North Idaho Open: July 22-23 at LaQuinta Inn, 185 Warbonnet Dr., Moscow. Found round Swiss. Time limits: rounds 1-3: G/2, rounds 4-5: 30/2, G-1. Rounds 9, 2, 7, 9, 4. Entry fee $25 if paid by July 15, $35 at the door. Registration is Saturday, 7:30-8:30 a.m. One half-point bye rounds 1-4 only. One section: open. United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership required. Can be purchased on site. Prizes based on 30 entries are $200, $100, $75 and $50. To reserve a hotel room, call 208-882-5365 and mention chess. To register in advance, send entries to David Eacker, 304 W. A St. #1, Moscow, ID 83843 or call 208-882-1899. For more information contact Jeff Roland at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Idaho Chess Association Web site at www.idahochessassociation.org. No smoking, no computers, no wheelchair access.
Idaho Open: August 26-27 in Twin Falls. Five rounds. One section: open. Details on the Idaho Open will appear in next month's Let's Play Chess column on August 2.
Eastern Idaho Open: September 15-16 in Pocatello. Five rounds. Two sections: open and reserve. Details on the Eastern Idaho Open will appear in next month's Let's Play Chess column on August 2.
Eleven Idaho players participated in the Las Vegas International Chess Festival June 15-19. Idaho players with even scores or better were as follows.
Open <2000: Daniel Taylor (1914) is a sophomore at Eagle High School who played for first place in the last game. Taylor lost, but placed 17th, winning four out of six games including two draws. Dan Meyers (1945, adult) placed 41st, winning 3-1/2 out of six points.
Open <1800: Kenrick Barkell (1728) is a junior at Mountain View High School who placed 28th, winning four out of six points.
Open <1400: Adam Jiang (1344), a fifth-grader at Collister Elementary, placed 18th, winning 3-1/2 out of six points. Erica Barkell (1184) is an eighth-grader at Lewis and Clark Middle School and placed second in a special Susan Polgar Girl's Section (under age 15), winning 4-1/2 points out of six with an exciting win versus a 1774-rated player and a draw with a 1780-rated winner.
In the under age 13 girls section, Christy Barkell (503), a fifth-grader at Pioneer Elementary, placed ninth, winning three out of six points. In the girls under age 10 section, Vanessa Wong (unrated), a second-grader at Washington Elementary, placed eighth, winning four out of six points. Her sister, Jennifer Wong (also unrated) is a kindergartner at Foundations Academy who placed 26th. The sisters were in the same section and won third place as a club team, playing for Extreme Chess. Other Idaho players were Glen Buckendorf and Susan Taylor, both adults.
This Month's Problem
This problem is an easy one this month. Most adults and scholastics should be able to find the solution without setting up the chessboard. The answer is printed upside down below.
The answer: White has no answer to 1 ... Bxe3. If 2. fxe3, then 2 ... Qf1 is mate. And, if 2. Qxe3, then 2 ..., Re7 pins the Queen.