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Rowland Hall-St. Mark's Upper School, 843 Lincoln (940 East), will host the 1990 Utah State Elementary Championship Tournament Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21.

It will be a seven-round, Swiss system tournament in which every player will play every round (no eliminations).Registration will be from 3 to 4 p.m. on April 20.

The first round is scheduled for 5 p.m. Round 2 will follow immediately after Round 1.

Round 3 will be at 9 a.m. April 21, and Rounds 4-7 will run consecutively.

Time limit for the event has been at 30 minutes for each player, with "sudden death" set at the one-hour mark.

Some 34 trophies will be awarded. Four will be given to the top four in each grade (K and 1st grade will be combined) and the top six teams made up from the four best scores from each school.

Two special rules will apply: First tie-break system will be cumulative and perfect scores will be decided by a playoff game.

The fee for the tournament has been set at $5 if received by April 16. Registration at the tournament site will be $7. Entry fees should be sent to Peter Johnson, 2080 Mapleridge Drive, Bountiful, UT 84010.

Food will be on sale both days.

The 1990 Utah State Elementary Championship is sanctioned by the Utah State Elementary Chess Association and sponsored by Rowland Hall-St. Mark's Chess Club.

For additional information call: Peter Johnson, 524-2750 (day), 292-6265 (evening); David Lither, 355-7485 (day), 532-7142 (evening) or Robert Tanner, 946-6811 (evening).

The tournament is open to all chess players from kindergarten through the sixth grade. The organizers expect more than 250 students to participate individually or as part of an elementary school team.

- PLAY TO WIN! - It is frequently pointed out that too many grandmasters are all too quick to settle for the strategic draw. If less than 55 percent of a tournament's games are drawn, it is considered a real rouser.

"I am not interested in second prizes," Denmark's super-grandmaster, Bent Larsen, told a reporter who pointed out that his tournament scores show more wins and more losses than most tournament grandmasters.

"It's a grandmaster's duty," he continued, "to win."

Not all chess players agree. Many accused Larsen of the cardinal sins: chutzpah and overconfidence. Boris Spaasky, one-time world champion, also added more: optimism

Overconfidence? Optimism? Possibly. Not all chess masters are so richly endowed.

You don't have to be a mere challenger to lack confidence. After Alexander Alekhine conceded the final draw in their 1935 match that made a world champion of Holland's Max Euwe, there was pandemonium in the hall and literally, dancing in the streets as traffic came to a stop in central Amsterdam.

But then came the victory banquet and Euwe's startling modest speech. It stunned his admirers when he candidly admitted that he didn't believe he would remain a champion very long. And, of course, he didn't, losing the title back to Alekhine in his very first defense two years later.

Larsen's own steadfastness aggravates his supporters. They accuse him of overestimating himself and underestimating his opponents. His refusal to settle for draws has resulted in huge losses of cash from secondary prizes. The arguments, it is reported, roll off his back.

- CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOLVERS! - Ted Pathakis, William DeVroom, Edwin O. Smith, Covert Copier, Harold Rosenberg, Kay Lundstrom, Brian Harrow, Ann Neil, Joan Nay, Gene Wagstaff, David L. Evans, Hal Harmon, Dean Thompson, Paul R. Lindeman, John H. Neilsen, Jim Turner, Glannin Cloward, Ardean Watts, William D. Price, Dale R. Brimley, Nathan R. Kennard, Raeburn G. Kennard.