The official publication of the Idaho Chess Association.
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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.
Twin Falls -- meets Tuesday nights 8:00 at Harry Barry Park Building.
Pocatello -- meets Wednesday nights at Y.M.C.A. building.
Seattle SeaFair Open -- August 1-2 at Y.M.C.A., 4th & Madison, Seattle, Washington 9:00 a.m. Saturday.
Utah-Idaho Match -- in Pocatello at Idaho State College probably the Saturday after Labor Day Weekend. A one day match!
Eastern Idaho Open -- October 24-25 in Pocatello probably at Idaho State College. 1:00 p.m. Saturday for start. Open to any player.
Idaho Chess Bulletin -- price $1.00 per year, 5 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
CHAPPUIS WINS IDAHO OPEN
Just to prove he could do it again, Gaston Chappuis of Salt Lake City won the Idaho Open, 4½-½, being held to an opening round draw by Phil Dolph of Boise. By again, we mean winning another major tournament this year -- he recently won the Nevada State Tournament. The Idaho Open was played in Boise at the Y.M.C.A. on Memorial Day weekend, May 30-31.
Gaston is now in position to try to win the intermountain "triple crown" of Idaho-Utah-Nevada, with the Utah tournament coming up this fall. To the Editor's knowledge, no one in recent years (at least) has ever been able to accomplish this feat. Ken Jones of Reno and Ben Greenwald of Salt Lake, to name two, have owned two of the three at one time but not all three. Good luck to Gaston in the coming Utah Open.
Second place in this year's Idaho Tournament was Duane Meador who finished with a 4-1 score. Duane showed us why his rating has remained consistently high by beating Nos. 3, 4, 6, and 7 in the final standings and losing only to No. 1, Gaston. Duane finished with 17 Solkoff points, highest of any player.
Third place went to Dr. Dave Groenig who also had 4-1. Dave lost to Meador in the first round and climbed an uphill battle to third, beating a few of the boys along the way. Fourth, fifth, and sixth, all with 3-2 scores, went to Harold Hughart, Dick Heilbut, and Dick Vandenburg. Since Harold is now residing in Boise, he is the highest placing Idaho player with Vandenburg second.
This year's "A" section was composed of some players who have placed high in recent tournaments. Groenig placed second recently in the Inland Empire and Vandenburg placed second and Hughart third in the Montana Open. Meador placed third in the Pacific Northwest Open, and, of course, Chappuis won the Nevada. We missed the Seattle contingent and Dr. Lapiken of Montana who played last year and were sorry to hear from Phil Dolph, who visited Seattle recently, that several were planning on attending but couldn't at the last minute.
A total of 26 players participated with 14 playing in Class A and 12 in Class B. Players from Burns, Oregon, Spokane, Washington, and Idaho Falls, Idaho participated with others from close by to make the Class B & Jr. section very tough. George Rasor won the Class B very convincingly, 4½-½, drawing A.L. Harle in the final round. Harle had four draws and placed 4th, 3-2. Mike Conway of Spokane, sporting a much improved chess game, placed second behind Rasor, 3½-1½. Mike lost to George and had a draw with Harle. Gary Bray, who hasn't played much of late, placed third, 3½-1½. He also lost to Rasor and drew with Harle. Conway not only placed second in the Class B but also won the Junior crown. He went home carrying two trophies. George Rasor also received a trophy for his victory.
For his victory in Class A, Chappuis received the $25.00 first prize. Meador received $10.00 for second and the other four plus score placers each received $5.00. This year's tournament featured coffee and sandwiches (made available to players) which contributed to the relaxed atmosphere which prevailed. Your Editor, who served as tournament director, felt that the players were very congenial and a really good time was had by all.
This year's experiment with U.S.C.F. ratings was only a partial success. We did sell seven memberships to the National organization at the tournament, which was beneficial, but it was decided that the U.S.C.F. ratings of the Class A hadn't helped participation while actually keeping several Idaho players from entering (because of the $5) and this policy might very well be dropped in the future. None of the entrants expressed any particular satisfaction that the tournament was nationally rated.
A small chess set was left at the tournament and is available, upon request, from the Tournament Director. Next year's Open will again be held in Boise over the Memorial Day weekend.
