Let's Play Chess 

TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 21: 2006 Scholastic Novice Championships. This event is only for students K through 12 who have never participated in a chess tournament, except for their own school chess club. It is designed to introduce inexperienced children to tournament play in a non-threatening setting. Entrants do not have to be Idaho residents. There is no entry fee for advance registration, when received before 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 19.

Four games will be played with short instruction sessions between rounds.The event will be held at Cynthia Mann Elementary school, 5401 Castle Drive in Boise's North End, just off Hill Road and west of Collister Drive. Free advance registrations may be sent to: Dick Vandenburg, 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, ID 83702; or by e-mail to rsvandenburg@juno.com. For information, call 342-2056.

Players may also register at the door, but there will be a late registration fee of $3. Late registration and pre-register check-in will be from 8 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Play will begin at 9 a.m. and the tournament should be over by 3 p.m. There will be three separate divisions of play: Grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-12. Trophies will be awarded to overall winners in each division, as well as all-grade winners. Only one trophy per person.

February 18-20: Idaho Closed State Championship. All contestants must be residents of Idaho. 6SS, 40/2, SD/1. ISU Student Union Bldg., Salmon River Suites, 1065 S. 8th St., Pocatello. Only one playing section. Open: Reg: 7-8 a.m. February 18. Rds. 9, 4, 9, 4, 8, 3. Byes: Half-point byes available but must be requested from the TD before the first round. Entry fee $25 if paid by February 15 or $35 at the door. Idaho Chess Association membership required ($10).

Various prizes including first junior and first senior. Winner is Idaho State Champion. For information, write Jay Simonson, 391 Carol Ave., Idaho Falls 83401; or send an e-mail to rooknjay@yahoo.com. RS, NC, W. Annual ICA elections Sunday, February 19, 8 a.m.

THE PROBLEM

This game is between Engelbert and Hoffman, from Schleusingen, 1961. Black to play. White has just moved 1. Qe2-g4, threatening Qxg7 mate. Since Black couldn't take the unprotected Queen--because Ra8 would have led to mate--he resigned. How could he have saved the game? Unless you figure it out sooner, study for 15 minutes before looking at the answer. We've told you there is an answer, which is more than poor Engelbert knew about.

This problem is relatively difficult, so take your time. Will Qf8 save Black? If not, why not?

answer: Had Black considered the possible checks and captures in the position, it is unlikely he would have missed 1..., Rb1+; and after 2. Kg2, Nf4+! If White takes the N with his Q then Black can take White's Rook! If he takes the N with his Pawn, he loses his Queen!

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