The official publication of the Idaho Chess Association.
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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.
Idaho State Tournament -- in Twin Falls, January 16-17.
Washington Open -- in Seattle, January 16-17.
Idaho Team Tournament Matches -- preliminaries and finals to be completed.
Northwest Open -- in Portland, March 12-13.
Idaho Chess Bulletin -- price $1.00 per year, 5 issues. Send money to Editor.
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TWO NORTHWEST PUBLICATIONS PROMOTING NORTHWEST CHESS
ROBINSON TAKES 2ND EASTERN IDAHO TOURNAMENT
Nigel (Robby) Robinson of Idaho Falls scored 4½-½ to win the championship of Eastern Idaho, in the Eastern Idaho Open played in Pocatello, October 24-25. He won out over a good representation of Eastern Idaho strength, including both Pocatello and Idaho Falls players. His only draw was with Eugene Cowan who placed second, 3½-1½. Twelve players took part with two playing in a special junior section. Unfortunately, an expected group from Salt Lake City did not come and about four to six Southwest Idaho players couldn't make it at the last minute.
Ray Fricke of Pocatello was a surprising third with 3½-1½. He took home the Class B prize. His winning chances were lost in the last round when he was defeated by Robinson. Mel Schubert, well known Pocatello player, placed fourth, 3-2, and Jack Davidson of Idaho Falls placed fifth, 2½-2½.
Steve Perkins and Bill Robson, both of Idaho Falls, were disappointed that no other young players attended, but played each other in a five game match for a special prize donated by Mel Schubert. Perkins defeated Robson 5-0!
A large plaque was given to Robinson for one year. His name is to be engraved upon it below Sven Gridseth's, the 1958 winner. Next year the event will be sponsored by the Idaho Falls Chess Club and will again be open to anyone from any district.
Campbell awarded 6th because of two earned wins, while Millar and Anderson each had a forfeit. Tomay was awarded 9th because of no forfeits. Tournament Director was Eugene Cowan.
RICHARD SCHULTZ WINS NORTHWEST STATES OPEN
Richard Schultz of Seattle won the first Northwest States Open with a perfect 6-0 score. He defeated players who ranked 16, 13, 10, 2, 3, and 5 in the final standings. This list included Olaf Ulvestad! Ulvestad placed second, 5-1. Herman Hesse of Bethlehem, PA placed third, 4½-1½, Jim McCormick, Loren Meierding (Missoula), Viktors Pupols, and Ingwold Stromsberg (Kalispell) placed 4 to 7 respectively with 4-2. Dr. Peter Lapiken (Missoula), Dr. David Groenig, and Adam Smith (Butte) placed 8-10, with a score of 3½-2½. Even scores of 3-3 were garnered by Helmer Lundberg, Ted Salverson, Robert Southorn, Paul Shanley, Richard Grendahl, and Everett Lajoie, all of Montana. There were 26 entrants. Tournament Director was Herbert Anderson of Missoula. The tournament was played in Missoula at the Florence Hotel on November 26-29. Nine of the top ten finishers divided the $500.00 of prize money put up by the Log Cabin Chess Club. Loren Meierding took the top Junior prize.
HEILBUT WINS UTAH OPEN
Richard Heilbut of Salt Lake City won the 1959 Utah Open, held at the Salt Lake YMCA November 11-14. He scored 5-1 and won out over Donald Benge of Culver City, California who also scored 5-1 but had less S.B. points. Heilbut won four games and drew Bill Taber, of Reno, who placed third, and C.A. Williamson, Tooele, who placed fourth. Benge won five games and lost only to Heilbut. In winning the tournament, Heilbut also became Utah State Champion, replacing Richard Owen who did not compete, apparently giving up chess for his studies. Benge received the trophy for the highest ranking out of state player.
A total of 19 players competed and several top players dropped down to a second division standing. Harold Hughart defeated Gaston Chappuis and Farrell Clark in the first two rounds but then lost heart after a defeat by Heilbut and placed 11th. Farrell Clark, who nearly won last year's tournament, also had trouble and placed 10th. Gaston Chappuis, the Idaho and Nevada champion, couldn't get started in this tournament and wound up 13th.
The tournament concluded with the traditional Victory Banquet and the presentation of trophies. Officers were also elected for 1960 and these include Richard Heilbut, President; John Ardnbold, Vice President; Jim Fisher, Secretary-Treasurer; and Harold Lundstrom, Corresponding Secretary.
Editor's Note--Heilbut actually had only 18 S.B. points. Had the Median system been used, Heilbut and Benge would have tied. The Solkoff system would have given the victory to Benge, 22½-22!
