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November-December, 1959

Source: Idaho Chess Bulletin, November-December, 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.
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

N.E. Robinson
313 Davidson Dr.
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 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.


Coming Events!

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.

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


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.

PlacePlayerTown-1--2--3--4--5-ScoreSolk
1.Nigel RobinsonIdaho FallsW5W10W4D2W34½-½ 
2.Eugene CowanDriggsL4W8W7D1W53½-1½14
3.Ray FrickePocatelloD9W6W10W4L13½-1½11½
4.Mel SchubertPocatelloW2W7L1L3W93-2 
5.Jack DavidsonIdaho FallsL1D9W8W6L22½-2½ 
6.Bill CampbellPocatelloL10L3W9L5W72-3 
7.John AndersonAlamedaW8L4L2WF10L62-3 
8.Bernice MillarIdaho FallsL7L2L5W9WF102-3 
9.Louis TomayPocatelloD3D5L6L8L41-4 
10.Russ HaynesIdaho FallsW6L1L3LF7LF81-4 

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.

PlacePlayerTown-1--2--3--4--5--6-ScoreS.B.
1.Richard HeilbutSalt Lake City, UTW15W2W11D3D4W85-120
2.Donald BengeCulver City, CAW5L1W7W12W3W65-117½
3.Bill TaberReno, NVW4W7W9D1L2D54-215½
4.C.A. WilliamsonTooele, UTL3W16D5W11D1W134-212½
5.L.H. PageSalt Lake City, UTL2W15D4D13W10D33½-2½11
6.Ken JonesReno, NVL10D13W18W14W12L23½-2½9
7.Fred DocekalSalt Lake City, UTW17L3L2W9W19D123½-2½
8.Raymond SmithReno, NVByeD19D14D10W11L13½-2½
9.Clinton McDanielSalt Lake City, UTD16W17L3L7ByeW153½-2½
10.Farrell ClarkSalt Lake City, UTW6L11D12D8L5W183-3
11.Harold HughartBoise, IDW13W10L1L4L8W163-38
12.Jim FisherSalt Lake City, UTW19W14D10L2L6D73-3
13.Gaston ChappuisSalt Lake City, UTL11D6W19D5W16L43-37
14.Robert RalstonOgden, UTW18L12D8L6L15Bye2½-3½
15.Carl ThorstensenOgden, UTL1L5ByeD16W14L92½-3½
16.Ralph DayCarson City, NVD9L4W17D15L13L112-45
17.John DavenportOgden, UTL7L9L16ByeL18W192-4
18.Herbert Van OsSalt Lake City, UTL14ByeL6L19W17L102-42
19.Charles MetzelaarOgden, UTL12D8L13W18L7L171½-4½

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.

##PlayerHomeScore
1.Clark HarmonPortland5½-½
2.Olaf UlvestadSeattle5½-½
3.Viktors PupolsSeattle5-1
4.Ivars DalbergsPortland5-1
5.Danny TowneProsser4½-1½
6.Dr. Dave GroenigSpokane4½-1½
7.Donald TurnerSalem4½-1½
8.Richard JeromeYakima4-2
9.Mike FranettSeattle4-2
10.Richard SchultzSeattle4-2
11.John BellPortland4-2
12.N. AbrahamsonBellingham4-2
13.Bob HolzingerSeattle4-2
14.Dennis HaylinLarson AFB4-2
15.R.W. CairncrossPortland4-2
16.Viesturs SeglinsSeattle3½-2½
17.Harold HughartBoise3½-2½
18.Dick VandenburgBoise3½-2½
19.Fred ByronPortland3½-2½
20.Deane MoorePortland3½-2½

NORTHWEST RATINGS
by Robert A. Karch

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.

