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(February 17-19, Boise, ID)
The Idaho Closed was played in Boise, Idaho at Horizon Elementary School February 17-19, 2007. Forty-two (42) players showed up to play in a very hard fought and enjoyable competition. One could not help but notice the remarkable playing strength of the younger upcoming players who showed maturity and quality beyond their years.
There were many "upsets" (meaning the player expected to win did ot always win). For the first time in years, we filled every class and gave out every trophy. And it was so nice that every player except one was able to stay for the awards ceremony and even help clean up after the event was over. In his acceptance speach, Hans Morrow, 71, informed us all that this would be his last Idaho Closed as he was going to be moving to Utah later this year. But he will also likely be playing in the "open" tournaments put on by the ICA which are open to all players from all states.
Another point of interest is that this was Glen Buckendorf's forty-ninth (49th) consecutive Idaho State Championship! He has actually played in more than 50 events since his first one in 1947, but in 1958, Glen says he was sent out of town on a business trip and had to miss it that year. From that point forward he never missed even one. 2008 will be Glen's 50th consecutive event. We wish Glen the best of luck and look forward to that very important historical achievement.
The tie-break method used was in the following order: 1) Head-to-head (when only 2 are tied for a prize); 2) Modified Median; 3) Solkoff; 4) Cumulative; and 5) Opponent's Cumulative.
Here is a list of the prize winners:
In addition, four (4) more special awards were given out in honor of Glen Buckendorf, 10 time Idaho State Champion. Personally autographed chess books were given to Sam Seiniger, Tom R. Booth, Barry D. Eacker, and Matthew Dominick.