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2014 ICA Players Memorial
(August 23-24, Boise, ID)

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Score Sheets: Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5 Pairing Sheets


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Winners of the 2014 ICA Players Memorial (Open Section). L-R: Michael Hosford (3rd), Esteban Ruiz Proaño (1st), Nathan Jiang (2nd). Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.

Tournament Report

By Jeffrey Roland

29 Players attended the 4th Annual ICA Players Memorial held in Boise, Idaho over the August 23-24 weekend in Boise, Idaho. Jeffrey Roland was the tournament director.

In the Open Section, the winner was 17-year-old foreign exchange student, Esteban Ruiz Proaño now residing in Caldwell who comes to us from Ecuador in South America with 4.5/5 points. Second place was the 2013 Idaho Scholastic Champion, Nathan Jiang of Eagle with 4/5 points. Third place was top-rated Michael Hosford of Bellevue, Washington who traveled the farthest to play scoring 3.5/5 points.

In the Reserve Section, the winner was Kevin Yang of Boise with 5/5 points. Second place was Michael Rabadan of Yakima, Washington with 4/5 points who pre-registered for this event way back in May. There was a 4-way tie for 3rd-6th place between Daniel Duan, Justin He, Kevin Xu, and Celeste Hollist, all from Boise and all scoring 3/5 points.

This was the third of three consecutive monthly tournaments by the Idaho Chess Association (ICA) to be held at the same venue of the Library! Plaza Business Mall which is near the corner of Cole & Ustick in Boise. Structurally-speaking, this tournament was the same as the Idaho Open and the ICA Summer Classic. But every tournament, just like every chess game, is unique, special, and different.

To say "a good time was had by all," while true, doesn't quite capture everything nor do the many pictures and video taken by Jeffrey Roland. To really appreciate chess and tournaments one really needs to play. At tournaments, there are good times, great memories, and great life experiences.

The tournament was started in 2011 after the death of Glen Buckendorf, Jr. on September 12, 2011. The concept was to have an annual tournament honoring the memory of all Idaho chess players who have passed away but who loved the game, loved Idaho chess, who were a part of Idaho chess, and who would have played in this tournament (with us) if they were alive today. All who played in this tournament have added to the rich history of Idaho chess.