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Source: The Idaho Statesman, January 27, 1955:

THE ANNUAL Boise city chess tournament started Wednesday night at the Boise YMCA. Play will continue for the next few weeks as players compete in the double round-robin affair, according to C.H. Stewart, club president. Shown playing are David Earl, seated left, and Ralph Udick, seated right. Standing are Stewart, Louis Cosho, seated middle, and George Rasor and Dick Vandenburg, secretary. Both Stewart and Vandenburg were reelected for another term of office in a club election held prior to the opening matches.

Source: The Idaho Statesman, March 3, 1955:

Champion Holds Lead In Chess Tournament

Dick Vandenburg, defending city chess champion, continued to lead the present Boise Chess tournament Wednesday night with a record of seven wins and two losses in Class A play following the sixth round of play. C.H. Stewart is second with a record of 5½ and 3½, with Don Crawford and Harold Hughart tied for third place with a total of 3½ and 3½. In class B division Louis Cosho leads, with six wins and one loss, followed by Ralph Udick, 6-4, and C.B. Smithson, 4-2. Each division has five more games to play, with the tournament to finish in two weeks, a tournament spokesman said.

Source: The Idaho Statesman, March 10, 1955:

Crawford Defeats Chess Champion

The Boise Chess tournament completed its seventh and next to final round Wednesday night at the YMCA, with the final round scheduled for next Wednesday. Dick Vandenburg, defending champion, was defeated Wednesday night by Don Crawford, but still leads the field, seven wins and three losses, C.H. Stewart is second with 5½ wins and 4½ losses, followed by Crawford, and Harold Hughart, both with 4½-3½.

Class B leader is Louis Cosho who has won seven and lost three, with C.B. Smithson, 6-2 and Ralph Udick, 6-4. Champions in both divisions will be named next week.

Source: The Idaho Statesman, March 17, 1955:

Dick Vandenburg Retains Crown In Chess Tourney

Dick Vandenburg successfully defended his crown in the city chess tournament Wednesday night as he won the Class A division of the tournament for the second straight year. The Class B winner will be decided next week.

Harold Hughart and Don Crawford tied for second and third in the tournament, with C.H. Stewart, fourth. They will enter the state tournament which begins Friday at the YMCA for three days. Players from Boise, Nampa, and Twin Falls area and from surrounding states have entered the state tournament.

The city's Class B tournament, with one game left to play, is led by C.B. Smithson, with a 7-2 record, followed by Louis Cosho, 7-3. Smithson plays John Runft, third-place contender, in next Wednesday's final game. Vandenburg had a 7-3 record, followed by 6-4 for the next two contenders and 5½ and 4½ for Stewart. The tournament was played at the YMCA.

Source: The Idaho Statesman, March 19, 1955:

State Chess Tourney Opens Here Friday

The state chess tournament started Friday morning in the YMCA building with 22 contestants and will continue through sunday night. Herman Steiner of Los Angeles, a former national champion, is managing the meet, which includes five players from Boise, four from Twin Falls, one from Rupert, three from Nampa, one from Los Angeles and six from Nevada, C.H. Stewart, Boise Chess club president, reported.

Results of the first day are Dick Vandenburg, three wins and no losses; Bill Tabor of Reno and Mrs. G. Piatigorsky of Los Angeles, 2½-½ C.H. Stewart, Jerry Stanke of Nampa, Don Murphy of Twin Falls, Keith Kunze of Winnemucca, Nev., Lloyd Kimpton of Twin Falls and A.B. Ellis of Nampa, 2-1.

Source: The Idaho Statesman, March 21, 1955:

Reno Player Takes Crown In Chess Meet

Bill Taber of Reno, Nev., won six and one-half of the eight games played in the ninth annual Idaho State Chess tournament to take first place in the three-day meet, which closed Sunday in the YMCA building.

Taber was presented the first place invitational trophy of the tourney during a dinner meeting Sunday night in the Hill House on Hill road.

Three players scored five and one-half wins to two and one-half losses. They were Kenneth Jones of Reno, Dick Vandenburg of Boise and Lloyd Kimpton of Twin Falls. Jones was judged the winner under a chess scoring system and received the second-place invitational trophy.

Vandenburg was named the Idaho state champion, after placing third in the tournament, and Kimpton received fourth place in the matches. C.H. Stewart of Boise was fifth; Mrs. G. Piatigorsky of Los Angeles, sixth; Raymond Wheeler of Winnemucca, Nev., seventh, and Harold Hughart of Boise, eighth. Trophies also were given to the first, second and third-place state winners, Vandenburg, Kimpton and Stewart.

Kimpton was elected president of the Idaho State Chess association during the dinner session. He suceeds A.B. Ellis of Nampa. Don Murphy of Twin Falls was elected secretary-treasurer.

Source: The Idaho Statesman, April 7, 1955 :

Smithson Wins B Title In Chess Tournament

Dr. C.B. Smithson won the B division championship of the Boise Chess club Wednesday night with a victory over John Runft, making his total score for the tournament eight wins and two losses.

Placing second was Lewis Cosho, 7-3, and Ralph Udick, third, 6-4. Dick Vandenburg won the Class A championship. Trophies will be awarded next Wednesday to the first and second place winners in both divisions. The club meetings are held at the YMCA.

