The official publication of the Idaho Chess Association.
Editor & Treasurer
Games Editor & Committeeman
SEATTLE SEAFAIR OPEN -- in Seattle, August 6-7.
OREGON OPEN -- in Portland, September 3-4-5.
UTAH-IDAHO MATCH -- in Pocatello, Idaho, September 10. Open to any Utah or Idaho chess player. Contact Harold Lundstrom (Deseret News, Salt Lake), Mel Schubert, or the Editor for further information.
EASTERN IDAHO OPEN -- in Idaho Falls, Idaho, December 3-4 at the Armory. Starts 1:00 pm. Saturday and ends early Sunday afternoon. Five rounds. N.W. Ratings. $3.50 entry fee except $1.50 for Juniors. All A & B players in one section unless too many. Trophy for first and other prizes for 2nd, 3rd, top Class B, Jr., and annual award to highest placing Eastern Idaho player.
CENTRAL WASHINGTON OPEN -- in Yakima, November 5-6.
UTAH OPEN -- in Salt Lake City. November date to be announced.
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
MIKE FRANETT WINS IDAHO OPEN
Seattle's fast coming Junior, Mike Franett, won the 1960 Idaho Open with a 4½-½ score. He conceded a last round draw to Farrell Clark of Salt Lake City, Utah, who placed second, 3½-1½. Clark's hopes for victory were dashed by a loss to Harold Hughart of Boise in the third round via a blunder in an otherwise at least drawn position. Also in the fateful third round, Vandenburg lost to Franett in a game which saw him come from behind to get an extra Queen only to blunder into a mate negotiated by a rook and two knights. As often happens, time trouble played an important part in rushing both players. After his third round victory, Franett won over Hughart to virtually secure the title. Last year's winner, Gaston Chappuis of Salt Lake City, had three draws and placed 4th, 3½-1½. Highest placing Idaho player was Phil Dolph who also had 3½-1½, good for 5th.
In the first round, all the leaders won except for Richard Shultz of Seattle who lost a brilliantly played game to A.B. Ellis of Nampa, Idaho. Ellis completed a couple of beautiful sacrifices to defeat the Washington Expert. After the second round, only three players had perfect 2-0 scores--Franett, Clark, and Vandenburg. Franett then beat Vandenburg in a real thriller and Clark lost the tough one to Hughart. That left Franett with 3 and Hughart with 2½ and all others with two or less. In the fourth, Franett beat Hughart, Clark beat Schultz and Dick Heilbut of Salt Lake City beat Vandenburg. Franett and Clark drew in the last round but Heilbut lost his second place chance by dropping a game to Chappuis. It is interesting to note that, in spite of everything, the top ten rated players in the tournament took the top ten places, only in a different order. Franett, in winning four and drawing one, now has played 24 tournament games in a row without a loss!
The Class B section, which was not USCF rated (as was the A Class), was won by Jerry Wolfe of Seattle, 4-1. Also with 4-1 scores but with less solkoff points were Max Wennstrom of Boise and Mike Conway of Spokane. Conway, last year's Junior winner, lost out this year to Wolfe who won both the B title and the Junior title. Wolfe and Wennstrom both had two draws while Conway lost to Wennstrom.
Tournament Director was Buz Eddy of Seattle. Arrangements were by Dick Vandenburg. The meet was held at the Boise YMCA, May 28-29. First place prize was $30.00 plus trophy. Clark, Turner, Chappuis, and Phil Dolph split $25.00 2nd & 3rd prize money. Wolfe received 2nd place Class B trophy. Hazel Dolph is Idaho women's champion. Class A was USCF rated. Class B Northwest Rated only. Six new USCF memberships were sold. At least 20 Idaho players are now members of the national organization. Cross table follows on the next page.
MATCHES SCHEDULED -- two traditional matches have been scheduled for the summer. On July 17 Washington plays British Columbia. B.C. leads 8-7 with one match drawn. on September 10, Utah plays Idaho (probably at Pocatello, Idaho). Utah leads this series 4½-2½. These matches always stir up considerable interest in the four states involved.
No. 7, by P. Cate, courtesy of Isaac Kashdan.
White to move and mate in 2. Solution next issue.
Send solutions to Dick Vandenburg, 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, Idaho.
I guess Problem No. 6 was too tough for everybody since we didn't have a single solver for the first time since the Problem Corner was started. Don't tell me you don't even look at a chess board in the summer! Problem No. 7 should be much easier and there should be a lot of correct answers. When you figure it out, don't forget it but send in a card with your answer! The answer to Problem No. 6 is Q-Q8. Now that isn't so tough. Or is it?
PUPOLS WINS PUGET SOUND OPEN
Viktors Pupols of Seattle took to the winning trail again with a perfect 5-0 score in the 1960 Puget Sound Open, played in Seattle, May 14-15. The 46 player field had many top players but "Harkness Pairings" didn't permit many of them to play each other. Even the top finishers played only one or two of the other chief contenders and this certainly doesn't lead to the best competition. Pupols, for instance, played Nos. 3, 7, 11, 13, and 22. Second place, Richard Schultz, played Nos. 8, 12, 14, 21, and 40! After 4 rounds, Pupols and Washington Champion, Jim McCormick, each had 4-0 records and, in a replay of their State Championship title match, Pupols won this time to annex the tournament. Mike Franett, who recently won both the Inland Empire and the Idaho Open, had three wins and two draws, good for 5th place Oliver LaFreniere of Seattle placed 4th, 4-1.
