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 members' homes.
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!
Utah State Tournament -- in Salt Lake, November 7, 8, 9, and 10.
Oregon Open -- in Portland, November 23 and 24.
State Team Tournament matches - preliminaries and finals to be played during next quarter.
IDAHO LOSES ITS PRESIDENT!
Bob Campbell, President of the Idaho Chess Association, has just moved to Salt Lake City. A change of employment was the cause of the unexpected move. Our loss is Utah's gain and we certainly envy our neighbor's getting such a wonderful fellow and excellent player. Idaho Chess business for the balance of the year will be handled by Dick Vandenburg, your Editor and Treasurer.
The State Tournament will still be held in Rupert and local arrangements will be handled by Larry Walton, club President.
STATE TEAM TOURNAMENT PRELIMINARIES
Idaho chess clubs have gotten off to a slow start this fall and meetings are just starting in Twin Falls and Pocatello. In the only team tournament matches played so far this year, Nampa defeated defending champion Boise to gain the right to play in the finals against the South Idaho representative later.
Nampa and Boise played two matches to decide the issue. In the first, Boise folded up and were walloped by Nampa 5½-1½. The tables were reversed in the second and Boise won 4½-2½. The combined score gave Nampa the edge -- 8-6. The first match was played in Boise on September 11 and Nampa had the white pieces. The second was played in Nampa on October 10 when Boise had the white.
Nampa is now ready to take on all comers!
LOCAL CLUB ACTIVITIES
Boise continued its meetings all throughout the summer and has had good attendance. The Club has maintained its ladder competition and the current standings are as follows:
Idaho players who played in the 1955 State Tournament that was held in Boise will remember Mrs. Jacqueline Piatigorsky who did very well for herself by placing in the first five. Mrs. Piatigorsky, along with Mrs. Gisela K. Gresser, is now representing the United States in the Women's World Team Championships. Not only that, but the team won the world competition by defeating most of the other countries represented.
When Dr. David Groenig moved from Caldwell to Spokane in September, Canyon County lost its top player. Dr. Groenig always gave the other club members a game to shoot at and really helped them when it came to playing other clubs.
Canyon County also continued meetings throughout the summer and maintains an active ladder tournament. The following standings are current:
With the leaving of President Groenig, A.B. Ellis moved up from Vice President to President. Roy Parker is Secretary.
The Rupert Club is meeting as usual and has good attendance. Larry Walton was elected President for the third year in a row and Darrell Freeman was elected Vice President and Treasurer. Rupert plans on playing Twin Falls in the near future for the preliminaries of the State Team Tournament.
EVENTS IN NEIGHBORING STATES
OREGON OPEN ANNOUNCED
Word has been received from Portland that a tournament entitled the "Oregon Open" is to be held in Portland on November 23-24. The Tournament will take place at the Oregonian Hostess House, 1320 S.W. Broadway in Portland and will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, November 23. The entry fee will be $3.25. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, with special awards to be the B and C class players finishing highest in the standings. The tournament will be U.S.C.F. rated. The time limit will be 50 moves in two hours. It will be a five round Swiss System tournament. All Idaho players are cordially invited to attend.
PUPOLS DOES IT AGAIN!
Jim McCormick and Viktors Pupols both won the 1957 Seafair Open, held in Seattle August 3-4. Both players ended with an identical score of 4½-½ and identical median scores of 9.0. Actually, Pupols, tiring at the end of the tournament, thought he gave McCormick the title by agreeing to a draw in their game on the 14th move of the last round. Later, as it turned out, two of Pupols' victims later forfeited some games which boosted his median points since ½ point per game is awarded to the forfeiting loser. According to the Washington Chess Letter, the "Pupols jinx asserted itself again and we find out that Pupols cannot even give McCormick a tournament!"
Other high finishers were: 3. Charles Joachim, Olympia; Viesturs Seglins, Seattle, fourth; Terry Nelson, Yakima, fifth; Daniel Wade, Seattle, sixth; Don Johnson, Portland, seventh, and Charles Griffiths, Seattle, eighth.
With this section we nearly exhaust our game scores. Send in your games -- even those that only have usable parts (openings or endings).
1957 Utah--Idaho Match Games
White: Irvin W. Taylor (Utah)
QUEEN'S PAWN -- STONEWALL
White: Richard Owen (Utah)
Notes by H. Hughart
(a) This is bad now, opening lines of attack.
(b) It is not easy to see a justification for this sacrifice.
(c) After 43...P-R4, 44 PxPep is forced (his pieces are in zugzwang) & KxP with some winning chances.
White: Bryant Hansen (Idaho)
Notes by Clark
(a) A good strong thrust! White has a fine combination working.
(b) Undoubtedly a hasty move. N-K6 was indicated.
(c) Black's better position would have proved hard to cope with even without the loss of the pawn, but a tough struggle for sure.
More games from the 1957 Montana Open
White: Dr. David Groenig (Idaho)
Notes by Groenig
(a) In keeping with this opening White has presented Black with no difficulties.
(b) PxPep is much better and gives White his only chance.
(c) Of course not RxB, P-Q7!!
White: Gerald Moore
(a) Transposing into the Stonewall variation (Queen Pawn).
(b) If QxN, B-N3.
White: C.H. Stewart
(a) To cover Q3; Black should have castled sooner of course.
(b) Taking the KBP left no Queen-side resistance.
KING'S GAMBIT DECLINED
White: Eugene L. Cowan
(a) Gerald criticized this but White wanted top open the KN file so that he would castle Queen-side.
(b) White's position should win, but he misplayed it while Black's careful play won.
From Chess World, December 1951, comes this example of a faulty Bird's Opening. Kemp vs. Watts -- the "shortest game on record".