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1970 Idaho Open
Boise, Idaho - May 16-17, 1970

##PlayerHomeUSCF12345ScoreSolk
1Mitch MontchalinHappy Valley, OR1962W18W9W8W13W45 
2David ReynoldsPocatello2070W16W6W3D4W8 
3Donald TurnerThe Dalles, OR1950W24W14L2W11W174 
4Scott LiddellOgden, UT1937W28W7W5D2L117½
5Dick VandenburgBoise2041W20L11L4W10D615
6John AlexanderJackson, WY1903W15L2W18W22D514½
7Jens LundOgden, UT1690W27L4D10W21W1312
8Glen BuckendorfBuhl1932W21W22L1W14L2316
9Alan TayeSalt Lake City, UT1783W23L1D19D15W18313½
10Ted HartwellTwin Falls1773D13W25D7L5W19313
11Deane MoorePortland, OR1805W29L5W21L3W20312½
12Max WennstromBoise1692D25W26L13D19W223
13Tim EstleBoise1333D10W17W12L1L717
14Dennis HansenSandy, UT1707W19L3W20L8D1513½
15Ezra BrumbachParma1554L6D16W29D9D1412½
16Fred DocekalSalt Lake City, UT1688L2D15W26L17W2512½
17Jerry StankeNampa1758D26L13W25W16L312
18C.E. HarrisCaldwell1609L1W23L6W27L9214½
19R.K. HartPocatelloUnr.L14W24D9D12L10213½
20Nick SkirmantsBoise1664L5W29L14W23L11212
21Cordell ChripmanProvo, UT1576L8W30L11L7W26211
22Fred WagnerBoise1534W30L8W27L6L12210½
23Kenny JamesTwin Falls1396L9L18W30L20W2828
24Charles MetzelaarOgden, UT1585L3L19L28W30W2728
25Glen PeckPocatelloUnr.D12L10L17W28L1612
26Phil IrwinBeaverton, OR1140D17L12L16W29L2111
27Carroll PowellEmmettUnr.L7W28L22L18L24110½
28Walter YoungBoise1581L4L27W24L25L23110
29Vic WatermanNampa1453L11L20L15L25W3019
30Debra StikesBoiseUnr.L22L21L23L24L290 

Mike Montchalin of Happy Valley, Orgon and a junior in high school, won the 1970 Idaho Open with a perfect 5-0 score. In the last round he won from Scott Liddell of Ogden, Utah, to clinch the title. Liddell was a front runner from the start, playing the numbers 1, 2, 5, and 7th place finishers to garner a total of 17½ solkoff points, the highest in the tounament. In round three he beat second ranked Dick Vandenburg, and in round four he drew with first ranked Dave Reynolds, and this draw prevented Reynolds from playing Montchalin in the final round due to the Harkness pairing used. Reynolds won in the last round from Glen Buckendorf to place second and Don Turner, from The Dalles, Oregon, placed third with a 4-1, after losing to Reynolds in round three. Montchalin's last published rating was 1962 but is currently figured at well over 2000, putting three of the tournament entrants in the expert class.

The first three rounds were played in Boise's YMCA building but the weather was so nice Tournament Director Dick Vandenburg set Sunday's games for Boise's beautiful Ann Morison Park, which proved to be a perfect setting for the final competition. Like the previous Idaho Open, this tournament attracted the largest field in recent years, with 30 entrants, all from utah, Wyoming, Oregon and Idaho. Previous tournament winners who entered were Don Turner, Dick Vandenburg and Glen Buckendorf.

Mike won the first place trophy plus $60.00, Reynolds won $30.00 and Turner $20.00. First in class "B" was Jens Lund ($25.00), 2nd was alan Taye ($10.00), both from Utah. First in class "C" was Tim Estle ($15.00), a fourteen year old high school boy from Boise who narrowly missed winning his last round game and a fifth place finish, and second was Ezra Brumbach ($7.00). Junior trophy winners were Phil Irwin and Debra Stikes. Prizes were more than planned due to the large field.

Dick Vandenburg, Director


1970 Idaho Open, Round 5
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White: Mitch Montchalin
Black: Scott Liddell

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