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January, 1959

Source: Idaho Chess Quarterly, January, 1959 Games in this issue


The official publication of the Idaho Chess Association.

President

R.K. Hart
Box 547
Pocatello, Idaho

Editor & Treasurer

Dick Vandenburg
2316 Regan Ave. <----NOTE ADDRESS CHANGE
Boise, Idaho

Games Editor

Eugene Cowan
Box 431
Driggs, Idaho

Committeemen

Sterling Vaughn
1187 Morningside Dr.
Twin Falls, Idaho

Roy Parker
Box 137
Nampa, Idaho

Charles Buttcane
Box 595
Rupert, Idaho

Sven Gridseth
Box 363
Idaho Falls, Idaho


Where to play chess!

Boise -- meets 8:00 Wednesday nights at Y.M.C.A. building.

Canyon County -- meets 8:00 Thursday nights at Lakeview Parkhouse, Nampa.

Idaho Falls -- meets Friday nights 7:30 next to Masonic Temple.

Rupert -- reorganizing, meetings being held, contact committeeman.

Twin Falls -- meets Tuesday nights 8:00 at Harry Barry Park Building.

Pocatello -- meets Wednesday nights at Y.M.C.A. building.


Events during the next Quarter!

Oregon Centennial Open -- in Portland, February 21, 22, Hostess House.

Nevada Open -- date and place not known, contact Bill Taber.

Inland Empire Open -- date not known, contact Dr. Griffith Parker.

Idaho Team Tournament Matches -- Twin Falls-Rupert, Pocatello-Idaho Falls, then finals.

Montana Open -- in Missoula, May 3, 4, Florence Hotel.

Idaho Open -- in Boise, Memorial Day weekend, May 30, 31, Y.M.C.A.


Idaho Chess Quarterly -- price $1.00 per year, 4 issues, send money to Editor.

Washington Chess Letter -- price $2.00 per year, 12 issues, send money to W.H. Raleigh, 4312 Woodland Park Ave., Seattle 3, Washington

TWO NORTHWEST PUBLICATIONS PROMOTING NORTHWEST CHESS


BUCKENDORF REGAINS IDAHO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Glen Buckendorf of Buhl has regained his Idaho State Championship by winning the Class A section of the second annual "Closed" Tourney held January 10-11 at the American Legion Hall in Twin Falls. As in last year's event, we again proved the value of a two day, multi-class event which brought out 38 players -- even more than our previous record. Thanks for an excellent event go to the Twin Falls Chess Club and especially to Lloyd Kimpton and Sterling Vaughn, who directed and organized it. The playing quarters were the best possible and the availability of pop and coffee added much to the relaxed atmosphere.

The (we hope) temporarily weak condition of the Rupert Chess Club showed up in that only one player entered from the Rupert-Burley area. Last year 11 players entered from there and those not entering this year were sorely missed. Twin Falls and Boise countered with large delegations which helped make up the difference. Two players attended from Idaho Falls as the first ever in a State tournament. We hope more from there will become active in state-wide functions now that the new Idaho Falls Chess Club is doing so well. Several juniors from North Idaho also expected to attend but were unable to at the last minute.

Buckendorf convincingly won the Class A section 4½-½ allowing only a draw to C.H. Stewart of Boise who placed second, 3½-1½, drawing three games. Lloyd Kimpton, who almost didn't enter because of being tournament director, placed third, 3½-1½, losing to Buckendorf and drawing Stewart. Buckendorf replaces Dick Vandenburg of Boise as State Champion. Dick, who won easily last year (5-0) couldn't seem to go anywhere this year and wound up 7th, 2½-2½. Bryant Hanson who placed third last year had similar troubles and wound up 15th. Surprise of the Class A tournament was Ted Hartwell who placed 5th with an excellent 3½-1½ score. Ted won last year's Class B section.

The Class B Tournament was a real dogfight with Nick Skirmants of Boise finally coming out on top, 4-1. Sterling Vaughn won a long last round game with George Osterman and took second, 4-1. George could have won first with a final round win and maintained his winning ways -- he was last year's Class C Champion. It looked for a time as if he couldn't be beaten as he won five straight last year and his first three this time. However, 4th place M.W. Wright finally beat him in the fourth round to end his winning streak at eight games. A.L. Harle of Boise, and always a strong player, placed third, 3½-1½.

The Class C and Junior competition were run together and Kenneth Barclay of Jerome won his first tournament and the Class C title, 4½-½. He was drawn in the final round by Glen Peck of Pocatello who copped the Junior title. Second place in the C division went to Dorian Larsen of Pocatello who lost to Barclay but defeated Peck. Several of the Juniors were sons of Class B players and their friends and the kids had an excellent time.

Tournament rules were amended this year so that Class B and C winners don't automatically go up to the next class but have to win their division twice before they have to play in the next higher section.

CLASS A
PlacePlayerTown-1--2--3--4--5-ScoreSolk.S.B.
1.Glen BuckendorfBuhlW10W7D2W3W64½-½14 
2.C.H. StewartBoiseW6W11D1D4D33½-1½16½ 
3.Lloyd KimptonTwin FallsW16W8W14L1D23½-1½14 
4.Eugene CowanDriggsL14W13W8D2W73½-1½12 
5.Ted HartwellTwin FallsL8W10D7W11W93½-1½10½ 
6.R.K. HartPocatelloL2W16W12W9L13-213 
7.Dick VandenburgBoiseW15L1D5WF14L42½-2½15 
8.Mel SchubertPocatelloW5L3L4D12W102½-2½14½ 
9.Phil DolphBoiseD13D14W11L6L52-312½
10.A.B. EllisNampaL1L5W15W16L82-312½2
11.Horton ThompsonKendrickW12L2L9L5W162-312 
12.John CoshoBoiseL11W15L6D8D132-310 
13.Nigel RobinsonIdaho FallsD9L4L16D15D121½-3½ 
14.Dean BlairBuhlW4D9L3LF7WD1½-3½9 
15.Bryant HansonBlackfootL7L12L10D13Bye1½-3½ 
16.George RasorBoiseL3L6W13L10L111-412 

