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May - Advertised Chess Events

May - Scholastic Events

Important note: All extra copies of Northwest Chess are 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. 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.

International Exchange Students - Youth for Understanding has a few international exchange students needing a host family this upcoming school year beginning in August. See the flyer with a resume for each availble student, or contact Olive Elwell, oelwell@yfu.org.

Yiding LuNewest National Master! Congratulations to Yiding Lu of Bellevue, Wash., who recently became Washington State's newest National Master! Yiding achieved a US Chess rating of 2227 as a result of winning Scheveningen Group 3 of the 1000GM April BonaFIDE and Scheveningen Tournament, held in San Jose, Calif., April 20-21, 2024. Along the way, Yiding scored clutch wins against Cesar Zuluaga (2268), Diego Blandon (2228), Luis Rodi (2257), and Arturo Morales (2214). Congratulations, Yiding! See the US Chess crosstable. Photo: Yiding Lu at the San Jose event (taken by Juan Cendejas, organizer of the tournament, and supplied by Ani Barua).

Northwest Chess May 2024 coverMay magazine! The May 2024 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Monday, April 29. It's a 32-page issue with "Siddharth Bhaskaran and Aarav Bharathy Mohan" (photo) by Meiling Cheng, "Interview with Alexandra Botez" by Ken Lee, "Washington State Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "The Late August Piper" (September 2010 Issue Cover) by Philip Peterson, Photographer & Ralph Dubisch, Editor, and a back-cover photo of Siddharth Bhaskaran by Meiling Cheng. Cover: Josh Sinanan and Daniel He by Meiling Cheng. See the teaser edition (selected pages). The teaser edition contains the Alexandra Botez interview, but it's also available as a separate PDF file here.

Northwest Chess April 2024 coverApril magazine! The April 2024 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday 3/29. It's a 32-page issue with "2024 Inland Classic" by Kevin Korsmo, "2024 Oregon Girls Championship" by Wilson Gibbins, "2024 Idaho Closed" by Jeffrey Roland, "Interview With Attorney General Bob Ferguson" by Ken Lee, "2024 Oregon Closed" by Wilson Gibbins, "Washington Junior Open & Reserve," "Washington High School Individual," "Washington WInter Game/60" and "Presidential Scholastic" by Josh Sinanan, "Howard Chin (1947-2021)" by John Donaldson, and a back-cover photo of Walter van Heemstede Obelt by James Stripes. Cover: Brian Lee by James Stripes. See the teaser edition (selected pages). The teaser edition contains the Bob Ferguson interview, but it's also available as a separate PDF file here.

Northwest Chess March 2024 coverMarch magazine! The March 2024 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday 2/23. It's a 48-page issue with "NWC Hall Of Fame Inductee (Clark Harmon)" by Ralph Dubisch, "Remembering August Piper" by John Selsky with Fred Kleist, "Bryce Tiglon Interview" by Ken Lee, "2023 Washington Class Championships" by Josh Sinanan, "2024 East Idaho Regional Scholastic Qualifier" by Jay Simonson, "IM Eric Tangborn Simul" by Josh Sinanan, "2023 Washington Junior Invitational" and "2023 Washington Winter Classic" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of John Selsky by Meiling Cheng. Cover: Kyle Haining by Meiling Cheng. See the teaser edition (selected pages).

Three New National Masters!

Ryan Min at North American OpenAdvaith Vijayakumar(1) Congratulations to Ryan Min of Bellevue, Washington, who recently became Washington State's newest National Master! Ryan achieved a US Chess rating of 2206 by winning three games in a row at the North American Open, held in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 26-30, 2023. Along the way, Ryan scored clutch wins against NM Nathan Yan (2277) and GM Dmitry Gurevich (2475), with the victory against the Grandmaster officially sealing the title. See: US Chess crosstable, Game which made Ryan Min a National Master. Photo (left): Ryan at the North American Open on Dec. 27. (2) Advaith Vijayakumar of Bothell, Washington, was recognized as a National Master by U.S. Chess, in Sept. 2023. He achieved his NM title at a PNWCC norm event. Photo (right): Advaith at the HS State Individual tournament (Jan. 2024), taken by Ani Barua.

Yu-Cheng Liang(3) Congratulations to Yu-Cheng Liang of Camas, Washington, who became one of Washington State's newest National Masters in 2023. Yu-Cheng achieved a US Chess rating of 2214 as a result of scoring 4/9 at the Independence Day IM Norm tournament, hosted by 1000GM in Sunnyvale, Calif., June 30-July 4, 2023. Along the way, Yu-Cheng scored clutch victories against NM Alejandro Maass (2254) and WGM Martha Fierro (2353). See: US Chess crosstable. Yu-Cheng maintained a rating of 2213 by scoring 5/9 at the North American Open, defeating Yesun Kate Lee (2046), Vincent Yang (2055), and Steve Wongso (2275). See one of Yu-Cheng's games from the SPICE Cup Open. Photo (left): Yu-Cheng at a 2023 chess event.

Northwest Chess February 2024 coverFebruary magazine! The February 2024 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday 1/26. It's a 32-page issue with "Reader Appreciation" by Josh Sinanan, Stephen Willy, and Su Lim, "2023 Oregon Junior Closed" by Wilson Gibbins, "18th Annual SPFNO For Girls And Boys" by SPFNO Organizers, "St. Anne Celtic Challenge Fall 2023" by Josh Sinanan, "The Unique Connection Between Music And Chess" by Ken Lee, "Blast From The Past!" by Viktors Pupols, "Sridhar At North American Open" by Sridhar Seshadri, "Happy New Year 2023" by Jeffrey Roland, "NM Ryan Min" and "NM Yu-Cheng Liang" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of Emel Bayrambeyli and Pace Lykins by Wilson Gibbons. Cover: Zoey Tang by Wilson Gibbins. See the teaser edition (selected pages). In addition to the teaser, you can also view the article "The Unique Connection Between Music And Chess (A Conversation With FM Slava Mikhailuk)" by Ken Lee.

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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.

  Scholastic Events (May-June):
  Open or Invitational Events (May-June):
Miranda Meng at 2024 All-Girls Nationals
Photo: Miranda Meng, a 4th grader at Open Window School in Bellevue, who won 1st Place (on tie break) at the 2024 All-Girls Nationals in Chicago.
Scholastic Events (March-April):
Bellingham Open 2024
Photo: Action in the playing room at the Bellingham Open. Credit: Kyle Boddy, Bellingham Chess Club.
Open or Invitational Events (March-April):
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  Open or Invitational Events (January-February):
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