Let's Play Chess 

This month's problem: We present a fairly difficult problem this month, especially for most scholastic players who, by studying the answer, can improve their analytical skills. On a scale of one to four for difficulty (with four being the most difficult), we figure this problem is a three.

It is a game between Commons (White) and Gligoric at Lone Pine in 1972. To Sherlock Holmes, undoubtedly, the position might have been elementary, as it should have been for Gligoric, one of the best players in the world. However, he played 1 ..., Rb8 and the games petered out to a draw. How would you rate this performance? There was a rather original and witty winning combination at Gligoric's disposal. Can you find it?

Tournament results: The first T.C. Hartwell memorial chess tournament was a major disappointment in numbers, but some solace was taken by the appearance of four Class A players, in the scant 11 player field. The event was won by co-Idaho State Champion Daniel Taylor of Eagle, who breezed through the field with an impressive 4.5 points out of five games. Second through fourth places in order of tie break, all with 3.5 points, were co-Idaho champion Garrett Reynolds (Twin Falls), Kenrick Barkell (Boise) and Barry Eacker (Twin Falls). Both Taylor and Barkell are high school students, demonstrating how strong many of our scholastic players have become.

Treasure Valley students score well in K-6 Scholastic Nationals: Thirty-six Treasure Valley and two former Treasure Valley students attended this national event, played in Denver, Colorado, May 11 through 14. A Kindergarten through 3rd grade team from Arrowrock International placed FIRST in the unrated K through 3 division. Individual trophy winners were: Ricky Abderhalden (grade 6, home school, Meridian) 13th place in K-6 unrated; Nicholas Care (grade 5, Foothills School of Arts & Science, Boise) 20th place in K6- unrated; Kevin Chen (grade 6, Foundations Academy, Boise) 18th place in K6-unrated; Rachel Choate (grade 3, Arrowrock, Boise) 25th place in K3-unrated; William Climer (grade 3, Calvary Christian, Boise) 19th place in K3-unrated; Reagan Good (grade 2, Foundations, Boise) 25th place in K3-unrated; Luke Harmon (grade 1, Hidden Springs Charter School, Boise) 24th place in K3; Elijah Hill (grade 3, Rolling Hills Charter, Boise) 2nd place in K3-unrated; Robert Jiang (grade 2, Collister Elementary, Boise) 14th place in K3-under 800; Rebecca Rodeghiero (grade 3, Arrowrock, Boise) 25th place in K3-unrated; Charlie Saad (grade 4, Highlands Elementary, Boise) 19th place in K5-under 900; Joseph Sammartino (grade 3, Arrowrock, Boise) 13th place in K3-unrated; Danny Takeuchi (grade 2, Collister, Boise) 30th place in K6-under 1,000; and Vanessa Wong (grade 2, Washington Elementary, Boise) 25th place in K3-unrated. Congratulations to all these fine student chess players.

Answer: 1. ...,Ne5+! 2. Bxe5, Rxd1! 3. Bxc7, e5! Leaves White peculiarly helpless against the threatened 4 ..., Nd4++!

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