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Northwest Chess Magazine Back Issues

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Title: Northwest Chess
(as printed in black & white)
2019-2020 Chess Journalists of America award entry category:
State Magazine/Newsletter - Print, Cramer Award
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Title: Northwest Chess
(as published online in color)
2019-2020 Chess Journalists of America award entry category:
State Magazine/Newsletter - Online, Cramer Award
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As published in: Northwest Chess
2019-2020 Chess Journalists of America award entries:

Best Analysis:
Ralph Dubisch (story by Frank Niro), "PNWCC MLK FIDE Open," March 2020 NWC, pp. 8-15.

Best Historical Article:
IM John Donaldson,"The Magic Year of 1971," June 2020 NWC, pp. 4-9.
Single Chess Magazine Cover:
Philip Peterson (photographer), Jeffrey Roland, and Ralph Dubisch, "The Negative Effect of Social Distancing on Chess," June 2020 NWC.

Title: Chesstoons Drawn by Brian Berger
(some as printed in Northwest Chess, some modified or not previously published - see the descriptions inside)
Chesstoons Drawn by Brian Berger:
Book 1: November 2013-October 2015
Book 2: November 2015-February 2018
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2020 (all in full color!)
Note: Most 2020 issues also feature a Northwest Chess Grand Prix report by Murlin Varner, "From the Editor’s Desk" by Jeffrey Roland, and a "Chesstoon" by Brian Berger.
October
NWC_202010_teaser.pdf
(selected pages)
Cover: Queen And Pawn Death by Philip Peterson.
48-page issue with "CJA Awards," "Still More Games From The Emerald City Open" by Various Players, "National Tournament Of State Senior Champions" by Mary Kuhner, "Susan Kantor (1955-2020)" by Jeffrey Roland, "Humor In Chess (Sequel)" by Karen Schmidt, "Readers’ Showcase" by Various Players, "Seattle Seafair Open" by Derek Zhang, "Vancouver Open" by Rekha Sagar, "Seattle Classic Scholastic" by Jacob Mayer, and a back-cover photo of "Lenderman’s Penultimate" by Philip Peterson.
September
NWC_202009_opt_color.pdf
Covers (front and back): Chess Art by Philip Peterson.
32-page issue with "Temporary Suspension Of SCC Ads" by Fred Kleist, "Where Art Thou OTB Games?" by Konner Feldman, "The 1966 Seattle U.S. Open" by John Donaldson, "More Games From Emerald City Open" by Various Players, "2020 Washington vs Oregon Chess Match" by Josh Sinanan, and "Humor In Chess" by Karen Schmidt.
August
NWC_202008_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Roger Hunter, Jef Leifeste, and Alex Machin by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with "Tips For The Aspiring King-Hunter" by Josh Sinanan, "Musings On Women In Chess" by Karen Schmidt, "Viktors Pupols Honored By US Chess" by John Donaldson, "WCF Online Chess Testimonials" by Kent McNall and Don Hack, "WA State Elementary Championship" by WSECC Organizers, "Washington Closed Brilliancy Prizes" by Samual He, Daniel He, Isaac Vega, and Brendan Zhang, "Emerald City Open" by Derek Zhang, "2020 Susan Polgar Foundation Girl's Invitational" by Minda Chen, and a back-cover photo of "Chess packrat nesting material" by Jeffrey Roland.
July
NWC_202007_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Josh Sinanan tries on his new chess face mask, designed and produced by Embroiderrific.
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.
June
NWC_202006_opt_color.pdf
Cover: The Negative Effect of Social Distancing by Philip Peterson, Jeffrey Roland, and Ralph Dubisch.
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.
May
NWC_202005_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Cover Art by Philip Peterson.
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.
April
NWC_202004_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Chesstoon by oil-painting Brian Berger.
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.
March
NWC_202003_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Collin Dang vs Jan Buzek (at Washington State High School Individual Championship) by Josh Sinanan.
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.
February
NWC_202002_opt_color.pdf
Cover: IM Aaron Grabinsky of Webster University.
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.
January
NWC_202001_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Megan Lee and Ignacio Perez by Josh Sinanan.
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.
2019 (all in full color!)
Note: Most 2019 issues also feature a Northwest Chess Grand Prix report by Murlin Varner, "From the Editor’s Desk" by Jeffrey Roland, and a "Chesstoon" by Brian Berger.
