The official publication of the Idaho Chess Association.
Editor & Treasurer
Where to play chess!
Boise -- meets 8:00 Wednesday nights at Y.M.C.A. Building.
Canyon County -- meets 8:00 Thursday at Lakeview Parkhouse, Nampa.
Idaho Falls -- meets Friday nights at City Building above Police Station.
Twin Falls -- meets Friday nights 8:00 at Harry Barry Park Building.
Pocatello -- meets Wednesday nights at Y.M.C.A. Building.
Teton Valley -- meets regularly at member's homes. Contact Cowan.
Eastern Idaho Open -- in Pocatello, October 24-25.
Central Washington Open -- in Yakima, November 7-8.
Utah Open -- in Salt Lake, November 11, 12, 13, and 14.
Idaho State Tournament -- in Twin Falls, January 16-17.
Idaho Team Tournament Matches -- preliminaries to be played before Idaho State Tournament.
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
IT'S A TIE
Utah and Idaho played to a draw in this year's annual match played in Pocatello, Idaho at the new Student Union Building of Idaho State College on September 12. It was a hard fought match in which Utah came from behind to tie, 9½-9½. This year's Idaho team was considerably stronger than last year's and Utah was without the services of four of its first six players from last year. Even without State Champion Buckendorf, Idaho players were confident of victory but the Utah boys came through strong in the late rounds. The final game to be completed, Vandenburg vs. Chappuis, turned into a victory for Chappuis and brought Utah up to 9½ points. This game appears in the Games Section.
For the first time, Idaho players were listed according to their West Coast Ratings, although a couple of mistakes were made when comparing the various lists needed. Only one Idaho player was without a rating but ratings for the final three players haven't been published as yet. Utah had six rated players and would have had more except that a large contingent of the team came from Ogden where few are rated.
Next year's match will again be held in Pocatello the weekend after Labor Day. The series now stands at 4½-2½ in Utah's favor.
The extra sheet attached to this issue of the Bulletin gives information on the major tournaments coming up. The Eastern Idaho Open will be held in Pocatello, Idaho at the YMCA on October 24-25. It starts Saturday, October 24 at 1:00, five rounds, $3.50 for adults and $1.00 for juniors. The Central Washington Open will be held in Yakima, Washington at the YMCA on November 7-8. It starts at 10:00 Saturday, six rounds, $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for juniors. The Utah Open will be held in Salt Lake City at the YMCA on November 11, 12, 13, & 14. It starts Wednesday night, November 11 at 7:00. Six rounds, entry fee $6.00.
DAKE WINS OREGON OPEN
The seven round 1959 Oregon Open was won by Arthur Dake of Portland with a perfect 7-0 score. Unrated Donald Turner of Salem, Oregon placed second with a 6-1 score. He lost only to Dake and beat such stars as Ric Jerome, Dick Schultz, and Robert Holzinger along the way. Young Frank Nettleton of Portland surprised everyone by placing 6th, 4½-2½. He defeated Dr. Dave Groenig, among others. Duane Meador had his difficulties and placed 16th, 4-3. Ric Jerome placed 15th with the same score and Dr. Groenig placed 10th, 4½-2½. Olaf Ulvestad, the usual winner of Northwest Tournaments he enters, could only garner 7th place, 4½-2½. He lost to Dake and had three draws. In winning this one, Dake proved again that he is still tops in this area of play.
PUPOLS WINS SEATTLE SEAFAIR
Viktors Pupols won the (August) 1959 Seafair Open with a score of 5½-½. Second place was taken by Viesturs Seglins, also of Seattle, with an identical score but with less Solkoff points. In this mammoth tournament of 62 players in one section, the two top placers didn't play each other but had draws with other players. Jim McCormick of Seattle placed third, 4½-1½. Others with the same score of 4½-1½ were 4. Dave Grannis, 5. Dr. Dave Groenig, 6. Ed Diedrich, 7. Richard Schultz, and 8. Daniel Wade. Don Crawford, former Boisean, now of Olympia, placed 16th, 4-2. The tremendous size of this tournament presented problems as to how tournament organizers in that area can handle the crowds and still have the top players play each other. Seven rounds were suggested. We in Idaho feel that A and B Sections are the answer. The situation in Seattle may be different but having two sections provides good competition and pairings in each.
WEST COAST RATINGS
This rating list is up-to-date as of the "Idaho Chess Bulletin", to April, 1959; and the "Washington Chess Letter" to April, 1959 -- both inclusive to those issues. Mr. Karch is now in Germany on a temporary assignment and his moving there has temporarily slowed down the ratings but another more recent list should be available for the next issue. This list was published in July, 1959.
These supplementary ratings to the annual January list carry only those names who have played in at least five rated games since the publication of the last list. Those that have played less than this number will have revised ratings but they are not published until the played number reaches five. This is to cut down on the tremendous number of names on each list and a player's rating won't change much through the results of one or two games. The list as it is has 442 West Coast names on it! This list is complete for Idaho and Montana with inclusion of many Oregon and Washington.
by E.L. Cowan
The following position was turned in by Clarence Rambo, of the Twin Falls, Idaho chess club. (He lives in Murtaugh, and with a few others commutes to the club site, about 30-40 miles, each night).
