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Tournament and Announcements
November 12-13: Southern Idaho Open. Last call! The tournament will be held at Barton's Club 93 in Jackpot, Nevada. For special room rates, call (800) 258-2937. Mention the Idaho Chess Association to Claudia, our primary contact. The tournament is a five-round Swiss, G/2. Two sections, open and reserve (U1400). The entry fee is $30 if paid by November 10 or $40 onsite. Registration is November 12, 7-8 a.m. The first round begins at 9 a.m. A half-point bye is allowed in rounds one through five. USCF rated. ICA membership required. Cash prizes: open $150, $100, $75 for first, second and third respectively; reserve $100, $60, $40 for first, second and third respectively. For more information, call Jeff Roland at (208) 424-9847 or send an e-mail to jroland@cableone.net.

Tournament Results
Eastern Idaho Open. Played Sept. 10-11 at Idaho State University in Pocatello. The winner of the open section was the highest rated player, Gregory Nowak (2145) of Missoula, Montana, with four and a half wins out of five. In second place was Tony Chen (1845) and George Lundy III (1549) in third place; both Chen and Lundy finished with three and a half wins. With two a half wins each, in fourth through seventh places were Eric DeGuzman (1721) from Pocatello, Jeff Roland (1700) from Boise, Matthew Herold (1578) from Sparks, Nevada, and Gary Owen (1492) from Evanston, Wyoming. In the reserve section, Howard Horwitz (1392) from Salt Lake City and Rickey Weathers (1300) from Mountain Home placed first and second with four wins each. With three wins were Colin Chen (1230) of Salt Lake City in third place and Fernando Bolanos in fourth. Brian Hong, a third-grade student at Pioneer Elementary in Meridian placed fifth with two wins.

Tri State Championships. The Idaho chess team won the 2005 Tri-state Championships held October 15-16 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a 21-15 score. This reverses a loss last year, the first year of competition, to the Wyoming team. Idaho players Karl Disher, Victor Watts and Donald Shouse led the Idaho team with three wins out of four games each. Janos Fucsko was the only Idaho player to win two and a half points. Larry Parsons put on a convincing one-day, two-game match, scoring one and a half points.

The problem
This game is from Bosna-2005, a strong field in Sarajevo that included 10 Grandmasters. Find a forced mate in only three moves. The winner actually missed the mate but won after a few more moves. Black to play.

Answer: After 1 ... Bh2+ (the queen checks after the bishop is moved), black mates with 2. Nf5 (forced), Bg1+; 3. Kg3 (forced), Qg5 mate

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