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Idaho Blitz Chess Champions

Starting in 1964, an unofficial tournament was organized on the fly at the banquet of the Idaho Closed and ran for four years (1964-1967). These were not official events as they were not billed in advance, did not have a consistent name with "championship" in it, and were clearly not even thought of as championships at the time. But they can be seen as "unofficial" blitz championships.

In 1982, the Idaho State Speed Championship was held in Boise and was won by Stewart Sutton and Larry Parsons (tied for 1st-2nd place) and Dan Patton, T.W. Robinson, and Les Colin tied for 3rd-5th places. This was a stand-alone event and was held in a downtown business called The Chapter House Book Store. John Letterman directed this event. This event was truly considered a State Speed Championship as it was billed that way in advance and even had a trophy. But it was an isolated event without an annual follow-up, and thus the result was more or less forgotten in time.

In 2004, we find the only other instance of an Idaho State Speed Chess Championship which was won by Dylan Smith, with Bobby Powers second, and Jesse Brent third. It too was a stand-alone event held in its own right, and was played at BSU in Boise, Idaho. Jay Simonson directed that event.

In 2015, the event changed its name to be "Idaho Blitz Chess Championship" and intended to be an annual event with the highest Idaho placer being declared "Idaho Blitz Chess Champion".

YearWinnerCity
1964Glen Buckendorf, Jr.Buhl, ID
1965Richard S. VandenburgBoise, ID
1966Glen Buckendorf, Jr.Buhl, ID
1967Richard S. VandenburgBoise, ID
1968-1981 no tournament
1982Stewart Q. SuttonCaldwell, ID
(tie)Larry R. ParsonsBoise, ID
1983-2003 no tournament
2004Dylan SmithBoise, ID
2004-2014 no tournament
2015David LuckyEagle, ID