Abrahamson, NormanWashington1895
Amini, MansourIdaho1650
Anderson, Herb.Montana1752
Anderson, JohnIdaho1850
Andrews, RogerIdaho1611
Babcock, BobIdaho1663
Barclay, KennethIdaho1638
Barnstein, CharlesIdaho1623
Barto, JohnMontana1824
Bell, JohnOregon1892
Benoit, JimIdaho1681
Blair, DeanIdaho1796
Bongiardina, J.Idaho1460
Braley, JohnWashington1994
Bray, GaryIdaho1755
Britt, DonIdaho1699
Brown, Rich.Idaho1579
BUCKENDORF, GLENIdaho2035
Byron, FredOregon1941
Cairneross, R.Oregon1749
Campbell, BobUtah1712
Cantrell, SuzanIdaho1585
carlson, Leon.Idaho1493
CHAPPUIS, G.Utah2056
CLARK, FARRELLUtah2002
Cleveland, BillIdaho1567
Conway, MikeWashington1666
CORNELIUS, G.Washington2050
Cosho, JohnIdaho1737
Cowan, EugeneIdaho1801
Crawford, DonWashington1868
Cziep, AloisIdaho1791
DAKE, AURHUROregonMASTER
DALBERGS, I.Oregon2149
Dalley, DarrellIdaho1548
Diedrich, EdWashington2045
Docekal, FredUtah1768
Dolph, CliffWashington1802
Dolph, HazelIdaho1614
Dolph, PhilIdaho1853
Durkin, Lawr.Montana1640
Durham, Rich.Utah1790
Eddy, BuzWashington1728
Ellis, A.B.Idaho1956
English, JohnIdaho1758
Falk, Chas.Idaho1754
Fisher, JimUtah1684
Flowers, DornIdaho1710
Franett, MikeWashington1993
Fredstrom, B.Idaho1673
Freeman, Dar.Idaho1866
Funderburg, BobIdaho1651
Fung, PhilipIdaho1600
Gedance, M.Nevada1978
Graff, BarneyIdaho1534
Graff, KenIdaho1377
Graff, SteveIdaho1315
GRANNIS, DAVEWashington2000
GREENWALD, BENUtah2000
Gridseth, SvenUtah1920
GRIFFITHS, CH.Washington2048
GROENIG, DAVEWashington2014
Guth, EugeneIdaho1609
Hammersley, J.Idaho1507
Hansen, RalphMontana1770
Harle, AlbertIdaho1833
HARMON, CLARKOregonMASTER
Harris, C.E.Idaho1673
Hart, R.K.Idaho1879
Hartwell, TedIdaho1842
Haynes, RussIdaho1626
Healy, PaulIdaho1710
Heilbut, DickUtah1886
Hollibaugh, R.Montana1822
HOLMES, VERNONWashington2029
Hopkins, Delb.Idaho1540
Horstman, E.H.Idaho1659
Hughart, HaroldIdaho1884
Hull, EverettIdaho1590
Hunt, StanUtah1832
Husted, GaryIdaho1442
Jackson W.C.Idaho1485
Jeffs, PaulUtah1850
JEROME, RICH.Washington2053
Jester, JimIdaho1200
JOACHIM, CHAS.Washington2053
Johnson, MarkIdaho1676
Johnston, LymanWashington1751
Kaggie, ClarkIdaho1315
Karch, BobGermany1882
Kimpton, LloydIdaho1847
King, Dan J.Idaho1622
Kooyman, RayUtah1550
Kunz, AlmaIdaho1654
LAPIKAN, PETERMontanaMASTER
Larsen, DorianIdaho1493
Lauritzen, C.Idaho1700
Lee, NormanIdaho1619
McCORMICK, J.WashingtonMASTER
McDaniel, Cl.Utah1711
McKellip, L.Idaho1433
MANNEY, O.W.Washington2097
Marshall, H.Idaho1187
Meador, DuaneWashington1998
Metzelaar, Ch.Utah1737
Millar, Bern.Idaho1660
Moore, DeaneOregon1861
Morawski, HansUtah1562
Murphy,DonIdaho1575
Murray, A.A.Washington1986
Osgood, SamIdaho1735
Osterman, Geo.Idaho1760
Owen, RichardUtah1947
Page, L.N.Utah1858
Parker, DickIdaho1588
Parker, RoyIdaho1730
Pathakis, TedUtah1924
Pattee, I.B.Idaho1583
PATTERSON, G.Washington2075
Peck, GlenIdaho1563
Peterson, BenUtah1554
PUPOLS, VIK.WashingtonMASTER
Quass, CarlIdaho1635
Rambo, Clar.Idaho1647
Rambo, GeneIdaho1377
Rasor, GeorgeIdaho1785
Reid, DaveIdaho1662
Robinson, N.Idaho1739
Sala, SteveIdaho1704
Schiess, EdIdaho1710
Schiess, ErvinIdaho1442
Schofield, W.Idaho1870
SCHULTZ, RICH.Washington2000
Seefried, w.Idaho1532
SEGLINS, V.Washington2084
Sikos-Tomay, L.Idaho1450
Skirmants, NickIdaho1782
SMITH, ADAMMontana2042
Smith, RayNevada1712
Solts, CarlIdaho1610
Spangenburg, C.Idaho1623
Stanke, J.Idaho1786
Stanke, Rich.Idaho1365
Stevens, Cl.Idaho1690
Stevenson, Ph.Utah1764
Stewart, C.H.Idaho1860
Taber, Wm.Nevada1999
Taylor, IrvinUtah1842
Thompson, Mort.Idaho1675
Thorstensen, C.Utah1480
TOWNE, DANNYWashington2038
Trotter, SamUtah1391
Trout, LewisIdaho1647
ULVESTAD, OLAFWashingtonMASTER
VANDENBURG, R.Idaho2000
Vaughn, Ster.Idaho1772
VELLIAS, RUSS.Washington2040
WADE, DANWashington2056
Walton, L.Idaho1791
Waterman, VicIdaho1599
Weare, JohnOregon1523
Whiteman, Ch.Oregon1338
Wigginton, B.Utah1683
Williamson, J.Idaho1595
Wright, M.W.Idaho1789
Yates, TomUtah1674
ZEMGALLIS, EL.WashingtonMASTER

