In just two weeks the 1989 United States Amateur Chess Championship Tournament will be held in Utah, for the first time ever.

It will be held at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort May 27-29.There will be two sections.

The "Open" section is open to all players who have a United States Chess Federation (USCF) national rating under 2200.

There will be engraved trophies for the five highest scoring players, for the highest scoring senior player (age 55 or older), the highest juniors under 16, under 13; under 11, and under 9, the top Class C, D, and E-below, Unrated, and the highest scoring woman player.

The "Reserve" section is open to all players with a USCF national ratiang under 1800.

There will be engraved trophies for the five highest scoring players, the top senior age 55 and over, top juniors under 16, under 13, under 11, under 9, top two class C, D, E-below, highest Unrated, and top woman player.

The entry fees are $30, and $18 for players under 18, if paid in advance. The fees will be $35 and $20 if paid at the site.

The entry fees should be sent to the tournament director: Robert Tanner, P.O. Box 613, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84110, or to the USCF, 186 Route 9-W, New Windsor, New York, 12550. The envelope should be marked: "Attention: NS. NC. W."

This year the U.S. Amateur Championship is being held in two separate locations. The one for the West will be at Snowbird, and the other will be at the Somerset Hilton, Somerset, New Jersey.


May 12, 1989



White to move and mate in two.

Solution to Problem 2,671: 1. N-N7 (Nb7).

-SOVIET SPORTSMANSHIP - "I didn't submit a game for a brilliancy prize because the International Chess Federation (FIDE) judge was one of my opponents in the tournament and he had been irritating me," said Grandmaster Walter Browne of Berkeley, California.

(Walter Browne played at the "Days of '47 Tournament" at Hotel Utah several years ago.)

After Browne came in a minute late for his seventh-round game in the New York International Open, Browne said that the judge, Eduard Gufeld, a Soviet grandmaster, "made his first nine moves before writing any of them down, but the rules require that each move be noted immediately after it is made. Not only that, but also he touched one of my pieces when my clock was going. Later, his colleague, Lev Pulugayevsky, told me, `He does a lot of little dirty tricks.' "

-SOVIET CAST - Back in the 1970s when Boris Spassky was playing Bobby Fischer, it was easy to tell who was who in international chess. Today, Celestine Bohlen, who covered the recent International Tournament in New York, points out a "Boris" or an "Ivan" is as likely to play for the United States as for the Soviet Union.

Of the 37 competitors who played under American flags at the recent New York International Tournament, 15 were born in the Soviet Union, having arrived here in recent years by either immigration or defection.

At the tournament's close, the number went to 16, with the announcement that Gata Kamsky, a 14-year-old Soviet chess star, was switching camps - from "their Russians' to "our Russians," as one American chess official described the new East-West divide in chess.

Mr. Kamsky's defection caused chagrin on both sides of the line. For the Soviet delegation, reduced to 13 members, it meant being further outnumbered by by their former compatriots.

"This Kamsky thing is very bad, very bad," a member of the Soviet delegation told the tournament's organizer, Jose Cuchi.

For the Americans, it meant the addition of another competitor who was trained in the Soviet school of chess and who is now sure to vie for the few rewards available here.

-CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOLVERS! - William DeVroom, Joan Schoen, Kay Lundstrom, Hal Harmon, E.O. Smith, Dean Thompson, Mel Puller, Paul R. Lindeman, John Nielson, Brian Griffith, Covert Copier, Wendell R. Hurst, Joan Nay, Raymond Linner, Ken Frost, Prof. Ardean Watts, Dean Thompson, Robert Tanner, Mark H. Timothy, Mark Stranger, Allan Nicholas, David D. Kirck, Michael Marsch, Hal Knight, Alan E. Brown and Erick DeMillard.