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IDAHO OPEN -- in Boise, Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29, Saturday & Sunday, Y.M.C.A. Five rounds, Swiss System. Three rounds Saturday, two Sunday. 50 moves in two hours time control.
Registration 9:00 am, First round 10:00 am. Entry Fee--Class "A" $3.50, Class "B" $2.50. West Coast Ratings for both classes.
SEATTLE OPEN--June 25-26 in Seattle.
LILAC CITY OPEN--July 2, 3, 4 in Spokane.
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TWO NORTHWEST PUBLICATIONS PROMOTING NORTHWEST CHESS
LAVERL KIMPTON WINS NEVADA OPEN
LaVerl Kimpton has won the Nevada state champion title for the third year in a row, thereby reaffirming his superiority in tough tournament play. His score of 5-2 was equaled by two strong Utah players who took second and third on tie breaking points--Gaston Chappuis and Farrell Clark. Chappuis tied Kimpton for the championship last year. Don Benge, strongman from Southern California, took 4th, 4½-2½. He had led in the earlier going with four straight wins but faltered in the last three rounds.
With players the likes of Bill Taber, Dr. Joseph, and Ken Jones placing in the second division, it isn't hard to guess the strength that was present. Even so, some new faces dotted the top ranks. George Sormer of Salt Lake City tied for 5th in beating Benge and drawing Kimpton. Charles Metzelaar of Ogden placed 8th, losing only one game and drawing several top finishers. It is interesting to note that in the last round, ten out of the top 11 players finished their tournament play with a draw. After six grueling rounds, no one was taking chances. The final results are a tribute to the play of the top three, who were one-two-three in the 1959 tournament as well.
Tournament Director was Harold Lundstrom, Deseret News, Salt Lake City. The sponsor was R.A. Smith and Harolds Club and the tournament committee was composed of Smith, Taber, Jones, and Raymond Wheeler.
McCORMICK WINS WASHINGTON STATE TITLE
Senior Master, James McCormick of Seattle, is the new Washington State Champion. He scored five straight wins in a round robin tournament played by six qualifiers selected earlier to play for the title. Second place was won by Viktors Pupols, 4-1. Mike Franett was third, Dr. A.A. Murray placed fourth, David Grannis was fifth and Viesturs Seglins (who dropped out forfeiting three of his games) was sixth. The tournament was a contest between Pupols and McCormick who were tied with four wins apiece after the first four rounds. McCormick, with the Black pieces, won a Sicilian Defense using a Queen's side attack.
These ratings are up-to-date with the March issue of the Washington Chess Letter and the February issue of the Idaho Chess Bulletin, and also including the Boise, Idaho City Championship results. Included in the quarterly rating period and totals 6 Masters, 24 Experts, and 255 Class A, B, and C players. The next rating list is due in July. This paper, because of limited space, reports ratings in full for Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Nevada, but only scattered ratings for Washington and Oregon. The list of Masters and Experts, however, is complete.
On the national scene, USCF Ratings Statistician, Frank Brady, has hired a full-time assistant who works exclusively on ratings. As a result, the national ratings have been recently appearing on a quarterly schedule in CHESS LIFE.
In time, the national ratings should eventually expand to include most of our local events and, when that happens, the Northwest Ratings will no longer be needed. In the meantime, we'll keep plugging away.
No. 6, by W.A. Shinkman, 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. 5 was our toughest thus far but the regular solvers still came through with the correct result. Those providing the correct answer to the last one were: Ben J. Peterson, Horton Thompson, and C.E. Harris. This list is shorter than previously and a few regulars didn't come up with the right move. Problem No. 6 should be easy with so few pieces on the board. Just give the first move that covers all angles. I guess I had better let you "fish" in on the answer to No. 5---Q-R7!
At the outset of the "Problem Corner" I promised a prize to the solvers who answered all the problems. That prize was to be a year's subscription to the Idaho Chess Bulletin. We didn't have anyone who answered all of the first five problems correctly but Ben J. Peterson did answer four of them. As a result, Ben will be awarded a year's subscription as the leading solver. Next time, however, five correct answers will be necessary for the prize. Those whose club pays their subscription can receive a $1.00 credit for the club by answering them all. Let's see more of you join in the fun and get your name in print!
