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Glen Buckendorf wins State Championship

The 1967 Idaho State Chess Champion is Glen Buckendorf, of Buhl. Glen won over seven other entrants in the Class A of the Idaho State (Closed) Tournament, held in Twin Falls at the YWCA building February 11-12. Buckendorf, who won the Idaho title many times in the 1950s, hasn't been champion for several years and won with steady play throughout. After four rounds he had the title clinched regardless of the outcome of the last game. Ted Hartwell lost only to the Champion and was 2nd, 3½-1½.

Eugene Cowan, who has placed third too many times for him to wish to remember, was 3rd again and missed a share of the glory when he dropped his 4th round game to Hartwell. Dick Vandenburg, who has won the title four times in the last seven years, lost out in round two when he dropped a game to fifth place, Dewey Varn. Varn had offered a draw, which was refused, but Vandenburg went on to blunder the game, and any tournament chances away with it.

Cowan provided the most excitement of the tournament when, in the first round, he turned down a draw offer by Varn in what was probably a lost position because of Varn's poor clock position. Dewey couldn't make the time break and Cowan won the game.

Clarence Rambo beat A.B. Ellis in the fourth round to win the Class B section. Ellis had earlier eliminated Jerry Stanke in the competition between the top three players. John Myers, of Boise, played very well to win the Class C trophy, starting with a very low rating.

After the tournament was over, Vandenburg won a handicap speed tournament, played as a six round swiss with 15 entrants. Lloyd Kimpton placed 2nd. Each player received a time allotment to play the game depending upon his tournament placing over the weekend, starting with Buckendorf at 2 minutes and going down to six minutes for A.J. Lee and Jim Memmott.

Class A Section
1Glen Buckendorf, Jr.Buhl1891W6D3W2W5D44 
2Ted HartwellTwin Falls1870D4W7L1W3W614
3Eugene L. CowanDriggs1810W5D1W7L2W811½
4Dick vandenburgBoise2010D2L5W6W8D13 
5Dewey VarnMtn. Home AFB1910L3W4W8L1D7 
6Max WennstromBoise1715L1W8L4W7L22 
7Lloyd KimptonTwin Falls1857W8L2L3L6D5 
8Dee HarrisSugar City1984L7L6L5L4L30 

Class B Section
1Clarence RamboMurtaugh1740D9W8W4W2W5  
2A.B. EllisNampa1791W10W11W3L1W64  
3Jerry StankeNampa1767W8W4L2L5W10313½
4H.J. MyersBoise1377W5L3L1W11W8313½6
5Nick SkirmantsBoise1670L4W12W9W3L1313 
6Barney GraffMurtaugh1764W12L9W11W10L239 
7Delmer DaviesTwin Falls1266L11D10L8W12W9  
8Spencer JoslynBoise1592L3L1W7W9L42  
9George RasorBoise1459D1W6L5L8L715 
10A.J. LeeBoise----L2D7W12L6L313½ 
11Vic WatermanNampa1608W7L2L6L4L12113½ 
12Jim MemmottTwin Falls1466L6L5L10L7W11112