonian Magazine website.

Scholastic Article! See "A mighty fine chess player" from the Stanwood Camano News (Feb 18).

U.S. Championships! It's been announced that the U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women's Championship will again be held in St. Louis, May 7-21, followed by the U.S. Junior Closed Championship, June 20-July 3. See a blog post by Rusty Miller.

Congratulations ... to the Seattle Seahawks on their dominating Super Bowl victory. Now want to find out who's going to win the state chess championship? ... Visit the Seattle Chess Club or follow our coverage online. [The Oregon and Idaho state chess championships were also contested in February ... see above.] More chess in Seattle ... see "In the Disquiet of Downtown, a Community of Chess Players Thrives," about chess in Westlake Park, from Seattle Weekly.

Portland Chess Club website updated! The Portland CC has a new website which improves its appearance as well as accessibility of past tournament results and future tournament information. Check it out at http://pdxchess.org/.

In Memoriam - See "Legendary Dan Mayers, 92 year old world chess championship tourney competitor, dies in Sun Valley, Idaho" on the Jude Acers blog. (Mayers died on Jan. 2, 2014.)

Interesting article! See Portland Chess and Go Programs Booming on the American Go Association blog.

February magazine! The February issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 1/23. It's a 32-page issue with Idaho Chess News, Oregon Chess News, Washington Chess News and photo of Water Bottle at the Western Idaho Open by Jeff Roland! Cover: Steven Breckenridge giving a 52-board simul. Photo by Sean Tobin. See the teaser (selected pages with color). Northwest Chess Grand Prix results for 2013 are also summarized in this issue, and are now available in the GP section of this website. Prize checks have been mailed to Washington and Oregon winners as of 1/30; Idaho is delayed because we are missing some addresses. (If you are listed as an Idaho GP winner, please contact info@nwchess.com.)

Another chess movie! See Rusty Miller's blog post about the chess-themed movie Life of a King.

January magazine! The January issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 1/2. it's a 32-page issue with Oregon Chess News, Idaho Chess News, Washington Chess News, World Chess Championship Games and collage of three pictures of Jacob Stinar juggling chess pieces while balancing a chess king on his forehead by Jeff Roland. 8 pages of this issue were printed in color! Cover: Magnus Carlsen as drawn by local artist, Brian Berger. See the teaser (selected pages with color).

See old news previously appearing on this page.

Completed Tournament / Match News

Thanks to Rusty Miller for providing most of the tournament reports. Click on photos to enlarge. Additional photos can also be found in some of the blog posts. Beginning in 2013, most local tournament reports will be posted to the Northwest Chess (NWC) blog, found at http://www.nwchess.com/blog/. Links are to NWC blog post or other report.

Congratulations to Washington State chess champion Nat Koons! The Washington State Championship & Premier concluded Feb. 15-17 in Seattle. Photo by Duane Polich at left shows Nat lifting the state championship trophy.

Congratulations to Nick Raptis for successfully defending his Oregon State chess championship! Nick also won the Oregon championship in 2001 and 2013, and tied with Oleg Zaikov for the championship in 2005.The Oregon State Championship concluded Feb. 23 in Portland, one week late due to a weather delay. See blog post. Photo by Grisha Alpernas at right shows Nick holding the championship trophy.

Congratulations to Caleb Kircher, the new Idaho State Champion! See the ICA webpage for this event.

It's Over ... the biggest kids' event of the year!
Washington State Elementary Chess Championship
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal
Pier 91, Magnolia WA 98121
Saturday April 12th, 2014

Coquille Chess Team display their collection of trophies at the National: Tanner Flood, Hailey Riley, Aaron Grabinsky, Josiah Perkins, Joshua Grabinsky. Photo by Nancy Keller.
Scholastic Events (April):
  Open Events (April):
  • Taxing Quads (Apr 3-17) in Spokane, WA
  • Portland Tuesday Night Quads (Apr 1-15)
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Apr 13)
  • Portland Chess Club USCF-rated Thursday Blitz (Apr 10)
  • Seattle Adult Swiss (Apr 5-6)
  • City of Eugene Recreation chess tournament (Apr 5-6)
  • USCF Rated Rapid (G/15) Chess Tournament (Apr 5) at Coffee Time in Portland

Participants in the Washington Girls Championship. Photo by TD David Hendricks.
Scholastic Events (March):

Nick Raptis vs. Michael Goffe at the Portland Spring Open. Photo by Brian Berger.
Open Events (March):
  Scholastic Events (February):

Photo: Washington President's Cup winners Patrick Van Dyke, Samuel He and Peter Lessler.
Open Events (February):

Photo: Daniel He, winner of the 2014 Washington State Junior Closed.
Scholastic Events (January):

Photo: Nick Raptis vs. Dillon Murray at the Gresham Open.
Open Events (January):
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