CLASS B
PlacePlayerTown-1--2--3--4--5-ScoreSolk.S.B.
1.Nick SkirmantsBoiseW14L6W9W7W44-111 
2.Sterling VaughnTwin FallsL3W12W14W8W64-110½ 
3.A.L. HarleBoiseW2L10W7D5W113½-1½14 
4.M.W. WrightBoiseW12D7W10W6L13½-1½13½ 
5.Roy ParkerNampaW13L8W11D3W93½-1½10½ 
6.George OstermanRupertW9W1W8L4L23-215½! 
7.Gary BrayNampaW10D4L3L1W82½-2½15 
8.Norman LeeBoiseW11W5L6L2L72-315 
9.Clarence RamboMurtaughL6W13L1W10L52-313½ 
10.Lewis TroutTwin FallsL7W3L4L9W132-312½ 
11.Roger AndrewsWendellL8W14L5W12L32-311 
12.Barney GraffMurtaughL4L2W13L11W142-310½ 
13.Leonard CarlsonIdaho FallsL5L9L12W14L101-4 
14.Jack AllredMurtaughL1L11L2L13L120-5-- 

CLASS C
PlacePlayerTown-1--2--3--4--5-ScoreSolk.S.B.
1.Kenneth BarclayJeromeW7W6W8W2D34½-½11½ 
2.Dorian LarsenPocatelloW5W8W3L1W44-112½ 
3.Glen PeckPocatelloW4W5L2WF7D13½-1½14½ 
4.Gene RamboMurtaughL3W7D5WF8L22½-2½12 
5.Ken GraffMurtaughL2L3D4D6W62-312 
6.Clark KaggieTwin FallsW8L1L7D5L51½-3½11½ 
7.Steve GraffMurtaughL1L4W6LF3WD1-48 
8.H. MarshallTwin FallsL6L2L1LF4WD0-510 

Trophies were presented at the annual banquet and business meeting held Saturday evening. Officers elected for 1959 were R.K. Hart, President; Dick Vandenburg, Treasurer and Editor; Roy Parker, Sterling Vaughn, Charles Buttcane, and Sven Gridseth, committeemen. Gridseth and Buttcane were more or less appointed for one year as the most active in their respective clubs. Next year's tournament will again be held in Twin Falls on January 16-17. We hope to have all of this year's entrants back plus many more!


FINNISH JUNIOR CHAMP WINS UTAH OPEN

Ilmari Toumainen hung on in the last round against Farrell Clark and came out with the 1958 Utah Open Championship. Toumainen is the Finnish Junior Champion now an exchange student in Salt Lake. In a game, reprinted in the games section, which is all but lost in the last round, he managed to draw Clark, who was in bad time pressure, thus winning the tournament. Clark, who placed third, needed a win to annex the state title. Second place went to Richard Owen, amazing Salt Lake junior who really played excellent chess and surprised everyone with the high quality of his play. He defeated fourth place Ben Greenwald (who lost his first Nevada or Utah State Tournament game) in the second round. Tied from 5th through 8th were four prominent tri-state chess players, Ken Jones, Don Benge, Bill Taber, and Dick Vandenburg. Richard Owen was declared Utah State Champion, youngest ever.

Seven rounds were played and this provided an excellent test of the players' abilities. The first four finishers actually played a round robin amongst themselves with Clark taking the honors. Neither Toumainen nor Clark lost a game but drew three and four respectively. Toumainen won his first four games and proceeded to coast in with three draws at the end.

The tournament was played at the Y.M.C.A. Building in Salt Lake City on November 12-15. Don Benge, now of California, arrived late and forfeited the first round but still placed 6th. Richards Durham, defending Utah Champion was out of practice and lost heart after a couple of tough games and placed 21st. Both Ken Jones and Ben Greenwald had won two previous Utah Tourneys but neither could match the two youths winning this one.

Had U.S.C.F. rules been followed to the letter adjusting the scores of those that won (or lost) by default, bye or withdrew, the results would have placed Benge ahead of Jones, Vandenburg ahead of Taber, Stevenson ahead of Hunt, and Wigginton ahead of Morawski. ½ point is used to adjust scores of players winning or losing without actually playing their games.

1958 UTAH STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS

PlacePlayerState-1--2--3--4--5--6--7-ScoreS.B.
1.Ilmari ToumainenUtahW17W7W12W5D4D2D35½-1½23¼
2.Richard OwenUtahW15W4L3W20W9D1W65½-1½21¾
3.Farrell ClarkUtahW18D5W2D9W15D4D15-221
4.Ben GreenwaldUtahW21L2W16W12D1D3W95-218¼
5.Kenneth JonesNevadaW13D3W20L1L6W10W114½-2½16
6.Donald BengeCaliforniaLFW25W13D14W5W7L24½-2½14¼
7.Bill TaberNevadaW23L1D11W16W14L6W124½-2½13¾
8.Dick VandenburgIdahoW24W11L9L15D13W20W164½-2½11¾
9.Louis PageUtahW19D20W8D3L2W15L44-314¼
10.Charles MetzelaarUtahL12W22W23L11W21L5W154-3
11.Gaston ChappuisUtahD16L8D7W10D12W14L53½-3½13
12.Irvin TaylorUtahW10W14L1L4D11W13L73½-3½12¾
13.Stan HuntUtahL5W21L6W18D8L12W203½-3½10¼
14.Philip StevensonUtahW25L12W19D6L7L11W173½-3½
15.Clinton McDanielUtahL2W17W18W8L3L9L103-410½
16.Fred DocekalUtahD11W24L4L7D17W19L83-4
17.Jim FisherUtahL1L15W25W22D16D21L143-4
18.Hans MorawskiUtahL3W23L15L13L20ByeW213-4
19.Bill WiggintonUtahL9W26L14L21W23L16W223-44
20.Ray SmithNevadaW22D9L5L2W18L8L132½-4½7
21.Richards DurhamUtahL4L13W22W19L10D17L182½-4½
22.Ben J. PetersonUtahL20L10L21L17ByeW23L192-52
23.Carl ThorstensenUtahL7L18L10WF25L19L22Bye2-50
24.Bob CampbellUtahL8L16ByeWDWDWDWD1-60
25.Sam TrotterUtahL14L6L17LF23WDWDWD0-70
26.George SormersUtahLFL19WDWDWDWDWD0-70