As a follow up to the article on the U.S.C.F. in last April's issue of the Bulletin, your Editor has been appointed National Director for Idaho, which includes the task of membership chairman. The membership goal for Idaho in the big "Operation M" drive just completed by the USCF (for 1000 new members) was 10. We had three and sold six more at the tournament to Idaho players so we are only one short of our goal. Would someone like to join as No. 10!? I believe that those who joined at the tournament might very well discover how much a pleasure it is and rejoin again another year!
ULVESTAD WINS PUGET SOUND OPEN
Olaf Ulvestad continued his mastery over other Northwest chess players with a 5½-½ win in the Puget Sound Open held in Seattle, May 9-10. He conceded a final round draw to Dan Wade, retiring Editor of the Washington Chess Letter, who placed 4th, 4½-1½. Jim McCormick placed second, 5-1, losing only to Ulvestad and Clark Harmon of Portland placed third also losing to Ulvestad. Dr. A.A. Murray placed 5th behind Wade, 4½-1½. Sixth through 10th, all with scores of 4-2, were Mike Franott (Seattle), Richard Schultz, Ed Diedrich (both of Seattle), Dennis Naylin (Denver), and Don Crawford! (Olympia). There were 35 players in one big section making quite a tournament.
INLAND EMPIRE RECAP
In clarification of last issue's report on the Inland Empire, the following are detailed results:
There were 25 entries in all. Others from Idaho were Steven Sala (Osburn), 2-4; Horton Thompson (Kendrick), 2-4; & Carl Quass, 1-5.
NO WEST COAST RATINGS
We regret to report that there are no West Coast Ratings available for this issue. We were hoping the July list would come out soon enough but it hasn't appeared. The list will be published again in the next issue (October) and will include all events up until summer.
No. 2, by W. Michalak, courtesy of Isaac Kashdan.
White to play, mates in two. Solution next issue.
Send solutions to Dick Vandenburg, 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, Idaho.
Are you all dead? We had only one answer to last month's problem and that one was correct -- Robert Karch, publisher of West Coast Ratings. It wasn't that hard was it? Why not slowly crawl out of the deep rut you're in and send in an answer to the above problem. You have until October to do it! Solution to Problem No. 1-----K-N7.
WITH THE CLUBS
VANDENBURG WINS BOISE CITY TOURNAMENT
Dick Vandenburg edged out Phil Dolph in a playoff to win the 1959 Boise City Championship. The two players finished tied, 3½-2½, and Vandenburg won the sudden death playoff.
A.L. Harle won the Class B section, 9½-4½, to edge out George Rasor and M.W. Wright, 9-5. Bob Funderburg won the Class C, 5-1, with Dave Reid taking second, 4½-1½.
The Rupert Chess Club has disbanded and meetings are no longer being held. We regret to see this happen as Rupert-Burley used to have one of the strongest clubs in the state. Maybe some of the old players there can negotiate a comeback.
Eugene Cowan regained the undisputed championship of Teton Valley when he defeated Ed Schiess in a playoff match, 2-0. The season ended May 25th with a meeting at Ed's home. Attendance has been good -- the most improved player in the club is Ervin Schiess, who has started winning games from other members.
The 1959 Seattle Seafair Open will be held August 1-2 at the Seattle Y.M.C.A., 4th & Madison St. It will be a six round Swiss with three rounds per day. First round starts at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee, $3.00 and $2.00 for Juniors. Guaranteed first price of $35.00 and $15.00 for second.
This tournament is always a big one and last year 56 players entered. Defending champion is Portland's Ivar Dalberg.
This annual battle is tentatively scheduled for the Saturday after the Labor Day weekend in Pocatello. Plans will be worked out between Utah officials and Idaho President R.K. Hart of Pocatello. There will be more on this later when final plans are formulated. Idaho players should plan now to turn out to avenge last year's brutal beating!
EASTERN IDAHO TOURNAMENT SCHEDULED
Eugene Cowan has announced plans for the 1959 Eastern Idaho to be played October 24-25 in Pocatello at a place to be announced later. This year's Eastern Idaho will be open to anyone and particularly to players from Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. It will be shortly before the Utah Tournament and will be good practice for that big one. If needed, play will be divided into two sections, A and B.