PUPOLS WINS LILAC CITY OPEN
Viktors Pupols continued winning by taking the Lilac City Open, played over the July 4 weekend in Spokane, 4-1. He suffered a last round loss to second place, Frank Ashley, of Spokane. The tournament, originally scheduled for 7 rounds and three days, proved once again that a three day tournament "won't draw flies", as the saying goes. It is just too expensive, for both time and money, for most players to attend such a long tournament. The last round game between Pupols and Ashley, an 80 move affair, was really worth the struggle as it was a close and hard fought contest. Mike Conway acted as Tournament Director and shortened the number of rounds because of the light turnout.
NORTHWEST RATINGS CHANGE HANDS!
With a good deal of shock we learned that the Washington Chess Federation elected (at their recent annual meeting) Richard Schultz as W.C.F. Rating Statistician to succeed Robert A. Karch, who is now stationed in Germany. Karch's absence from the local scene apparently had much to do with the situation. The move was made quietly, with no ballyhoo or apologies, and Karch was notified of the change shortly thereafter. This change culminates several years' work by Bob who was the originator and formulator of the ratings which have done so much for Northwest and Intermountain chess.
The move was a surprising one and, even though the W.C.F. has full authority to make such changes, it is possible that no one will ever be able to maintain the excellent standards which Bob has set with his past reports. Having only met Richard Schultz once, at the recent Idaho Open, we cannot attest to his qualifications for such post, but, they must be sufficient else the W.C.F. wouldn't have made the change. However, it will take a lot of hard work and devotion to the cause to maintain the Ratings at its present high level.
For all the players in the Northwest and Intermountain regions, I would like to thank Bob for his past efforts in our behalf and wish Dick Success in his new venture. Bob will surely continue promoting chess in every way that he can and his efforts will continue to be felt both locally and nationally.
FROM CHESS LIFE
The final score of the Tal-Botvinnik match was 12½-8½. All of the games of the match are, or will be, published in the National publication. The first of these is included in the Games Section--last page.
Arthur Feuerstein tied for first in the twelve man, round robin tournament for the championship of the Armed Forces with Captain John Hudson of the Air Force. Feuerstein, who ranks as a "Specialist Fourth Class", one rank above the PFC reported in Chess Life, was located in the Seine Area Command of the US Army, France. Both scored 10-1, with two draws and no losses, to dominate the event at Washington D.C.
Raoul L. Benedicto won, 6-0, the U.S. Amateur Championship at Asbury Park, New Jersey. 157 players took part in the huge weekend tourney, held over Memorial Day. Leslie Ault, National Intercollegiate champion of 1960, placed second. No masters were permitted to play.
Manhattan Chess Club defeated the Marshall Chess Club in New York City match play, 6½-3½. Santasiere defeated Horowitz, as did Weinstein beat Benko for Marshall Club wins.
Mrs. Margaurite Fuchs of Greenwich Village, New York, won the women's championship in a sketchily reported event. She also won in '58.
An exceptionally strong U.S. student's team will go to Leningrad to play in the World Student Team matches. Lombardy, Kalme, Mednis, Weinstein, and Saidy are the members.
IDAHO TOURNAMENT RECORDS REVIVED
With the invaluable records and memory of Glen Buckendorf as a guide, your Editor has delved into the past and arrived at a list of Idaho Tournament champions of the past--both State and Open. Previous to 1958, only one tournament was held and both Idaho and out-of-state participants attended. A State Champion and an Open Champion were crowned each year. Starting with 1958 we have had two tournaments, one for the State championship and the other for the Open. We were gratified to be able to come up with the list and are sure it will add much to our enjoyment of these tournaments in the future. All previous winners, both Open and Closed, are still active in chess with the exception of Herman Dittman of Salt Lake City who passed away a few years ago. The first tournament, in 1947, was won by C.H. Stewart of Boise who is still very active in Idaho chess circles.
To continue the subject taken up in our last issue--reading around in chess periodicals and books--I must add that, by coincidence, the player called the Sultan Khan was reported (by Chess Life) to have been found a few months ago living in South Africa. He seems to be uninterested in chess now and apparently prefer the obscurity into which he has passed from his days of chess attainments.
Very influential in the first stages of my own chess career were the brilliant and poetical remarks of Anthony E. Santasiere of New York City, and the American Chess Bulletin. Music teacher, poet, artist, novelist, philosopher, bridge expert, and chess master, he overcame the obstacles of poverty (twelfth in a family of 13 children) and ill health for a well rounded and successful life. Frequently the champion of the Marshall Club, and also of New York State. He finished third in the 1946 United State Championship, drawing with Reshevsky on the White side of a King's Gambit.