WEST COAST RATINGS OF JANUARY 1959

The Northwest Rating system has now been expanded into a West Coast system to include all players in the Western states. There are over 1,000 names in the latest list, a copy of which may be obtained by mailing your name and address and 10¢ to Robert A. Karch, 1025 El Paseo Del Campo, San Lorenzo, California. It is impossible to list even most of those players rated in a small publication as this so we must sample from the big list to get one most meaningful to our readers. As has been our policy in the past, we list complete all players from Idaho, Utah, and Nevada with samples from other states that we believe our readers are interested in. The master and expert lists are complete for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Nevada. Our sampling will be done on Classes A, B, and C. The ratings include all tournaments and matches published before this Quarterly plus the Utah Open! All other games reported here will be rated in time for our April issue.

MASTERS (2150 up)
Dake, ArthurOregon2431
McCormick, JimWashington2306
Dalbergs, IvarsOregon2198
Lapiken, PeterMontana2194
Ulvestad, OlafWashington2277
Zemgalis, ElmarsWashington2267

EXPERTS (2000 up)
Ballantine, Ch.Washington2010
Baumwell, MaxWashington2012
Eilmes, DonaldWashington2004
Gedance, MauriceNevada2004
Greenwald, BenUtah2074
Griffiths, CharlesWashington2093
Hartwig, KenWashington2009
Holmes, VernonWashington2057
Joachim, CharlesWashington2096
Manney, O.W.Washington2147
Moore, GeraldMontana2023
Patterson, G.S.Washington2115
Power, NeilWashington2002
Pupols, ViktorsWashington2137
Seglins, ViestursWashington2134
Smith, AdamMontana2082
Somsen, DickWashington2007
Trembois, JimWashington2085
Tuomainen, IlmariUtah2055
Turner, TomWashington2041
Vellias, RussellWashington2002
Wade, DanielWashington2096
Warner, EugeneWashington2040

CLASS A (1800 up)
Anderson, JohnIdaho1827
Benge, DonaldCalifornia1916
Buckendorf, GlenIdaho1992
Byron, FredOregon1968
Chappuis, GastonUtah1828
Clark, FarrellUtah1944
Cornelius, GordonWashington1986
Cosho, JohnIdaho1806
Crawford, DonWashington1850
Cziep, AloisIdaho1865
Dolph, CliffWashington1807
Ellis, A.B.Idaho1880
Freeman, DarrellIdaho1866
Gridseth, SvenIdaho1873
Groenig, DaveWashington1985
Hartwell, TedIdaho1907
Heilbut, DickUtah1830
Hughart, HaroldOregon1949
Hunt, StanUtah1832
Johnson, DonOregon1937
Jones, KenNevada1960
Joseph, N.B.Nevada1809
Kimpton, LaverlNevada1981
Kimpton, LloydIdaho1858
Kittredge, RobertWashington1905
Makens, TomWashington1839
Moore, DeaneOregon1922
Morris, RichardNevada1864
Murray, A.A.Washington1966
Owen, RichardUtah1930
Page, LouisUtah1858
Parker, Dr.Washington1834
Pathakis, TedNevada1964
Rasor, GeorgeIdaho1826
Robinson, NigelIdaho1802
Schofield, WilliamIdaho1870
Sponagle, CharlesColorado1876
Stanke, JerryIdaho1885
Stewart, C.H.Idaho1965
Taber, WilliamNevada1900
Taylor, IrvinUtah1842
Teitelbaum, SamUtah1861
Vandenburg, RichardIdaho1929
Walker, RobertCalifornia1996
Weaver, F.W.Washington1826

CLASS B (1600 up)
Allred, JackIdaho1684
Allred, JoeIdaho1612
Anderson, HerbertMontana1668
Archbold, JohnUtah1646
Batie, RalphIdaho1666
Benoit, JimIdaho1681
Blair, DeanIdaho1795
Campbell, BobUtah1712
Conway, MikeWashington1620
Cowan, EugeneIdaho1730
Davis, Mrs. D.Wyoming1615
Docekal, FredUtah1782
Dolph, PhilIdaho1796
Donaldson, C.Nevada1677
Durham, RichardsUtah1790
Eddy, BuzWashington1720
English, JohnIdaho1653
Falk, CharlesIdaho1754
Fisher, JimUtah1698
Flowers, DornIdaho1710
Fricke, RayIdaho1743
Guth, EugeneIdaho1631
Hanson, BryantIdaho1731
Hansen, RalphMontana1724
Harle, AlbertIdaho1788
Harris, C.E.Idaho1762
Hart, KayIdaho1731
Haynes, RussIdaho1617
Healy, PaulIdaho1710
Horn, BenUtah1790
Horstman, E.H.Idaho1758
Hunt, ThadIdaho1702
Jeffs, PaulUtah1797
Johnson, MarkIdaho1676
Karch, RobertCalifornia1789
King, D.J.Idaho1721
Kooyman, RayIdaho1693
Lauritzon, CarlosIdaho1755
Lee, NormanIdaho1727
Lieberman, A.Utah1662
McDaniel, C.C.Utah1711
McNeese, JimOregon1759
Madsen, AlmaUtah1688
Metzelaar, CharlesUtah1754
Millar, Mrs. BerniceIdaho1630
Murphy, DonIdaho1775
OsgoodSam1735
Osterman, GeorgeIdaho1740
Parker, RoyIdaho1699
Peterson, HershelMontana1644
Rambo, ClarenceIdaho1668
Sala, SteveIdaho1676
Schubert, MelIdaho1734
Skirmants, NickIdaho1781
Smith, RayNevada1680
Stevens, ClaudeIdaho1690
Stevenson, P.Utah1764
Thompson, HortonIdaho1754
Trout, EdIdaho1600
Vaughn, SterlingIdaho1708
Walton, LarryIdaho1791
Wheeler, RayNevada1771
Wigginton, BillUtah1683
Wright, M.W.Idaho1762