CLARK WINS ANNUAL OGDEN TOURNAMENT
Farrell Clark of Salt Lake City has won the second annual "Ogden Open" Tournament with a score of four wins and one loss. Mel Pratt and Erwin Raider, both of Ogden, took second and third with a 4-1 record. Clark won out via the S.B. point system. The tournament attracted 13 players and was played over a several weeks period. Other finishers in order are Paul Jeffs, Charles Metzelaar, Lowell Erickson, Tage Carlson, Wilfred Pickering, Jim Walker, Dale Iverson, Carl Thorstensen, Jack Davenport, John Davenport. A crosstable hasn't been received as yet but will be published when and if it is supplied.
Note--Ogden Open crosstable received--see third "Games" page.
HARMON WINS CENTRAL WASHINGTON OPEN
Young Clark Harmon of Portland won the 1959 Central Washington Open, played at the Yakima YMCA November 7-8. Clark and Olaf Ulvestad, last year's winner, had identical scores of 5½-½ but Harmon won first through the median tie breaking system. This was partly a result of the Harkness pairing system, which was used, since Harmon was more often paired with top players than was Ulvestad because of Harmon's lower rating. Harmon won from Viktors Pupols, Ivars Dalbergs, and Richard Jerome and drew Ulvestad -- these are considerable accomplishments.
The tournament was the second largest in Northwest history and a total of 58 players competed in one section. It was also one of the strongest tournaments and top players from almost every part of the Northwest were on hand. The top 20 finishers are listed below.
This is the annual rating list which lists all Northwest players that have played in Northwest Rated events. Mr. Karch is now overseas and getting the ratings out is a problem of major proportions. We join all Northwest players in thanking Bob for this excellent service. This list is current for results listed through the November issue of Washington Chess Letter and the October issue of the Idaho Chess Bulletin. Bob had considered dropping the ratings in favor of pushing the USCF exclusively but letters to him from Northwest players (primarily Buz Eddy and your Editor) convinced him of the local need for this service. His letter said, "I've decided to keep working on the Northwest Ratings until a qualified replacement can be found (if ever!)." Bob has dropped the California ratings and is now concentrating only on our section of the country. This list includes all Idaho, Utah, and Nevada names that appear on the master list plus a good selection of the best known players from Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Space does not permit the complete list in our modest paper.
The master list from which this list was produced, contains over 650 names! Master=2200 up, Expert=2000 up, Class A=1800 up, Class B=1600 up, and Class C=under 1600. The above list includes all masters and experts.
No. 4, by T.H. Oe, courtesy of Isaac Kashdan.
White to move and mate in 2. Solution next issue.
Send solutions to Dick Vandenburg, 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, Idaho.
That was an easy one last time but maybe I should have said mate in 4. If you discovered the trick it was easy. Problem No. 4 is harder and tricky. Drop me a card if you get the answer. We had a few winners last time -- Harold Hughart, Fred Byron, George Osterman, Ben J. Peterson. We should have had more than that although there were several incorrect answers turned in. In case you still can't get Problem No. 3, the correct answer is ------R-R3ch! From there on it is a forced mate.
IDAHO TEAM TOURNAMENT
Two preliminary matches in the 1960 Idaho Team Tournament have been played, leaving one more preliminary match to go before the finals begin. Teton Valley has played Idaho Falls and Boise has played Canyon County. As soon as Pocatello plays Twin Falls, the finals can begin.
TETON VALLEY BEATS IDAHO FALLS!
The small Teton Valley Club has beaten Idaho Falls, 7½-4½. This could be termed a major upset and Eugene Cowan should certainly be congratulated for the manner in which he has brought his club along. Alma Kunz was the hero of the match and beat Eastern Idaho Champion, Nigel Robinson, two straight games. This just seems to be one man that Robby can't beat. Ervin Schiess also had a plus score for Teton Valley, winning one and drawing one against Arn Slagowski. The Teton Valley Club had 100% participation in the match!
BOISE OUTLASTS CANYON COUNTY
It took four meetings before Boise finally took a hard fought victory from a stout Canyon County team. After the usual two exchange matches between the two clubs, the score was tied 9½-9½. Canyon County built up a strong lead in the first match, played in Nampa October 22. It was ahead 6-3 and it was all Boise could do in the match played on the home court the next week to tie it up. Boise won 6½-3½ that night. Another match was played two different evenings, a part at each club meeting, which Boise won 5½-2½. Boise, like Teton Valley, has now won the right to continue playing for the championship. Boise is defending champion.
by E.L. Cowan
Run your eye-balls casually over he game moves to the right. Among others, Larry Evans has suggested that the position of the bishops and knights be exchanged to lend new interest to the already endlessly fascinating "game". Not to be hearers of the word only, but doers also, Darrell and I have played a few games of this variety of chess. It should have a name---any suggestions?
