The official publication of the Idaho Chess Association.
Editor & Treasurer
Eugene L. Cowan
Where to play chess!
Boise -- meets 8:00 Wednesday nights at Y.M.C.A. building.
Nampa -- meets 8:00 Thursday nights at Lakeview Parkhouse.
Idaho Falls -- contact Russ Haynes, Rt. 4, Idaho Falls.
Rupert -- meets 8:00 Wednesday nights at Chamber of Commerce Office.
Twin Falls -- meets 8:00 Thursday nights at Rogerson Hotel.
Pocatello -- meets Wednesday nights at Student Union Building of Idaho State College.
For information on any other town, contact the Editor.
Events during the next quarter!
Preliminaries of 1958 Idaho State Team Tournament. Boise vs. Nampa, Twin Falls vs. Rupert, Pocatello vs. Idaho Falls.
UTAH WINS UTAH--IDAHO MATCH!
The big chess event in Idaho this spring was the annual Utah-Idaho match, this year held at Pocatello, on June 8-9, in the Student Union Building of Idaho State College. The Pocatello club played host to the event and thanks go to R.K. Hart and his crew for putting on a very successful match. The box lunches, drinks, and playing quarters were certainly excellent! President Bob Campbell did a very good job running the show. Everyone had an excellent time and we are looking forward to revenge next year in Salt Lake.
Utah emerged the victor by the narrow margin of 18-16. Seventeen players competed on each side and each played an opponent two games -- one Saturday night and the other Sunday morning. Utah now leads the series three matches to two, having won the last two.
The outcome was in doubt right up to the last game and it looked for a while as if it would end in a tie. Idaho played the Black pieces on Saturday and fell behind 9½-7½. Sunday, with White, we could only manage a draw, 8½-8½.
Our Idaho Team was not up to the full strength, lacking such strong players as State Champion Glen Buckendorf, Lloyd Kimpton, Mel Schubert, and Eugene Cowan. The showing made emphasizes the increasing quality of play in the State.
LOCAL CLUB ACTIVITIES
JOHN COSHO WINS BOISE CITY TOURNAMENT
The 1957 Class A City Tournament ended in a tie between C.H. Stewart, John Cosho, and Dick Vandenburg. It took two playoffs to decide the victor. John finally beat both of the others and was declared champion. C.H. Stewart placed second with Vandenburg third. The Class B division, reported on earlier, was won by Jim Bergen.
Dr. Dave Groenig visited the club on July 3 and demonstrated why he has been doing so well in recent tournaments -- he won all his games.
Current ladder standings for the club are: Class A -- Dick Vandenburg, 1258; C.H. Stewart, 1050; A.L. Harle, 970; John Cosho, 938; Class B -- George Rasor, 866; Norman Lee, 790; Nick Skirmants, 720.
NEW IDAHO FALLS CLUB ORGANIZED
A club in Idaho Falls has been organized by Russell Haynes. The club draws from all over the Idaho Falls area, including the atomic energy plant. Attendance has been very good so far and the chief problem confronting the club is the lack of a good meeting place. All available rooms are booked up because of the increased business activity in the town.
Two Idaho Falls players attended the Utah-Idaho match but could only stay Saturday night. The Editor has yet to receive a report from Idaho Falls concerning meeting places, officers, attendance, and membership list.
GROENIG WINS CANYON COUNTY TOURNAMENT
Dr. David Groenig won the Canyon County Winter Tournament with a perfect record except for one draw with A.B. Ellis in one of their two games. Ellis placed second and Jerry Stanke placed third.
The Club has started a new type tournament called "Champion of the Two". By agreement two players play a match with the winner declared "champion" for the year. Draws don't count and the play continues until one player wins two games in a row. Matches reported so far are -- Jerry Stanke wins over John Williamson, Roy Parker, and C.E. Harris; A.B. Ellis wins over Roy Parker; C.E. Harris wins over Richard Stanke and John Williamson; Roy Parker wins over John Williamson; and Williamson wins over Richard Stanke.
All Idaho chess players mourn the passing of Stacy Samson, a veteran player from Twin. Stacy had attended all our functions for years and we always looked forward to seeing him whenever chess players got together. The Twin Falls Chess Club members were pall-bearers at the funeral.
EVENTS IN NEIGHBORING STATES
WASHINGTON'S VIKTORS PUPOLS WINS MONTANA "OPEN"
The Montana Open almost turned into an Idaho State Tournament when nine Idaho players attended the two day event in Butte on May 4-5. We had almost as many players there as we did at our own State Tournament which proves the attendance value of a two day meet. Idaho players were informed of the event by way of the Quarterly -- and they really turned out! Actually, Bob Campbell and Dorn Flowers of Rupert were going to go but had to cancel their plans at the last minute. Idaho players who attended were Dr. David Groenig, Caldwell; C.H. Stewart, A.L. Harle, and Dick Vandenburg, Boise; Harold Hughart and Kay Hart, Pocatello; Bryant Hansen, Blackfoot; Eugene Cowan, Driggs; and Charles Reich, Idaho Falls.
The tournament had 48 entrants! -- 20 Class A, 20 Class B, and eight Juniors. Two players -- Viktors Pupols and Robert Edberg -- came from Washington. We were very happy to meet and play both of them and all the Montana players and hope players from each state can attend our open next year.
Pupols won the tournament with a score of 4½-½, drawing (agreement) only with Dr. Groenig. Gerald Moore of Billings was second, 4-1, and C.H. Stewart was third, 4-1. Edberg, two time winner previously, was fourth, 3½-1½, and Dr. Groenig was fifth, 3-2.
