Excerpts from Iowa Chess En Passant, 1961-1969

The following excerpts from the Iowa chess magazine, "Iowa Chess En Passant", give a fairly good picture of Iowa chess in the 1960's. There are also several references to Iowa chess events and personalities from the 1950's and earlier.

This information is provided as supplementary material to my webpage "Iowa Chess in the 1960's".

Volume 1, Number 1, June 1961

Editor: Dr. Max Fogel

Publisher: John M. Osness


The first issue of your Iowa chess newspaper will merely serve as an introductory, ice-breaking one. Current plans call for the paper to be printed on a quarterly basis. We'll continue until our funds obtained from the State Tournament run out, and then start on a non-profit yearly subscription rate.

Each reader can help to plan the next regular issue which will appear in September, following the Open Tournament, which will be covered in that issue. I would like to have each of you notify me as to whether you would be interested in a Problems Section, either end-game problems or two or three movers. If we did include such a column, it could be on a competitive basis, with the winner at the end of a year receiving a free subscription for the succeeding year. Please indicate your preference, and we'll let the majority rule.

Another way by which you could help make the paper a success is by contributing (1) news of local activities; (2) results of team matches, individual matches, or individual performances of any Iowan in out-of-state tournaments; (3) your own games which you think were particularly well played. Selected games will be printed in each issue, taken from Iowa tournaments, matches, individual matches or skittles games. These games will be annotated by Ray Ditrichs, myself, or by the winner of the game. We will also have guest annotators selected from Iowa players.

Another feature we'll initiate will be a "Personality Profile" of some of the top Iowa players. Covered will be such aspects as: age at learning the game: age when began to play seriously or intensively; style of play; occupation and other hobbies (we all know that a chess player's occupation should be listed among his hobbies); and outstanding games.

In general, then, the paper will attempt to include everything of importance in Iowa chess. Any usable material, along the lines described above, that is contributed by you will be greatly appreciated. We're going to have correspondents covering the major cities (hopefully!) but each reader can help by contributing games, unusual items, etc. Send your copy to:

Dr. Max Fogel
828 Fourth Avenue
Iowa City, Iowa


The following tournament players are charter subscribers. The Championship Division voted to contribute their refunds to finance the publication of this newspaper. Many of the entrants in the other divisions contributed voluntarily by not collecting their refunds.

Bohning, Daryl
Buelow, Ron
Burrell, Bob
Burrell, Cliff
Clark, David
Cross, Lloyd
Davis, Arthur W.
Dillon, David
Ditrichs, Raymond
Donath, Fritz
Donath, O. Jack
Fogel, Dr. Max
Gallatin, Norman
Grant, Kenneth
Grigsby, Lanney E.
Hardesty, Hubert
Hoak, Robert
Houdek, Carl F.
Huntress, Keith
Jay, Howard W.
Joynt, Dr. Robert J.
Kolody, Philip
Lantow, D. J.
Leslie, Roger
Mahdavi, Mohammad R.
Meline, Bob
Nassif, Dick
Osness, John M.
Palmer, Bob
Penquite, John
Raterman, Leo
Reynolds, Dan
Scorza, Sylvio J.
Shepard, Robert
Strom, Thomas E.
Tarr, Jack
Toole, Bill
Weingart, Dr. Julius S.
Westervelt, A. K.
Wild, Wayne G.

Volume I, Number 2, September-October 1961

Editor: Dr. Max Fogel

Publisher: John M. Osness

Contributors: L.A.Ware, Dan Reynolds, Ray Ditrichs


The Seventh Annual Iowa Open title was captured by an out-of-stater, Richard Long, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, with a score of 4½-½. In the final round, Long drew with Edmund Godbold, Chicago, to clinch the victory. Six players were tied at 4-1: John Penquite (who was upset by Dan Reynolds in the third round), Charles Weldon, Reynolds, Doyle Satterlee, Edmund Godbold and Lawrence Maher. As an index of the increasing strength and popularity of the open tournament, it is interesting to note that only one player currenly residing in Iowa finished in the top seven. (John Penquite has been living in Ann Arbor, Michigan and it seems that John will be lost to Iowa chess for some time, as he is taking a position in Salt Lake City.) Further, the tournament attracted a record-breaking total of 51 contestants in the championship division. It is possible that next year's tournament will require an extra round. The large number of entries raised this year's first prize to $40.