CLASS C (under 1600)
Adams, AlbertNevada1298
Asay, MelvinIdaho1473
Barnstein, CharlesIdaho1525
Britt, D.Idaho1523
Brown, RichardIdaho1579
Cleveland, WilliamIdaho1567
Fox, DonIdaho1500
Fredstrom, BruceIdaho1485
Graff, BarneyIdaho1492
Hayworth, P.G.Idaho1500
Hopkins, DelbertIdaho1540
Hull, EverettIdaho1590
Jacobsen, KennethIdaho1493
Jester, JimIdaho1536
Johnston, R.Utah1517
Larsen, D.Idaho1425
Lee, DavidIdaho1592
Leonard, FrankIdaho1485
Madden, TomIdaho1548
Parker, DickIdaho1588
Pattie, I.B.Idaho1583
Peterson, BenUtah1554
Pierce, RobertIdaho1400
Seefried, W.Idaho1532
Solts, CarlIdaho1383
Sormers, GeorgeUtah1400
Spangenberg, CecilIdaho1576
Stanke, RichardIdaho1464
Suydam, BobIdaho1533
Talbot, ClintonIdaho1589
Taylor, NelsonIdaho1530
Thorstensen, C.Utah1480
Trotter, SamUtah1491
Whittley, BoydNevada1584
Williamson, JohnIdaho1508

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ULVESTAD WINS CENTRAL WASHINGTON

Clark Harmon, 16 year old player from Portland, defeated Ivars Dalbergs of Portland in the final round of the "Central Washington Open" to help Olaf Ulvestad of Seattle continue his current winning streak through placing first, 5½-½. Dalbergs and Ulvestad were tied going into the last round, 4½-½, having drawn their individual game in the fourth round. Dalbergs was ahead on tie breaking Solkoff points but the upset loss to the amazing Harmon cost him victory. Harmon placed second, 5-1, losing only to Ulvestad. Fourth place went to Oliver LaFreniere of Yakima who was tournament director, and fifth went to Dr. Dave Groenig of Spokane. The tournament was held in the new Yakima Y.M.C.A. Building way back on November 8-9 and a total of 28 players entered. Others tied from fourth to tenth with LaFreniere and Dr. Groenig (4-2) were Mike Franett, Seattle; Robert Holzinger, Seattle; Deane Moore, Portland; Cliff Dolph, Maryhill; and Bill Hoge, Yakima.


ULVESTAD WINS 1959 WASHINGTON OPEN

With a perfect score of 6-0 Olaf Ulvestad of Seattle continued his current "red hot" winning streak in sweeping the 1959 Washington Open held in Seattle January 24-25. Another master, Jim McCormick, placed second, 5-1, losing to Ulvestad in the final round. Spokane's Dr. Dave Groenig reached the high point of his budding chess career by placing third, 4½-1½! Another always strong player, Dr. A.A. Murray of Seattle, placed fourth. Others with identical scores of 4½-1½ were Dan Wade (editor of Washington Chess Letter), 5th; G.S.G. Patterson, Seattle, 6th; Oliver LaFreniere, Yakima, 7th; Don Kendall, Tacoma, 8th; and Edward Diedrich, Tacoma, 9th. Clark Harmon of Central Washington Open fame lost to Ulvestad and drew two games to place 10th.

A total of 50 players entered and they all played in one section. Players well known in this area other than the top ten were Duane Meador of Vancouver, Washington who ran into trouble in the last two games winding up 22nd, 3-3. Harold Hughart of Albany, Oregon also had his difficulties finishing 23rd, 3-3. Donald C. Crawford, formerly of Boise and now from Olympia, also had a 3-3 score to place 29th. Local players will remember Don well and welcome him back to the chess tournament scene.

As per the custom in Washington, the top finishers in the Open plus the State Champion and other strong players qualify for the Washington State Championships to be played February 21-23. This year the top nine finishers plus State Champion Viesturs Seglins and masters Zemgalis and Pupols are eligible.


BOISE DEFEATS CANYON COUNTY TWICE
IN STATE TEAM TOURNAMENT

Boise got plenty of revenge on Canyon County for its loss last year in the State Team Tournament preliminaries by beating their cross-the-valley adversaries 7-1 with the white pieces (in Boise November 26) and 8-4 with the black pieces (in Nampa December 4). The total winning margin gives Boise the right to play in the finals this spring against the winner of the Eastern Idaho vs. Central Idaho match. Double winners for Boise were Dick Vandenburg, C.H. Stewart, M.W. Wright, Nick Skirmants, Bob Babcock, and Dave Reid. Vic Waterman of Nampa played two games for his team in the second match and won them both! (not simultaneously!)