McCORMICK WINS PACIFIC NORTHWEST OPEN
James McCormick, of Seattle, won the 1960 Pacific Northwest Open with a 5½-½ score. He defeated Charles Geary, S.M. Paulsen (both from Oregon), John Braley, Richard Schultz (Seattle), and Arthur Wang of Berkeley, California. In the last round, he drew with Julius Loftsson of El Cerrito, California. John Braley, who lost only to McCormick, placed second, 5-1. Wang and Loftsson were third and fourth, 4½-1½. Richard Schultz placed 5th, 4-2. Clark Harmon, winner of three recent tournaments, faltered and placed 9th, 3½-2½. The 28 player tournament was played March 12-13 at the Portland YMCA. The tournament was USCF rated. Director was Fred Byron and Clark Harmon handled the publicity. Seventeen new members were signed up for the USCF.
CLARK HARMON WINS 1960 OREGON JR.
Clark Harmon, of Portland, won the 3rd Oregon Junior in Portland last March 26-27. Harmon defeated Buz Eddy, Mike Franett, Larry Bergquist, Ric Jerome, and drew in the last round with John Braley. Franett, Jerome, and Braley were 2nd through 4th with 3½-1½ scores. Buz Eddy placed 5th, 3-2. Twelve players were entered.
FRANETT WINS NORTH IDAHO JUNIOR
Mike Franett, defending 1959 Northwest Junior Champion, won the 1960 North Idaho Junior with a perfect 5-0 score. He defeated David Ross, Willy Brandal, Bruce Fredstrom, Melvin Church, and Buz Eddy. Willy Brandal and John Braley were 2nd and 3rd, 3½-1½. Fredstrom and Eddy were 4th and 5th, 3-2. Twelve players participated four from Seattle, five from Sandpoint, and three others from other North Idaho points. Surprise of the tournament was Bruce Fredstrom's win over John Braley. Buz Eddy was tournament director.
BOISE BEATS TWIN FALLS IN IDAHO TEAM TOURNAMENT
Defending champion, Boise, continued its winning ways with a resounding defeat of the Twin Falls team, 13-5, in a match played in Twin Falls May 2. Twin Falls had previously beaten Pocatello 10½-3½ and Boise had previously beaten Canyon County 15-12. Boise is now scheduled to meet Teton Valley for the title. Teton Valley won over Idaho Falls, 7½-4½.
Boise had most of its big guns in the line-up and Twin Falls had its full team present. Dick Vandenburg took 1½ points out of 2 from state champion, Glen Buckendorf, in Glen's first Idaho team loss. Harold Hughart beat Lloyd Kimpton twice in what could be considered an upset. Max Wennstrom, fast improving Boise "B" player, upset Don Murphy with two wins. Lewis Trout was the only Twin Falls player to get a plus score. Boise's strength on the top boards was surprising but another match could easily see the result reversed.
SPERRY TEAM WINS IN UTAH TEAM ACTION
The Sperry Chess Team has defeated two rivals in recent Utah team play. It first defeated a strong Ogden team, 9-6, and has now won over the Thiokol Chess Club of Brigham City, 12½-8½. Ben J. Peterson and Ted Pathakis captained the successful Sperry team and, in playing the top boards took 3½ out of a possible 4 points. Charles Metzelaar was captain of the Ogden team and Don Williams captained Thiokol.
FROM CHESS LIFE
Russians dominate the latest chess news. In the absence of Botvinnik, Tal, and Keres, the USSR Championship was won by the comparatively unknown, Viktor Korchnoi, 29 year old grandmaster. Geller and Petrosian followed (Petrosian was last year's USSR champion). Bronstein, Smyslov, and Spassky (Russia's leading junior) also failed to win this formidable tournament.
