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ISCA Quarterly July-Sept 1975

ISCA Quarterly July-Sept 1975

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Indiana's
ChessQuarterly
July-Sept,
1975
TerreHauteOpen
GaryDeuserT.O.andwinnersofTerreHauteOpenCraigChellstorp,SteveS1*!ncer,andWilliamMartz
1
 
NoviceChess..AnotherMiracle....2-3lndicnu'sChessRatings..............4-9Photos..104th.MidwestCrosstable.........113rd.MidwestJr.ChampionshipCrosstable.............12IndianaFallOpen.............................................13IndianaPremiere..................14Fireworks,,...........15
TerreHauteOpenCrosstable.....16U.S.Clo-odChessChampionship.........
17-20
Tournaments
&
Officers"21
Acknowledgments
U.S.
ClosedChampionship(OfficalpublicationsfromOberlinColleao)..17
~Il
eurnamnts(ChessLife
&
Review·TournamentLife)
f!1
uur
ovIeurnmentdirectorandtopplacewinnersatTerrH111111
lPI
II.
flit)
crosstableforthistournamentisonpage16,Ilmllyllllmk
til
I.U.
6.
TerreHauteChessClubsplusKenneth
My!
IIllill
1111ry
lJIIrtor
sponsortng
suchafinetournament.
NoviceChess
NowthattheFischerpublicityhaswornout,weseethatmany,manyofthenewplayershavedroppedoutofactivechessindisenchantment.Thisarticleisgearedtowardsthenewplayerswhoarestillhanginginthereandwhoseratingsarebelow1200.Obviouslythosewhodroppedoutwillneverimprove.Also,itisobvioustotheexperiencedchessplayerthatwhattheseremainingnewplayersneedispracticalexperience
In
somefourspecificareasofchess.Playwithastrongplayerisofcourseverygoodtraining,theyareallwillingtoinstruct.However,hereisanumberofthingseachnewplayershoulddoonhisownathomewithhisbooksandsetatreadyposition.
1.Openings.
StudyfouropeningsaswhiteandblackagainstP-K4andP-Q4.Mostofyouhavealreadymemorizedoneortwoopeningsandhavethemincorrect.SoIsaycheckthebooksontheseopeningsandfranklyrememorizethemfor10movesorso.Takeoneopeningpernightathomeuntilyouaresecurethatyouknowall10moves.Youmaynotunderstandthebasicideasbehindtheseopeningsbutifyougetofftoagood10movestart,thenyouaregoingtogivethose1300players;aheadache.YouwiIIbelostwhenyouropponentleavesthebook,butyouarelostany-wayasitisnow.Don'ttrytomemorizetheentireSicilianDefense;just10movesofonevariationandplayiteverytimeyougetthechance.
2.Tact
lcs,
Thisareaisfuntostudy.YouneedabookonmiddIegameproblemssuchas-Combinations,TheHeartofChess-byChernev.Keepthisbookwhereyoucanstudyoneproblemadayevenifitisatoddtimeslikewhendressing,orjustbeforegoingtosleep.Don'tpeekattheanswers,staywithitforseveraldaysyou'llbeamazedathowanideawillcomeonedaywhenitwouldn'tthedaybefore.
3.Endgame.
Thisactuallyistheeasiestareatostudy.Getoneoftheinstructiveendgamebookssuchas-Endgame,EssentialKnowledge-byChernev.Takeonebasicideaasasubjectforonenight'sstudyandlearnonethingatatime.Don'tforgettoplanonareviewperiod.Adozenbasicsherewillshowrapidimprove-ment.
4.Strategy.
This
IS
slowgoingstuff,sodon'tbiteofftoomanypagesatonce.Generalmanuelsonchessareneeded
here;
ChessFundamentals_writtenbyCapablancawillfillthebill.Nowinclosing,takeitfromanoldtimer(49years'ofbadchess)thatanyoneoftheaboveItemsWilladd100USCFpointstothat1200ratingwithin6monthsorthreet.Qurnaments.
It
wil.'increaseyour...enjoymentoftheroyalgame,howeverletmehas-ten.toaddthat
It
Willnotincreaseyourfinancialincome.Weplayforfun,notthealmightydollar.InspiteofalltheFischermoneypublicity,chessisfun.
1
 
