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Tournament Announcements

January 21: 2006 Scholastic Novice Championships: This event is only for students K-12 who have never participated in a chess tournament, except with 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 registrations received by Thursday, January 19, at 6 p.m. Four games will be played and in between rounds there will be short instruction sessions. The event will be held at Cynthia Mann Elementary School, 5401 Castle Drive, just off Hill Road. Free advance registrations should be sent to: Dick Vandenburg, 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, ID 83702. For more information, e-mail rsvandenburg@juno.com or call 342-2056. Include the following information in your registration: full name, birthday, age at time of tournament, grade in school, home telephone number, school attended and e-mail address (if available). Register by mail, e-mail or phone (mailed registrations must be received by January 19).

Players who register at the door the day of the tournament will be required to pay a late registration fee of $3. Late registration and pre-register check-in (students who pre-register must check in to notify the TD they are present) is 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Play begins at 9 a.m., and the tournament should end about 3 p.m. The three separate divisions of play are grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-12. Trophies are awarded to overall winners in each division and all grade winners. One trophy per person.

February 18-20: Idaho Closed State Championship: All contestants must be Idaho residents. 6SS, 40/2, SD/1. The tournament will be held at the Idaho State University Student Union Building, Salmon River Suites, 1065 S. 8th St., Pocatello. There is only one playing section: open. Registration will take place Wednesday, January 18, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Rounds: 9, 4, 9, 4, 8, 3. Byes: half-point byes available but must be requested from the TD before the first round. Entry fee is $25 before Sunday, January 15, or $35 at the door. Idaho Chess Association membership is required. If you are not a member, association entry fee is $10. Various prizes include first place junior and senior. The winner is Idaho State Champion. For information, write Jay Simonson at 391 Carol Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83401 or e-mail rooknjay@yahoo.com. RS, NC, W. Also, annual ICA elections take place Sunday, January 19, at 8 a.m.

February 25: Idaho Girls Scholastic Championships: This event is for all Idaho female students grades K-12. Held in the basement of the First United Methodist Church at 11th and Hayes streets. Two sections of play: open and reserve. Further details will be available in February's "Let's Play Chess."

March 11: Idaho Scholastic Chess Championships: This is the annual State Championship tournament and all Idaho students in grades K-12 should plan to attend. Awards include state individual, as well as team championships. Held at Riverglen Junior High School, 6801 Gary Lane. Mark the date on your calendars. Details to come in February's "Let's Play Chess" column.

The Problem

This game is between world champion Karpov and Kavalek in Turin, Italy, in 1982. Even a world champion may be excused for making the occasional blunder, if only to show that champions are also human. Karpov played 1. Qxd5 and, after a few more moves, a draw was agreed upon. The chess clock, of course, was pressing. Can you see the combination, which the world champion overlooked?

The Answer: 1. Ne7+!, Rxe7; 2. Rc8+, Re8; 3. Rxe8+, Nxe8 (forced); 4. Qxd5!, and with material ahead, the game will be easily won.

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