Mikhail Tal has apparently won the world championship away from Botvinnik. We have heard that the New York Times reported that Tal drew a game to go ahead with a winning lead in the 24 game match, 12½ points, or more than half. More about this in the next issue if the report proves correct. Chess Life's report doesn't show this as yet.
Bobby Fischer has won the 1960 "Mar del Plata" tournament in Argentina with a 13½-1½ score. He was declared co-winner with Boris Spassky, young grandmaster from Russia who had the same score, drawing three games. Fischer lost in the second round to Spassky but held on and finally gained a tie for first when Spassky drew his final round game. Fischer's loss was the Black side of a King's Gambit.
In another foreign news item, Bob Karch, Northwest Rating Statistician now in Germany, tied for second place in the Oberammergau Annual Championship. Evidently, Bob has kept up on his chess as well as his chess work!
by E.L. Cowan
Among the rewards that those who have curiosity enough to explore a little, through reading, receive are the many charming, witty, or profound passages which a person finds in books and magazines. Many chess players, perhaps most of them, are content to only play the game, and will neither study nor even read for casual reasons, having a definite resistance to such pursuits. Anti-intellectual tendencies exist in those who follow our intellectual sport, or art.
I have long been fond of this comment by Purdy on a mysterious rook move by Bronstein in his 20th game vs. Botvinnik in their first (?) match for the world title: "Part of a very deep, indeed almost unfathomable, plan in which the Rook ultimately turns out to be better here than on QB1. Nobody can be sure that Bronstein's strategy here is absolutely correct, but profound it certainly is....". (Chess World, Dec., 1951.)
In another issue of the same Australian magazine, July, 1954, is a summary of a quarter-century of chess for their Silver Jubilee issue. It contains stories including some about the famous "Sultan Khan", from India, a house-servant who by the kindness of his patron had an international chess career. Unable to read and unskilled in opening theory, he defeated Tartakover, "the most sophisticated opening theoretician in all chess history" (certainly an exaggerated statement, however), in a set match. (He also once defeated Capablanca.) He won the 1933 British Empire Championship and Miss Fatima, a servant-girl in the same house-hold, won the woman's title of the same Empire!
The "Chess Cavalcade, 1929-1954" also had many more paragraphs on Alekhine, Koshnitsky of Australia, Nazi bulls as they wreck chess china shops in Europe, the USA team of Reshevsky, Fine, Kashdan, Marshall, and Horowitz dominating world team play, and Keres and Fine winning the eight man AVRO 1938 Tournament ahead of--get this---Botvinnik, Alekhine, Euwe, Reshevsky, Capablanca, and Flohr!, who finished in that order.
(continued next issue)
WITH THE CLUBS
HARTWELL WINS IN TWIN FALLS
Ted Hartwell mastered the Twin Falls Chess Club winning the club title, 13-1, allowing two draws to second place, Lloyd Kimpton who scored 9½-4½. Bill Clark came on strong to place 3rd, 9-5. A double round robin was played with all players in one section.
In a junior tourney held at the same time, the final standings were (1) Gene Rambo, (2) Kenny Graff, (3) Ronnie Trout, (4) Steven Graff, (5) Gregg Sanders, and (6) Danny Graff.
PHIL DOLPH WINS BOISE CHAMPIONSHIP
With a perfect 7-0 score, Phil Dolph has won the 1960 Boise championship over a field of 18 contestants. He won over second place, Dick Vandenburg, in the third round and continued without a loss. Vandenburg placed second, 6-1. Dolph also won from former champion, John Cosho but didn't play another former champion, C.H. Stewart, who had trouble and wound up 9th, 3½-3½. A.L. Harle played good chess scoring 5-2 and losing only to Dolph and Vandenburg.
The Boise tournament has traditionally been divided into A & B classes with a round robin played in each. This year, however, the two were combined in order to limit the number of games played and to make the results better for rating purposes. Dolph was declared Class A winner. The Class B was won by Bob Babcock, 4-3. With identical scores, second and third in Class B went to Norman Lee and Nick Skirmants. J.M. Neil won Class C with Dick Parker taking second. Lee was awarded a book prize for the most improvement, Max Wennstrom received the middle prize and Bob Sanford received the last place prize.
