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July-August - Advertised Chess Events (more will be added)

  • See calendar for more info about upcoming chess events, including ad links.
  • Jul 26 SCC Hot as Hades (Rd 4), Seattle, WA
  • Jul 27 Simul with GM Emil Anka at SCC, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 Seattle CC Dog Days, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 10 Seattle CC Saturday Quads, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 17-18 Seattle Chess Classic, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 24 Snohomish County Open, Mukilteo, WA
  • Aug 25 Seattle CC Sunday Tornado, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 30 Seattle CC Fifth Friday G/15, Seattle, WA
  • Aug 31-Sep 2 (Labor Day Weekend) 74th Oregon Open, Portland, OR

July-August - 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.

Northwest Chess August 2024 coverAugust magazine! The August 2024 issue of Northwest Chess should be mailed on Friday, July 26. It's a 48-page issue with a Letter to the Editor by Xavier Palathingal, "Washington Open (Part One)" by Josh Sinanan, "A Conversation with Viktors Pupols" by Ani Barua, "2024 Reykjavik Open" by David Zhou, "Another Game from Reykjavik" by Sridhar Seshadri, "2024 WA vs BC Intermat" by Josh Sinanan, "76th Idaho Open" by Jay Simonson, "2024 Washington Senior Championship" and "2024 Washington Girls Championship" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of Oscar Sprumont by Meiling Cheng. Cover: Aziz Degenbaev by Meiling Cheng.

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. There is also an opportunity to host a German exchange student via the CIEE high school foreign exchange program. See the scholastic opportunities page.

Ted WangYoung Master! Ted Wang, a 4th grader from St. Thomas School in Medina, became Washington State's youngest ever master on June 15. Ted achieved the title at the age of 10 years, 6 months, and 26 days, breaking the previous record held by IM Anthony He (11 yrs, 3 months, 20 days). Ted scored 2/2 at the Seattle Chess Club June Quads, hosted at the Seattle Chess Club in Greenlake and gained 21 points to boost his US Chess rating to 2211, scoring wins against LM Viktors Pupols (2200) and NM Yiding Lu (2231). Congratulations Ted! Also see the July NWC teaser edition. Photo courtesy of U.S. Chess.

Northwest Chess July 2024 coverJuly magazine! The July 2024 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday, June 28. It's a 32-page issue with "Ted Wang Becomes Washington’s Youngest Ever NM" by Josh Sinanan, "2024 Oregon Senior Open" by Wilson Gibbins, "2nd Annual Eastside Open," "Second Annual Bellingham Open" and "Rockefeller + Barber Closed" by Josh Sinanan, "SCC 2nd Annual Friday Night Championship Invitational" by John Selsky and Fred Kleist, "Surreal" by Glen O’Harra, "Western States Regional CC For Woman And Girls" by Chouchan Airapetian, "Building Community Through Chess" by Ken Lee, and a back-cover photo of Megan Lee by Meiling Cheng. Cover: Dominic Colombo by Josh Sinanan. See the teaser edition (selected pages). The teaser edition contains the Gelareh Golanbar interview, but it's also available as a separate PDF file here.

Northwest Chess June 2024 coverJune magazine! The June 2024 issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Friday, May 31. It's a 32-page issue with "2024 Idaho Scholastic Chess Champion James Wei" by Jeffrey Roland, "Yiding Lu (Washington’s Newest National Master)" by Ani Barua, "Washington President’s Cup" by Josh Sinanan, "Interview With Bruce Pandolfini" by Ken Lee, "2024 Harmon Memorial," "2024 Washington State Barber And Rockefeller Open," "St. Anne Celtic Challenge Spring 2024," "Lakeside Spring Fling" and "Second Annual Detective Cookie Chess Classic" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of "Selina Cheng With Her New Best Friend" by Meiling Cheng. Cover: Yiding Lu at The Harmon Memorial by Meiling Cheng. See the teaser edition (selected pages). The teaser edition contains the Bruce Pandolfini interview, but it's also available as a separate PDF file here.

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.

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 (July-August):
  Open or Invitational Events (July-August):
  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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