Rec & Sports » Game of the Week




Southern Idaho Open--November 4-5, in Jackpot, Nevada, Barton's Club 93, Highway 93. One section of play: Open. U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) membership required. Time Limit: Rds. 1-3=G120, 4-5=30/120, SD/60. Entry fee: $30 if received by Oct. 31 or $40 at the door. Register 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday. One-half point bye available rounds 1-4 only. Prizes based on 30 entrants: $200, $100, $75, $50. For room reservations, call 800-258-2937 and mention "chess." To enter: Jeff Roland, 1511 Leadville Ave., Boise 83706. Info: or Idaho Chess Association (ICA) Web site at

Western Idaho Open--December 9-10, Horizon Elementary School, 730 N. Mitchell, Boise. 10 grand prix points available due to large prize fund. Two sections: Open and Reserve (under 1,400 rateds). If our many local scholastics wish to improve by playing strong competition, this is the event. The reserve section should provide strong competition, and the open is available for those who wish to play the very best. Most younger scholastics should enter the reserve, but older, stronger players should enter the open. USCF membership is required in both sections for nationally rated results. Entry fee is $30 if received by Dec. 2 or $40 at the door. One-half point bye available rounds 1-4. Prizes: Open: $225, $150, $75, $50. Reserve: $150, $100, $50.


White to move, gaining sufficient material for a win. Notice Black's lack of development. The answer is at the end of this column. Try it for awhile and don't peek.


The Eastern Idaho Open was played in Pocatello, September 15 and 16. Sixteen players competed in Open (9) and Reserve (7) sections. Gregory Nowak (rated 2187), Missoula, MT, placed first in the Open, with four wins and a one-half point bye. In Round 2, he won from the second highest rated player, Randy Zumbrunnen (2000), Salt Lake City, Utah, in a game featured (below) in this column. Randy won his other four games and placed second. Third place was Jeff Roland (1700), Boise, 3-2, who lost to the above players and won his other three.

The Reserve section was won by Tavis Bennett (1207), Provo, UT, with a score of 4-1/2 1/2. Second place, with 3-1/2-1-1/2, was Donald Yeaman (1343), Pocatello, and third on tie break was Spencer Case (unrated), Pocatello, also with 3-1/2-1-1/2.


Played by the top two rated players in our Eastern Idaho Open. G. Nowak (2187) White vs. R. Zumbrunnen (2000) Black

1.g3 e5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Rb1 d6 6.b4 f5 7.b5 Nce7 8.e3 Nf6 9.Ba3 0-0 10.Nge2 a6 11.Qb3 Kh8 12.h4 axb5 13.Nxb5 Rb8 14.c5 dxc5 15.Bxc5 b6 16.Ba3 Nh5 17 Bf3 Bb7 18.Bxb7 Rxb7 19.d4 e4 20.Nf4 Nxf4 21.gxf4 Rf6 22.h5 h6 23.hxg6 c6 24.Nd6 Rxd6 25.Qf7 Rxg6 26.Bxe7 Rd6 27.Bxd8 Rxf7 28.Bxb6 Rg6 29.a4 Bf8 30.Ke2 Bd6 31.a5 Kh7 32.a6 Rg8 33a7 Rc8 34.Rhc1 Rff8 35. Bc5 Bxc5 36.Rxc45 Ra8 37.Rb7+ Kg6 38.Rxc6+ Rf6 39.d5 h5 40.Rbb6 Rxc6; 41.dxc6 h4 42.c7+ Kh5 43.Rb8; Rxa7 44.c8/Q Kg4 45.Qh8 Kh3 46.Rb2 Ra6 47.Qh5 Ra1 48.Qxf5+ Black resigns.