JONES WINS RENO CHAMPIONSHIP
Ken Jones won the single round robin Reno city tournament with a perfect 12-0 score! He won from state champion LaVerl Kimpton, who also lost to Ray Wheeler and placed 3rd, 9-3. Wayne Chapman upset several strong players and placed second, 9½-2½.
F=by forfeit. -=not played.
FRANETT WINS INLAND EMPIRE OPEN
The Inland Empire Open attracted more than its usual parade of chess stars and, in truly upset fashion, expert Mike Franett won out over a field including Senior Master, Jim McCormick, and other experts Gordan Cornelius, Donald Turner, Richard Schultz, Frank Ashley, Dave Groenig, John Braley, Danny Towne, Dan Wade, etc. It was a big weekend for Franett who won four games and drew with McCormick and Schultz. Also scoring 5-1 and placing second and third were Cornelius and Turner. Cornelius drew with Ashley and Braley and Turner drew with Ralph Hansen and Buz Eddy while winning from Schultz. Jim McCormick was fourth, 4½-1½, and lost to Cornelius, putting him out of the money.
Harkness pairings were used and, in the late rounds, the top players began playing each other regularly. Schultz, who had only one draw going into the last round, lost his chance when he bowed to Turner, and placed 5th. A total of 46 players competed. Mike Conway did a terrific job directing his first major tournament.
From the Oberammergau, Germany 1960 Chess Championship--final round
White: Rostislav Schultz
And Black won.
Notes by Karch:
(a) This attempt to drive the Black QN away also opens up the diagonal for Black's KB and, at the same time closes the diagonal to White's King Bishop. If players would look beneath the surface at the pawn skeleton, they would see that some seemingly strong "attacking" moves in reality contain certain weaknesses.
(b) A mistake which gives Black the advantage of the Bishop pair. As the game progresses, white will become noticeably weak on the black-squared diagonals.
(c) Take a look at White's Q in relation to his two rooks and you see a golden opportunity for a skewer attack with Bishop on either Black's KB4 or QN4.
(d) The KP is poison. After 21.QxP--QR-K.
(e) If 22.RxB?, NxR; 23.QxN, QxQch; 24.KxQ, BxR d.ch. After this game, I placed in a tie for second.
Nevada Open, 1960, 4th Round
White: Dr. N.B. Joseph
(a) The first break in the symmetry.
(b) It makes me nervous to see a pin go uncorrected so long.
(c) What about RxB? It looks better to me--call the bluff! (famous last words)
(d) Not BxNch, RxBch!
As the Sultan Khan is again in the chess news, we publish this game from the "Golden Treasury of Chess" edited by F.J. Wellmuth; the only game of this master's I could find.
White: Victor Ivanovich Soultanbeieff
The book had no notes but the generaous explanation points are theirs, Wellmuth's, that is. QxR would have led to an interesting finish.
from Idaho Closed, 1960, Round 3
KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE
White: Mel Schubert
Notes by Vandenburg:
(a) This extra move was made necessary through the improper B-Q3 made earlier.
(b) Black now evens the score of extra moves.
(c) This very interesting game has both sides having trouble with their King positions.
(d) And well done too.
Twin Falls--Pocatello Match
White: Bill Clark
Notes by Vandenburg:
(a) This avoids the Maroczy Bind which Clark says he likes after our game in the State Tourney.
(b) So far a "book" Dragon Variation.
(c) Not good as it breaks up White's pressures. NxN followed by B-Q2 (Black cannot play NxB after White's NxN because of NxPch!) and then P-KR3 possibly trapping the Black Knight. Black can't play either QxN or BxN as either lose the KN immediately.
(d) Accomplishes nothing towards exploiting Black's new K side possibilities.
(e) Why this?
(f) BxN is better.
(g) An interesting position. White could mate with either Knight. A game with interesting possibilities for both sides.
Boise--Twin Falls Match
White: Max Wennstrom
(a) R-KN2 would have held at least temporarily. This was a "Waiting" game with both waiting for the first miscue.