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CENTRAL WASHINGTON OPEN -- in Yakima, November 5-6. No details available.
UTAH OPEN -- in Salt Lake City, Nov. 9-12. 1st round--Wed., Nov. 9, 7 pm; 2nd--Thurs., Nov. 10, 1 pm; 3rd--Thurs., Nov. 10, 7 pm; 4th--Friday, Nov. 11, 1 pm; 5th--Friday, Nov. 11, 7pm; 6th--Sat., Nov. 12, 8 am; 7th--Sat., Nov. 12, 2 pm. Nov. 11 is a holiday. Place: The YMCA, 39 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City. Everyone from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming is invited. 7 round Swiss System. Time limit: 50 moves in 2½ hours, 25 moves thereafter each hour. Entry fee is $6.00 plus USCF membership card or $5.00 to buy one. Many prizes.
EASTERN IDAHO OPEN -- in Idaho Falls, Dec. 3-4 at the Armory. Starts 1:00 pm. Saturday and ends early Sunday afternoon. 5 Rounds. Northwest Ratings. $3.50 entry fee except $1.50 for Juniors. All A & B players in one section unless too many. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, top Class B, Jr., and annual award to top Eastern Idaho player. Any chess player is invited to attend.
Idaho Chess Bulletin -- price $1.00 per year, 5 issues; October, December, February, April, and June. 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
UTAH SMOTHERS IDAHO
The 1960 Utah-Idaho match turned into a virtual rout in favor of the strong Utah team which really turned on the steam to crush Idaho, 18-9. And this score doesn't tell the full story as most of Idaho's points came from the bottom boards--Idaho swept the last six games because Utah, which had more players than did Idaho, allowed top Idaho players to play a second game against the tail-end Utahans. Utah won the first 13 boards straight! Sven Gridseth, who moved to Salt Lake recently from Idaho, played for the Idaho team to attempt to more accurately balance the strength, but he, too, fell before the onslaught.
Preparations for the match were expertly handled by the Pocatello Chess Club under the direction of Dave Jones and Ray Fricke. The Pocatello Club, which has been rejuvenated recently, should be congratulated for their fine handling of the preparations and the match itself. A brilliancy prize was awarded (judging was by the Editor) and went to Richard Owen for his win over R.K. Hart on fourth board.
Of course, the chief reason for Idaho's very poor showing was that so many of its top players were absent. This is not to say that Utah didn't deserve the victory--they might well beat Idaho no matter who is present--but more to deplore Idaho's lack of participation. Boise Valley players, which always turn out in force for this match, ran into difficulties this year because of activities centered around Labor day, etc., and only two showed up--Stewart and Cosho. A belated attempt was made by your Editor to postpone the match but this came too late for arrangements to be changed.
The latest rating list (plus previous others) shows that only 3 out of Idaho's 12 Class A players attended--Kimpton, Hart, and Schubert. Kimpton played first board and he stands 7th right now in rating, behind Buckendorf, Vandenburg, Dolph, Hughart, Hartwell, and Ellis. In your Editor's opinion, this situation must be corrected before another Utah-Idaho match is played. Also, in your Editor's personal opinion, two things must be done before the match can be successful--from the Idaho viewpoint, that is. One is to hold the match a little later in the year to avoid conflict with Labor Day, etc., and the other, and most important, is to change the place from Pocatello to Twin Falls, or possibly Burley. It is a fact that eight out of the top nine Idaho players reside from Twin Falls West. It is a long trip to Pocatello for one game.
I don't know how these comments will be received in Utah and Eastern Idaho but I hope they bring a storm of comments! We need to hash out this problem in order to save the annual match. Idaho cannot go into another so ill prepared. Pocatello has done a fine job on recent matches but I am wondering if both states might not decide that Twin Falls is a better geographical choice. One thing is sure: Idaho must provide competition for Utah if the matches are to be successful.
* Second game played. Breiter won 3 for Idaho.
B.C. 16--WASHINGTON 14
In another sectional rivalry, British Columbia beat Washington 16-14, but Washington had to forfeit 4 games since it didn't have the required number. It was the poorest attended of any match in the history of the series. Lack of publicity was deemed a factor in the poor attendance E. Macskasy beat James McCormick on first board. John Braley lost for Washington on board 2, and Dick Schultz won on No. 3.
CHESS HINTS - Second of a Series
This hint is addressed to those who are thinking of playing chess by mail. In the previous article, advice was given on how to obtain a well known reference book at the cheapest price. Our suggestion this time will bear on the need for accuracy, for the biggest blunder in postal chess really is THE CLERICAL ERROR!