BOISECANYON COUNTY
BdPlayerResultBdPlayerResult
1.Dick Vandenburg11.Jerry Stanke0
2.C.H. Stewart12.A.B. Ellis0
3.George Rasor03.E.H. Horstman1
4.M.W. Wright14.Dan Jess King0
5.Nick Skirmants15.C.E. Harris0
6.Dave Reid16.Marion Parsons0
7.Bob Babcock17.Roy Parker0
8.Cecil Spangenberg18.John Williamson0
  7  1

BOISECANYON COUNTY
BdPlayerResultBdPlayerResult
1.C.H. Stewart11.Jerry Stanke0
2.Dick Vandenburg12.A.B. Ellis0
3.John Cosho13.E.H. Horstman0
4.M.W. Wright14.C.E. Harris0
5.George Rasor15.Dan Jess King0
6.Nick Skirmants16.Gary Bray0
7.Norman Lee07.Roy Parker1
8.Bob Babcock18.Marion Parsons0
9.Dave Reid19.John Williamson0
10.Jim Jester010.Vic Waterman1
11.Cecil Spangenberg011.John English1
12.Dick Parker012.Vic Waterman1
  8  4

Apology!

This issue of the Idaho Chess Quarterly is some three to four weeks late and your editor would like to apologize for this almost inexcusable occurrence! I am especially sorry that the issue comes out after the possibility of publicizing the Oregon Centennial Open and probably before being able to publicize the results. Several Idaho players were aware of this tournament but were unable to make it this year. I seem to have taken on too many projects this year and haven't had time for chess at all, these include being President of two different organizations connected with skiing and also acting as coach of a Boise Junior ski team. Now that the winter season is drawing to a close I hope to get back to the chess trail and will try to get future publications out on time! In addition to the above, you will notice on the front page that I have changed my address -- I'll not do that again for 20 years! Please change my address on your records.


PREVIEW OF COMING EVENTS

NEVADA OPEN -- this always excellent and powerful tournament will be held as usual on or about the Easter weekend. However, at this time it is not known whether it will be held in Las Vegas (as originally scheduled) or in Reno, and the date is not certain. It should probably follow closely the policy of previous years -- 7 rounds, monetary prizes, coast players excluded, etc. For further information contact Bill Taber, 440 Ridge St., Reno, Nevada.

INLAND EMPIRE OPEN -- no word has been received on this tournament annually held in Spokane the latter part of April. It will undoubtedly follow past history being six rounds, two days. For further information contact Dr. Griffith Parker, 416 Hyde Building, Spokane, Washington.

IDAHO TEAM TOURNAMENT MATCHES -- In the preliminaries, the new Idaho Falls Chess Club and the Pocatello Chess Club play a two round match in Idaho Falls on February 21 at the Western Army Store. The winner of this match gets the right to play the winner of the Twin Falls-Rupert game, should these two teams be able to schedule a match. The game between Eastern Idaho and Central Idaho will be played in either Idaho Falls or Pocatello. The winner of this game will play Boise, the game probably to be played at either Rupert or Twin Falls. The team championship trophy is now jointly held by Pocatello and Canyon County.

MONTANA OPEN -- Word was received from John Butler, Secretary of the Montana Chess Association that the 1959 Montana Open will be held in Missoula at the Florence Hotel on May 2-3. It will be a five round Swiss with two games played on Saturday and three on Sunday, and will probably start about 1:00 Saturday afternoon. Play will be divided into Expert, A, and Junior divisions with three trophies for each. Entry fee will be $3.00 for Expert and A and $2.00 for Junior. For further information contact Mr. Butler, 510 Plymouth, Missoula, Montana.

IDAHO OPEN -- again to be held in Boise, Memorial Day Weekend, May 30-31. This will also be a five round Swiss but with three rounds Saturday and two Sunday. Starting time will be about 10:00 Saturday morning, the location will be the Boise Y.M.C.A. Play will be divided into Class A and Class B divisions, as was done last year. This gives the better players more of a chance to play each other and gives the poorer players a chance to win a trophy. West Coast Ratings will apply to both Classes but the A Class will also be Nationally Rated. Trophies will be awarded in the B Class while monetary prizes will be awarded all plus-score finishers in Class A. Last year strong players were attracted from Montana, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington and it is hoped that Boise will again become a meeting place for chess talent from all over the Northwest and Intermountain region.


WITH THE CLUBS

BOISE

The 1959 Boise City Chess Tournament has just started and play is again divided into three Classes -- A, B, and C. C.H. Stewart, John Cosho, Phil Dolph, and Dick Vandenburg make up the A Class. Nine players are entered in Class B including Mrs. Hazel Dolph who adds considerable beauty to the otherwise drab surroundings of quiet, bowed heads! Class C now has five entrants and more are expected. A double round robin will be played in each class. Currently, C.H. Stewart leads Class A, 2-0 and A.L. Harle leads Class B, 3-0.

CANYON COUNTY

A.B. Ellis is undefeated thus far in the Ninth Annual Canyon County Chess Tournament. His record is 9½-½ with only one draw, to John English, the winner of the first tournament in 1951. Roy Parker ranks second, 11-5 and C.E. Harris is third, 7-5. Other high ranked players are John English, 3½-2½, E.H. Horstman, 5½-4½, John Williamson, 7-6, Carl Solts, 7-6, and Vic Waterman, 7½-6½. 15 players are entered in Classes A, B, and C.

IDAHO FALLS

The new Idaho Falls Chess Club is really booming with more members than any other club in the State. They have adopted a constitution and elected officers for 1959. Sven Gridseth was elected President; Nigel Robinson, Vice President; Albert Hamp, Secretary; Russ Haynes, Treasurer; and Gene Guth, Tournament Director. Over 30 members are listed! That's almost twice what we have in Boise and the organizers should really pat themselves on the back for doing such a terrific job.

In the Idaho Falls Chess Club Bulletin, 1/30/59, the announcement of an Idaho Falls City Chess Tournament to be held on March 20, 21, and 22 was made. Play will be divided into three classes -- A, B, and Junior. First prize in A and B will be a chess clock! A ladder tournament is currently in progress and is scheduled to be completed March 6. A friendly match is tentatively scheduled with the Teton Valley Club on March 13.

