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Idaho Chess Bulletin

Editor Richard Vandenburg

Source: Northwest Chess Letter, September, 1966

Boise Chess Club Holds Handicap Rapid Transit Tournament

The Boise Chess Club periodically holds a Handicap Rapid Transit Tournament, and this type of event has been a big hit with the members. It could be that it might be of interest to other clubs looking for new ways to keep up members' interest. in the latest games, Nick Skirmants came out on top 9-1, followed by Max Wennstrom 7-3, and Dick Vandenburg, David Hallock, M.W. Wright, and John Cosho, all with 6-4. Eleven players competed during the one evening of play at Vandenburg's home on August 17.

The way to set up such a tournament is to assign each player a time limit for his play depending upon his ability as a rapid player. These limits for his play fluctuate up to 10 or 11 minutes as the most time allowed any player. A round robin is played although a Swiss tournament could be played if too many were in attendance for a round robin. Colors are drawn at each game, and players play whomever they wish until all games have been played.

Let's say your time limit is five minutes, and your opponent's is ten minutes. Each game must have a clock so you set the time on your clock at five, and on your opponent's at ten. The game begins and it must end in a mate or a book draw before either flag falls, or the man whose flag falls automatically loses, regardless of the position. If you are ahead on time, you always continue until the end because your opponent's flag might drop. After one or two evenings of this type of chess each player's time can be quite accurately figured and everyone is virtually on the same plane, whether he be a master or a class "C" player. in our club the times range from between 2 to 10 minutes for this last event. Most players were somewhere in between. At the conclusion of the tournament we adjusted the times, depending on the results so we could be ready for the next time. Skirmants was the winner, and his time had been six minutes so we cut him to five. one player scored 1-9, and had seven minutes so we increased this to nine for the next play. one older player will be given 11 minutes next time. This type of event has proved to be very popular. For more details write to Dick Vandenburg.

Vandenburg Retains Boise Chess Club Championship

Dick Vandenburg, Idaho's top ranked player handily won the 1966 Boise Club Championship with a perfect 13-0 score. Earlier in the year he had lost the state championship and the open title, but finally retained the local crown. The deciding game was a victory over Max Wennstrom, who at the time of the game was only one point behind. Wennstrom lost only one other game and placed 2nd 10½-2½. George Rasor lost to the leaders, but won the rest to hold down third place, 9½-3½. The tournament director was Dick Shropshire.

1966 Boise Chess Club Championship

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2Max Wennstrom0xx½111111111F01F10½-2½
3George Rasor0½xx001111111119½-3½
4John Cosho001xx½½1111101F19-4
5Richard Shropshire001½xx1½½1F110118½-4½
6Nick Skirmants000½0xx11011111F7½-5½
7Norman Lee0000½0xx11F111F1F1F7½-5½
8Cecil Spangenberg0000½00xx0011F1F14½-8½
9Del Klaus0F0000F10F1xx110F0F0F4-9
10David Halloch000000010xx11F003-10
11Dave Reid0000000000xx11F13-10
12Jesse Johnson00F01100F0F0F0F0xx0F0F2-11
13Spencer Joslyn0100F000F0F0F10F0Fxx0F2-11
14Will Nelson0F0F0000F0F00F100F0Fxx1-12

Problem Corner

No. 2, by P. Orlik, courtesy of Isaac Kashdan.

White to move and mate in 3. (Solution next issue.)

Send solutions to: Dick Vandenburg, 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, Idaho 83702

This is a three mover, but it isn't very hard. From now on we will have a problem corner in each issue, and your answer must be postmarked by the 18th of the month of the issue. As yet we haven't figured out any prize system but this is being worked on. Last month we had a good response and varied results. The correct answer to Problem No. 1 was ...R-B2. A couple of players said R-B7, which was the wrong end of the board, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt this time, but no more. Always remember that in problems White's said is at the bottom of the board. If you look again at No. 1 you will see that the answer has to be R-B2 and not R-B7.

We had three players that gave the answer as N-R5 dis ch. These were the only incorrect answers that I received. Here you have to realize that the mate must occur in exactly the number of moves specified. If, after N-R5 dis. ch. Black plays KxB or K-R2, R-R3 indeed mates. However, what if Black throws in a couple of nuisance moves such as R-N2, followed by B-N6? I'll admit that either throws away a piece, but both delay the mate by one move, and thereby do not permit mate in two. Be up. in order to be proper, nothing can stop mate in 2 (or 3).

Those that answered with R-B2 (or B7) were Ed Smith (Idaho), Mike Schemm (Oregon), and Mel Horman, Charles Joachim, Russell Miller, Robert Lundin, Zack Wester, and David Fulton (Washington). Congratulations to the solvers, it was nice hearing from you! Let's hear from even more this month (by the 18th). A lot of you are working the problem and not sending in an answer.

(Please send any reports of Idaho Chess Activity to Idaho Chess Bulletin Editor: Richard Vandenburg; 2316 Regan Ave.; Boise, Idaho 83702.)