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November 26, 1970

Dear Chess Player,

The Boise Chess club would like to announce the scheduling of the 1970 WESTERN IDAHO OPEN chess tournament, to be held at the new Boise YMCA Building, 10th and State Streets, on Saturday, December 5, 1970. This will be a four round, two day swiss tournament.

There will be two sections of play, entries permitting. The "Reserve" section will be for non-USCF members or those not wishing to play in the championship class. It will not be USCF rated and no dues or affiliation will be necessary other than the modst entry fee of $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for juniors 18 years of age and younger. The "Championship" section will be USCF rated and all players must belong to or join that organization to play. Entry fee in this section will be $3.50 for all entrants regardless of age. Awards in both sections will depend upon entries.

Play will start at 9:00 am. with registration starting at 8:15 am. For those using clocks, the time limit will be 40 moves in 1½ hours. Round times will be as follows: Rd. 1 = 9:00-12:00; Rd. 2 = 12:30-3:30; Rd. 3 = 4:00-7:00, and Rd. 4 = 7:30-10:30.

This will be an informal tournament and will have a playing area for side "skittles" games. We are hoping to encourage some relatively new players by providing the section without USCF ratings and hope all club organizers will call up any and all players who have attended their club meetings to try to get them out for the tournament. Please bring your chess clocks if you have them as the top boards will use clocks.

At sometime during the tournament, informal talks between club leaders will be held to determine future tournament dates and to set plans for some inter-club matches.

Dick Vandenburg, Secretary-Treasurer
Idaho Chess Association
2316 Regan Ave., Boise, Idaho 83702

Tournament results:

Action this fall has included a USCF rated Twin Falls Club Championship with Ed Trappen (!) winning out. Round robin results ar as follows:

1Ed TrappenXX11111117
2Glen Buckendorf0XX1111½1
3Ted Hartwell00XX111115
4Ron Draper000XX11114
5Barney Graff0000XX0112
6Leon Pyne00001XX012
7Delmer Davies0½0001XX0
8Kenny James0000001XX1

The Boise Chess Club held one of its annual handicap rapid transit tournaments and Nick Skirmants won over a field of 13, 5-1. Dick Vandenburg also scored 5-1 but was second on tie break. Jon Egge was third, also with 5-1, and John Cosho was fourth, 4-2. The 1970 Boise Chess Club Championwhip was won during the summer by Dick Vandenburg with a perfect 16-0 score. George Rasor was second, 13-3, John Cosho was 3rd 12½-3½, Jon Egge 4th 12-4, Max Wennstrom 5th 11-5, Walter Young 6th 10-5, Nick Skirmants 7th 10-6 and Tim estle 8th and 1st Junior 8-7. Seventeen playes competed.

Last spring's Idaho Open was won by Oregon's Mike Montchalin 5-0. Dave Reynolds of Pocatello was second 4½-½ followed by Oregon's Don Turner 4-1, Utah's Scott Liddell 3½-1½ and Boise's Dick Vandenburg 3½-1½. 30 players competed.