A record 194 players participated in the annual U.S. Amateur Chess Tournament at Utah's Snowbird Ski and Summer resort last weekend.
The tournament was played in two sections: "open" for players whose U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) national ratings are less than 2,200, and "reserve" for players with national ratings less than 1,800.Steve Gordon of Utah topped the "open" section with a perfect score of 6-0. Fifty players were in this section.
Because the tournament was "amateur," there were no cash prizes. Trophies and other items were awarded to the top players in a number of classifications, as follows:
1. Steven Gordon, Utah, 6-0
2. Kevin Johnson, Utah, 5-1
3. Hans Morrow, Utah, 5-1
4. James Ziter, Utah, 4 1/2-1 1/2
5. Robert Feldstein, New York, 4-2
1-A. Robert Libby, Utah, 4-2
2-A. Jeff Phillips, Utah, 4-2
1-B. Glenn Miller, Colorado, 3 1/2-2 1/2
2-B. Eliot O'Brien, New Mexico, 3-3
1-C. Jeff Holt, Utah, 1 1/2-4 1/2
2-C. Steve Wiscombe, Arizona, 1 1/2-4 1/2
1st Senior: Benjamin Gross, California, 4-2
1st under 16: Steve Lee, Utah, 4-2
Under 13: Byron Wiscombe, Arizona, 1 1/2-21/2
Final standings and prize winners in the "reserve" section were:
1. David Burkhard, Utah, 5 1/2-0 1/2
2. Brian Hammond, Utah, 5-1
3. Michael Bond, Utah, 5-1
4. Shane Wilde, Utah, 4 1/2-1 1/2
5. Arthur Laske, Ohio, 4 1/2-1 1/2
1-C. Clark Barrett, Utah, 4 1/2-1 1/2
2-C. Jeff Robison, Utah, 4-2
1-D. Comer Moore, Utah, 3 1/2-2 1/2
2-D. Ben Kester, Utah, 3 1/2-2 1/2
1-E. Danny Sisneros, Colorado, 4-2
2-D. Gary Pederson, Utah, 3 1/2-2 1/2
1st unrated: Al Grotzinger, Utah, 4-2
1st women: Barbara Goldstein, Utah, 2 1/2-3 1/2
1st under 16: Chris Jenson, Utah, 3-3
1st under 13: Gregg Sargent, Utah, 3-3
1st under 11: Joshua Wiscombe, Arizona, 2-4
1st under 9: Arthur Wiscombe, Arizona, 2-4
The tournament was directed by Robert Tanner, a certified national senior director by the USCF. He is also president of the Utah Chess Association, which sponsored the tournament.
Tanner was assisted by Bruce McMaster, a senior tournament director, and Michael Bond, a club tournament director.
- A CHAMPION - "If you are a champion, the world hangs with bated breath on your every sneeze," reported Robert Byrne, chess editor of The New York Times.
"That was evident from what happened in the Fourth World Cup Tournament, which was held recently in Barcelona, Spain.
"After Gary Kasparov got off to a weak start in the event and was not doing anything noteworthy at the halfway mark, nose and face watchers spotted what they called a rash befouling the countenance of the titleholder from the Soviet Union.
"Their anxiety on his behalf was confirmed when he found it necessary to take an illness postponement with the British grandmaster Jonathan Speelman.
"But as the Seattle grandmaster Yasser Seirwan reported in the May 14 issue of Inside Chess, the only visible traces of debility to Kasparov were a few fever blisters.
"It did not prevent him from defeating Speelman in a makeup session a few days later, nor stop him from eventually sharing first place in the tournament.
"By the time the 12th round was reached, Kasparov was mowing down all his opponents."
- CONGRATULATIONS to the solvers! Ann Neil, William DeVroom, Joan Nay, Edwin O. Smith, Jim Turner, William D. Rice, Dr. Harold Rosenberg, Prof. Ardean Watts, Michael Marsch, Mel Puller, Covert Copier, Paul R. Lindeman, Allan Nicholas, Robert Tanner, Dean Thompson, Hal Knight, Mark Stranger, Jogn Nielson, Brian Griffith, Mark H. Timothy, Ken Frost, Wendell R. Hurst, Raymond Linner, Kay Lundstrom, Hal Harmon, David D. Kirk, Erick DeMillard and Alan E. Brown.