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1969 Idaho Open
Boise, Idaho - May 17-18, 1969

Wolfgang Freese, now teaching in Pocatello at Idaho State University, and recently from Germany, has won the 1969 Idaho Open, played at the new Boise YMCA over the May 17-18 weekend. Freese's record was unblemished except for a third round draw with second place, Dave Reynolds, also of Pocatello and recent winner of the Utah Open. Tournament Director, Dick Vandenburg, lost to Freese and had a draw with Reynolds to place third, 3½-1½. Ezra Brumbach of Parma, Idaho entered the tournament with a rating of 1455 but astounded everyone by scoring 2½ points, including a draw with out-going state champion, Glen Buckendorf. Buckendorf scored 2½ points the first day but lost games to both leaders on Sunday to finish in 5th place. Utah's Dick Heilbut had a bad tournament scoring only 1-4 after starting with a 1977 rating. For the first time in recent years, all of the top players were from Idaho and, for the first time in quite a spell, there were no players from either Oregon or Washington. Utah contributed 12 players to both sections, however.

Alan Taye of Salt Lake City, and only 18 years old, won the Class B section with a convincing 4½-½ score, permitting a last round draw with third place, Max Wennstrom. Larry Munger, also of Salt Lake City, was second, 4-1, losing to the winner. Boise's Nick Skirmants lost to Munger in the last round to place 4th, 3-2. Dick Heilbut's two boys, Rick and Craig, scored 1 and 2 in the junior division, both with 3-2 scores. Looks like Dad had better watch out in the future! Last year's "B" winner, George Rasor, stumbled a couple of times and ended up 8th.

At the annual Idaho Chess Association business meeting, Ted Hartwell was elected President and Dick Vandenburg was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer. In other business, the Idaho State (Closed) Championship was set for February 21-22 with one section of play using class awards, 100% USCF rated, and to be played in Twin Falls YMCA. The 1970 Idaho Open will again be played in the Boise YMCA on the May 16-17 weekend. It will also be a one section affair with class prizes. The one section tournament hasn't been tried in many years in Idaho but will be given another test next year.

Class A Section
1Wolfgang FreesePocatelloUnr.W7W3D2W5W4   
2Dave ReynoldsPocatello2066W8W4D1D3W54   
3Dick VandenburgBoise2016W10L1W9D2W7   
4Ezra BrumbachParma1455!D5L2W8W6L115½7610
5Glen BuckendorfBuhl1968D4W7W6L1L215½7120
6Dennis HansenSandy, UT1735W9W8L5L4D10  
7Don ArnowSalt Lake City, UT1864L1L5W10W9L3212  
8Ted HartwellTwin Falls1841L2L6L4W10W9210½  
9Dick HeilbutSalt Lake City, UT1977L6W10L3L7L81   
10Steve SawyerBakersfield, CA1830L3L9L7L8D6½   

Class B Section
1Alan TayeSalt Lake City, UT1784W11W5W4W2D3   
2Lawrence MungerSalt Lake City, UTUnr.W8W6W3L1W44   
3Max WennstromBoise1707W15W13L2W9D1   
4Nick SkirmantsBoise1654W16W10L1W5L2314½  
5Rick HeilbutSalt Lake City, UT1250W14L1W7L4W10313½  
6Craig HeilbutSalt Lake City, UT1248W7L2L12W11W1431266553
7Fred DocekalSalt Lake City, UT1695L6W11L5W13W831265531
8George RasorBoise1569L2W14W10W12L73125 
9Charles MetzelaarOgden, UT1614L10W16W13L3W123  
10Craig MillerSalt Lake City, UTUnr.W9L4L8W15L5213  
11Vic WatermanNampa1464L1L7W16L6W15211½  
12C.E. HarrisCaldwell1691L13W15W6L8L9211  
13James ArchuletaSalt Lake City, UTUnr.W12L3L9L7L16112½  
14Barney GraffMurtaugh1703L5L8L15W16L6111  
15Kenny JamesTwin Falls1411L3L12W14L10L11110½  
16Tim EstleBoiseUnr.L4L9L11L14W13110