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.
Northwest Open -- in Portland, March 12-13, Oregon Hostess House.
Oregon Junior -- Portland, March 26-27, Portland YMCA.
North Idaho Junior -- Sandpoint, April 9-10.
Interstate Open -- (tentative) Portland, April 9-10.
Nevada Open -- either week before or week after Easter, contact Bill Taber, Box 1671, Reno, Nevada.
Inland Empire Open -- Spokane, April 23-24, contact Dave Groenig, E. 411 14th, Spokane 3, Washington.
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
BUCKENDORF RETAINS IDAHO CHESS TITLE
Glen Buckendorf, of Buhl, continued his domination over Idaho chess players by repeating as Idaho Chess Champion at the annual Idaho State Chess Tournament, played January 16-17 at the Rogerson Hotel in Twin Falls. His final round loss to Dick Vandenburg, who usually wins the title when Glen doesn't compete was the first tournament game he has lost to an Idaho player since 1952 and other Class A entries hope this means the beginning of the end of the complete mastery he has shown these past years. Even this losing game, which appears in the Games Section, was almost turned into a draw that could have kept the perfect record intact.
The results of the last round brought four out of the ten players in the Class A section into a tie for first place, all with a 3½-1½ score. Ties were broken under the solkoff system giving Buckendorf first, Vandenburg second, Lloyd Kimpton third, and C.H. Stewart fourth. Adjusted tie breaking scores were not used, as the withdrawing participant, Ed Pedersen, probably wasn't of Class A ability and it would be unfair to assume his winning half of his last three games. Bill Clark, another newcomer to the Class A ranks, proved that he will have to be watched in the future as he plays more regularly.
The hard luck story in the Class A section goes to A.B. Ellis, Canyon County champion. He played all the top players except Stewart, scoring 15½ solkoff points, highest in the section. His play, as judged by his competition, was very strong and it was just the fate of a couple of games shifting the wrong way that gave him his low score. All in all, Class A competition was very close and the games very exciting.
The Class B division, as usual, drew the largest turnout and was won, the second year in a row, by Nick Skirmants of Boise. Boise players did pretty well in the tournament taking 2nd & 4th in Class A, 1st & 3rd in Class B, and 1st & 2nd in the Junior Class. Skirmants, in winning the Class B two times, now moves up to Class A for next year's tournament. Nick's only draw was with third place Max Wennstrom. Second place was won by W.C. Jackson of Glenns Ferry who lost only to Skirmants. Skirmants had to be awarded a bye in the first round since his name was inadvertently left out of the original drawing list and most players had started their first round games before the mistake was discovered.
The Class C & Junior division, this year composed of all Juniors, was won by the two oldest players--Bob Funderburg and Bob Sanford of Boise. Funderburg beat Sanford in the fourth round to decide the contest between the two.
At the annual business meeting, held following a banquet between second and third rounds, George Rasor of Boise was elected President to succeed R.K. Hart of Pocatello. Dick Vandenburg was re-elected Treasurer and Editor of the Idaho Chess Bulletin, and Eugene Cowan, Ted Hartwell, Roy Parker, Mel Schubert, and Bernice Millar were elected committeemen to represent their respective clubs. It was voted to hold next year's State Tournament in Twin Falls, the 3rd weekend in February. This is to take advantage of better February driving weather. It was also voted to continue the USCF rating of the Class A section of the Idaho Open but a motion by Bernice Millar to USCF rate the B section was turned down by the B players represented.
NO NORTHWEST RATINGS
We have not received a new Northwest Ratings list since that one published in the December issue. Players will have to wait until the next issue to see how November-January tournaments and matches have affected their ratings. It has only been about two months since the last list was published and a supplement should be in our hands shortly.
