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2011 Western Idaho Open
(December 10-11, Boise, ID)

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

Tournament Director, Jeff Roland joins the players who were still in the tournament in the final round of the 2011 Western Idaho Open, for this group photograph. Not pictured were James McGarvey and Kurt Douglas, who were still in the tournament, but who were not on hand to be in the group photograph.

Tournament Report

by Jeff Roland
Chief Tournament Director

Twenty-nine (29) players attended the 2011 Western Idaho Open chess tournament which was held at the Boise State University (BSU) Student Union Building, Hatch Ballroom, on December 10-11, 2011. The Tournament Director (TD) was Jeff Roland. As we had an Internet connection and the TD was also the Webmaster for the ICA website, round-by-round coverage of the event was posted soon after the start of every round, which included pairings, results, wallcharts, and even all the games of the round just completed!

Three (3) players were eligible to play in the Reserve Section but elected to play up into the Open Section (Nathan Jiang, Carmen Pemsler, and Kory Puderbaugh). Two (2) players came from out of state, Clement Falbo, Joseph, OR, and Steven Merwin, Richland, WA. Four (4) other players travelling from out of town yet from within Idaho were John Carr (Victor) and Adam, Desmond, and Dylan Porth (Bellevue). The rest of the players were local from the Treasure Valley.

Paul Johnson, Boise, won first place in the Open Section with 4 points, followed by Caleb Paul Kircher, Nampa, and Nathan Jiang, Eagle, with 3½ points each. The performance of Nathan Jiang was very impressive (he was provisionally rated at 1022, played up into the Open Section, and his USCF rating increased 491 points to end up at 1513 after these 5 games).

In the Reserve Section, Peter John Olsoy, Boise, and Jamie Lang, Meridian, tied for 1st-2nd place at 4 points each, followed by Adam Porth, Bellevue, at 3rd place with 3½ points.

The ICA would like to thank Phil Weyland for his help in securing the playing site, and to BSU and the BSU Chess Club for hosting the event. ICA also thanks Jeff Roland for directing, web posting, and for taking so many photographs throughout the event. And special thanks go to all the players for coming and playing. We trust everyone had a great time, and we look forward to seeing everyone at future ICA events.