ANOTHERMIRACLE!
If
thisweren'tayearof"miracles"'forIndianachess,itwouldbehardtobelievethatateamfromShelbyvillecouldtakeThirdPlaceintheNationalJuniorHighSchool,Champ-ionship(NewHaven,Conn.,May
3-4).
AddthefactsthattheShelbyteamwasalmostcertainlytheyoungestinthetourna-ment;thatithadplayedonlytwomatchesbefore;andthatitstopplayerranked21stinafieldthatincludedanExpert(2018injuniorhigh!),twoAplayersandmanyB's--andthe"mir-aculous"natureoftheirachievementisclear.TheonlytwomatchestheShelbyteamhadplayedpre-viouslywerethestateJHregionals(Whiteland)inMarchandtheIndianaJHSChampionshipinApril--andtheywonboth.Thismayhavesurprisedsome,butnottheircoach,
former
IndianachampionPaulFisher.AtBoardsOneandThreetheteamhadtwotournament
"veterans;."
aged12and
11,
ChrisWheeler(1365)andScottRichardson
(1278).At
BoardsTwoandFourithadsecret
w
aponsMikWiseman(PR1325)
andhrie
rab(PH10GO)~bothpror:nhd.ngn
w
players.
Re-s
TV-
pla:yr.ehnBrll.Y(u)
TV
d.
steam
cs
ptam.
Inthxe:lmoreofwJnningth
stat
tttle,
playersand
l'
nt
1'1'1"
a
III
cI
£
~b(
1
110
ibl--
playing
in
the
nationals
two
w
tlkl:l,
lu
'It.
1nal.!'ish
r
talked
tothelocalsports
edi-
't(1]",
(mdLhouglv
ry
toubtful,hepromised
to
doastoryon
Ll-H
1;(
(1W.
W
h1uh
rUinon
Monday.ThenextdayFisher,story
111
hnnel,
H
t
out
'to.
raise
fundsfromShelbyvillemerchants.
Ilut
tIllLl)tUUI\tJlont
was
fourdays,800milesandabout$1200
uwny-
mpossfble.
Thursdaythecontributionshadpassed
ththusand-dollarmark
and
I
wasonthephone
discovermgth
t
nocon1vablecombinationofairlines,busesandlimou-
ames
could
get
theteamfromheretoNewHaven.Fridayaf-
ternoon
Fisherpickedupthelast
donation
andheadedstraightfortheairport.Alreadyweary,theteamflewto.NewYork,rentedacar,andgettoNewHavenratherlate.(ButnottoolateforMikeWisemantogetintoahotskittlesmatchinthe
motelv)
BackinShelbyville,themotherofoneoftheplayersdreamtthatnightthattheteamwouldfinishinthetopfive--impossible.Saturdaynighttheboysphonedhometoreportthattheyhadrolledupanexcellentscoreof101/2-51/2inthefirstday'splay.ChrisWheelerandMikeWisemanscored
3-
l.
(In
averystiffgame,ChrisalmostupsettheExpert,defend-ingchampLewisCohen;
Cohen
wentontoscore8-0forthetopindividualhonors).ScottRichardsonadded2pointsandChrisGraebe
2
1/2,includingthestunneroftheday:holdinganAplayer8.00pointsstrongertoadraw.PaulFishergotonthephone,and,eerily,repeatedwordforwordwhatthe~ot~erhaddreamed--thattheteamwouldfinishinthetop
five
if
theycouldkeepplayingwell.Butcouldthey,tiredastheywere?.FatiguedidtakeitstollonSunday,buttheShelbyteamstillmanagedasolid91/2-61/2scorefortheday--goodenoughtowinthethirdplacetrophyand$100.Boards
3
&
4
scoredwell,andoddly,allfourstartersfinishedwith
5-3
s~ores.NoneoftheShelbystartersturnedinalosingscoreeitherday,andeveninexperiencedJohnBraypickedupthreep.oi?tsineightgames.Incontentionalltheway,Shelbyville
finished2
1/2pointsbehindthewinners,WalthamCentralofMassachusettsandGreatNeck,N.Y.Totheiramusement,theyfinished11/2pointsaheadoftheIllmotschamps,ateamthatcamewith
8
playersandmatchingjackets.AtleastoneetherIndianaplayercompeted.Playingasanindependent,
-Joe
Hurt(1638)scoredafine
6-
2tofinish9thinindividualplay,inafieldof134.WhentheteamgotofftheplaneatWeirCookonMondayafternoon,theyweresowashedouttheycouldhardlysmile,sogreathadthestrainbeen;infact,theywalkedaroundlikezombies
all
week.Thesportseditor,aBelievernow,gavethemsomefetchingpublicity,andattheannualawardsdayatShelbyvilleJHS,astudentbodywhichhadnevereventhought~boutchessrosetogivethemastandingovation.(I'msorry~fthat.so~dslikebragging;theyearnedit.)Themoodtoday
1S
WaltTIllNextYear!(Afteronemiracle,whynetmore?)ChrisGraebehasonemoreyearofJHeligibility,alltheresth~veatleasttwo.So,moreorlessintact,theShelbyteam~Illh~vetwomoreshotsatthenationaljuniorhighchamp-Ion~hip,andwhoknowswhattheymightdoinhighschoolcom-petltion
after
that?--TimWheeler

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