December
NWC_201912_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Joshua Price at the Norman Friedman Memorial. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with "Free Chess Lectures Weekly" and "Norman Friedman Memorial" by Jeffrey Roland, "Washington Blitz Championship," "Washington Game/60" and "Washington Challenger’s Cup" by Josh Sinanan, "Corporate/Collegiate Tournament" by Florian Helff, "Northern Idaho Open" by Adam Porth, "Arliss Dietz" by Brian Berger, "Chess Peace Cartoons" by Tony Sullivan, "Oregon Chess News" by Frank Niro, "Turkey Open" by Mike Murray,  "Chess Vignette (Yuri)" by Karen Schmidt, "Sridhar Seshadri in Iceland at Fischer Grave (photo)" by Sridhar Seshadri, and a back-cover photo of Corey Longhurst by Jeffrey Roland.
November
NWC_201911_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Megan Lee, 2019 Washington Women’s Champion by Josh Sinanan.
32-page issue with "Megan Lee Wins WA Women’s Championship" by Josh Sinanan, Chess Vignette “Karen Schmidt’s Chess Story” by Karen Schmidt, "Eastern Idaho Open" by Jay Simonson, "Keplinger’s Revenge" by David Zaklan, "Chess At The Washington State Fair" by Bill Rogers, "Tacoma Report" by Gary Dorfner, "Seattle Fall Open" by Carol Kleist, "Vancouver Open" by Josh Sinanan, a Miscellaneous Game, "Donaldson Wins FIDE’s Botvinnik Award" by Rusty Miller/John Donaldson, and a back-cover photo of Jacob Mayer at Applebee’s by Josh Sinanan.
October
NWC_201910_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Ellen and David Baumann Inducted Into ICA Hall Of Fame by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with "Baumanns Inducted Into The ICA Hall Of Fame" by Jef Leifeste, "ICA Hall Of Fame" by Jeffrey Roland, "Letter To The Editor" by John P. Christy, "69th Annual Oregon Open" by Owen McCoy, "Meet Chad Lykins: A Champion Of Scholastic Chess" by Sarah McCoy, "Josh Sinanan Interview" by Carol Kleist, "Seattle Seafair" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Mahajan Tops Third Seattle Classic" by Josh Sinanan, "A Chess Camp Just For Girls" by Sarah McCoy, "Engineering Consultants, Inc." and "Trader Joe’s Of Boise" by Alise Pemsler, and a back-cover photo of "Cake at ICA Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony" by Jeffrey Roland.
September
NWC_201909_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Michael Cambareri playing at North Idaho Championship by Adam Porth.
32-page issue with Editorial by Jeffrey Roland and Ralph Dubisch, a Letter To The Editor by Jerry Richards, "First North Idaho Championship" by Adam Porth, "ICA Summer Classic" by Jeffrey Roland, "PNWCC And Jim Tarjan" by Jim Tarjan, "2019 Best Magazine/Newsletter and award certificate" from Chess Journalists of America, "Emerald City Open" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Bob Ferguson Fundraising Simul" by Duane Polich, and back-cover art of Bob Ferguson drawn during play at Fundraiser Simul by Eli Lara.
August
NWC_201908_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Joshua Grabinsky at the National Open by Nancy Keller.
32-page issue with "Las Vegas International Chess Festival" by Nancy Keller, Las Vegas International (Joshua’s Perspective) by Joshua Grabinsky, "In Memory Of Ernst Rasmussen" by Richard Golden, "Sam And Ernie, A Retrospective" by Michael Murray, "Washingtonian Wallops Wimps At World Open" by Tom Purser, Ernst Rasmussen on Dec. 2010 NWC Cover by Russell Miller, Ernst Rasmussen on May 1990 NWC Cover by Rob Rittenhouse, "Letter to Oregon Northwest Chess Subscribers," "More Games From The Washington Open" with various games annotated by Ralph Dubisch, "ICA Players’ Memorial" by Jef Leifeste, and a back-cover photo of "Finn Belew at the 2019 ICA Players’ Memorial" by Jennifer Leifeste.
July
NWC_201907_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Daniel Shubin at the 2019 Washington Open by Sten Petrov.
32-page issue with "Idaho Senior Open" and "Idaho Scholastic Tournament Of Champions" by Jeffrey Roland, "Inland Empire Open" by Kevin Korsmo, "2019 Washington State Invitational Brilliancy Prizes" by Michael Hosford, "2019 Washington Open" by Josh Sinanan, "44th Annual Keres Memorial" by Roger Patterson, "Unkel Vik’s Solutions From June 2019 Issue" by Viktors Pupols, and a back-cover photo of Alex Goodwin and William Wang by Jeffrey Roland.
