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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.

Wanted: Adult roommate for hotel stays at Western States Open in Reno (Oct. 14-16) and/or at Los Angeles Open in Irvine, CA. See calendar for details.

October - 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.

October - Other (non-GP) events!

October - Scholastic Events

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. 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.

Tarjan among those inducted into Hall of Fame! In 2022, three candidates were selected for induction into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame, including local FIDE grandmaster James Tarjan, who represented the U.S. in five Chess Olympiads, winning four team and three individual medals with a winning percentage that places him equal second to Bobby Fischer, and also achieved the best-ever rating performance by an American player aged 65 or older. Also see the blog post "Fame!," by John Henderson. There are also three notable inductees into the World Chess Hall of Fame - Judit Polgar, Miguel Najdorf and Eugene Torre.

October magazine! The October 2022 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 9/30. It's a 32-page issue with "Shades Of High Fidelity" by Karen Schmidt, "Collinge Perfect In Sixth Seattle Classic" by Josh Sinanan, "ICA Supports Ukrainian Refugees" by The Nosarev Family, "Back 2 School Quads" and "North Idaho Scholastic Chess League Formation" by Adam Porth, "2022 Seattle Classic Scholastic" and "Detective Cookie Chess Tables At Othello Park" by Josh Sinanan, "Seattle Kings vs Princes Match VIII," "Washington Players At US Open," "2022 Washington Summer Rapid Championships" and "2022 Northwest Summer Chess960 Open" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of "Evan Schroedle and Michael Cambareri" by Adam Porth. Cover: Huy Le by Meiling Cheng. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

September magazine! The September 2022 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 9/9 after a major delay. It's a 32-page issue with "From The Editor’s Desk" by Jeffrey Roland, "2022 Oregon Closed" by Wilson Gibbins, "Kids Say The Darndest Things At Chess Camp" by Karen Schmidt, "An Ode To Winning At Chess (Poem)" by Nobel Ang, "Detective Cookie Chess Park Ground-Breaking" and "2022 Seattle Summer Kickoff" by Josh Sinanan, "The Summer Sizzler Ends With Fire For More!!" by Josh Sinanan and Lakshana Anand, "Vancouver Open" by Josh Sinanan, and back-cover images of "2022 Chess Journalists Of America Awards - Best State Magazine/Newsletter." Cover: (L-R) Jason Cigan and Nick Raptis at Oregon Closed by Wilson Gibbins. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

Carlsen Won't Defend! As reported in John Henderson's blog post, "The Day the King Abdicated" (July 20) Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen announced that he won't defend his title again against Ian Nepomniachtchi (see below). As a result, "Nepo" will play runner-up Ding Liren of China.

August magazine! The August 2022 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 7/29. It's a 32-page issue with "So What Really Are Deadlines Anyway?" by Jeffrey Roland, "2022 WA vs BC Challenge Match" by Josh Sinanan, a "Letter To The Editor" by Brian Berger, "WIM Megan Lee Simul" by Josh Sinanan, "Reflection On My Nationals" by IM Anthony He, "Carol Kleist Feisty In Chess And Life" by John Selsky, "In Memory Of Carol Kleist" by Karen Schmidt, "North Idaho Championship" by Adam Porth, "The Longest Day Fundraiser" by Scotty Hohman, "2022 Rusty Miller Memorial" by Josh Sinanan, "Chesstoon (the first-ever in the Brian Berger series!) (originally published in October 2013)," "2022 Washington Open Puzzle Solving Solutions" by Valentin Razmov, "Mid-Year Scholastic Cup" by Josh Sinanan, and a back cover photo of "Team WA at the 2022 BC vs WA Match" by Haiyong Wang. Cover: Team BC at the 2022 BC vs WA Match by Haiyong Wang. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

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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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