The Western Idaho Open takes lace December 9 and 10 at Horizon Elementary School, 730 N. Mitchell, Boise. We hope you have already signed up for this event, but it's not too late to enter.

The Western Idaho Open will be the first Idaho Chess Association tournament in Boise in two years, with a guaranteed prize fund equal to 10 grand prix points. Scholastic players take note: If you want some tough competition, enter this event. Even in the reserve section you will find strong players. You might even win more than just pocket change.

Format: Five round swiss. Game/120 for all rounds. U.S. Chess Federation membership is required (but can be purchased at site). For most scholastics, this fee is less than $20. Round times are 9, 2, 7, 9, 2. One ½-point bye available, rounds 1 through 4 only, if you need a break, but it must be announced in advance of the previous round.

As a special incentive, ICA President, Jeff Roland, is extending the deadline for the advanced entry rate to Wednesday, Dec. 6. E-mail entry is sufficient to guarantee the advanced entry rates. Please e-mail with your name, the section you want to play in and your USCF rating, if known.

Arrive early if you need to pay entry or membership fees. Entry fees are $30 if entry received by e-mail or otherwise by Wednesday, Dec. 6, (under 18 or 60 and over is $20). $40 if first registering at site. Registration: 7:30-8:30 a.m., Saturday Dec. 9.

Two playing sections: Open and Reserve (under 1400 rating). Prizes guaranteed. Open prizes: $225, $150, $75, $50. Reserve prizes: $150, $100, $50. Send entries to Jeff Roland, 1511 Leadville Ave., Boise 83706.

For additional information, visit No smoking, no computers, wheelchair access (NS, NC, W)

Idaho Novice Championship: Saturday, Jan. 20. This tournament is open only to scholastic (K-12) players who have never played in a chess tournament outside their own school.

Last year's inaugural event drew over 100 entrants. New chess club members this year who have not played in a tournament, should plan to enter. Games are at Cynthia Mann Elementary in Boise's near North End. The playing sections are K-3, 4-6 and 7-12. Five rounds for everyone. Free entry.


In this game from St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1902, White resigned because he was down a Rook + the exchange (his Knight vs. the other Rook), plus a pawn. And, he was threatened with checkmate. However, he overlooked being able to salvage a draw! Can you find the three-move combination?

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