Starting time is 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and play will be over by 5:30 p.m. Sunday. This will give most players ample driving time on Saturday morning. Five rounds, trophies supplimented by cash prizes, entry fee $3.50 but $1.00 for Juniors under 18. Rated by West Coast Ratings through Robert Karch and Idaho Chess Bulletin. Host club -- Pocatello Chess Club. Directed by Eugene Cowan; Driggs, Idaho.
1958-59 STATE FINANCIAL REPORT
Again, as in 1957-58, we came out well financially. Both of our major tournaments lost a little money, but the Twin Falls Club took up the slack on the "Closed". The Quarterly actually paid for itself this year in that the outside subscription receipts took care of the expenses. It was a very successful year both from this standpoint and from that of participation and enjoyment of tournaments.
by E. L. Cowan
Games From the 1959 Idaho Open
White: Gaston Chappuis
(a) Considered by some an unattractive variation.
(b) Risky, as White proves.
(c) This move was B-Q4? on the game score.
(d) And White wins. Black has nothing to compensate for the two pawns, resigning on move 64.
QUEEN'S GAMBIT DECLINED
White: Duane Meador
(a) Too soon.
(b) Interesting gyrations but White is developing.
(c) Black's punishment is just.
(d) And mate next move.
CENTRE COUNTER GAME
White: R.S. Vandenburg
(a) A miserable defense but one which Dr. Groenig uses (as he does many others) to confuse and scare his opponents.
(b) P-QN4, the Kotrch-Mieses Gambit, "is unneccessarily violent" but fun?
(d) Too early.
(e) Probably too risky.
(f) This and the next move don't aid White's development.
(h) Now both rooks are out of action.
(i) Dick insists on playing a rook down (in effect).
(j) A puzzling move.
KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE
White: Phil Dolph
(a) At this point in the game it would appear that Phil had the advantage and could tie things up if he began immediately to work on Black's RP.
ALBIN COUNTER GAMBIT
White: Phil Dolph
(a) Should be barred from tournament chess according to Vandenburg.
(b) White has made a lot of wasteful moves.
(c) Black can keep the Q side blocked by (if) PxP--PxP, K-Q2 & P-R4-5, or White's P-R4 blocks it.
(d) And Black wins on move 48.
White: George Rasor
(a) The Sicilian Centre Game.
(b) If NxP, Q-K2.
(c) BxNch, etc.
(d) Black wasted too many moves while not taking advantage of his own pawns. White wins, move 57.
CENTRE COUNTER GAME
White: Dick Heilbut
(a) A Groenig favorite!
QUEEN'S INDIAN DEFENSE
White: Duane Meador
(a) Black had to leave and couldn't try further.
The following game from this year's Nevada Tournament brought to mind examples of this variation that contradict the book's dogma that it is a dull and drawish game.
White: Ken R. Jones
Notes by Chappuis:
(a) White evidently thinks that 2 Ps and a strong attack are worth this sacrifice. It's not so but Black must play with great care.
(b) But this is an outright blunder. White must have overlooked N-R2.
(c) And White wins, move 31.
The next game is taken from the Chess Correspondent of November, 1951, with notes by Jack Soudakoff (or W.M> Spackman?): "The exchange variation of teh French Defense is such a rarity these days that in the following game from Hastings, 1949, Black must have forgotten how dangerous it can still be. Printed as a warning"!
White: J. Mieses
(a) "Probably rejecting N-N3 because of 10 N-B5; Czoskoslovensky Shach suggests then the wild 10...P-KR3!?; 11 NxPch, K-B; 12 BxN, QxB; 13 N-R5, Q-N4 with the attack.
(b) Never move a piece twice in the opening--move it three times!
(c) Exchanging at K7 eases Black's game.
Next a CCLA postal game of 1951-1952 versus a former champion of Pennsylvania, they said.
White: E.L. Cowan
(a) I played this with the idea of trying to draw because of his rating but shifted to an attack when I saw the chance.
(b) I considered P-KR3 here.
(c) I was inexperienced and thought my drawing chances were increased by exchanging Queens. (in the end it was the old story of experience winning the end game! Ed.)
Summary: With due respect for the authority of "the book", there are attacking chances in the Exchange Variation, and the even position reminds me of the Petroff Defense, which can be simple and yet complicated, but surely not drawish.
We'll see ou all again when chess play takes up in earnest this fall.