Note: Why isn't this tried in some of the more sophisticated clubs, with means to play rapid-transit chess, as a speed tournament? It should be hilarious!
White: Darrell Dalley
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America's two representatives in the Candidates' Tournament failed to win out, Bobby Fischer finishing fifth-sixth, tied with Gligoric, and "Our Pal" Benko finishing last, 8-20, in the eight man, round-robin contest to pick a challenger for the World Champion Botvinnik. Fischer scored 12½-15½. Russia's young Mikhail Tal won and Paul Keres placed second. Two more Russian players, Petrosian and Smyslov, were 3rd and 4th and Olafsson was 7th.
The 1959-60 U.S. Championship Tournament started December 18. Bobby Fischer has entered by Reshevsky decided against it.
The (National) U.S. Chess Federation ratings appeared in the December 5 issue of Chess Life. Several Idaho and regional players appeared, some for the first time. Highest ranking of Idaho's players was Harold Hughart with 1867 and Dick Vandenburg with 1853. Gaston Chappuis rated 1935, Dave Groenig 1923, and Duane Meador 1995. All are in Class A. Buckendorf was inactive.
Carlos Bielicki of Argentina won the World Junior Title. Russia's entrant did poorly at 8th-9th place. The United States couldn't afford to send a player to defend the title held by our Lombardy. Ridiculous and frustrating! ELC
WITH THE CLUBS
The annual Canyon County Summer Tournament has been completed and, since many players come irregularly, a complete round robin wasn't played. Each player would play another two games. If one player won both games the results were counted in the tournament. If the results of the two game match were split, the match played over until two games were won by one player. All results are for Northwest Ratings--listed below:
Harris--won two games from Parker, Ellis, Stanke, Moody, Waterman, and Batie.
Parker won two from Elis, King, Waterman, & Batie; lost to Harris and Stanke.
Ellis won two from Stanke, Moody, and Batie; lost to Harris & Parker.
Stanke won two from Parker, Moody, & Batie; lost to Harris & Ellis.
King won two from Moody & Batie. Lost two to Parker.
Moody won from Batie, lost to Harris, Ellis, Stanke, and King.
Waterman lost to Harris, Parker, Batie.
Batie won from Waterman; lost to Harris, Parker, Ellis, Stanke, King, and Moody.
John English won two from Parker.
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For his double win over Robinson in the Idaho Falls match, Alma Kunz will play No. 2 position for the team unless the forthcoming Club Tourney proves differently. This Tourney will start with the first meeting in Januay and is a triple round robin.
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The Club is in the process of completing its tournament. Results thus far are:
WASHINGTON OPEN--to be played at Seattle University, January 16-17. Starts 9:00 am, Saturday, registration begins at 8:00 am. Six rounds, three Saturday and three Sunday. Last round starts 4:00 pm Sunday. Time limit--45 moves in one and one-half hours. Tournament Director--Al Livingston; Tie Breaking--median, then solkoff; Prizes--1st, 2nd, 3rd are cash, Class A and B, clocks. Entry fee--$5 (Senior), $3 (Junior).
IDAHO STATE TOURNAMENT--Idaho players only. At Rogerson Hotel in Twin Falls, January 16-17. This is the big Idaho Tournament for local players and every chess enthusiast in the State should plan to attend. It will be a five round swiss system with three rounds Saturday and two Sunday. Starting time is Saturday at 10:00 am. Registration starts at 9:00 am. The fifth and final round should be over by 5:00 Sunday. A banquet will be held Saturday evening as a social gathering and annual business meeting. Entry fees are $3.00 for Class A, $2.00 for Classes B and C, and $1.00 for Juniors under 18. Banquet charge will be extra. Classes A, B, and C should provide a Class suited to every player's game. Trophies will be awarded for the winners in all three classes and a trophy will be presented the top Junior entry. For further information contact the Editor or Lloyd Kimpton, Tournament Director, Rt. 2, Twin Falls.
by E. L. Cowan
"Durkin's Defense"--is the claim stake of Robert T. Durkin of New Jersey. He already has one oepning title to his credit, or at least is the only claimant to 1 N-QR3, as his original "Durkin's Attack". The other "Irregular" opening is sometimes called Anderssen's Opening, and is quite playable.
USCF Rating Tournament, New York, Dec. 1959.
