(May 18-19, Pocatello, ID)
by Jeff Roland
For the fourth time 77-year-old Hans Morrow of Farmington, Utah won the Idaho Open, which this year held at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho over the May 18-19, 2013 weekend, with a score of 4.5 points. On three of those four occasions (2001, 2008, and 2013), he was outright first place, and in 2010 he shared first place with Katie Abderhalden of Boise, Idaho. Hans has also won the Idaho Closed when he lived in Pocatello back in 2007.
Bryan Leano of Draper, Utah and Abhinav Mathur of Salt Lake City, Utah tied for 2nd-3rd place with 3.5 points.
In the Reserve (U1400) Section, Valerie Hart of West Point, Utah won first place with a perfect 5 points. Wesly Harston of Sindon, Utah was second place with 3.5 points, and Jacob Nathan of Idaho Falls was third place with 2.5 points.
Jay Simonson of Idaho Falls was the Chief Tournament Director and ICA President, Jeff Roland of Boise was Assistant Tournament Director.
One thing that stood out about this tournament was the unusually high percentage of out-of-state players. These visiting players were warmly received and welcomed by all. Out of the 22 players, 10 were from Utah, one was from Nyssa, Oregon, and one came all the way from North Bend, Washington (which is just outside Seattle), and one player came from Evanston, Wyoming. Only nine players came from Idaho, and only three of those nine players came from the eastern part of the state.
The tournament was very well run by Jay Simonson. All 48 games can be found by clicking on the Games link to this report.
We thank all the players who attended and it is hoped that everyone will return for more ICA tournaments in the future, especially the ICA Summer Classic which is coming over the August 17-18 weekend at BSU in Boise, Idaho, which like last year's Western Idaho Open should be the premier event of the ICA this year.