POCATELLO

Location of meetings has been changed to the Y.M.C.A. A match is scheduled in the State Team tourney with Idaho Falls. A match is being arranged with the Rupert Club which should help that Club get back on its feet.

TWIN FALLS

Ladder standings for the club reported show Ted Hartwell leading, 1336. Lloyd Kimpton is second, 1218, Glen Buckendorf, 1178, Don Murphy, 1150.

RUPERT

Club activities came to a standstill after a summer recess. Charles Buttcane has revived the club and reports that about 10 players have begun meeting again. We hope players in the Rupert area will support the club and bring it up to former strength.

TETON VALLEY

Chess interest in Teton Valley is picking up according to Club President Eugene Cowan. Meetings are now held at the members' homes once a week on Wednesday nights. Carlos Lauritzen is Vice President and Darrell Dalley is Treasurer.

The club has just completed its first (1958) Teton Valley Chess Tournament (in Driggs) and Eugene Cowan won handily, 6-0. A round robin with seven players was used. Alma Kunz was second and Ed Schiess third.

##Player1234567Total
1.Eugene CowanxxWWWWWFW6-0
2.Alma KunzLxxWWWWFWF5-1
3.Ed SchiessLLxxWWWFWF4-2
4.Darrell DalleyLLLxxWWFWF3-3
5.Carlos LauritzenLLLLxxWWF2-4
6.Alfred MarcumLFLFLFLFLxxLF0-6
7.Dale RobsonLLFLFLFLFLFxx0-6

The 1959 Tourney is now in progress with play being considerably tougher than in 1958. Cowan is leading, 5-0; Lauritzen, 2-1; Shiess, 2-2; Dalley, 2-3; Kunz, 1-4; and Ervin Schiess, 0-2.

NORTH IDAHO CHESS

Word has been received of the formation of the "Inland Empire Junior Chess League (IEJCL)". The League consists of teams from Sandpoint, Wallace, Spirit Lake, Lewis & Clark (Spokane), and Coeur d'Alene High Schools. The new league is equipped with a charter and Bruce Fredstrom of Sandpoint has been named 1959 League Coordinator. At a meeting early in January an IEJCL Founders' Tourney was held with all of the original founders present except Bob Corder, Kellogg. Bruce Fredstrom and Don Britt (Wallace) came out on top-- 3-1. Steve Sala and Fred Pettit both of Wallace tied with 2-2. Jim Ashford of Kellogg placed last, 0-4. The newly formed League will start playing matches immediately to determine the 1959 winner.

Steve Sala came out on top of the 1958 Wallace High School 5 round Swiss tournament played during November and December. He recorded a perfect score beating out second place Fred Pettit, 4-1. Third was Pat Chaffney, 3½-1½. A total of 16 players entered.


SALT LAKE CITY

News items received from Salt Lake include a simultaneous exhibition by Samuel Reshevsky. 18 players tried their skill at beating the champion and 17 went down to defeat. Gaston Chappuis was the only player able to get even a draw, his second in two years from Sammy. The next day Reshevsky encountered 35 players in Ogden and beat every one!

Starting immediately, the 1959 Salt Lake City Tournament will be played. A high school tourney will be played at the same time. Ogden is also having a city tourney, running about the same time. More about the Salt Lake Tourney in the next issue.


Late Flash!

POCATELLO BEATS IDAHO FALLS!

Pocatello won the right to play further in the State Team Tourney by beating Idaho Falls 9½-6½ on February 21. Pocatello standbys R.K. Hart and John Anderson helped with 1½ wins apiece. Mansour Amini and Glen Peck both won two for Pocatello. Mrs. Millar won two for Idaho Falls from Dorian Larsen who placed second in the State Class C.

POCATELLOIDAHO FALLS
BdPlayerResultBdPlayerResult
1.R. Kay Hart½-11.Alois Cziep½-0
2.Mel Schubert0-½2.Sven Gridseth1-½
3.Charles Barnstein0-13.Nigel Robinson1-0
4.Louis Tomay0-14.Eugene Guth1-0
5.John Anderson½-15.Arlan Anderson (Shelly)½-0
6.Mansour Amini1-16.Edward Breiter0-0
7.Dorian Larsen0-07.Mrs. Bernice Millar1-1
8.Glen Peck1-18.Charles B. Amberson0-0
    

GAMES SECTION

Games From Idaho Closed Tournament, 1959

The new system works!---

KING'S FIANCHETTO DEFENSE

White: R.S. Vandenburg
Black: Glen Buckendorf

1P-K4P-KN3 (a)14B-KB2Q-N4
2P-Q4B-N215BxNBxB
3P-QB4 (b)P-Q316N-N3P-K5
4N-QB3N-QB317P-KR4Q-K2
5B-K3P-K418NxBRxN
6P-Q5N/3-K219R-QR2PxPch
7B-Q3P-KB420K-BPxPch
8P-B3N-KB321KxPQ-K5ch
9KN-K2P-QR322K-R2R/1-KB
10P-QR30-023B-N3B-K4
11P-QN4PxP24Q-K2QxRPch
12NxPNxN25K-NQxBch
13BxNN-B426Resigns 

(a) According to theory, it is good strategy to allow the opponent to occupy the center, then counterattack, and take over. However, it is necessary to not allow him to get too complete a hold of it. I'm afraid that this defense either allows White to do that, or makes Black's struggle to recover the center too hard.

(b) P-QB3 is better, strengthening both the center and the diagonal. White, however, plays poorly and makes Black's job easier.