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.


PROBLEM CORNER

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!

TETON VALLEYIDAHO FALLS
BdPlayerResultBdPlayerResult
1.Eugene Cowan1 01.Alois Cziep0 1
2.Ed Schiess0 12.Jack Davidson1 0
3.Carlos Lauritzen1 03.Bernice Millar0 1
4.Alma Kunz1 14.Nigel Robinson0 0
5.Darrell Dalley0 15.E. Brieter1 0
6.Ervin Schiess½ 16.Arn Slagowski½ 0
    

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.

ROUND 1
BOISECANYON COUNTY
BdPlayerResultBdPlayerResult
1.Dick Vandenburg01.A.B. Ellis1
2.C.H. Stewart½2.Jerry Stanke½
3.Harold Hughart13.Dr. Graydon Cross0
4.George Rasor04.Roy Parker1
5.M.W. Wright05.E.H. Horstman1
6.Nick Skirmants16.C.E. Harris0
7.Bob Babcock½7.John English½
8.Cecil Spangenberg08.Wayne Moody1
9.Dave Reid09.Clinton Talbot1
  3  6

ROUND 2
BOISECANYON COUNTY
BdPlayerResultBdPlayerResult
1.Dick Vandenburg11.A.B. Ellis0
2.C.H. Stewart12.Jerry Stanke0
3.Phil Dolph13.Roy Parker0
4.Harold Hughart14.E.H. horstman0
5.Bob Babcock15.Vic Waterman0
6.George Rasor06.C.E. Harris1
7.John Cosho07.Wayne Moody1
8.Norman Lee08.Dan Jess King1
9.Nick Skirmants½9.John English½
10.Max Wennstrom110.Ralph Batie0
    

ROUND 3
BOISECANYON COUNTY
BdPlayerResultBdPlayerResult
1.Dick Vandenburg11.A.B. Ellis0
2.Phil Dolph12.Roy Parker0
3.John Cosho13.Wayne Moody0
4.George Rasor½4.E.H. Horstman½
5.Nick Skirmants05.C.E. Harris1
6.Norman Lee16.Dan Jess King0
7.Max Wennstrom17.Vic Waterman0
8.Cecil Spangenberg08.Ralph Batie1
    

CHESS NOTES

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!

IRREGULAR GAME
(Knights & Bishops Exchange Places)

White: Darrell Dalley
Black: Eugene Cowan

1N-KN3N-KN3
2P-QB4P-QB3
3N-Q3P-B3
4P-N3B-KB2
5P-B30-0
6B-B5P-N3
7B-N4R-K
80-0B-B2
9P-B4N-Q3
10P-K3P-KR4

(Black won)

* * * * *

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

CANYON COUNTY

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:

##PlayerScore
1.C.E. Harris, Caldwell12-0
2.Roy Parker, Nampa8-4
3.A.B. Ellis, Nampa6-4
4.Jerry Stanke, Nampa6-4
5.D.J. King, Caldwell4-2
6.Wayne Moody, Nampa2-8
7.Vic Waterman, Nampa0-6
8.Ralph Batie, Nampa2-12
9.John English2-0

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.