The winner in the challenger's division was William Diehl, Waterloo, with a score of 4½-½. Finishing second was Dr. R. Voetberg, Mt. Vernon, with 4-1. Trophies were awarded to these two players. The tournament directors were R. L. Richardson and John Penquite.

Volume I, Number 3, January 1962

Editor: Dr. Max Fogel

Publisher: John M. Osness

Contributors: L.A.Ware, Dan Reynolds, Ray Ditrichs

Richard Nassif Wins Thanksgiving 30-30

The Fourth Annual Thanksgiving 30-30 Open Chess Tournament was won by Richard Nassif with a perfect score of six wins. The tournament, sponsored by the Cedar Valley Chess Club, was held in the Horizon Room of the Waterloo YMCA on Saturday and Sunday , 25 & 26 November.

Nassif, originally from Cedar Rapids, is living in Waterloo while taking premedical studies at the State College of Iowa in Cedar Falls.

Dr. Max Fogel of Iowa City finished second with a 5-1 score, losing only to David Clark of Cedar Falls. Clark, Howard Jay and Craig Ellyson of Waterloo, and Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge tied for third with 4-2 scores.

The time limit was modified to require only 24 moves in the first thirty minutes. This increased the number of games that lasted thru the first time limit and resulted in more interesting chess and more hours of play.

John M. Osness of Waterloo was director of the tourney that drew 20 competitors, largest field in the history of the tournament.

The game between Nassif and Reynolds in the sixth and final round is the feature of the 30-30 Thriller column in this issue. Other games from this tournament will be published in the next issue.

BRIGHT KNIGHTS, Profiles of Iowa chess players, No 1. (Name suggested by Terry McCarthy, Des Moines)

Ray Ditrichs needs very little introduction to Iowa chess players. A former state co-champion, Ray is always a formidable opponent. His style of play seems at times deceptively unaggressive, yet masked underneath a series of apparently modest moves lies an explosiveness that often erupts suddenly into a winning position. Ray also possesses the knack to steer the opening of a game into positions favorable to his style of play. For several years Ray has been attempting to regain the rank of U. S. Expert which he once held. It seems unlikely that he will be denied for long. Ray recently posted a 5-2 score in the North Central Open.

Ray states: "As a Latvian by birth, it was probably no accident that at some time or antoher I would be introduced to the game of chess. Chess has always been held in high esteem among Latvians, and we have had a considerable number of strong players. To name just a few, active today, the list would include Tal and Gipslis (both currently playing in the USSR championship), Charles Kalme and Edmar Mednis (both scheduled to play shortly in the U.S. championship), L. Endzelins (the present champion of Australia and a grandmaster of correspondence chess)."

Ditrichs' family, with the exception of his father who had to remain, escaped Latvia when the Russians began to occupy that territory. Ray learned to play in Germany in 1945, when he was twelve years old. He did not begin to study chess seriously, however, until after coming to the United States. In 1956 a friend suggested that Ray enter the championship tournament of the Baltic Chess Club of New York City, and he has been a tournament player ever since, as much as time allows.

During the past three years, Ray has attended the University of Iowa and expects to obtain a Ph. D. in child psychology by the end of next summer. Besides his professional interest in psychology, Ditrichs also enjoys listening to music (mostly classical and jazz), is interested in contemporary (20th century) German literature, likes to drink beer, and of course, play chess. "Combining all this with being a family man and raising two young children (one of them a potential chess player) is not always easy, but thus far I have somehow managed."

Says Ditrichs: "When it comes to chess, I have always been a systems man" -- something like Weaver Adams with his Vienna Game -- looking for an opening line which would result in positions that I like to play. But unlike Adams, I have been successful only in eliminating some openings which I don't like. As a result I have become a "Jack of all trades"; and now, when I sit down at a chess board I'm not sure myself whether it will be the King's Indian or the Orthodox Queen's Gambit, the Colle System or the Blackmar Gambit. Thus I cannot answer one of the questions which might be of interest to the reader: "What's a good (or the best) opening line?" Maybe there is no answer -- openings are so much influenced by fashion. Answers to some likely questions? Of course! The next World Champion will be Petrosian, a future World Champion will be Bobby Fischer; the Sicilian Defense will come close to refutation and will undergo an eclipse; and, contrary to current enthusiasm in some chess circles (or squares), the U.S. will not surpass Russian in chess supremacy in the near future. Just compare the Russian chess publications with those of ours: Chess Life and Chess Review and you'll see why. (Of course, he didn't mention the En Passant, which compares favorably to Russian journals -- Ed.) My best chess game? Some future one. My best tournament? The next one.


