Where to Play
Daily Chess Puzzle
(July 14-15, 2012, Boise, ID)
by Jeff Roland
The 2012 ICA Summer Classic was held at Boise State University, Student Union Building, Lookout Room, in Boise, Idaho over the July 14-15, 2012 weekend. Fourteen (14) players played in the Open Section and Six (6) players played in the Reserve (U1400) Section. All players were from Idaho except one from Missouri. Jeff Roland was the tournament Director.
The Open Section was won by Tom A. Morrell, a very friendly 21 year old student who just happened to be in the area for another two weeks before returning home to St. Louis, Missouri where he lives. He had 4 points for clear first place. Second place went to Chong-Jin Ong, Boise, with 3½ points. There was a 4-way tie for 3rd-6th place between Caleb Paul Kircher, Nampa, Nathan Jiang, Eagle, Nick Jon Bruck, Boise, and Frank Niro, Meridian, each with 3 points.
The Reserve (U1400) Section was won by Cody Austin Gorman, Eagle, with 5 points. There was a 2-way tie for 2nd-3rd place between Jarod Buss, Nampa, and Lloyd Blake, Boise, each with 3 points. Gary Hollingsworth, Pocatello, rated 1301, played up into the Open Section and scored a very impressive 2½ points.
The quality of play seemed to be very good with most of the players in excellent form. The low turnout was probably due to the event being held in the Summer. But Summer chess tournaments are important and useful to chess players to stay in form and to improve as players.
The Lookout Room at the BSU Student Union Building once again proved an excellent venue for a chess tournament. Again, every game had its own table, and there was plenty of space, and as we discovered in the final round when we opened up the blinds, an excellent view of the University grounds outside. We appreciate Phil Weyland and the BSU Chess Club for securing the playing site and to BSU staff for treating us so well.
I wish to thank every player who played in the event and made this such a good and memorable event.