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September - NWC Grand Prix events!

  • All WCF, Seattle and Apropos events are US Chess Online Rated if eligible.
  • Sep 19 SCC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Sep 25-26 SCC Seattle Fall Open, Seattle, WA

September - Other (non-GP) events!

  • All WCF, Seattle and Apropos events are US Chess Online Rated if eligible.
  • No events currently listed.

September - Scholastic Events

  • See PNWCC website for chess classes/camps and other events.
  • Chess4Life is also offering live virtual chess classes/camps.
  • No events curently listed.

September magazine! The September 2021 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 8/25. It's a 48-page issue with a Letter To The Editor by John Donaldson, "2021 Oregon State Championship" by Mike Morris, "World Champions In The NW" (complete three-part series) by John Donaldson, "2021 CJA Awards" (NWC wins five awards!), "Coaching Corner" by Ralph Dubisch, "Playing Kids And Seeing Ghosts" by Nobel Ang, "Chess Can Get You Into Trouble" by Karen Schmidt, "Seattle Seafair Open" by Josh Sinanan and Valentin Razmov, "2021 WA Scholastic Summer Chess Fest," "WA Spring into Chess960 Open" and "Vancouver Open" by Josh Sinanan, "Answers To Last Month’s Crossword Puzzle" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Two Players Win ICA Summer Classic" by Adam Porth, and a back-cover photo of “Multiple Susans” by Philip Peterson. Cover: Oregon Closed Championship and Challengers by Mike Morris. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

Helff featured in Podcast! Florian Helff, WCF board member for Corporate and Collegiate Chess, was recently featured on NM Evan Rabin's Premier Chess Podcast - see Premier Chess Podcast Episode 170. Helff, who also serves as president of the Amazon Chess Club, is preparing for the Second Corporate Chess Championship, beginning online in September.

CJA Awards! Northwest Chess is pleased to have won multiple Chess Journalists of America (CJA) awards in 2021 including "Best State Magazine/Newsletter" (both print and online), and "Best Photography" and "Best Cartoon" awards. Congratulations to Editor Jeff Roland, photographer Philip Peterson, and cartoonist Brian Berger. See the magazine page for more information and images of all the certificates.

August magazine! The August 2021 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 7/28. It's a 32-page issue with "Mini-Teams Summer Kickoff" by Josh Sinanan and Siva Sankrithi, "NW Regional Scholastic" by Josh Sinanan, "Rusty Miller Memorial" by Josh Sinanan, "WA State High School Team Championship" by Josh Sinanan and Randy Walther, "Team WA Wins 30th WA vs BC Intermat" by Josh Sinanan, "José And Tony—We Will Miss You" by Karen Schmidt, "Barber/Rockefeller Closed" by Jacob Mayer, "OTB vs Online" by Sarang Sankrithi, "Coaching Corner" by Ralph Dubisch, "The Heck With Covid," "Girls State And Women’s State Championship" and "Kayden Troff Simul" by Adam Porth, "Chronicle of a Loss Foretold" by Nobel Ang, "Oregon Senior Open" by Mike Morris, "Corrected Crossword Puzzle" by Carol Kleist and Fred Kleist and a back-cover photo of "Darren Su at Kayden Troff Simul" by Adam Porth. Cover: Michael Cambareri and Antonius Raelund by Adam Porth. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

Errors in July magazine! We regret that two significant errors have been found since the July magazine was published. One is in the crossword puzzle (which affects multiple puzzle clues), and the other is in the Grand Prix standings table, which was mistakenly copied from a previous year. If you are interested in either of those two features, please see the corrected teaser edition (selected pages with color). Do a browser refresh if needed.

International Chess Day! July 20 is well-known as the anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, but it's also International Chess Day, marking FIDE's 97th anniversary!

July magazine! The July 2021 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 7/6. It's a 32-page issue with "PNWCC Photo of Eddie Chang and Ignacio Perez" by Xuhao He, "Business Manager To Retire" by Eric Holcomb, "2021 Washington Open," "Washington Open Chess960 Championship," "Washington Open G/10 Championship" and "Washington Open Blitz Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "Is Chess A Game?" by Nobel Ang, "Coaching Corner" by Ralph Dubisch, "Crossword Puzzle" by Carol Kleist assisted by Fred Kleist, and back-cover art of "Same Chesstoon, Different Presentation" By Brian Berger. Cover: Chesstoon by Brian Berger. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

Idaho Residents - The Idaho Chess Association has a matching grant for up to $2,000. You can join or donate. ICA premium members also receive a NWC magazine subscription. For more information, see https://www.idahochessassociation.com/ or email idahochessassociation@gmail.com.

Seattle Chess Club Reopening! As reported by Josh Sinanan, SCC reopened on June 14 at the Orlov Academy in Greenlake, their new temporary location. About 18 players turned out, mostly younger people, and they even had to turn away a few people at the door! It was promoted as a type of chess meet-up and spread by word of mouth.

In Memoriam - Daniel Scoones, 6 July 1952 – 11 April 2021. Dan was a two-time British Columbia champion (1977 and 1984) and a National Master since 1984. See the BCCF E-MAIL BULLETIN #409 for more information.

Chess in Art - Thanks to an agreement between the WCF and the publishers of this new book, a limited number of copies are being offered as prizes at WCF events beginning with the 5th Annual Seattle Chess Classic (Aug. 13-15). In addition, there will be some vouchers with a 30% discount for chess players. WCF President Josh Sinanan has reviewed this book, and says it's "amazing!"

June magazine! The June 2021 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 5/26. It's a 32-page issue with Jeffrey Roland and Duane Polich (photo) by Alex Machin, "OSCF Scholastic State Championships" by Chad Lykins, "Maryhill Museum Of Art" by Karen Schmidt, "Chess, Death, Freedom" by Nobel Ang, "Washington Scholastic Tournament" by James Stripes, "Coaching Corner" by Ralph Dubisch, "WA State Barber/Rockefeller Open," "May 8 Seattle Chess Club Quads," "May 9 Seattle Chess Club Tornado" and "Washington Senior Championship" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of "Sandhills And Chess Kings" by Philip Peterson. Cover: Two Chess Kings At Monahans Sandhills by Philip Peterson. See the full edition.

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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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