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Idaho Chess History Project

Idaho Chess History Project is an ongoing project to preserve the history of chess in Idaho. Click here to see a list of those who have, over the years, contributed to this work. We are adding new and refining old information as it becomes available through ongoing research. It is a work in progress.

It is humbling, rewarding, and inspiring all at the same time to see what has happened before, how that affects current history of today, and how what we do today shapes the future.

We invite everyone to participate in Idaho chess events and become part of the rich and rewarding Idaho Chess History!



In 1997, the ICA published the first "Idaho Chess History" (shown above). The book was 182 pages and might take a while to download depending on your bandwidth. To view/download, click on one of the following two links:

Idaho Chess History (20MB)

Idaho Chess History (82MB)

The book was also scanned in high definition to better preserve it for history, and that takes 304MB in file size and is therefore not available to download from this website.


Personal Chess Histories

Glen Buckendorf Jr.


The years 1947-1955

The Idaho Chess Association (ICA) was formed in 1947. Early records for the ICA are hard, if not impossible, to come by. Research is currently in progress for this time period. There will be some material forthcoming for this time period.

Please contact the Webmaster if you have information or material from this time period.

Newspaper clippings and various odds and ends: 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955,


The years 1956-1966

The Idaho Chess Quarterly/Bulletin as re-typed by Jeff Roland. Typos, spelling errors, and other errors in the original work have been corrected when known. Tie-break points, however, are not corrected. They are listed as they were in the original publication, as history recorded them, and as the players of the day accepted them.

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1960    1960-12
19611961-021961-041961-061961-101961-12
19621962-021962-041962-061962-101962-12
19631963-021963-041963-061963-101963-12
19641964-021964-041964-061964-101964-12
19651965-031965-061965-09  
19661966-03    

The years 1966-1981

In 1966, it was decided to discontinue the Idaho Chess Bulletin, as published by the Idaho Chess Association. Dick Vandenburg continued to produce the "Idaho Chess Bulletin" under the banner of Northwest Chess Letter. Vandenburg also produced occasional reports that were sent to Idaho chess players called "Idaho Chess Report". There were also various miscellaneous mailings sent to the members to report results. Here are the articles, reports, and mailings for the period 1966-1981 as re-typed into html code by Jeff Roland, with minimal corrections to correct spelling errors and to use more graphic diagrams.

Northwest Chess Letter and Northwest Chess magazine and website © Northwest Chess, All Rights Reserved (except for public domain information and news). Used here by permission. Downloaded magazines are free for private non-commercial use, including chess club educational use. For any other uses, please contact the Northwest Chess Business Manager at www.nwchess.com.

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1982-1989 Section

1982

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1986

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1988

1989


1990-2004 Section

1999