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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.

August - 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.

August - Other (non-GP) events!

  • Aug 12, 19, 26 Seattle CC Dog Days (Rds 2-4), Seattle, WA
  • Aug 27 Seattle CC Novice, Seattle, WA

August - 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.

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).

Nepomniachtchi Wins FIDE Candidates Tournament! As reported in John Henderson's blog post, "Refinding Nepo," Ian Nepomniachtchi has "cruised to victory" in the FIDE Candidates Tournament. The 31-year-old Russian "sealed the deal to secure his second (back-to-back) Candidates title with a round to spare, with his reward being the right to once again challenge Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in the next World Championship match," although it was uncertain if Carlsen would defend his title again against Nepomniachtchi. The tournament featured eight candidates including two Americans (Caruana and Nakamura) and ran from June 16 to July 5 in Madrid, Spain.

July magazine! The July 2022 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 7/1. 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).

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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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