* * * * *

TETON VALLEY

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.

* * * * *

TWIN FALLS

The Club is in the process of completing its tournament. Results thus far are:

1.Hartwell3½-½
2.Kimpton3½-½
3.Trout3-1
4.Rambo3-2
5.Clark2-2
6.Murphy1-2
7.Graff0-3
8.Connolly0-5

COMING EVENTS

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.


GAMES SECTION

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.
1st, G. Schnitzler; 2nd, A. Spiller; 3rd, R. Durkin.

DURKIN DEFENSE

White: W. Long (Rating--2033)
Black: R.T. Durkin (Rating--2132)

1P-Q4N-QB3 (a)29PxBP-B6
2P-K4 (b)P-K430RxNPxR
3P-Q5QN-K231QxQBPPxB
4P-QB4P-Q332R-KR-B8
5N-QB3P-KN333B-B3QxRP
6B-Q3B-N234N-K3Q-R8
7B-K3N-KB335K-B2 (l)RxR
8P-B30-036BxRQxB
9Q-Q2N-K37N/3xPQ-B7
10P-KN4P-KB438N-R4P-N7
11P-N5 (c)P-B539NxPQxN/N
12B-KB2NxP (d)40K-N3Q-R6ch
13BPxPQxP41N-B3 (m)B-R3
14B-B (e)Q-R4 (f)42Q-B6R-KB
150-0-0P-KN443QxBPR-B
16P-KR3P-N544QxQPQxNch
17B-N2 (g)P-N645K-R4Q-B7ch
18B-KQ-R5 (h)46K-R5Q-B2ch
19K-N (i)B-Q247QxQRxQ
20Q-K2P-QR348KxPR-B5
21B-Q2P-N4 (j)49P-N5RxP
22P-N4N-B350P-N6R-QR5ch
23B-QBB-K51K-N5RxP
24Q-Q3B-N352K-B6R-QB7ch
25KN-K2N-Q253K-Q7P-K5
26B-N2N-N354P-N7R-QN7
27R-QBN-B555K-B8B-B5
28N-QBxP (k)56Resigns (n) 

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)


From the 1959 Nevada Open

IRREGULAR OPENING (Anderssen's Opening)

White: Richard Owen
Black: Ray Smith

1P-QR3 (a)N-KB3 (b)18NxN?BxB
2P-QB4P-KN319KR-NBxN
3P-KN3 (c)P-B4 (d)20RxBQxP
4B-N2B-N221N-K4 (i)B-Q5? (j)
5P-Q3 (e)0-022B-R6Q-R6
6B-Q2P-Q323BxRQxR
7N-QB3P-QR324BxPP-Q4
8P-QN4QN-Q225N-B3B-K6ch?
9P-N5 (f)N-K26K-NP-Q5
10Q-N3R-N27N-K4K-N2
11P-K4 (h)PxP28B-Q6R-QB
12PxPP-N329B-K5chK-N3
13P-B4B-N230P-KR4N-K3
14N-B3N-B231Q-Q5Q-K7
150-0-0Q-B32P-R5chQxP
16P-B5PxP33R-KB!Resigns
17PxPN-K4   

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.