The top-rated correspondence player, as a rule, doesn't play through every game from the very beginning each time his opponents send their moves. And probably no one keeps forty chess boards set up around the house! What does the experienced player use?
Speaking for myself, I keep the current positions of all postal games in a loose-leaf binder with extra-large rings. At any time, I can (and do!) take out the binder, flip the pages, and re-examine the more critical middle-game and end-game positions.
In the U.S. postal chess community, which includes roughly about 8,000 players in all clubs and organizations, only two main chess recording aids are used:
CHESS REVIEW, 134 West 72nd St., New York 23, N.Y. sells a "Postal Chess Album". This album is actually six cardboard chess sets (5 x 5 inch playing field) bound with flexible plastic to permit them to be opened flat. Score cards for six games are included. The pieces are printed in color on bits of cardboard, which are then inserted into a tight, single-slot on the correct squares. The price is $3.50 per album. Besides the price, the other drawback is that the slots become loose through use and the pieces have a tendency to fall out.
NATIONAL CHESS SUPPLY, P.O. Box 104-K, Terryville, Connecticut, sells the "World Standard" Gilcher Recorders. The Recorder is a 8½ x 11 inch heavy paper sheet (7 x 7 inch playing field) with slots at the side for captured men. The pieces are printed in color on bits of plastic, which are then inserted into close-fitting, double-slots on the correct squares. The price is $1.68 for 6 units or $3.20 for 12. A unit includes board and men.--Use of one of these two should add enjoyment to postal play.
MCCORMICK WINS OREGON OPEN
Jim McCormick of Seattle won the 1960 Oregon Open, played in Portland over the Labor Day weekend. He won six straight before drawing his final game with Danny Towne of Prosser, Washington. Garry Singer of Salem lost only to McCormick and drew with 4th place Richard Schultz to place second. Leon Sage, who participated in the 1960 Idaho Open, also lost to McCormick and had two draws to place 3rd. Singer's second place finish was the surprise of the tournament. Among his victims was Towne who otherwise would have placed very high.
SEGLINS WINS 52 PLAYER SEATTLE SEAFAIR
Viesturs Seglins, scoring 5½-½, won the 1960 Seattle Seafair Open, played in Seattle, August 6-7. Morris Gordon of Los Angeles won his first 5 in a row to lead going into the last round. Seglins had one draw but had not met too many top players and had been ill previous to the tournament. However, he disposed of Morris to win. Ivars Dalbergs lost only to Gordon (2nd round) and placed third. James McCormick also lost to Gordon and had a draw to wind up 4th, 4½-1½. The tournament, as evidenced by the top four, was very strong and several top contenders wound up with fairly low scores--such as Idaho Open winner, Mike Frannett who placed 19th, 3½-2½.
PUPOLS WINS SEATTLE OPEN
Viktors Pupols won the 1960 Seattle Open, played June 25-26, with a near perfect 5½-½ score. He won five and drew his last game with third place Mike Franett. John Braley of Seattle placed second, 5-1, and didn't play Pupols. Jim McCormick scored 4½-1½ to take 4th, losing the tie break to Franett. Other top finishers, who scored 4-2, were A. Eydal, Tom Makens, Richard Schultz, and Garry Singer. Donald Turner of Salem placed 9th, 3½-2½. During the summer Pupols also won the Pugent Sound Open and the Lilac City Open for a fairly clean sweep.
|CLASS A (1800-1999)|
|Aldape, Dr. H.||Washington||1902|
|Jones, Ken R.||Nevada||1988|
|Taber, William F.||Nevada||1867|
|CLASS B (1600-1799)|
|CLASS C (0000-1599)|
|Cross, Dr. G.||Idaho||1550|
|Van Metre, D.||Washington||1359|
GERALD MOORE WINS MONTANA OPEN
In a report not received until only recently, it was learned that Gerald Moore of Billings, Montana won the 1960 Montana Open, played at Billings on April 30-May 1. The usual large Montana turnout was present with 16 in the championship class, 20 in the Class A section and 10 juniors. Ellak Papp, second highest Montana player in 1959, again placed second with John Barto, always a strong contender, placing third. Dr. Adam Smith, former champion, lost out after a strong start and finished 5th. This year the tournament didn't attract any outside players, partly because of the Billings location and possibly partly because of insufficient advance notice. Last year's winner, Dr. Peter Lapiken, was noticeably lacking in the standings. Either he has left Montana or was tied up unavoidably.
|5.||Dr. Adam Smith||W15||W11||W9||L1||D3||3½-1½||6¾|
|12.||James R. Felt||L11||W16||W10||L4||L6||2-3||2|
Class A winner was John Reddy with 4½ wins. George Zimmerman and J.B. Spaulding had 4 each. --- Wayne Roney won the junior event, 4½-½.