In the Class B division, Hebert Wendel of Butte was first, 4½-½, and Helmar Lundberg, Missoula, was second, 4-1. A.L. Harle of Boise was third, 3½-1½, and Charles Reich of Idaho Falls was fourth, 3½-1½. Robert Hollibaugh of Missoula won the Junior round robin with 6½ wins.
DR. PHIL SMITH WINS NEVADA OPEN
California players took the first four places in the recent Nevada State Tournament held in the new Fremont Hotel at Las Vegas on April 18, 19, and 20. Dr. Phil Smith of Fresno was first boasting a 6½-½ record. Bill Taber of Reno was the highest placing Nevada player at fifth and becomes the 1957 State Champion. Highest placing Utah player was Gaston Chappuis who finished ninth. Players came from Nevada, California, and Utah.
Several well known players had their troubles in this tough tournament. Farrell Clark of Salt Lake, defending champion, wound up in 20th place and both K.R. Jones of Reno and Irvin Taylor of Salt Lake missed being in the top ten.
The Salt Lake Chess Club held a speed tournament on June 26th. Farrell Clark and Richard Heilbut took first place in each of the two four man sections. The tourney was completed within two hours. Every game was played with a clock and each clock was set for 10 minutes play. If a player used up his time before the game was over he lost. Games were decided by time forfeits, mates, and book draws.
In the recent United States Junior Open Chess Championship held in San Francisco, master Bobby Fischer of Brooklyn proved the master that he is by winning 8½-½. Gilbert Ramirez of San Francisco (who is California and Open Junior Champion) was second, 7½-1½.
Young Richard Owen of Salt Lake played very well in the Tourney and posted a 4½-4½ score to garner 20th place out of a field of 33. The highlight of his play was his draw with second place Ramirez! Richard has been doing very well of late and should develop into a very strong player! Richard came home with several fine prizes and also the pleasant memory of rooming with both Fischer and Ramirez.
PUPOLS WINS WASHINGTON INLAND EMPIRE TOURNEY
The week before he won the Montana Open, Viktors Pupols annexed the Inland Empire Open crown for the second year in a row. In doing so, he beat master Olaf Ulvestad and several other top Washington players. His score was five wins and two draws. The Tournament was held in Spokane on April 27-28.
Horton Thompson of Kendrick, Idaho took second place money in the second division and placed in between Gordon Cornelius and Bob Edberg -- two very tough players. Horton has attended all of the four Inland Empire Tournaments that have been held.
MORE MONEY NEEDED
As you could see in the last Quarterly, the State Association is badly lacking for funds. Each club in the Association contributes $10 per year to support the Association (this Quarterly, tournaments, etc.) but it isn't enough. We are asking all players both within the State and outside (besides those who are club affiliated) to help out by subscribing to the Quarterly at the modest rate of $1.00 per year. It is hoped that most of those now receiving the Quarterly will find it worth the subscription price. Those affiliated with one of our clubs are exempted from the fees because they help out through the assessment paid by the club.
EVERYONE SHOULD PLAN TO ATTEND THE ALL IDAHO TOURNAMENT, JANUARY 11-12.
The Idaho "Closed" Tournament will be held in Rupert on January 11 and 12, 1958. The Tournament will be a five round event and will start at 10:00 Saturday morning and will end at about 4:30 Sunday afternoon. All Idaho players should be able to attend this Tournament and will find it a lot of fun as well as good for your game. The play will be divided into three sections -- Class A, Class B, and Class C. Any player, regardless of strength will fit in one of the classes and have a good chance of winning. Plan now to attend this function.
We are indebted to Horton Thompson of Kendrick, Idaho "on the Roaring Potlatch", for this example of chess by one of the Northwest's few masters -- Dake and Zamgalis are the only others. This game played in the Inland Empire Open in Spokane, Washington.
KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE
White: Olaf Ulvestad
MCO8 page 90
(a) A poor move against the "four pawn advance" giving White the center and cramping Black; compare the next game.
1957 Nevada Tournament -- Las Vegas
KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE
White: William F. Taber
Played in the Montana Open Tourney
White: Gerald Moore
MCO8 page 128
(a) P-Q3 is more usual; and better, no?
KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE
White: Dick Vandenburg
(a) A book move necessary before P-QR3 to prevent P-R5.
(b) To press the tack. BxB would permit Black queen entry.
(c) This ended the attack. Pupols suggested N-N5.
(d) White overlooked the importance of black's king moving to the queen's side.
(e) In this (and all) game it never pays to make waiting moves while your opponent develops!
(f) An oversight. White can't get to QB4 with the N in time.
(g) A maneuver which almost turned the loss into a draw except for expert end game play by Pupols.
(h) Pupols found the answer. He only has to make two B moves to three of White's N moves to hold the position. White cannot allow black to post his B at N4 unless his N is already at K3. The exchange loses. A 7 hour game.
From the Utah--Idaho match--
White: Farrell L. Clark
Notes by Clark
(a) Black's last move would have been stronger after P-QR4.
(b) Because of PxBP followed by RxP.
(c) To free the QB.
(d) Threatening to win the exchange; Black's endgame becomes somewhat cramped.
(e) Q-Q8ch, B-B and Black has to protect against mate, losing a pawn.
(f) QxP loses -- B-B5ch and White loses his B.
(g) A game full of subtleties. It lasted over five hours.
Lack of space precludes other scores. Other games will appear in the next issue. Send more games to Games Editor. The following King's Gambit game is from CCLA Correspondence play.
White: Eugene L. Cowan
(a) N-QB3 and P-Q4 are book.
(b) I thought B-Q2 was too slow but this development prepared for win.