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February 18-20, Idaho Closed State Championships. All contestants must be Idaho residents. All ages welcome. 6SS, 40/1, SD/1. To be held at Idaho State University Student Union, Salmon River Suites, 1065 S. 8th St., Pocatello. There is only one playing section. Early registration received by Wednesday, February 15 is $25, registration at the door is $35. Idaho Chess Association membership required. Nonmembers pay $10.

Registration is Saturday, February 18, 7-8 a.m. Rounds 9, 4, 9, 4, 8, 3. Byes: Half point available but must be requested from the TD before the first round. Various prices include top winners, some rating class prizes, first place junior and senior. Winner is 2006 Idaho Chess Champion. For information, write Jay Simonson at 391 Carol Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83401, or e-mail rooknjay@yahoo.com. RS, NC, W. Annual ICA elections are Sunday, February 19, 8 a.m.

Saturday, February 25, ICA Scholastic Girls Chess Championships. Open only to girls attending Idaho schools, grades K-12. To be held at First United Methodist Church (Cathedral of the Rockies) at 11th and Hayes streets. There will be three divisions of play: grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-12. No USCF memberships necessary and games will not be USCF rated. Pre-registration and late registration check-in is 8-8:30 a.m. All round-one sections begin play at 9 a.m. Four games played in the 7-12 championship division, the winner of which—or the next highest ranking player available to attend—can play in the Susan Polgar National Invitational (must be under 19 years old as of September 1, 2006). Elementary school entrants playing for the state girls title must enter the 7-12 division. There will be five games played in the 4-6 and K-3 divisions. Early registration fee is $8 for all divisions and must be received by Thursday, February 23, 6 p.m. Postmarks on or before Monday, February 20, will be deemed sufficient for the $8 fee. Late or on-site registration fee is $16.

First through third places in each division will receive trophies, as well as first place in each grade. Additional trophies may be presented. One trophy per person. For information and submission of entries and checks, write Dick Vandenburg at 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, ID 83702 call 342-2056 or send an e-mail to rsvandenburg@juno.com.

Saturday, March 11, Idaho State Scholastic Chess Championships. The big annual tournament for Idaho students K-12, no out-of-state entrants allowed. Put it on your schedule and be part of the largest Idaho tournament ever, with entries likely to reach 300 students. To take place at Riverglen Junior High School, 6801 Gary Lane. Four divisions: Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Contestants in grades 7-9 and 10-12 play five games and those in K-3 and 4-6 play six. Winner of the 10-12 division, including students from lower grades who wish to "play up" will be crowned 2006 Idaho Scholastic Champion and is eligible to play in the Arnold Denker National Tournament of Champions.

There will be no Blitz and Bughouse games played on Friday night as in previous years. A separate, later date may be selected for these events if sufficient interest is shown. Entry fees are $10 if received by Thursday, March 9, at 6 p.m. or $15 if registrations are received later or on-site. Postmarks on or before Monday, March 6, will be deemed sufficient for the $10 fee.

Teams must have a minimum of three entrants. All students play for the team championship, but only the top four placers contribute to team points. Teams may represent public, private and charter schools.

Early and late registration check-in is 8-8:30 a.m. Games begins at 9 a.m. The tournament will take the entire day, including trophy awards at the end of play. Mail entries and checks to Dick Vandenburg, 2316 Regan Ave., Boise, ID 83702. For information, contact Dick at 342-2056 or rsvandenburg@juno.com.

Visit the Web site at www.idahochessassociation.org.


Last month, one move was left out of the solution, but you should have been able to figure it out. This month we have a complicated position in which White can win sufficient material to assure eventual victory. It was played by Geza Moroczy and Heinrich Wolf. Study the position a while before looking at the solution. Hint: The first move seems unusual, so try several ideas.

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