No. 8, by K. Nieselbeck, courtesy of Isaac Kashdan.
White to move and mate in 2. Solution next issue.
Send solutions to Dick Vandenburg, 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, Idaho.
This problem isn't too difficult but I believe you will find it both interesting and informative. It shows what sometimes can be found if you look far enough. Problem No. 7 was well received and was found to be interesting by those who solved it. Successful solvers were Ben J. Peterson, Robert A. Karch, Horton Thompson, and Fred Byron. Of course, we should have many more solvers than this out of a mailing list of 150 chess players. Why don't more of you join this select group and give it a try. I'll let you know if you miss! The correct answer to Problem No. 7 is--B-Q4!
Santasiere wrote, in his series of articles in Chess Life, that at one time in his life he was hospitalized, and of the things that eased his suffering, nothing, not even his beloved music, could compare with the consolation of chess. He lost himself in it for hours.
In the last article in Chess Life, Santasiere praises Alekhine, saying in part: "He was absolutely fearless. He experimented willingly. He loved in the highest sense. Chessically, he was all in all. He worked and suffered, and gloried in what, out of genius, he could create. We can only thank God for a genius like Alekhine."
On the other hand, he has a very critical view of Reshevsky -- "Reshevsky was never a dreamer. He was a scientist and fighter. His play is courageous and very often correct. But the poet's play is full of twilight, soft with weakness; and his strengths are full of charm, and refreshing to the weary traveler. -- And one final word --- Reshevsky as a writer, an author, a chess lover for posterity, is indicted for laziness and stinginess. His near-zero efforts as a critic and teacher are well known." Despite Reshevsky's phenomenal talent, Santasiere considers him lacking in much that is admirable in chess players.
Nonetheless, I must disagree with one of Santasiere's beliefs -- that the objective of winning the game of chess is not so important as the other intangible values that he (and I) admire. To me, nothing is so inartistic, or rather irrational, as poor chess that does not aid the drive to victory, even though the other (artistic) values must be incorporated with the drive. To me the "point" -- the win -- is not incompatible with non-materialism. The two streams of thought must be welded together. Art is not enough.
On November 5, in Gooding, Idaho, the 1960 Idaho Team Championship will be decided in a match between Teton Valley and Boise. Both teams will be "up" for this match and it should be a good one. It is hoped that this meeting will help the formation of an active Gooding club.
Plans for 1961 preliminary matches should be made now. Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Teton Valley will play preliminary rounds together as will Boise, Canyon County, and Twin Falls. Boise is now in the process of playing Canyon County with the winner to play Twin Falls. The first Eastern Idaho match should be an elimination with the winner to play the third team. Chess organizers, let's get 1961 competition under way!
FROM CHESS LIFE
For the first time since 1937 an American chess team has won a world championship in the international student team championship just completed (in August) in Leningrad, USSR. The United States team beat the USSR in their individual match, 2½-1½, and compiled an overall score of 41-11. The Soviets had 36-12 with one match to play but couldn't overhaul the Americans. Yugoslavia was third. A total of 14 teams competed. Lombardy scored 12-1 on board No. 1 and Kalme scored 11½-1½ on board No. 2! And half of these came in the last round where the US drew Bulgaria in order to clinch the match.
Samuel Reshevsky of the United States and Victor Korchnoi of the USSR finished in a tie for first place in the strong international tournament played in Buenos Aires and finished in August. Both scored 13-6. Larry Evans of the U.S. placed 4th. Pal Benko placed 11th and Bobby Fischer slipped badly to place 13th.
Robert Byrne of Indianapolis, Indiana won the 1960 United States Open, held in St. Louis, Missouri on August 8-19. He won 9, lost one and drew two to finish 10-2. Pal Benko placed second, 9½-2½. Also with 9½-2½ were Paul Poschol, Arthur Bisguier, Anthony Saidy, and James Sherwin. Poschol, hitting a high point in his chess career, drew Byrne in the final round. A win would have given him the championship. Neither Reshevsky nor Fischer competed. The tournament was the second largest in history with 176 competitors. The only Northwest players competing were Dr. Peter Lapiken of Missoula, 33rd with 7-5, and J. Turgle of Geiger Field, Washington, 133rd with 5-7. Highest placing Western player was R. Gross of Compton, California, 20th with 8-4. Arthur Wang of Berkeley scored 7-5 to place 28th.
Robin Ault, 18 year old Junior at Columbia, scored 8½-1½ to retain his United States Junior Championship in a tournament played July 29-August 5. Second was Walter Harris of New York, 8-2. Arthur Wang of Berkeley tied for 3rd & 4th with Wesley Burgar of Detroit.
