Eleven-year-old Brian Harrow, the whiz-kid of Utah chess, won the reserve section of the Utah Open Chess Tournament last weekend. He scored 4-0 in a field of 30 players.
The tournament was held Friday and Saturday at the Airport Inn International, 2333 W. North Temple.The "Reserve" section was a four-round, Swiss system meet with games limited to 75 minutes for each player. The section was open to players rated below 1800 by the United States Chess Federation. Winning this section tournament will put Harrow's rating into the 1700s.
Harrow also won the scholastic section of the Wasatch Chess Congress last month.
The USCF listed Harrow as No. 5 on its "Top 50" chart for the past year and a half. The chart ranks 9- and 10-year-olds.
As a fourth-grade student, with only six months of chess experience, Harrow played in the Junior Varsity Division (for players rated under 1200) in the National Junior Championship. He scored 6-1, losing to a sixth-grader.
Of the 42 games he played as a fifth grader, he lost only two in the Junior High National Championships. He was undefeated in all the Utah scholastic chess events.
Last April he won the Utah State Elementary Championship with a perfect score of 7-0. Two weeks later he played in the National Junior High School Championships held in the Salt Palace and won first place in the Elementary Section.
Three days later his mother, Mrs. Kenneth Harrow, accompanied him to Florida for the National Elementary Chess Championships. Brian won 12th place in the tournament that attracted 900 players.
He anchored his team to a seventh-place finish. "It was a grueling but exciting experience," his mother reported.
Only last week he played in a simultaneous exhibition by the International Grandmaster Igor Ivanov, who has been in town. Brian played 52 moves before resigning. The simultaneous exhibition was played at Rowland Hall.
David Lither, his coach, says Harrowhas the most incredible combination of talent and discipline he has observed in 20 years of coaching youngsters.
Harrow is a member of the Rowland Hall Chess Team coached by Tim Taylor.
Harrow's interests are not limited to chess. He is an excellent student and has been chosen to participate in a statewide debate tournament. He has been named to an all-star soccer team and has scored high in piano competitions.
"Brian takes his chess seriously and works at it very hard," his mother says. "A spare room has become a `chess room,' and I have given up on it being straightened up. There are always chess books and magazines opened to a specific game."
- APPROVED - Articles of incorporation for the Utah Chess Association were approved by its membership in its annual business meeting held last Saturday.
Also approved was a governing board that includes John Minnoch, Roy; Robert B. Tanner, West Valley City; Russell C. Kearl, North Salt Lake; Peter Johnson, Bountiful; Susan Taylor, Orem; Norm Jensen, Sandy; and Robert Decker, Salt Lake City.
The initial place of business for the association will be at 3621 S. Hawkeye St., West Valley City, UT 84120.
- TOURNAMENT - The third annual Rowland Hall Scholastic Open Tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Upper Campus, 843 S. Lincoln.
In addition to the K-12 section, there will also be an adult section. Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m. The first of four rounds is scheduled for 10 a.m. Game time will be 30 minutes for each player. The tournament will be directed by Peter Johnson. Reservations can be made by telephoning 292-6265 or 524-2750.
- CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOLVERS! - Thomas Hazien, William DeVroom, Ardean Watts, Eugene Wagstaff, E.O. Smith, Wilburn West, Stanley Hunt, Jim Turner, Paul R. Lindeman, Alison Hermance, Vali Kremer, Kay Lundstrom, Chere Wood, Ann Neil, Joye McMulland, Dan Thompson, Ronnie Millet, Richard Adams, Glennin Cloward, David Ferguson, Kim Barney, Jack Crandall, Scott Mitchell, Jim Reed, Curt Jeppson, David Wilhite, Robert E. Lee, David Wilnes, Stephen Kirk, Kevin Smullin, Dale Brimley, Donovan Weight, Ken Frost, Russell O'Dell, Gordon Green, David D. Kirk, William D. Price, Tim Painter, Ramon E. Bassett, Joseph Evans, John Newman, Ryan Stucki, Ron Copier, Michael Brough, Aaron Brough, David L. Evans, George Stucki, Brent Terry, Farrell Ostler, Hal Harmon, Peter Rogers, Neil Iversen, Monroe Iversen, Nathan Kennard, Raeburn Kennard and Daniel Barker.