From the 1959 Eastern Idaho Open

ENGLISH OPENING

White: Eugene Cowan
Black: Nigel Robinson

1P-QB4P-K433K-K2P-QR4
2N-QB3P-QB334P-B4PxP
3N-B3P-Q335PxPR-R7ch
4P-KN3N-B336R/1-B2R-R8
5B-N2B-K337R-BR-R7ch
6P-Q3P-KR338R/3-B2R-R5
7Q-B2P-Q4?39B-Q2K-B2
8NxKPB-Q340B-B3R-R
9PxPNxP41R-QRR/R-K
10BxNBxB42R-R7chK-N3
11NxBQ-R4ch43R-QB7R/1-K2
12N-B3BxN44RxRRxR
13B-Q2BxN45R-B?K-B2
14QxBQxQ46R-QK-K3
15BxQ0-047P-R3R-R2
160-0R-K48R-QR?RxR
17P-K3N-Q249BxRN-N3
18P-QN4P-R350B-B3N-Q4
19QR-NP-QN451B-Q2P-N3
20R-N2N-N352P-N4N-K2
21R-B2KR-Q53K-B3K-Q4
22B-Q4N-Q454K-K3K-K3
23P-QR3QR-B55PxPchKxP
24KR-BR-Q356K-B3P-R4
25B-B5R-K357B-K3N-Q4
26P-K4N-B358B-Q2N-B2
27P-B3N-Q259K-N3?N-K3?
28B-K3!? (a)N-K460B-K3N-B2
29P-Q4N-B5!61K-B3N-K3
30R-B3P-KB462B-B2N-B2
31P-K5R-Q63B-K3N-K3
32K-B2R-QR64Drawn (b) 

(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.)

* * * * *

The next is Schubert's first round victory which could have won a brilliancy prize if one had been offered.

NIMZO-INDIAN DEFENSE

White: Mel Schubert
Black: Eugene Cowan

1P-Q4P-K316Q-N6R-KB2?
2P-QB4N-KB317BxPN-B
3N-QB3B-N518Q-N4PxP
4N-B3N-K5?19PxPR-QB3
5Q-B2NxN20P-KR4N-R2
6PxNB-K221B-K3B-N5
7P-K4P-Q422KR-QBR/2-B2
8BPxPPxP23RxRRxR
9P-K5B-K324P-R5K-R
10B-K2N-Q225N-R4N-B
110-00-026N-N6chNxN
12B-Q3P-KR327PxNQ-K2
13R-KR-B28Q-R5chK-N
14B-B5P-B4?29B-N5Q-B
15BxBPxB30Q-R7 Mate 

From Teton Valley vs. Idaho Falls

RETI-ENGLISH OPENING

White: Eugene Cowan
Black: Alois Cziep

1N-KB3N-QB325QxBQxQch
2P-B4P-Q326KxQP-KN4
3P-KN3N-KB327N-K6R-N3
4B-N2P-K428K-B2K-B2
5P-Q3P-KR329B-Q2 (b)P-B3
6N-B3B-KN530B-B3P-N3
7Q-R4P-QR331R-K2R-B
80-0B-Q232B-Q4P-B4
9Q-N3N-QR433PxPNPxP
10Q-B2B-K234B-B3N-B2
11P-QN4N-B335NxNRxN
12P-QR30-036P-K5R-QN2
13P-K3N-K37PxPRxP
14P-Q4R-N38QR-KN-B
15P-Q5N-R239R-K6P-KR4
16P-K4P-KB440R/1-K5R-N6
17N-KP-B541R-B5chK-N
18PxPPxP42R-K8chK-R2
19P-B3B-R543B-K5K-N3
20N-K2BxN44R/5-B8R/3-N3
21RxBQ-KN445RxNRxRP? (c)
22Q-Q2B-R6!46R-QB6chRxR
23N-Q4 (a)R-B347PxR (d) 
24K-RBxBch   

(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.

PlacePlayerTown-1--2--3--4--5-ScoreS.B.
1.Farrell ClarkS.L.C.W2L10W6W3W44-113½!
2.Mel PrattOgdenL1W9W11W7W104-19
3.Erwn RaiderOgdenByeW4W10L1W54-18
4.Paul JeffsOgdenW5L3W8W10L13-2
5.Charles MetzelaarOgdenL4W12W13W6L33-2
6.Lowell EricksonOgdenW12W7L1L5D82½-2½
7.Tage CarlsonOgdenD11L6W9L2W122½-2½
8.Wilford PickeringOgdenD9D11L4W13D62½-2½
9.Jim WalkerOgdenD8L2L7ByeW132½-2½
10.Dale IversonOgdenW13W1L3L4L22-35--16 Solkoff!
11.Carl ThorstensenOgdenD7D8L2L12Bye2-3
12.Jack DavenportOgdenL6L5ByeW11L72-32
13.John DavenportOgdenL10ByeL5L8L91-40