White: W. Long (Rating--2033)
Notes by U.S. Expert Durkin:
(a) A fast-moving and logical reply; fully worthy of being considered a new opening, ranking in grandeur and playability with Alekhine's Defense. It has no name, therefore, I claim it as my own, although many players will erroneously confuse it with the Kevitz-Traikovitch System, or the Nimzovitch Defense. It has a distinct character providing White cooperates by playing 2 P-Q5.
(b) White transposes into the Nimzovitch Defense, an admittance that Black has played a logical first move, at least. (Not necessarily, White gains a strong, long-lasting center this way--ELC)
(c) White has the makings of a dangerous attack, therefore, to defend properly, Black embarks upon a speculative sacrifice sufficiently outlandish to be of interest.
(d) Figuring on two Ps and some tempi. For the heroic QN, which after all is only worth 2½ pawns (?--ELC); with a KN, I would think twice.
(e) Black threatened Q-N7.
(f) To tie the KN up to the defense of the KBP, so as to mobilize a pawn steam-roller.
(g) White might have done better by playing BPxP.
(h) Black must not allow White to play P-KR4 followed by N-R3.
(i) White wants to get rook play on the QB file, among other reasons.
(j) Black now threatens to win the N.
(k) White's Q is in danger of getting forked, the basis of the whole combination. White must take with the pawn.
(l) There does not seem to be any stronger reply for White.
(m) Some criticize playing on in a lost position. I praise the attitude of the player who fights on. Let us always make the player who has a won game WORK for the win. He might bungle it--how do you know? It requires healthy perspective to play on, from behind; and, in this capacity, my worthy opponent, Mr. Long, who took the top Experts medal, was not lacking. On the contrary, he planned to get a few passed pawns of his own coupled with a most dangerous Queen.
(n) A fighting game, down to the last move. Moral: Never give up until you are mated, as Fred Wren would say. Chess is a struggle and the struggle does us more good than the victory! (Maybe so, maybe so, but Mr. Long's last three or four moves were pointless--the whole argument depends upon the meaning of the word hopeless; when chances are really gone, resigning (a form of hari-kari) is courteous and time saving--ELC)
IRREGULAR OPENING (Anderssen's Opening)
White: Richard Owen
Notes by Richard Owen:
(a) Played in order to transpose into a Black opening, preferably the Sicilian Reversed.
(b) The King's Indian setup is a sound system since White's first move won't be of much advantage, but 1...P-Q4 equalizes immediately.
(c) White intends to initiate a queen side action by developing his pieces to bear down on that side. Then, after Black has no counter chances on the Queen's side, White will eventually attack on the King's side.
(d) Black shouldn't provide targets on the Queen's side but promote action in the center.
(e) White, on the other hand, allows his opponent to set up a center, but refrains, himself.
(f) White wished to create an artificial passed pawn or lock up the Queen's side permanently.
(g) Black is playing too automatically. He is choosing weak defensive moves over strong counter-attacking moves.
(h) At this point White abandons his Queen side action and sets up a center, develops his King's side pieces, and starts King side action since his opponent hasn't adequate counter chances on the Queen's side.
(i) Black began to be under time pressure at this point so White strived to complicate the position.
(j) P-B5! is very strong for Black.
White: Eugene Cowan
(a) A very neat trap is hidden in this move although I must admit that I simply moved fast and grossly overlooked the N fork. But Robby looked deeper and found an excellent post for the up-to-then miserable Knight. Personally, I never set traps, however diabolical, if there is a weakness in them if seen through.
(b) Robby played the better end-game and, had he not been in time pressure, would have tried to win it. (According to my hasty analysis, he could have won it, probably, after White's bad 59th move--K-N3. An answer of K-K5 instead of N-K3 would have gained at least a pawn and eventually a strong passed pawn that might very well win. When you're in time pressure there can be a lot of ifs!--ED.)
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The next is Schubert's first round victory which could have won a brilliancy prize if one had been offered.
White: Mel Schubert
White: Eugene Cowan
(a) Not NxP? as planned--RxN is fatal.
(b) B-N2 is quicker.
(c) R-N7ch! Loss of the center, again, was the cause of defeat.
(d) and White wins, move 52.
The complete crosstable report on the Ogden Open was received late, and is reprinted here for that reason. Clark was the only non-Ogden player as well as the winner. He says it was one of the toughest tournaments he has been in and Ogden players show surprising strength. Idaho players are aware of this from the Utah-Idaho match. Plans are now under way for a match between Salt Lake and Ogden, better be prepared! Charles Metzelaar was Tournament Director.