SEGLINS WINS WASHINGTON OPEN
Viesturs Seglins won the 1960 Washington Open, over a very strong field, with a near perfect 5½-½ score. The 46 player event was held January 16-17 at Seattle University. James McCormick, Ivars Dalbergs, and Olaf Ulvestad each scored 5-1 and placed 2nd to 4th in that order. McCormick lost to Seglins, Dalbergs drew with Dr. A.A. Murray and Seglins, and Ulvestad lost to Dan Wade, not getting the chance to play Seglins. Dr. Murray, of Seattle, was 5th, 4½-1½. Sixth to 13th with 4-3 were Mike Franett, Danny Towne, Daniel Wade, Charles Joachim, Ed Diedrich, Richard Shultz, Viktors Pupols, and David Grannis. Dr. Dave Greenig slipped to 21st, losing three games. Mike Franett, young Seattle player, pulled a couple of upsets by beating Wade (who pulled one himself in beating Ulvestad) and Pupols. All Washington players who scored 4-2 or better qualified to play in the State Championships held February 20, 21, & 22. Defending State Champion Elmars Zemgalis is also automatically eligible to play.
HARMON WINS WILLAMETTE VALLEY OPEN
Clark Harmon, outstanding Portland Junior player, won the recent Willamette Valley Open, 5½-½, permitting a final round draw with 2nd place Jack Strong of Gresham, Oregon, 5-1. Vince Bricher, Cottage Grove, also scored 5-1 to take third place. Most of the players in the not-too-star-studded field came from the Willamette Valley but Dr. Dave Groenig and Mike Conway came all the way from Spokane to place 9th and 18th respectively. One would expect Dr. Groenig to place higher in this event but the long trip might have been an influence. Fourth place, 4½-1½ went to Leon Sage of Portland and 5th through 8th, 4-2, were Donald Turner, Garry Singer (both of Salem), Charles Geary (Eugene), and Ron Case, Salem. The event proved to be a fine regional tournament added to the yearly schedule and drew 30 players.
CORNELIUS WINS SPOKANE CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Gordon Cornelius proved to be the toast of Spokane chess, winning the recent City Championship, 5½-½, drawing with second place Sgt. Jesse Tuggle, who also drew with 4th place Robert Kittredge, and had a 5-1 score. Dr Dave Groenig also scored 5-1, losing to Kittredge in the 5th round. Kittredge & Cornelius both had 4½ points going into their last round game which lasted until 3:45 am! Dave Groenig was defending champion. Mike Conway was 5th, 4-2. 26 players entered!
JONES WINS RENO CHAMPIONSHIP
From a sketchy report, via a letter from Bill Taber, Ken Jones has won the annual Reno, Nevada championship with a clean score. Laverl Kimpton is second with two losses and Taber is third with two losses and two draws. These are the only results received.
HARMON WINS 1959 NORTHWEST JR.
In a tournament completed in December, Clark Harmon won the N.W. Junior title in a 18 player event. This pus Central Washington & Willamette Valley give him his 3 in a row. Gary Feuerberg of Portland was second on tie break points as each had a 5-1 score, both had two draws. Dennis Naylin and John Bell were 3rd & 4th, 4½-1½.
CLARK WINS SALT LAKE CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Farrell Clark added to his Ogden Open laurels and won the recent Salt Lake City championship, 5-1. Farrell had two draws, with third place C.A. Williamson and seventh place Richard Heilbut. His win over second place Gaston Chappuis in the fifth round proved to be the clincher. Williamson, in taking third position, firmly established himself as a strong Utah contender. Dick Heilbut, Utah Open Champion, wound up with three draws and a loss to place 7th, 3½-2½. Nos. 14 & 16 played each other twice rather than to both win their last round by forfeit.
FROM CHESS LIFE
Robert Fischer of Brooklyn won the National Championship for the third time in succession this year. His victory this time appears to have settled any lingering doubts as to his supremacy over the chess masters of the United States. Reshevsky finished in third place. A match between these two great players should certainly be held. Fischer is 16 years old! Second place went to Robert Byrne, Pal Benko was 4th, Arthur Bisguire 5th, and A. Weinstein 6th. Chess Life featured a large number of game scores from this event and the January 5th issue featured many scores from the World Candidates Tournament.