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No it don't!---

KING'S FIANCHETTO DEFENSE

White: Eugene L. Cowan
Black: R.S. Vandenburg

1P-K4P-KN315P-KR3B-K2
2P-Q4B-N216Q-K2P-N3
3P-KB4P-Q317K-Q2B-N2
4P-B3P-K318P-KN4K-B2
5B-Q3P-KB4?19QR-KNQ-R2
6N-B3P-Q420R-N2KR-KN
7P-K5N-KR321R/1-KNP-QR4
8QN-Q2N-Q222P-KR4P-B4
9N-N5Q-K223P-R5PxQP
10P-QN3N-B224BxQPPxRP
11N/2-B3NxN25PxBPPxP
12NxNP-KR326P-K6chK-K
13N-B3B-B!?27RxRchN-B
14B-K3Q-N228R/1-N7Resigns

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Oh yes it does!---

KING'S FIANCHETTO DEFENSE

White: A.B. Ellis
Black: G.W. Buckendorf

1P-K4P-KN317N-K4N-B3
2P-Q4B-N218N-B3N-K2
3N-KB3P-Q319N-R4B-Q2
4B-QB4N-QB320B-Q3Q-K
50-0P-K421B-K4NxB
6N-N5N-R322QxNQ-R4
7P-Q5N-K223N-B3B-B4
8N-QB30-024Q-N4R-KN
9P-KR3P-R325KR-KBxRP
10P-QR4K-R26BxPPxB
11B-K3N/3-N27QxBPBxP
12Q-Q2P-R328KxBB-K4ch
13N-B3P-KB429Q-N3BxQ
14PxPPxP30PxBQR-KB
15Q-K2P-B531R-K3N-B4
16B-Q2N-N332Resigns 

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SICILIAN DEFENSE

White: John Cosho
Black: Bryant Hanson

1P-K4P-QB414B-B40-0-0
2B-B4N-KB315Q-Q3BxN
3N-QB3N-B316QxBB-B
4N-B3P-Q317R/R-KN-R3
5P-Q3N-QR418R-K6N-N
6P-KR3?NxB19P-KN4P-KN4
7PxNP-KN320BxQPBxB
8P-K5!N-N21RxBQxR
9PxPPxP22Q-B5chK-B2
10N-Q5B-K323RxQRxR
11Q-K2Q-Q224QxQBPchR-B3
12B-N5B-N225Q-B8Resigns
130-0-0P-B3   

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BUDAPEST COUNTER GAMBIT

White: Mel Schubert
Black: Lloyd Kimpton

1P-Q4N-KB313Q-Q5chK-R
2P-QB4P-K414P-KR4BxN
3PxPN-N515PxBNxBP
4P-K4NxKP16BxNRxB
5P-B4N-N317N-R3R-B
6B-K3P-Q318N-N5Q-B3
7N-QB3B-K219Q-B3QxQ
8B-K20-020BxQN-K4
9Q-B2P-KB421R/R-KNxB
100-0-0PxP22N-B7chK-N
11QxPN-B323Resigns 
12P-KN4B-B3   

More from this event next issue!


Games From Utah Open Tournament, 1958

An interesting struggle with a theme of center pawns vs. attack.

KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE

White: Ilmari Tuomainen
Black: W.F. Taber

1P-Q4N-KB313P-Q5P-QN4
2P-QB4P-KN314BxPN-Q5
3N-QB3P-Q415B-N4QxP
4PxPNxP16NxNBxN
5P-K4NxN170-0B-B3
6PxNP-QB418P-B4R-N
7B-QB4B-N219P-K5RxB
8N-K2PxP20PxBRxP
9PxPN-B321PxPR-K
10B-K3Q-R4ch22Q-K!B-N5
11B-Q2Q-R623Q-R4B-K7
12R-QN0-024Q-R6Resigns

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ENGLISH OPENING

White: Farrell Clark
Black: Ilmari Tuomainen

1P-QB4P-K424P-Q5N/3-B4
2N-QB3N-KB325N-N3N-B3
3N-B3P-Q326P-KR3B-N2
4P-KN3P-KN327P-R3P-R5
5B-N2B-N228B-N4P-N3
6P-Q30-029BxNNPxB
70-0QN-Q230N/2-K4N-Q2
8R-NP-QR431N-R5Q-K2
9B-Q2N-B432N/4-N3RxRch
10Q-B2N-R433RxRN-B
11N-KN5P-R3 (a)34B-K4B-Q2
12N/5-K4N-K335NxBQxN
13P-B3P-KB436N-R5Q-K2
14N-B2N-Q537B-N6! (c)P-K5
15Q-BK-R238BxP? (d)Q-K4
16P-K3N-K339Q-B2!Q-K2
17N-K2 (n)P-KN440N-B6chK-N2
18P-KN4PxP41Q-B2Q-K4
19PxPN-B342K-N2R-N
20N-N3B-R43R-B2R-N6
21Q-B2Q-K44N-R5ch (e)K-N
22N/3-K4N-Q245N-B6ch (f)K-N2
23P-Q4 (b)K-N46N-R5chDrawn

Notes and punctuation by F.L. Clark.

(a) Not 11...P-B4, B-Q5ch wins the exchange.

(n) A real, cool, hypermodern position Farrell! (ELC).

(b) Threatening a double check with the N at B6 winning.

(c) If NxB; QxNch, K-R, R-B7 wins.

(d) Missing the winning combination of R-B7, Q-K4; R-N7ch, K-R; Q-B2, and Q-B7.

(e) Time was running out. White had six moves to make in five minutes.

(f) With less than two minutes remaining and 3 moves to make, White didn't have time to analyze B-R7ch on move 45. The following shows a win for White: 45 B-R7ch, NxB; 46 Q-N6ch, K-R; 47 R-B7, QxPch; 48 K-B3, RxPch; 49 KxR -- and with the exchange up and a mating threat restricting Black's Queen from gobbling up pawns, White wins.