White: Lewis Trout
White to play and draw!
(If I were Black I would shoot myself! (Ed.))
FROM CHESS LIFE:
Arthur Bisguier, former Champion of the United States, won the 1959 (60th) U.S. Open Chess Championship, scoring 10-2. Second was Pal Benko, who lost to junior player Ray Weinstein, in an upset which cost him the title. Played at Omaha. Olaf Ulvestad placed 8th.
Pal Benko, formerly of Budapest, and who finished higher than Bobby Fischer in the recent Candidates Tournament, leading to the Challengers Tournament which leads to a match for the World Championship, won the "Western Open" of Milwaukee for the second time in a row. Robert Byrne and Martin Harrow finished 2nd and 3rd. (Played over the July 4 weekend, 114 entered) Benko defeated Olaf Ulvestad who finished 6th. Benko also won the 107 player "Greater New York Open" ahead of Lombardy, Weinstein, Bisguier, and Sherwin--last June.
Robin Ault, 17, of New Jersey, won the annual Junior Championships held July 18. Gilbert Ramirez tied Ault, but the San Francisco expert lost their individual contest and, by a special rule, placed 2nd even though he had more tie-breaking points. Omaha, Nebraska was the tournament site.
With the establishment of a "USCF Players Fund", the expenses of Bobby Fischer, his second, Bent Larsen, and Pal Benko have been met and our two representatives are playing in the 1959 World Candidates Tourney, being played in Yugoslavia from September 6 to October 31.
No. 3, from the pages of "Chess Review".
White to move and mate! Solution next issue.
Send solutions to Dick Vandenburg, 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, Idaho.
After that toughie last month I am giving you an easy one this time, at least it looks easy. If you can find the answer, please be sure to drop me a card. We had several winners last time and it was tough -- Robert Karch, Harold Hughart, Horton Thompson, and Don J.Peterson. Congratulations boys! For the rest of you unfortunates who couldn't work it, the solution to Problem No. 2 was----Q-R6. Surely you can all work Problem No. 3?
Each two players play a series of games. A win is credited when one player is ahead at the end of an even number of games. Some series have gone to six games before a winner was determined.
Boise has also been keeping its ladder tournament active during the summer. Present ladder standings are:
by E. L. Cowan
1959 Utah-Idaho Match
White: Dick Vandenburg
Black: Gaston Chappuis
|17||R-KN (c)||Q-R4||48||P-B4? (g)||N-K4!|
|30||R/2-N2||N-K (d)||61||K-N5||R-R! (j)|
Notes by Vandenburg
(a) White had intended playing B-R6 but couldn't after allowing P-KR4.
(b) Castling into a certain attack.
(c) To prevent Black from playing P-KB3 and also taking the rook away from Black's bishop's diagonal.
(d) White has an excellent game. Black has wasted too many moves trading down.
(e) Breaks up White's strong position. White was under severe time pressure here, having to make 10 moves in about 15 minutes. The 40th move was made with 20 seconds to go.
(f) White saved the wrong pawn. It was foolish to allow Black an attacking pawn to save a weak one.
(g) White anticipated a pawn takes or push and completely overlooked the knight move.
(h) B-B?, then if PxP, B-N2ch; and if NxPch, BxN and then K-B3.
(i) RxP, RxR; 52 KxN seems obvious (ELC). Black wins and Utah ties Idaho.
(j) Black wins move 66.
White: Harold Hughart
Black: Fred Docekal
(a) Usually best to move the K than to pin one's own piece.
(b) A pretty smothered mate is there for White--see it?
At the third board, Raeder lost a heart-breaker to Kimpton---proving the old saying: "Eternal vigilance is the price of breathing". (See also Fisher-Chappuis & Peterson-Sormer below).
QUEEN'S GAMBIT DECLINED
White: Lloyd Kimpton
Black: Erwin Raeder
1959 Boise City Championship Play-off Match Game
White: Dick Vandenburg
Black: Phil Dolph
|14||PxP (d)||N-QB3||29||Q-K8 Mate|
Notes by Vandenburg
(a) This enterprising line of the Classical Variation leads to immediate fisticuffs.
(b) The "Book" gives P-KB4 here.
(c) The impression was that winning the Queen, regardless of cost, would win easily.
(d) Now, White is actually down in material points and has a weak pawn position. Ulvestad looked at game and thought Black could win eventually by slowly eating pawns, etc.
(e) Ulvestad says this move was bad. PxP would better open up the game for Black's pieces.
Salt Lake City Round Robin Tourney, August 5, 1959
QUEEN'S PAWN GAME
White: James Fisher
Black: Gaston Chappuis
(a) And White won, move 48. An unusual opening leading to a brilliant stroke by one of Utah's promising young players.
White: Ben J. Peterson
Black: George Sormer
Notes by Vandenburg
(a) Do you mean there is a combination in this placid game? Hold on to your hat mother!
(b) An excellent combination out of the blue. Chess is exciting!
Here is a quieter game, though it cost Dave Groenig a point just as if it were a melodrama. From the first round of the 1959 Idaho Open.
White: Dave Groenig
Black: Duane Meador