It's only another week until one of Utah's spring chess classics gets under way - the annual 1991 Utah State Elementary Chess Championship. The dates are April 12 and 13.

The tournament will be held at Rowland Hall St. Mark's Upper School, 843 S. Lincoln (940 East) in Salt Lake City. It will be a seven-round tournament, Swiss pairing system, with no eliminations, so that every player plays every round. All students attending grades K-6 in Utah are invited to play.Pre-registration fee has been set at $6 if received by Monday, April 8. Registration will be $8 the day of the tournament at the playing site. Registration there will begin at 5 p.m. April 12.

Round 2 will start immediately following Round 1. Round 3 will be at 9 a.m., April 13. Rounds 4-7 will run consecutively following Round 3. There will be an awards ceremony following Round 7. Time limit for the games has been set at 60 minutes (30 minutes for each player).

A total of 46 trophies will be awarded to:

The four highest-scoring players

The top six individuals in each grade (K and 1st combined)

And the top six teams (four best scores from each school)

Food will be available for purchase on both Friday and Saturday.

Pairing against another player from the same school will be avoided whenever practical. Perfect tie scores will be decided by a playoff game. First tie-break system: cumulative; top bracket Kashdan pairing. The most recent rating published by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) or from USCF cross-tables for events through Feb. 9, 1991, will be used.

The 1991 Utah Chess State Elementary Championship is a USCF-rated event and is sponsored by the Rowland Hall-St. Mark's Chess Team.

For additional information, call Peter Johnson, 524-2750 (day), 292-6265 (evening), or Joe Downs, 1-649-6911.

- STARTING - Robert Byrne, former U.S. champion and chess columnist of the New York Times, offers this advice: Whether you favor a swift attack or a slow squeeze, you must start from a suitable position.

Feasibility is one of the game's most important considerations. For example, you may want to play in good old gambit style, but if you have not laid the groundwork properly, you will fail.

It is not different if your preference is severe positional play in the manner of Anatoly Karpov. You must first establish sufficient control of the position to bring about your favorite battleground.

It is a mark of the contemporary grandmaster to give a lot of thought to this problem.

Unsophisticated players a century ago seemed so often to fall into all sorts of situations they were not adapted to. Lost games and lost tournaments were a result.

Nowadays, if you wonder why this or that player did so well in an event, the answer will often be that he succeeded in bending most of the games to his bidding.

That certainly played a significant part in the recent victory of John Nunn in the 53rd Hoogoven International Tournament in Wijk-ann-Zee, the Netherlands.

In this 14-player, round-robin, all-grandmaster competition, the 35-year-old Briton scored 81/2-41/2 by nailing his opponents with the kind of incisive mating attacks he loves.

- FIRST - The Great Exhibition Tournament was the official title of the tournament held in London in 1851 in conjunction with the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace.

This was the first-ever international tournament and was entered by players from all over Europe, including Andersson from Germany, Kieseritzky from France, Lowenthal from United States and Szen from Hungary. Janisch traveled from Russia to compete but arrived too late.

It was decisively won by Andersson, who defeated in succession Kieseritzky, Szen, Staunton and Wyvill.

- CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOLVERS! - David Wilhite, Robert W. Lee, Ted Pathakis, Russell Anderson, Kay Lundstrom, Ardean Watts, Roger E. Neuman, Nathan Kennard, Raeburn Kennard, Aaron T. Kennard, David D. Kirk, Hal Knight, Camrin Copier, Steven L. Staker, Alison Hermance, David Moody, William DeVroom, Edwin O. Smith, B.J. Peterson, Ashley Ann Graves, John K. Crandall, Richard Schow, Sharon Steimle, Gordon Green, Ramon E. Bassett, Hal Harmon, Kim Barney, Joe Sias, Stanley Hunt, Eugene Wagstaff, Jim Reed, Larry Butler and O. Kent Berg.