June
NWC_201906_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Ava Gaylord vs. Temiloluwa Aderogba, by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with "16th Annual Idaho Scholastic Girls Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, "Washington Senior Championship" by Gary Dorfner, "Grand Pacific Open" by Stephanie Velea, "Washington Championship Game" by Michael Lee, "Washington State Championship Brilliancy Prizes" by Daniel He, "Washington State Premier Brilliancy Prizes" by Samuel He, "Washington State Challengers Brilliancy Prizes" by Mark Smith, "Seattle Spring Open" by Carol and Fred Kleist, "Idaho Open" by Jay Simonson, "9th Annual Oregon Senior Open" and "2019 Portland Spring Open" by Brian Berger, and back-cover images relating to "50 Years Ago — June 1959 Washington Chess Letter — Buz Eddy became editor."
May
NWC_201905_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Jason Cigan by Andrei Botez.
32-page issue with "For The Record" by the Northwest Chess Staff, "Another Name On The Trophy" by Jason Cigan, "Washington President’s Cup" by Travis Olson, "The Game That Matters" by Jeffrey Roland, "Boise Chess Club (Poem)" by Glen O’Harra, "From The Business Manager" by Eric Holcomb, and a back-cover cartoon of "Odie and Morgan playing chess" by Brian Berger.
April
NWC_201904_opt_color.pdf
Cover: A View From Below by Philip Peterson.
32-page issue with "2019 Idaho Closed" by Jeffrey Roland, "2019 Idaho Closed" by Barry Eacker, "ICA Tip Of The Month" by Adam Porth, "2019 Idaho Scholastic Championship" by Alise Pemsler, "February 2019 PCC Game/60" by Brian Berger, "Dave Collyer Memorial" by Kevin Korsmo, "Photo collage of the John Donaldson Simul" by Adam Porth, "2019 Washington State Team And High School League" by Randy Walther, "2019 Washington State Championship" by Josh Sinanan, and a back-cover photo of "Waiting For Clarity" by Philip Peterson.
March
NWC_201903_opt_color.pdf
Cover: GM Bu Xiangzhi and IM John Donaldson visit PNWCC.
32-page issue with "Eternal Cube (a poem written at the 2019 Idaho Closed)" by David Zaklan, "2019 Idaho Blitz Championship" by Jeffrey Roland, "ICA Tip Of The Month" by Adam Porth, "PCC January 2019 Game 60" by Brian Berger, "West Regional Scholastic Tournament" by Jeffrey Roland, "Letter To The Editor" by John Frostad, "Introducing Pacific Northwest Chess Center" by Xuhao He, "PNWCC Through A Player’s Eyes" by Coliln Smith, "PNWCC’s First Master" by Lisa & Charles Levine, "Team BC Edges Out Team Washington" by Paul Leblanc, and a back-cover photo of "2019 Idaho Blitz Champion James Wei" by Jeffrey Roland.
February
NWC_201902_opt_color.pdf
Cover: Alex Machin at 2018 Western Idaho Open by Jeffrey Roland.
32-page issue with "PCC December 2018 Game 60" and "Neil Dale Memorial" by Brian Berger, "2018 Western Idaho Open" by Jeffrey Roland,  "Le Parc d’Echecs" by Carmen Pemsler, "Winter Solstice In The North" by Adam Porth, "Successful Year For Central Oregon Chess" by Eric Holcomb, "Washington Winter Classic" by Josh Sinanan, "Northwest Chess Open" by Duane Polich, "A Hidden Story That Went Unnoticed (Full-Page Ad)" by Sridhar Seshadri, "Eclipse Photo" by Philip Peterson, and a back-cover photo of "Andrew Kitterman at 2018 Western Idaho Open" by Alex Machin.
January
NWC_201901_opt_color.pdf
Cover: John Glenn at the 2018 Southern Idaho Open by Adam Porth.
32-page issue with "From The Publisher’s Desk" by Duane Polich, "Jason Marr On Chess And Life" by Amanda Warren, "2018 Oregon Class Championship" and "PCC November 2018 Game 60" by Brian Berger, "2018 November Third Weekend" by Jameson Tang, "2018 Southern Idaho Open" by Barry Eacker, "2018 Northern Idaho Open" by Adam Porth,  "Western States Open Success" by Joshua Grabinsky, "2018 Washington Class Championships" by Josh Sinanan,  "Washington Class Blitz Event" and "A Thanksgiving Scholastic To Be Thankful For" by Jacob Mayer, "North American Youth Chess Championships" by Mei Xu and Chen Zhou, "Grandmaster Submission!" by James Tarjan, "The Isle Of Mayer" by Jacob Mayer, and a back-cover photo of Drew Machin and Alex Machin by Jeffrey Roland.