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Selected Old Chess News (2020)

News items previously appearing on the Northwest Chess home page:

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July magazine! The July issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 6/23. It's a 32-page issue with "Northwest Regional Scholastic Chess Championships" by Josh Sinanan, "Zemgalis-Ulvestad Match" by John Donaldson, "Washington Open" by Josh Sinanan, "Northwest Chess Open" by Jacob Mayer, various ads and a back-cover photo of Duane Polich by Josh Sinanan. Cover: Josh Sinanan tries on his new chess face mask, designed and produced by Embroiderrific.

Testimonials about WCF online tournaments! See what Past WCF President Kent McNall and Don Hack, lifelong chess player from Surrey, B.C., have to say - Now in the August edition of Northwest Chess. See the teaser edition (selected pages with color).

Congratulations Vik! Longtime U.S. Chess Life Master and Washington State resident Viktors Pupols has received an Outstanding Player Achievement Award from U.S. Chess! See the 2020 award recipients page, which includes a photo of Vik from the March 2009 cover of NWC.

June magazine! The June issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 5/29. It's a 32-page issue with "Hello To The Northwest Chess Community" by Kent McNall, "The Magic Year of 1971" by John Donaldson, "Seattle City Championships" by Mary K. Kuhner, "WA vs B.C. Intermat" by Josh Sinanan, "Washington Senior Championship" by Ani Barua, "Chouchan Airapetian Webinar Notes" by Valentin Razmov, Historic Image from February 1993, and a back-cover photo of "Social Distancing" by Philip Peterson. Cover: The Negative Effect of Social Distancing by Philip Peterson, Jeffrey Roland, and Ralph Dubisch.

International Student Exchange Opportunity - As we look forward to the return to life as we know it, students from around the world are excited to spend an academic year in the U.S. as high school exchange students! See the remainder of the story on the scholastic opportunities page.

May magazine! The May issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 5/1. It's a 32-page issue with "Memories And Games Of Dennis Waterman" by John Donaldson, "May 2020 Chess Musings" by Karen Schmidt, "Recapping The Harmon Memorial" by Jacob Mayer, "2020 Washington State Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "Alexandra Botez Joins Susan Polgar Foundation Official Press Release," and a back-cover photo of "Paul Morphy Grave" by Philip Peterson. Cover: Cover Art by Philip Peterson.

Note: The Oct. 1973 edition of Northwest Chess has a photo of Dennis Waterman, Clark Harmon and William Bills, which has been updated using a scan of the original photo print. See page 12 of 32 for the photo and story.

Magnus Wins! The Magnus Carlsen Invitational, where the world chess champion challenged seven of his biggest rivals to a 2-week, $250,000 battle, starting April 18 on, and concluded May 3. The semifinals featured Nakamura vs. Caruana on May 1, and Liren vs. Carlsen on May 2. In the final on May 3, Carlsen defeated Nakamura. See John Henderson's blog post.

FIDE Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg, Russia suspended halfway through the event due to Russian travel restrictions - see John Henderson's blog post.

April magazine! The April issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 4/2 after a delay. It's a 32-page issue with "Chess During The Pandemic" by James Stripes, "Idaho Closed State Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, "Michael Schemm (1947-2019)" by John Donaldson,  "Oregon Chess News" by Frank Niro, "Singer Hill Sunday Update" by Brian Berger, "Dave Collyer Memorial" by Kevin Korsmo, "Presidential Scholastic" by Josh Sinanan, "Washington President's Cup" by Travis Olson, "Washington Girls Championship" by Jacob Mayer, "Yermo Annotates MLK Games" by Alex Yermolinsky, Chess Vignette "Peter's Story" by Karen Schmidt, and a back-cover photo of Luke Wei by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: Chesstoon by oil-painting Brian Berger.

March magazine! The March issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on Monday 3/2. It's a 32-page issue with "Susan Polgar Comes To Town" by Frank Niro, "Idaho (+ Eastern Oregon) Chess News" by various authors, "Washington Junior Open" and "High School State Individual Championship" by Josh Sinanan, "PNWCC MLK FIDE Open" and "Oregon Chess News" by Frank Niro, "BC vs. Washington Match BCCF Bulletin" by Stephen Wright, Editor, "Victoria Open" by Paul LeBlanc, "Chess Vignette - Randy's Story" by Karen Schmidt, "Mike Neeley" by Ralph Dubisch, and a back-cover photo of Lisa Xu by Frank Niro. Cover: Collin Dang vs Jan Buzek (at Washington State High School Individual Championship) by Josh Sinanan.

GP Final Results! 2019 Glen Buckendorf and Buz Eddy Memorial Grand Prix final standings and results are available from links on the GP page. Checks have been mailed to all of the winners, or some winners received NWC subscriptions if not currently subscribing. Congratulations if you're one of the winners!

February magazine! The February issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 1/31. It's a 32-page issue with Letter To The Editor by Owen McCoy, "Oregon Chess News (with a wide variety of coverage)" by Frank Niro including also the "Neil Dale Memorial" by Mike Morris, "Open Letter To The WCF" by Cleveland Johnson, "Kings vs. Princes VII Match" by Josh Sinanan, "Junior Closed And Invitational" by Jacob Mayer, "Extravaganza" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Western Idaho Open" by Jeffrey Roland, and a back-cover photo of "Lincoln Whitney at Western Idaho Open" by Jeffrey Roland. Cover: IM Aaron Grabinsky of Webster University.

New! PNWCC recognized by US Chess for "Chess Renaissance in Seattle." See the article, which is specifically about the Winter of Washington (WOW) event held just before the end of 2019. A couple of high-level games (including a GM and a GM norm game) are included.

New/Old! More Fischer stuff - The exhibition A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer was on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis back in 2014-15. Fortunately, an article with photos and descriptions of the items on display is available on the WCHoF website: (Thanks to Rusty Miller for discovering this.)

January magazine! The January issue of Northwest Chess was mailed on 12/30. It's a 32-page issue with "Toasting The Host (Chess Poem)" by Glen O'Harra, "Samuel Clemons Tournament Game" by Alex Machin, "Chess Vignette - Abdul's Story" by Karen Schmidt, "Oregon Chess News (with a wide variety of coverage)" by Frank Niro, "Washington Class Championship," "Thanksgiving Scholastic," "Chess Workshop For Women And Girls" and "Washington Class Blitz" by Josh Sinanan, "Washington Class Games" (various), "Girls And Women's Workshop" by Angela Agaian, and a back-cover photo of Stephanie Velea, Monica Olaru and Andrei Botez by Paul Truong. Cover: Megan Lee and Ignacio Perez by Josh Sinanan.

Ratings! How to check US Chess ratings and "Top 100" lists - From the US Chess homepage (, select "Players/Ratings Look-Up" under "Ratings." That will take you to the page Once you're there, you'll see a "Click here" link to search for individual player ratings, and a "VIEW THE TOP 100 LISTS" button. Many of the top 100 lists are already linked, or you can choose "Top Players By State" to create a list for a particular state. Doing this for Washington for all players with recent activity, you should see one GM, several IMs, a WIM and quite a few FMs. There are eight players rated 2400+, and 16 rated 2300+.

Tournament News See 2020 tournament news page (when available)