The new U.S. Women's champ is pretty Lisa Lane of Philadelphia.
Membership in the USCF reached an all time high of 4002 last December 5th. More work is needed. Idaho must particularly make a special effort to prevent a retreat from our last listed membership of 12! This is an increase of 400% over our last year's total of 3. Present members are: Sterling Vaughn, Roy Parker, A.B. Ellis, Morton Thompson, Eugene Cowan, R.S. Vandenburg, C.H. Stewart, Idaho Chess Association, Harold Hughart, Albert Harle, Phil Dolph, and John Cosho. Late information should show at least two additions -- Bernice Millar and Ted Hartwell. Every club in the State should have at least one member to provide the newspaper and contact with National and world chess affairs.
TWIN FALLS BEATS POCATELLO IN IDAHO TEAM TOURNAMENT
After a three year drought, Twin Falls mustered all its big guns, held forth on its home field, and finally beat stubborn Pocatello in an important match in the 1960 Idaho team schedule. Twin Falls loaded its first five boards with "A" players and these games accounted for the winning margin, 7 points. The home court undoubtedly helps any team but Twin Falls has acquired another A player in Bill Clark and Buckendorf's help was substantial in the team's success. Ted Hartwell says that his opponent, Philip Fung, is a very strong player and of Class A ability, particularly if he were to spend more time in tournament play. Also strong for Pocatello, as usual, was John Anderson, who has never lost a match game and who practically always turns in two wins for his team. The victory by Twin Falls leaves three teams still in contention for the title--Boise (defending champion), Teton Valley, and Twin Falls. A match between Boise and Twin Falls or between Twin Falls and Teton Valley is the next step in the competition.
by E.L. Cowan
Bernice Millar, the energetic President of the Idaho Falls club and a tough, no-nonsense player as well, would be scornful of the sort of male players (and mentality) which caused the following amusing incident----While at the University of Washington I took part in a match with a team fielded by the Ladies at the Seattle Chess Center. As we prepared for the games, the word was passed around that we were to give the gals a draw. Of the 4 players on the team, the first 3 were true to the "sellout"; they not only gave them a draw, they handed them six draws. Yours truly was a beast and whipped his fair enemy twice to save the ? honor of the team, giving the University Club a scarcely deserved win. The Seattle Times carried the full results, listing six draws on the first three boards and two wins for us on the fourth. Even the girls must have been suspicious of that!
No. 5, by K. Hannemann, courtesy of Isaac Kashdan.
White to move and mate in 3. Solution next issue.
Send solutions to Dick Vandenburg, 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, Idaho.
Problem No. 4 was fairly tough but we had quite a few answers. It's encouraging to note the increased interest. Problem No. 5 is indeed very tough, and has some special pawn promotion tricks as possibilities. Just get the first move that will cover all possible angles. Those answering last time with the correct answer were: C.E. Harris, Dale Harris, Ben J. Peterson, Horton Thompson, Darrell Dalley, and Eugene Cowan. The answer----Q-R3.
THE PROMOTION OF CHESS AS AN ORGANIZED RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY
An excellent example of the promotion of chess on a city-wide scale is found by studying the procedure followed by the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to the introduction of chess instruction by the Department of Municipal Recreation, Milwaukee had but a small, unorganized group of chess players. The first several months of instruction in the social centers changed all that and Milwaukee was soon destined to have one of the largest and most active chess colonies to be found anywhere. In short, overnight Milwaukee became one of the most chess-conscious of cities.
Chess, as an organized recreational activity in Milwaukee, had its inception in the fall of 1931 when the Department of Municipal Recreation and Adult Recreation of the Milwaukee Public Schools experimented with a series of classes in chess for beginners and advanced students in six of its social centers. Classes were conducted twice weekly at each center. The beginner's course consisted of six lessons and the advanced course of eight lessons. Those classes were entirely free to the public including the use of board and men, as well as a mimeographed copy of each lesson distributed to the students. Six chess instructors were recruited from among the leading players in Milwaukee.
