Let's Play Chess 


Eastern Idaho Open: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16, Idaho State University Student Union Building, Pocatello. Salmon River Suites, 1065 S. 8th St. Five rounds, two divisions, open and reserve (under 1400). Round times: 9, 2, 7, 9, 2. Half-point byes (max two), rounds one through four only (commit by the end of the previous round). Entry fee is $30 (under 18 and over 60 years old only $25), and a USCF membership is required. ISU Club members $10 if paid by Fri., Sept. 8. After Sept. 8, all entry fees are $40. Registration and check-in begin Sat., Sept. 15 at 7:30 a.m. and close at 8:30 a.m. Prizes are based on 30 entries. First place takes $200, second place takes $100 and third place wins $75. Reserve prize amounts are $100, $75 and $50. For information or to mail in registrations, contact Jay Simonson, 391 Carol Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83401, 208-705-7874, rooknjay@yahoo.com. Also, visit www.idahochessassociation.org.

Southern Idaho Open: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, Jackpot, Nevada. Barton's Club 93 on Highway 93. One section: open. USCF membership required. More information will be provided in October's "Let's Play Chess." For more information, e-mail jroland@cableone.net or visit www.idahochessassociation.org.


The Idaho Open was played in Twin Falls over August 26-27. There were 18 entrants: Two rated Expert (2021 and 2000), three Class A and the rest Class B and under. There was only one playing section. The winner was Patrick Flynn (1836, Boise), who scored 4-1 with three wins and two draws. Second and third, on tie-break, 3-1/2 -- 1-1/2, were Janos Fucsko (1665, Boise), and Victor Watts (1626, Pocatello). Tied with 3-2 and placing from fourth through eighth on the tie-break were Randy Zumbrunnen (2000, Salt Lake City, Utah), Jeffrey Roland (1700, Boise), Daniel Pocol (1615, Sammamish, Washington), Barry Eacker (1649, Twin Falls), and Mike P. Vander Sys (1584, Seattle, Washington).

Here is an interesting game with a nice mating combo at the end, played by Mike Vander Sys (White) and Fred Bartell (1814, Black). Vander Sys took advantage of some passive moves to get the win. 1. e4, e5; 2. Nf3, Nc6; 3. Bb5, Nge7; 4. 0-0, a6; 5. Ba4, d6; 6. d4, b5; 7. Bb3, Ng6; 8. Nc3, Be7; 9. h3, Bf6; 10. Be3, 0-0; 11. Qd2, Bd7; 12. Rad1, Qc8; 13. Kh2, Nh4; 14. Nxh4, Bxh4; 15. dxe5, Nxe5; 16. f4, Nc4; 17. Bxc4, bxc4; 18. f5, Bf6; 19. Bd4, Qd8; 20. Nd5, Bg5; 21. Be3, Bxe3; 22. Qxe3, Bb5; 23. f6, Qe8?; 24. Ne7+, Kh8; 25. fxg7+, Kxg7; 26. Qg5+, Kh8; 27. Qf6 mate.

Remember 0-0 means castling K-side, capital letters refer to pieces moving (N=Knight, B=Bishop, Q=Queen and K=King). When a pawn moves, P is not used. For instance, move 1 means a pawn moved to e4 for White and e5 for Black. A "+" means check and a "++" is mate. On move 3 for Black, Nge7 means the Knight on the g file moves to e7, rather than the one on the c file, which could also move to that square.


This one is difficult but very interesting. Play through all the moves at the column's end. The game was played at an internment camp for Russian prisoners during World War I. Play continued 1. Qc8+ ("+" means check), Kh7; 2. Qf5+, g6 and White resigned. During the post-mortem, White claimed he could have obtained perpetual check (i.e., a draw) with 1. Rf8+, Kh7; Qg8+, Kg6; 3. Qe6+, etc. However, an "inspired piece of analysis by Amos Burn in The London Illustrated news proved the diagram, but I suggest you set up the board and work your way through to the mate, which is extraordinarily beautiful in its execution. Chess is really something, isn't it? The 15-move forced mate is shown at the end of this column. Note Black's threat of Qg2, mate.

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