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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!

September - Advertised Chess Events!

  • See calendar for more info about upcoming chess events, including ad links.
  • There are no more GP events. The GP is discontinued as of 2023.
  • Sep 29 SCC Close Ratings (Rd 4), Seattle, WA
  • Sep 30 SCC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA

September/October - Scholastic Events!

  • Chess4Life is offering live virtual chess classes/camps.

Important notes: Beginning with the January 2022 issue of Northwest Chess, all extra copies 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.

Northwest Chess September 2023 coverSeptember magazine! The September 2023 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday, September 1. It's a 32-page issue with "Joseph Levine – FIDE International Master" by Lisa Levine, "Vancouver Open" by Josh Sinanan, "NWC Hall Of Fame Inductee (Richard S. Vandenburg)" by Jeffrey Roland, "2023 ICA Summer Classic" by Jeffrey Roland, "Facing a Hedgehog" by Glen O’Harra, "Washington Annual Chess960 and Summer Bughouse" by Josh Sinanan, "Seattle Honored: 2023 Chess City of the Year" by Josh Sinanan, "Seattle Chess Club GM Vinay Bhat Simul" by John Selsky and Fred Kleist, "Washington Summer Sizzler" by Josh Sinanan, "CJA Awards – Ten Consecutive Years as Best State Magazine/Newsletter" and a back-cover photo of (L-R) John Bueno, Caleb Kircher, and Eric Hon by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: L-R: Josh Sinanan, Isaac Vega, and Rekha Sagar by Sridhar Seshadri. See the teaser edition (selected pages).

Joseph Levine achieves third IM Norm! - See the blog post (with photos) or visit @wachessfed on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/wachessfed/) or @ChessWashington on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ChessWashington).

Northwest Chess August 2023 coverAugust magazine! The August 2023 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday, July 28. It's a 32-page issue with "Solution to Last Month’s Puzzles" by Valentin Razmov, "Fred Bartell (1930-2023)" by Adam Porth, "Fred Bartell Memorial" by David Zaklan, "First SCC Invitational Tournament of 2022 Champions" by Fred Kleist and John Selsky, "Koma Kulshan Chess Club" by Ani Barua, "More Games from the Washington Open" by The Players (Annotators), "Washington Open Interview" by Ani Barua, "WCF Father’s Day Weekend Chess Festival," "2023 Mid-Year Scholastic Cup," "Washington vs British Columbia Challenge Match" and "2023 Seattle Summer Kickoff" by Josh Sinanan, "Lakeside Summer Classic" by Josh Sinanan and Valentin Razmov, "Corrections... (...to the Printed Version of the July 2023 Issue)," and a back-cover photo of Josh Sinanan by Haiyong Wang. Cover: Team Washington versus Team British Columbia, by Haiyong Wang and Victoria Doknjas. See the teaser edition (selected pages).

NWC July 2023 coverJuly magazine! The July 2023 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday, June 30. It's a 48-page issue with "Oregon Senior Open" by Wilson Gibbins, "2023 Detective Cookie Chess Classic" by Josh Sinanan, "Idaho Open" by Jay Simonson, "Washington Open (plus various side events)" by Josh Sinanan, "Coaching Corner" by Ralph Dubisch, "Washington Players Excel at Elementary Nationals" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of Christian Fobian by Meiling Cheng. Cover: Wilson Gibbins by Ellen Silva. See the teaser edition (selected pages).

 

Roshen Nair interview on KATURoshen Nair recognized! Roshen Nair of Oregon, along with other Oregon scholastic chess champions, were officially recognized by the Oregon State legislative assembly at the State Capitol in Salem. See the story on Roshen's website. Roshen was also on the KATU ABC channel 2 TV news for a short interview on June 12. See the interview on YouTube. Photo: A frame from Roshen's TV interview. Courtesy Roshen and KATU. Click on the photo to see an enlarged version.

Northwest Chess June 2023 coverJune magazine! The June 2023 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday, 5/26. It's a 32-page issue with "Letter To The Editor" by Bill Elliott, "Bellingham Open" by Josh Sinanan, "Closed But Not Forgotten" by Josh Price, "Washington Barber + Rockefeller Qualifier," "Washington Girls Championship" and "Washington Senior Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "2023 Idaho Scholastic Championship" by Adam Porth, "Washington State Elementary Chess Championships" by WSECC Organizers, "Washington vs. British Columbia Intermat" and "Ted Wang Simul" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of "William Watts, Sam Maurer, Harrison Toppen-Ryan, Alex Kaelin, TD Josh Sinanan" by William Dann. Cover: Vivienne Luo at the WA State Barber + Rockefeller Qualifier Tournament. Photo Credit: Meiling Cheng. See the teaser edition (selected pages).

See old news previously appearing on this page.

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 (September-October):
  Open or Invitational Events (September-October):
  Scholastic Events (July-August):
  Open or Invitational Events (July-August):
  • Aug 26 SCC G/20 Hexes, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 23 NM Derek Zhang Simul and Q&A, Issaquah, WA
  • Aug 18-20 Seattle Chess Classic, OCA Greenlake, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 12-13 SCC Adult Swiss, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 6 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 29 SCC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 7-28 SCC Hot as Hades, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 22-23 SCC Seafair Open, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 22-23 Vancouver Open, Vancouver, WA
  • Jul 16 WA Chess960 Championship, Lakeside Upper School, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 16 WA Summer Bughouse Championship, Lakeside Upper School, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 16 SCC Novice, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 9 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 1-3 WA vs BC Challenge Match, Richmond, BC
  • Jul 2 SCC G/20 Hexes, Seattle, WA
  • Jul 1 SCC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  Scholastic Events (May-June):
  Open or Invitational Events (May-June):

Sri Chess Academy (Bothell, WA) students excel at WA State Elementary Championship in Tacoma. Photo by Josh Sinanan.
Scholastic Events (March-April):
  Open or Invitational Events (March-April):
  • Apr 7-28 SCC April Showers, Seattle, WA
  • Apr 22-23 2nd Annual Ron Kirsch Memorial Adult Swiss, Seattle, WA
  • Apr 22 Bellingham Open, Bellingham, WA
  • Apr 19 Ted Wang Simul + Q&A, Issaquah Highlands Chess Club, Issaquah, WA
  • Apr 16 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Apr 15 SCC Novice, Seattle, WA
  • Apr 14-16 WA Senior Championship, Redmond, WA
  • Apr 7-9 10th Annual Larry Evans Memorial Reno Open, Reno, NV
  • Apr 8 SCC G/20 Hexes, Seattle, WA
  • Apr 1 SCC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Mar 25-26 Seattle Spring Open, Seattle, WA
  • Mar 3-24 SCC March Winds (Close Ratings), Seattle, WA
  • Mar 12 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Mar 5 SCC Novice, Seattle, WA
  • Mar 4 SCC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
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