The popularity of these classes was most spontaneous, and 383 men and women enrolled for the beginner's classes, while 177 took advantage of the advance courses. The total attendance for that first year of this activity was 2333! In the beginning, the resultant demand for competition was met by the Recreation Department through the organization of chess leagues. League play was definitely more popular than individual tournament competition. It also proved to be an ideal medium for promoting participation, since team captains and members went out of their way to recruit and sign up new players. League play also resulted in considerable local newspaper publicity. Editors were all too anxious to devote space to an activity which resulted in mass participation.
An experiment of teaching chess on one of Milwaukee's playgrounds opened up a new field of chess promotion. About 90 children, both boys and girls, ranging from five to 18 years of age, were taught to play chess. The usual belief that chess is an old man's game was completely disproved. Chess from that time on vied with the physically active games for playground popularity. It became a common occurrence on some playgrounds that the appearance of the chess instructor broke up baseball games. Chess has an infinitely greater attraction for the child than the adult. Once introduced to it, chess will outrank in fascination any other board of kindred game in the child's mind. The chessmen themselves attract the child, for what other game has kings, queens, bishops, knights, and pawns, all moving across the board in their own prescribed fashion and fulfilling distinct functions in so doing? The game serves as an ideal medium of instruction since it satisfies the natural inquisitiveness of the child.
Playground chess activities proved a natural carry-over for chess interest in Milwaukee's high schools. The ensuing demand for chess instruction and organization was met by the Recreational Department by assigning a chess instructor to any high school desiring such service, upon request of the principal.
There are some considerations in regard to the game of chess as an educational force that might be interesting to consider and evaluate. It might be said that chess in relation to the mind is what sports and athletics are to the body. Chess exercises the mind, giving much enjoyment in so doing. It is one of the few games requiring mental skill in which luck plays no role. A great deal of the attractiveness of the game lies in its fundamental base of combat. This basis is, of course, in common with a multitude of other games and sports.
No other game holds so unique a place as a social factor. It has an almost magnetic tendency to bring in contact people from all stages of the social scale. It is the most universal of games, played on all continents, in Iceland as well as New Zealand, always under identical rules. A traveler can, therefore, always assure himself of a warm welcome wherever he may go merely by being a chess player.
An important factor of interest in chess not to be overlooked is the opportunity for origination and invention. The chess player is constantly faced with the challenge of solving baffling problems. Here, no doubt, lies its greatest interest for those who play it. It is one of the few mental games in which each player develops his own game pattern. Through the centuries, no two games have been played move for move exactly alike.
Not to be overlooked, from an educator's point of view, is that much delight is to be found delving into the rich historic background of chess. Desire of knowledge about the tactics and the strategy of chess invariably leads to a study of the game's history. It is recorded that chess had its beginning in India. The Persians adopted it and, after the Arabs conquered Persia, it was introduced to the Western World. Peter the Great, reputed to be an excellent player, brought Western chess to Russia, and a number of chess sets still portray the wars of the Turks and the Russians. The game is the national pastime of Russia and other Eastern and European nations.
A list of famous personages affiliated with chess is nearly endless. But, famous or not famous, military man or pacifist, chess is a game which can be enjoyed by all, young or old, and which is most universally accepted by all kinds of people throughout the world.
WITH THE CLUBS
All Idaho chess clubs are currently engaged in local club tournaments. The Idaho Falls Open has been completed and is reported on below and all the other tournaments should be completed for reporting in the next issue.
In Teton Valley, Eugene Cowan has a slim lead over Darrell Dalley. Officers elected for 1960 are Carlos Lauritzen, President; Ed Schiess, Vice President; and Eugene Cowan, Secretary and Tournament Director.
The Twin Falls Tournament shows Ted Hartwell leading with Lloyd Kimpton second, Bill Clark third, and Don Murphy fourth. Glen Buckendorf is not competing.
The Boise tournament has Phil Dolph leading with Dick vandenburg second, A.L. Harle third, and John Cosho fourth.
