If you haven't been up on the east-side hills of Salt Lake City for a spell, you now have a good reason to renew your travels, either as a chess participant or as a spectator.
The 1989 Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship is returning to the West for the first time since Los Angeles in 1971.And it will be held in the University Park Hotel, 480 Wakara Way, south of the University of Utah and old Fort Douglas.
The Pan-Am, dating back to 1946, pits four-person teams of college and university students against each other in true "team on team" format.
Defending champion Harvard promises an all-master team, headed by Danny Edelman and Vivek Rao.
Yale, the 1987 champion, counters with Patrick Wolff and John Litvincheck.
Chicago, Toronto, Columbia - the list of former champions reads like a Who's Who of North American universities.
UNPHU from Puerto Rico adds a Latin flavor and usually vies for the top spot.
Prizes abound: top teams, classes, small schools, two-year schools, board prizes.
This year the schedule is being adjusted a bit during the holiday season.
At-door registration will be Wednesday, Dec. 27, followed by Round 1 the evening of the 27th. Rounds 2 and 3 will be on the 28th, followed on the 29th with Rounds 4 and 5.
The final round will be held the morning of Dec. 30.
Special room rates at the spacious University Park Hotel and special airline fares on Delta have been arranged.
The reduced room rate will apply for three days before and after the tournament - for those interested in skiing.
There is a $11,400 prize fund guaranteed.
Team entries should be sent to David Lither, 219 Almond, Salt Lake City, UT 84103. Telephone: (801) 532-7142.
- CHAMPIONSHIP - Robert Byrne, chess editor of the New York Times, in his weekly column this week asks: What went wrong for Dmitry Gurevich?
Gurevich made no excuses for his 1/2-2-1-1/2 start in the recent U.S. Championship at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach, Calif.
The 33-year-old Soviet-emigre grandmaster, who now lives in Chicago, could have complained of jet lag, having returned from matches in Switzerland the day before play began.
Three of his rivals in Long Beach had done the same without any noticeably detrimental effect. Roman Dzindzichashvili won his first-round game and then had two draws.
John Fedorowicz drew and then won two; Yasser Seirwan drew a long, demanding game and then won one and lost one. The results were all quite respectable in a strong field.
To prove that it is truly hard to pin down what is responsible when things go wrong one can cite the case of Walter Browne. He traveled only from Berkeley, yet this six-time winner of the championship lost his first four games.
- DILLYDALLYING - Tournament competitors were more wary years ago in the early rounds. It was as though each one wanted to hold back on playing sharp opening variations until the others exposed their secret innovations and prepared analysis.
There was a lot of tentative Reti and English openings, and you would not get to look at open games until about the fifth round. Most of the action came from players walking around the room watching the other games when it was their opponents turn to move.
Now it is far more likely for serious battle to get under way on the first day. Whether the reason is that today's players are more confident in launching themselves into the fray or that the habit of coming out fighting has been fostered by so many Swiss-system events, where casual draws keep you out of the prize money, is not clear.
- CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOLVERS! - Gene Wagstaff, Justin Blair, Michael Harsch, Ray Jackson, David Kirk, Wendell R. Hurst, Hal Knight, Jim Turner, Al Nicholas, Mel Puller, Aaron Kennard, Ann Neil, Mark Stranger, Ted Pathakis, Brian Harrow, Robert Tanner, Kay Lundstrom, Paul R. Lindeman, Monroe Iversen, Brian Griffith, William D. Rice, William DeVroom, Covert Copier, Joan Nay, Dean Thompson, Ardean Watts, Raeburn Kennard, John N. Nielsen, Edwin O. Smith, Ken Frost, Hal Harmon, Harold Rosenberg and Reed Adams.