Eastern Idaho Open-September 10-11, Idaho State Univ. Union Bldg., Pocatello. Register and check-in 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday. Half-point byes OK (max 2), rds. 1-4. Cash prizes: Open: $200-100-75; Reserve $100-75-50. For more information, call Jay Simonson 208-705-7874 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team members are still needed for the second annual Tri-State Team Championships, to be held in Jackson, WY, October 15 and 16, at the Antler Hotel. Pre-registration is necessary. Contact Barry Eacker at email@example.com or 208-733-6186. We are especially looking for strong players, as Wyoming won the first competition, but everyone is invited to apply. Barry can send details concerning special lodging rates, round times, etc. There is no entry fee.
Southern Idaho Open-November 12 and 13, Barton's Club 93, Jackpot, Nevada. For special room rates, call 800-258-2937. Mention the Idaho Chess Association and reserve your room early to insure availability.
This month we feature an exciting late-middle game between Carl Schlechter and Heinrich Wolf, from the international tournament, Ostend, 1905. White to play. Before you look up the solution at the end of this column, try to work out the first three or four moves so you'll know you are up to something that can lead to checkmate.
This isn't as easy as last month's problem, so take your time. Note: Remember with all these problems, 1. Ne6+ means the White Knight (N) moves to e6 and Black King therefore is in check by the White Queen, now that the Knight is no longer in between. The "+" sign always means "check." When we put down Ne6, Ke6, Be6, etc. the capital letter refers to the piece move. If we show e6, d6, h6, etc., that means a pawn is moved and we are merely saving space by not showing something like Pe6, Pd6, or Ph6. All chess problems are written this way.
Look for this chess column the first Wednesday of every month. This month it was delayed due to BW's move.
ANSWERS: 1. Ne6+, Kf7 (or 1...Kh7; 2. Qg7 mate); 2. Qg7+!, Kxe6; 3. Re1+, Kf5 (if 3..., Kd6 then 4. Qxe7+, Kc6; 5. Re6+ and mate in one); 4. Qh7+ and wins: 4..., if Ng6 then 5. Qh5+, Kf4; 6. g3 mate - or - if 4..., Kg5; 5. h4+, Kg4; 6. f3+, Kg3; 7. Qg7+, Kxh4; 8. Qg4 mate.