On Saturday you will have the opportunity to play your first simultaneous chess game - if you haven't ever played a simultaneous match.
And if you have played one or dozens of them, then you know what fun is in store for you to play one again - and for free, too!David Lither, coach of the highly successful Rowland Hall-St. Mark's chess team, is being presented in a simultaneous match by Sam Weller and his Zion Book Store at 254 S. Main in downtown Salt Lake City.
Lither will take on all comers from 2-4 p.m. The match will be held in the hallway at the north side of the store. Be there, even if you have to jump bail!
- THE WINNAHS! - One hundred sixty-five elementary chess players from 25 Utah schools competed in the 1991 Chess Championship Tournament last weekend. The seven-round, Swiss system meet was hosted by the Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School and played at Upper School, 843 Lincoln (940 East) in Salt Lake City.
For the third year in a row, the team representing Rowland Hall-St. Mark's won the team championship. Runner-up school teams were: 2. Silver Hills, 3. Farmington, 4. T.O. Smith, 5. Valley Crest and 6. Bennion.
And for the second year in a row, the school's chess sensation, Brian Harrow, was the highest scoring player in the tournament. He had a perfect 7-0 score.
Runners-up in the open section were: 2. Neeta Bidwai, 3. Rebecca Day, 4. Bobby Kendrick, 5. Jason Gold and 6. Luke Flockerzi.
Highest scoring player in the sixth-grade section was Jeb Axland. Runners-up were: 2. Daniel Dean, 3. Jason Crouch, 4. Bryan Kaufman, 5. Steve Buckwell and 6. Keith Smith.
Sierra Burton was the highest scoring fifth-grade player. Runners-up were: 2. Tony Truong, 3. Jonathan Chipman, 4. Riley Hendrick, 5. Stuart Clark and 6. Nick Mason.
Prescott Johnson was the highest scoring player in the fourth-grade section. Runners-up were: 2. James Allred, 3. Dustin Finch, 4. Chris Fox, 5. Rocky Raddon and 6. Josh Nope.
The highest scoring player in the third-grade section was Asa Downs. Runners-up were: 2. Jacob Tateoko, 3. Tylar Morgan, 4. Joel Adamson, 5. Hanley Smith and 6. Sara Malan.
The players from kindergarten and the first grade played in one section. The highest-scoring player was Chris Peeters. Runners-up were: 2. Cooper Downs, 3. David Quinney, 4. Michael Schwartz, 5. Fritha Davern and 6. Jake Njord.
In addition to trophy awards, commemorative chess boards were given to all the boys and girls who competed in the statewide tournament. Each board was marked with the owner's overall standing.
The Rowland Hall-St. Mark's playing hall was tastefully decorated. Directing all the activities of the large tournament were Peter Johnson and Joe Downs. They even provided membership to several of the players in the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) so that the tournament could be officially and nationally rated.
- UTAHNS TO TRAVEL - David Lither, coach of the Rowland Hall-St. Mark's chess team, is taking 10 of the top players on the team back to the 1991 National Elementary Championship in Rye Brook, N.Y., for the annual tournament April 26-28. It will be held in the Rye Towne Hilton Hotel on Westchester Avenue. What an opportunity for these youngsters!
- "I RESIGN" - They say there are only two kinds of losers: bad sports and good actors. Nonetheless, most experts are good sports who resign rather than waste time dragging out a hopeless position to the bitter end.
When you are beaten, you should resign - but not until exhausting every last trick in the book. By the same token, beware when the opponent does not resign a hopeless game. He is probably waiting for you to make a mistake or hoping to catch you in a swindle.
You can concede defeat graciously with a handshake or by tapping your king. You can quietly stop your side of the chess clock and sign the score sheet with a flourish.
There are several creative ways to surrender, and in tournament play few masters actually utter the dreaded words, "I resign."