Fred Cramer of Milwaukee was elected President of the USCF, for a three year term, recently. Vice Presidents elected with him include Henry Gross (San Francisco), Eva Aronson (Chicago), Jack O'Keefe (Ann Arbor), and Harold Bone (Baytown, Texas). Marshall Rohland, of Milwaukee, was re-elected Secretary.
As a result of the Idaho, Oregon, & Nevada Opens, and Reno Club Championship, the following is the latest USCF Supplement Rating List of Northwest players: JAMES MCCORMICK of Seattle, from the Oregon Open and the only Northwest Expert, 2116, and the following:
The Boise Club has been meeting regularly all summer and is in top form for the November 5 match with Teton Valley. W.C. Jackson of Glenns Ferry, who visits the club regularly, was officially accepted as a member of the club and will be able to compete in future club matches. The club has begun playing its 1961 team matches with Canyon County and these will be completed soon.
Regular summer meetings have been held. The four top places in the ladder are held by Roy Parker, C.E. Harris, Jerry Stanke, and A.B. Ellis. Each of these four has been in the lead during the summer months.
The club has been re-organized and is operating in high gear, as evidenced by the successful running of the recent Utah-Idaho match.
New officers are: David Jones, President; R.K. Hart, Honorary President and Advisor; Ray Fricke, Vice President; Mrs. W.D. Service, Secretary; Charles Barnstein, Treasurer.
Many new features are planned including a city tournament, a high school tournament, matches with other clubs, etc.
During meetings held this summer Eugene Cowan has nailed down his third Valley Championship, while Ed Schiess and Alma Kunz are still fighting over second place. Final results will not be available until the end of the year. Summer visitors were Jack Sanders and H.R. Bangorter. Ray Fricke and Dick Vandenburg also visited around and played a few games. Team matches with Boise and Idaho Falls are next with the November 5 Boise Match first in order.
From the 1960 Utah-Idaho Match:
White: R.K. Hart (Idaho)
Black: R.E. Owen (Utah)
|1||P-QB4||N-KB3 (n)||22||PxKP (h)||PxKP|
|16||B-K3? (c)||P-B5!||37||K-B (k)||RxKRP|
|18||P-K3 (d)||B-N5! (e)||39||KxR||BxR|
|21||P-N3? (g)||P-Q4!||42||Resigns (l)|
Notes: Hart vs. Owen:
(n) The use of P-QB4 without P-Q4 is the characteristic of the English but the set up of the Black men is that of the King's Indian Defense--which makes this a King's Indian Defense (to the English) as Owen called it. ELC
Notes by Vandenburg:
(a) In the English Opening, White's KB fianchetto is more advantageous after Black has committed himself to N-QB3.
(b) All this exchange does is lose a couple of tempos and develop Black's KBP for him.
(c) White's aims (in his) last two moves are too easily read and he loses valuable time carrying out his plan.
(d) Even though it would have disrupted his K-side defense, White would have been better off to play PxP here. The text bottles up both his QB and Queen.
(e) This move had two exclamation points after it when turned in but it would seem that either P-B3, and then KPxP, or just KPxP would be sufficient answer.
(f) The fatal blunder which gives Black a powerful KBP and a good position.
(g) Why this? It ignores the problem in the center. PxP, and then if NxP; 22 NxN, RxN; and 23 B-B3 opens things up good for White and gives him a fair game even at this late date.
(h) Too late now.
(i) A miscalculation which costs a piece.
(j) This pawn was better left to hold back Black's P but in desperation, it looked like one possibility of counter play.
(k) K-N would also lose in the end, but the text gives Black a more brilliant finish.
(l) This game and the Fisher-Cowan game were about the best of the match, but the usual summer layoff apparently hurt the play of both teams, particularly Idaho's. The brilliancy prize was awarded this game as Owen took best advantage of his opponent's weak moves.
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White: Jim Fisher (Utah)
Black: E.L. Cowan (Idaho)
My apologies to Jim for this score, as I have misplaced the notes that he sent for our game. His plan for the game was based upon Koltanowski's booklet "The Colle System". The move, 5 P-QN3 is part of the new treatment of this old attacking game.
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White: C.A. Williamson (Utah)
Black: Mel Schubert (Idaho)
(a) and White mates in 2 moves.
UTAH PLAYERS ATTENTION: With the annual Utah Open coming up, there should be a lot of very excellent games. It will be much appreciated if our readers who subscribe to the Bulletin will send to the Games Editor their top games for publication. We need publication material.