In Canyon County, A.B. Ellis is leading, closely followed by C.E. Harris and Jerry Stanke. Roy Parker is in fourth position.
CZIEP WINS AT IDAHO FALLS
Alois Cziep won the Idaho Falls Open, played February 27-28, with a score of 4-1. Second place was won by Charles McInnes who also had a 4-1 score but lost a playoff game with Cziep. This playoff was necessary because of inaccurate pairings giving Cziep a forfeit in the 4th round, thereby losing tie breaking points. He had earlier beaten McInnes in their individual game. Third place went to Ray Fricke of Pocatello, apparently the only out-of-city contestant. It was hoped that a good group of non Idaho Falls players would compete but this didn't materialize. Cziep won a chess clock, McInnes a trophy, and other winners received lapel pins. A special Junior section was won by Emerson Hunter who won all five of his games. Kay Jensen placed second, 3-2. Bernice Millar acted as Tournament Director, her first attempt in that capacity. Mrs. Millar was also recently elected President of the Idaho Falls club, a rightful position for such an ardent chess booster.
OREGON JUNIOR--March 26-27 at the Portland YMCA. Five rounds, 50 moves in two hours, entry fee $2.50, open to any Junior, Registration 9:30, first round 10:00, Tournament Director Buz Eddy. This is a qualifying tournament for the Northwest Junior title.
NORTH IDAHO JUNIOR--April 9-10 at the First Avenue Community Hall in Sandpoint, Idaho. Open to all players 20 years of age & younger. Five rounds. Registration 10:00, play starts 11:00. 50 moves in two hours. Entry Fee $2.50. Cash prizes. Tournament Director, Buz Eddy. This is also a qualifying tournament for the Northwest Junior Title.
NEVADA OPEN--either the week before or the week after Easter. Contact Bill Taber, Box 1671, Reno, Nevada.
INLAND EMPIRE OPEN--Spokane, April 23-24. Contact Dave Groenig, E. 411 14th, Spokane 3, Washington for further information.
IDAHO OPEN--May 28-29 at the Boise, Idaho YMCA. Use Monday, May 30 Memorial Day as a travel day. Five rounds, Classes A and B. Class A will be rated by the USCF and participants must be members of that organization. Cash prizes in Class A and trophies in Class B. Buz Eddy of Seattle will be Tournament Director. Contact the Editor for further information. Entries expected from all Northwest and Northern Rocky Mountain states.
by E. L. Cowan
All games from the 1960 Idaho State (Closed) Tourney
KING'S FIANCHETTO DEFENSE
White: Dick Vandenburg
Notes by Dick Vandenburg:
(a) A Buckendorf favorite these days.
(b) Logical looking but not best. White was playing wide-open chess hoping for a break. Buckendorf, after several very tough games, seemed tired and not up to top form. Both players misplayed the last few moves of the game, an interesting ending which deserves study.
(c) BxB doesn't help after 10 Q-B6ch.
(d) White really has a good solid position besides being a pawn ahead.
(e) White loses most of his advantage through hurrying and being too eager.
(f) Black seems content with lousing up White's Q side. More forceful play here may have gotten the pawn back, at least.
(g) At last, White is back in the clear.
(h) White can't play B-B4 here to win the P.
(i) The pin of R to K really hurt Black.
(j) White can afford to give a pawn back because of superior R position. Also, even one pawn ahead at this point might easily yield victory.
(k) No! This logical move wastes a move and allows White time to take care of the mating threat.
(l) Being two pawns down, should Black continue? Durkin says yes and it almost pays off. If White now plays P-R5? the game could be drawn; i.e., P-R5, R-B7; P-R6, K-N5; P-R7, R-R7; and White has no moves that don't lose a pawn or draw. Other variations lead to similar troubles.
(m) White's 61st move was terrible as it gets Black's King in the corner where it can't move. R-K6, instead, would win easily.
