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Important Changes (Rev. Oct. 2020) - Please Read
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  • In 2018, the NWC board decided to add "Foundation" to its corporate name, becoming the Northwest Chess Foundation. We will completely update the website once this name is officially registered with the State of Washington and the IRS. This does not affect the name of the magazine - it's still Northwest Chess!
  • The Northwest Chess Forum (bulletin board for chess-related discussions) has fallen into disuse, and has been disabled.

July - NWC Grand Prix events!

  • See calendar and TA pages for more info about upcoming chess events.
  • The NWC Grand Prix is being conducted in three sections - Washington, Idaho and all others. See the GP page or the current magazine for standings. The 2022 GP is named in honor of Ignacio Perez.

July - Other (non-GP) events!

July - Scholastic Events

Important notes: Beginning with the January 2022 issue of Northwest Chess, all extra copies will be received and handled by Josh Sinanan. If you would like to request an extra copy or didn't receive your copy in the mail, please contact Josh, joshsinanan@gmail.com. Also effective immediately, Eric Holcomb is no longer the Business Manager. Please mail all checks and other written items to the Orlov Chess Academy address at the top of this page.

FIDE Candidates Tournament in Progress! This tournament, with eight candidates including two Americans (Caruana and Nakamura) runs from June 16 to July 5 in Madrid, Spain. See https://candidates.fide.com/. The winner has the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in a match for the world chess championship.

July magazine! The July 2022 issue of Northwest Chess is in production, and should be mailed this week. It's a 48-page issue with "Carol Kleist (August 18, 1929-May 30, 2022)" by John Selsky, "2022 Washington Open plus various side events," "2022 Washington Barber + Rockefeller Qualifier," "Northwest Regional Scholastics Championship" and "Washington Players Shine at Elementary Nationals" by Josh Sinanan, "Oregon Senior Open" by Wilson Gibbins, "Planting A "S.E.E.D." (Detective Cookie's Story)" by Karen Schmidt, and a back-cover photo of "Medina Elementary K-3 Team with Josh Sinanan" by Rongzhi Lu. Cover: Ananth Gottumukkala (left) and Josh Sinanan, by Chad Lykins. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

Detective Cookie Chess Park ground breaking ceremony! This event took place Sunday June 12 at the site of the future Detective Cookie Chess Park on Rainier Ave. S in Seattle. Several chess players and supporters of the park gathered to celebrate the milestone ground breaking. The event featured free food, good company, and of course chess. In attendance were Detective Denise "Cookie" Bouldin, Seattle Chief of Police Adrian Diaz, former Seattle Seahawks player K.J. Wright, WCF Women's and Girls Director Chouchan Airapetian, and WCF President Josh Sinanan. Many thanks to the City of Seattle, 4 Culture, and Seattle Parks Foundation for their support. | Photo Album (courtesy of Meiling Cheng) | South Seattle Emerald article | Kiro 7 News Video

In Memoriam - Carol Kleist - As reported by Seattle Chess Club President John Selsky, “The Seattle Chess Club mourns the passing of Carol Kleist, long-time club Secretary, club Life Member and devoted wife of Fred, our Tournament Director. Carol died peacefully over Memorial Day weekend.” We're expecting an article for the August edition of NWC.

June magazine! The June 2022 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 5/31. It's a 32-page issue with "Idaho Open" by Jay Simonson, "29th Dave Collyer Memorial" by Kevin Korsmo, "Crash And Burn In Salt Lake City" by Nobel Ang, "Inland Empire Open" by Kevin Korsmo, "En Masse (Stanchions Buckled)" by Karen Schmidt, "Intermat," "2022 Washington Senior Championship" and "Lakeside Team Shines at High School Nationals" by Josh Sinanan, "Washington State Elementary Chess Championships" by WSECC Organizers, and a back-cover photo of Nolan Zhou by Meiling Cheng. Cover: Shrey Talathi by Meiling Cheng. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

May magazine! The May 2022 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed by the new printer serving NWC on 5/4. All current subscribers with an email on file also received an invitation to view this edition via Google Drive. It's a 32-page issue with "Games Of Megan Lee (from WA State Championship)" by Megan Lee, "Oregon Girls Championship" by Wilson Gibbins, "The Zen Priest and The Chess Samurai" by Nobel Ang, "Idaho State Scholastic Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, "Trying Not To Live For My US Chess Rating But..." by Karen Schmidt, "Montana Open" by Mike Murray, "Intermat Candidates," "Cascadia Dragon’s Lair," "St. Anne Celtic Challenge Spring 2022," "Open Window School Spring Tornado," "All Girls Chess Tournament," "Harmon Memorial" and "Medina All-City Chess Tournament" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of Bryce Leifeste by Jef Leifeste. Cover: Megan Lee by Josh Sinanan. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

April magazine! The April 2022 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 3/29. It's a 32-page issue with "Spring Thaw" and "Idaho Closed State Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, "Coaching Corner (Let’s Talk Candidate Moves)" by Ralph Dubisch, "2022 Washington State Championship" and "Washington News Roundup" by Josh Sinanan, "Meet The Chengs" by Karen Schmidt, "Zachary Fritchen Discovers Northwest Chess" by Jeffrey Roland, "In Memory Of Ignacio Perez" by Karen Schmidt, and a back-cover photo of Gabriel Razmov by Meiling Cheng. Cover: Kaustubh Kodihalli by Desmond Porth. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

Newest Master! Congratulations to Anne-Marie Velea of Sammamish, Wash., who recently became Washington State's newest National Master! Anne-Marie achieved a US Chess rating of 2201 as a result of scoring a perfect 5 points from 5 games at the 2022 Washington Girls Championship, held at the Redmond Orlov Academy, Feb. 26-27. In the WA State Championship the weekend before, Anne-Marie finished in 2nd place and won against players rated as high as 2249. Way to go Anne-Marie!! (See completed tournament section below for links to crosstables.)

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Completed Tournament / Match News

Some local tournament reports were previously posted to the Northwest Chess (NWC) blog, found at http://www.nwchess.com/blog/. Links are to NWC blog post or other report, usually US Chess or scholastic rating report. However, blogging activity has stopped. If you are interesting in blogging for your club's events, please let us know.

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