A few quotations from his annotations will give some idea of his work: About the Russians, during the USA--Russia matches-- "No wonder they play chess!! It costs nothing and excites no suspicion." "There is only one thing wrong with Flohr. He was never a romanticist. When a materialist hits the real tough spots, he goes to pieces, even as far as self-destruction. Not so a romanticist for, out of love, he will always dream anew. The greatest tragedy of the aging twentieth century (in chess) is not Euwe, but Flohr! He was the darling of the Gods; but he embraced materialism, then communism--that is the way of death, not life. So he has lived to know humility, and I, for one, hope he can again be capable of greatness."
"And please cast a glance of charity on White's poor Bishop!" "A wonderful novel could be written about Flohr's feelings right here. But I (for one) would prefer to write a biography of the one and only Alekhine. Would that I were free to do so!"
His recent articles in Chess Life are noteworthy, and perhaps, in the next issue, I can quote some more of his characteristic writings.
CHESS HINTS - FIRST OF A SERIES
I would like to emphasize in this first report the value of a good reference for the first few moves. This is not to belabor the point, but some of the readers may not know where to order one. In almost every case, chess books sold in the United States at a given price are available in England at a considerable savings, if you are willing to wait a few more weeks for the mail. In the states, MODERN CHESS OPENINGS, 9th edition, 376 pages, retails at $6.00 from CHESS REVIEW. Members of the United States Chess Federation receive a 17% reduction and pay $4.98. Members of the Correspondence Chess League of America ordering through Dick Rees, pay only $3.98. The final price is $3.75 by personal check or international money order to BRITISH CHESS MAGAZINE, 20 Chestnut Road, West Norwood, London S.E. 27, England.
I have gone into some detail on the price comparisons to illustrate the value of the subscribing to several publications, including several abroad. The money one saves on a single purchase often pays the price of the subscription!
WITH THE CLUBS
JERRY STANKE WINS IN CANYON COUNTY!
Jerry Stanke won twice over defending champion, A.B. Ellis, and annexed the 1960 Canyon County title. Only seven payers finished their complete schedule and other games played count for Northwest Ratings only. Roy Parker, who directed the tournament, was the only other player to finish with a plus score. He placed third. All entrants reside in Nampa, Idaho except for C.E. Harris of Caldwell.
In other games, Harris won one from D.J. King. King won one from Ralph Batie. Stanke won one from Wayne Moody. Parker won two from Moody and one from Dr. Graydon Cross. Dr. Cross won one from Parker.
In Teton Valley, Eugene Cowan now leads 17-3 over second place, Ed Sheiss, 10-8. Alma Kunz is third, 9-9. 26 games are scheduled.
IDAHO STATE FINANCIAL REPORT
The 1959-1960 Season ended with the State Association in the Black, as usual. It is nice to be able to report that we are adequately paying our way. Bulletin expenses were higher than they should be but I believe that some of them were carried over from the previous year. In figuring for next year, I can't see how they will be as high. A new source of supply was found for some items which will reduce costs. The Twin Falls Club helped out with some extra finances and the Idaho Open made money this year instead of going into the hole as before. Partly responsible was the "sandwich and coffee" concession which was sponsored by the Boise Chess Club. Club members made up 60 sandwiches which sold like "hot cakes" (thru a voluntary collection plate) and this helped us avoid a deficit. Coffee was also made available. The sandwiches worked out so well that we didn't have hardly any left for the second day and they added much to the players' enjoyment of the tournament. Others might try this idea and it might work at the State Tournament here in Idaho.
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White: Donald Turner
Black: Gaston Chappuis
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In the first round, Ellis succeeded in defeating Richard Schultz, an expert. The score wasn't clear enough so, while we are waiting to have it corrected, here is an embarrassing loss of his from the third round.
White: Charles Geary
Black: A.B. Ellis
|1||P-Q4||P-Q4||7||P-KR4 (a)||N-Q2? (b)|
Notes by Vandenburg:
(a) Black is playing passively, so White decides on a bold K side attack, possibly hoping for a Black panic & blunder.
(b) Black makes the miscue and it is hard to see the logic of the move. P-KR3 or R4 would eliminate, for the moment, most problems.
(c) K-N doesn't help because of Q-R5!
(d) And a grand finish to a beautiful combination. It is amazing how one weak move can lead to such dire results.
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KING'S PAWN GAME
White: Jerry Wolfe
Black: Roy Parker
|4||P-Q4||PxP||8||QxBP Mate (c)|
(a) Not good, does not support the center, which is threatened in this type of opening. N-B3 or B-B4 are good here; even P-Q3 is playable though too passive.
(b) B-B3 is better.
(c) What a way to go!
From Correspondence Play
White: John Uberti
Black: E.L. Cowan
From the 1960 Twin Falls--Boise Club Match
White: Ted Hartwell
Black: Phil Dolph
(a) MCO-9, page 288.
(b) If BxP, R-R5!
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FRENCH DEFENSE---EXCHANGE VARIATION
White: C.H. Stewart
Black: L.A. Hulbirt
If anyone has any games worthy of printing, send them in annotated or not!