Source: The Idaho Statesman, ????, 1955:

Nampa Chessmen Beat Boise Team In Match Here

The Nampa Chess Club scored a 5½ to 2½ victory over the Boise Chess Club in a match at the Lakeview Parkhouse Thursday night.

Boise's R.S. Vandenburg, who is the state champion, played Nampa's E.H. Horstman, Ray Wayman and Bill Cleveland simultaneously, winning over Wayman and Cleveland.

In other games Jerry E. Stanke of Nampa played to a draw with Charles H. Stewart; A.B. Ellis of Nampa defeated John Cosho; Dr. David Groenic of Nampa beat M.W. Wright; Roy S. Parker of Nampa downed George Rasor, and C.E. Harris of Nampa won over Ernest Matthews.

Because of the Nampa-Boise chess match only two games were played this week in the Nampa Winter Chess Tournament. Parker won from Harris and took the tourney lead with three wins and no losses. John A. Williamson won from Carl M. Solts.

Source: The Chess Correspondent, Published By The Correspondence Chess League Of America, July-August, 1955 - Vol. XXVIII, No. 5


The first U.S. Junior Correspondence Tournament to be held by CCLA has been decisively won by Glen Buckendorf of Buhl, Idaho. The tournament, begun in 1950, is still in progress so we are as yet unable to determine who will finish in second place. In round 1 Glen scored seven wins, lost none and had one draw. In the finals round he won three while losing none and ddrawing one game.

Although he was a "junior" when the tournament began, Glen is an old married man with four children as he achieves his championship! He was born in 1929 in Twin Falls, Idaho, and attended public school in Buhl. After graduating from high school he enrolled in Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, but after a year he abandoned learning for matrimony. His wife was a student at the same college and it was there that they met. With their sons, Bobby, Billy and Barry, and infant daughter Betty Ann, the Buckendorfs now live on a 40-acre farm just outside Buhl. Glen works with his father in the tire repair shop which the latter has operated for twenty years.

Glen "learned the chess moves" when he was in eighth grade. In 1947 -- the year in which he graduated from high school -- he won the championship of Magic Valley, idaho. He finished second in the Idaho State Tournament in 1950 and in 1951 was Idaho co-champion with LaVerl Kimpton. In '52 and '53 he again placed second in this tournament, and in 1954 he becamse state champion. Despite this impressive record, he says that his location gives him very little opportunity to play over-the-board and he confines himself mostly to postal chess.

He regards correspondence chess as an excellent means of learning opening; at one time he had as many as 500 games going simultaneously, but he concluded that he could not do justice to that many, and at present he limits himself to some 50 games at a time. His library runs to slightly over a hundred chess books and he subscribes to twelve chess magazines -- of which he considers the Correspondent to be "among the (illegible word)".

Undoubtedly much of Glen's chessic success can be attributed to the fact that he spends five evenings a week in his chess room, where he strives constantly to improve his play. He is quite proud of his knowledge of openings, but feels that he loses too many "won games through a stupid blunder" -- largely because he doesn't take the time for a second look. One of his greatest ambitions is to win the Grand National; he also hopes someday to meet his many correspondence friends at large tournaments. "But at present," he sayd, "I'm content with a bottle of coke, a dish of popcorn and a postcard with which to match wits via the mails." His other favorite pastimes are football and bowling.

The following games -- all annotated by Glen -- will serve to illustrate the new champion's style of play.

K.R. Jones vs. Glen Buckendorf
1950 Junior Championship
Sicilian Defense

1.P-K4 P-QB4 2.N-KB3 N-QB3 3.P-Q4 PxP 4.NxP P-KN3 (The Maroczy bind, 5.P-QB4, is no longer feared by Black.) 5.B-K3 B-N2 6.P-QB3 (To establish a strong point at Q4 and block the long diagonal of the Black B.) 6...N-B3 7.N-Q2 0-0 8.B-K2 P-Q4 (In K-pawn openings, any time Black can play P-Q4 without immediate disadvantage, he has equalized.) 9.NxN PxN 10.B-B3 (Here Q-B2 is much better.) 10...B-QR3 (Now White will have a hard time castling.) 11.B-N5 P-R3 12.B-K3 P-K3 13.Q-B2 Q-B2 14.N-N3 N-Q2 15.Q-Q2 K-R2 16.P-N4? (Poor judgment; this only weakens the K-side and if White is going to castle he must do so on a half open file.) 16...N-K4 17.B-K2 BxB 18.QxB PxP 19.0-0-0 (Castling into it, but 19...N-B6ch and the N will be in White's hair a long time.) 19...R/B-QN1 20.N-B5 Q-R4 21.P-QR3 R-N4 22.NxP/4 R/1QN1 (Black doubled Rs on a half open file assure him of a won game. White has too many weaknesses to protect them all. Black picks one of several ways to win.) 23.R-Q2 P-QB4 (Threatening 24...P-B5 and 25...N-Q6.) 24.P-KB4 NxP (To lure White's Q away from the scene of action.) 25.QxN P-B4 26.N-N5+ PxN 27.QxNP RxP! (To accept the R is mate and to refuse loses a R.) 28.Q-R4+ K-N1 29.K-Q1 R-N8+ 0-1

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