(n) Black made his move too quickly. White hadn't even noticed the threat of stalemate up until this point. Had the game progressed as follows, it might have been a draw--62 K-N6, R-N8ch; 63 K-B7, R-KB8; 64 P-B6, RxPch! and draw. Even without taking the pawn, Black can still draw by merely placing his rook beside White's king and checking him regardless of where he puts his king. If White should ever take the R it is an automatic draw. White could still have won, even after move 62, however, regardless of Black's play, if White played correctly, that is, as follows: 62 K-N6, R-N8ch; K-B6, R-N3ch; K-K5, and Black cannot now get an immediate free check giving White time to get loose. If, instead of the above, White played to B7 and then K8, Black's checks would take their toll. As R.T. Durkin said in the last issue, "Never give up". In this case, it almost brought a draw and would have kept Glen's record of not being beaten by an Idaho player in 8 years intact. (Okay, I agree in principle; yet Glen resigns after the loss of the Rook--it all still depends upon what is hopeless! ELC)
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White: Dick Vandenburg
Notes: (n) No!, this and the 7th move, and White's 9th, are time wasters in this opening, as well as in most others. They should never be made "just in case" or as a matter of routine, but only when they fit into the tactical picture as necessary or desirable with no bad effects. Here, as played by the very talented champion of Canyon County, they waste time badly needed for development against one of the fastest moving of all openings. Dick, after move 7, has a winning game and should start the attack immediately; that is with P-Q5, Q-N3, or even BxPch & P-Q5. But even as Dick plays it he gets a powerful attack. Mr. Ellis could be one of our top men if he cured his game of such vestiges of a less sophisticated school.
Incidentally, regarding what Durkin and the Editor say about fighting games out--in our first game (Boise, 1958), Ellis was down a N for a Q and I was wondering why he didn't have the courtesy to resign--he mated me! - (ELC)
Further notes by Vandenburg:
(a) Not good. Blocks Black's pieces and doesn't accomplish anything.
(b) White has strong attacking chances here. Regarding Eugene's notes above, which are correct, for the most part, I tried some fancy stuff in the opening in a game almost like this one with Ellis (about move No. 7) and the attack finally ran out of gas and I lost a pawn. I was probably slow in attacking in this game but one can also be premature with an attack.
(c) White is thinking of a K side attack with B-N!, but first must develop the QR which, when developed, might prompt Black's Q to move so that it no longer protects White's KR4 square.
(e) Black had to lose something and this opened up White's king.
(f) This is an excellent move which gives Black a little room. If White plays PxPep he loses! via PxPep, Q-N6ch!!; Q-N2, BxPch! and White loses his QN, or other material, and the game with either king move.
(g) That pin has to be stopped!
(h) N-B3 would pin the N and give White trouble.
(i) White was short of time and decided to make up some via checks. Black, of course, cannot play KxP now or Q-N3ch will force an exchange of Qs and win easily for White.
(j) White stalled some more moves to make 50 and finally won from this same position with 53 P-N5ch!, K-N2; 54 Q-K7ch K-R 55 Q-R7 mate.
(k) and White wins, move 55.
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Class C (Junior) Championship Game, 4th Round.
White: Bob Funderburg
Black's handling of the Giuoco Piano (meaning "Quiet Game", so named, apparently, for the variations related to the Four Knights Game, not this variation) is interesting by contrast to the previous game--more like the book and he gets a better game too, up to a point.
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The weak KB2 square once again causes a sudden disaster. But many a good boxer has been KO'd in the 2nd minute of the 1st round.
White: Jack Allred
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Castling into trouble:
White: Arn Slagowski
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QUEEN'S PAWN GAME
White: Glen Buckendorf
The game that came close to losing Glen the title, almost like his loss to Dick. The last moves were hazily scored.
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White: Charles Stewart
(a) R-N3 wins from this position.
Are you wondering why so many Vandenburg and Cowan games appear in this section? It's because no one else is turning in any well scored games, annotated or otherwise. How about games from Pocatello vs. Twin Falls, or from down Utah way, etc.! Huh?