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KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE

White: Richard Owen
Black: Farrell Clark

1P-Q4N-KB320N/2-NB-KN2
2P-K3P-KN321Q-Q2B-R3
3P-QB4B-N222P-K5?PxKP
4N-QB30-023NxP?? (b)RxN!
5N-B3P-Q324P-B3R-N4
6B-Q3QN-Q225QxPRxQP
70-0R-K26Q-K4!RxB
8Q-B2P-B427QxR/RR-Q7ch
9P-QN3P-N328K-RB-B (c)
10B-N2B-N229Q-K4N-B2
11P-Q5P-K430N-K2N-K3
12P-K4N-N31N-NB-QN2
13QR-KN-R332Q-N4P-KR4
14P-QR3N-R433Q-R3Q-Q6
15P-N3B-QB34Q-R4N-Q5
16K-N2Q-Q235Q-B6N-B7
17B-BN-B5ch (a)36R-BN-K6
18BxNPxB37KR-KN-N5!
19N-K2B-R338Resigns 

(a) If 18 PxN?, Q-N5ch; K-R, QxNch; K-N, B-R6.

(b) Capture of Black's KP by either the R or N loses a piece.

(c) Threatening the Q with B-Q3, B-N, B-N2. (Clark)


Un-evening the score -- Ervin Schiess, brother of Ed Schiess, is, that is was, the only player in the valley with an even score vs. me, of 2-2.

KING'S PAWN GAME

White: Ervin Schiess
Black: Eugene Cowan

1P-K3P-K47PxNBxP
2P-K4?N-KB38NxPP-Q3
3N-QB3B-B49N-B4B-B5!
4N-B30-010N-Q5?Q-R5ch
5P-Q3N-N511K-K2B-N5 Mate
6B-K3NxB   

Games From Eastern Idaho Tournament, 1958

It takes practice to keep an accurate game score during the tensions of tournament play. Very few of those turned in at this event were readable all the way through and, lack of regular club games and other events in Eastern Idaho can be blamed. Here is a sample of Sven Gridseth's abilities.

KING'S PAWN GAME

White: Sven Gridseth
Black: Russell Haynes

1P-K4P-K410N-Q5N-Q5
2N-KB3N-QB311NxN/QB/BxN
3B-B4N-B312P-B3P-B3
4N-B3B-K213NxNchPxN
50-00-014B-KR6R-K
6P-Q3B-B4? (a)15BxBPxB
7B-KN5P-QN316Q-N4chK-B2
8P-QR3P-Q317Q-N7 Mate 
9P-R3B-K3   

(a) A waste of time -- and White gets a pin on the knight which is a primary cause of disaster.

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SICILIAN DEFENSE

White: Alois Cziep
Black: Eugene Cowan

1P-K4P-QB417K-RN-R4
2B-B4N-QB318N-K4B-QB3
3P-Q3P-Q319K-R2BxN
4N-KB3N-B320PxBQxP/5
5P-QR3P-KN321Q-B3Q-B7? (a)
60-0B-N222R-B2!Q-B4? (b)
7P-R30-023P-KN4QxB
8B-KN5Q-N324PxQBxPch
9B-N3B-Q225K-NN-B5
10N-B3P-K326R-KB-B2
11N-Q2N-Q527R-K4P-K4
12N-B4Q-B228K-R2QR-Q
13P-B4P-N429R-K3KR-K?
14NxQP?NxB30Q-B6B-N
15PxNQxN31RxNand --
16P-K5Q-Q5ch   

White wins, move 49.

(a) Suddenly the queen is trapped!

(b) Should have taken the rook instead of the bishop later -- but I thought of that three months too late. The N on R4 can be saved by P-KB3!

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PHILIDOR'S DEFENSE

White: Eugene Cowan
Black: Mrs. Bernice Millar

1P-K4P-K417K-K2P-KN3
2N-KB3P-Q318RxKPN-QB3
3P-Q4B-N5 (a)19R-Q5N-Q5ch
4B-B4Q-B320K-Q3RxR
5PxPPxP21BxRNxKBP
6B-KN5BxN (b)22BxNPNxP
7QxBQxQ23B-B8N-B6
8PxQB-K224K-B3N-B3
9R-NN-KB325B-QN7N-N5
10N-QB30-026B-B4NxP
11B-R6N-R427BxPN-Q8ch
12N-Q5N-QB328K-N4NxP
130-0-0QR-Q29K-N3N-Q8
14NxBchNxN30P-B3N-B7
15R-N5RxRch31P-K5P-R4??
16KxRR-Qch32BxNP-R5

And White won, move 53.

(a) An aggressive variation, which I haven't seen in the books. B-K2, or (better) B-B4 and Q-Q3 answers it for White. Bernice plays a good game and the difficult ending is of theoretical interest -- two N's vs. two B's. Despite the blunder, White should have won with careful play.

(b) The plot of mate on Q8 only gets a reproachful glance.

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QUEEN'S PAWN GAME

White: Eugene Cowan
Black: Eugene Guth

1P-Q4P-Q417P-QN4B-N3
2P-K4N-QB318B-B4N-Q6
3P-K5B-B419B-N3R-Q2
4B-QN5P-K320N-B3KR-Q
5P-QB4PxP21N-K4P-KR3
6Q-R4B-K522P-KR3P-KB4
7P-B3B-Q423N-B3P-N4
8N-B3KN-K224K-R2P-B5
9BxPBxB25B-KNxB
10QxBQxP26KRxNP-K4
11QxQNxQ27N-K4R-Q6
12R-N0-0-028R-N2R-K6
13KN-K2KN-B329R/2-K2RxR
140-0B-B430RxRR-Q8
15K-RNxN31N-B6??B-N8ch
16NxNNxP32K-RB-B7ch

White resigns, mate in two.

I was impressed by Richard Brown's play. He nearly won from Gridseth, and I was lucky to draw with him.


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