A well balanced team of six men, representing the Cedar Valley Chess Club of the Waterloo YMCA, scored a surprising 29 ½ points out of a possible 36 to win the 1962 Iowa Team Tournament. It was played at the Waterloo YMCA on Saturday and Sunday, 6-7 January 1962. A total of 27 players perticipated in the four team, double round robin schedule. The final scores were as follows.

     Waterloo, Iowa          29½-6½
     Cedar Rapids, Iowa      17-19
     Storm Lake, Iowa        15½-20½
     Boscobel, Wisconsin     10-26

Players on the winning team are listed by board and score.

     Board 1      Richard Nassif     5-1  
     Board 2      Fritz Donath       3-3
     Board 3      William K. Diehl   5-1
     Board 4      Robert Burrell     5½-½
     Board 5      David Clark        5½-½
     Board 6      John M. Osness     5½-½

Good performances were turned in by these players on other teams.

     Storm Lake     Board 1       Dan Reynolds     5-1
     Cedar Rapids   Boards 1 & 2  J. D. Gorman     4-2
     Cedar Rapids   Boards 2 & 3  Roger Leslie     3½-1½
     Storm Lake     Board 3       Wayne G. Wild    3-3
     Boscobel       Boards 3 & 4  Howard Jay       3-3

Howard Jay is a resident of Waterloo, but lent his talents to Boscobel, as did Sue Etheridge of Storm Lake. Dr. J. Henry Hoffmann and family, of Boscobel contributed a lot of color to the tournament, and their talents give promise of becoming formidable.

This tournament was the first of its kind in Iowa, at least within the memory of those present. Everyone seemed pleased with the competition and perhaps this will become another of Iowa's annual chess events.

Each team will receive a trophy in recognition of its participation and performance.

The tournament director was John M. Osness.


Volume I, Number 4, April 1962

Editor: Dr. Max Fogel

Publisher and Assitant Editor: John M. Osness

BRIGHT KNIGHTS - Profile of Iowa chess players, No. 2

by Dr. Max Fogel

Dr. Julius S. Weingart, of Des Moines, has long been a respected and beloved figure in Iowa chess. While Dr. Weingart has personally preferred to remain in the background, his influence on many of the state's younger players has been evidenced by the many countless hours of teaching that he has provided to any youngster with an inquiring mind and an eager heart. All that he good doctor has asked in return is that the young protege enjoy his chess as an instructive and stimulating hobby, and never to let the pursuit of victory push one to exceed the limits of enjoyability. In behalf of Iowa chess, I wish to thank Dr. Weingart for his generous contributions of time, energy and kindness.

Dr. Weingart feels that the story of his life would be boring, and that "there are not enough interrogation marks in the printer's font to set up one of his games." Nevertheless, we shall offend both the reader and the doctor by presenting an account of both.

The doctor first became "infected with the disease, Xylothism, much too late in life to become more than a wood-pusher." Dr. Weingart maintains that his "only small claim to chess immortality is a story included in a chess anthology in England, where I sit at the foot of a long table of notables."

Dr. Weingart thinks that it was perhaps the thrill of pitting himself against Nature that led his choice of medicine as a profession. His parents encouraged him to follow in his father's footsteps and became a clergyman. Therefore, he had five or six years of Latin and almost as many of Greek in college. Review of the language and literature of these two great ancient peoples (which he has done in later years) has shown Dr. Weingart that "the hours which were spent were not wasted, and the cloud which modern educators have thrown upon them is deplorable."

Says the doctor, "I would not be so silly as to compare the verse of P. Vergilius Maro to the yak-yak of today's television, but I do sincerely believe that the classics set the standard for refined taste, and are fundamental for good judgment in both private and public life."

A deep and enduring love for music led Dr. Weingart early to study the piano, and tenacity and industry did something to offset a "very mediocre supply of talent." He has succumbed to various musical enthusiasms, from being earlier a devoted Wagnerite to becoming in his later years an ardent student of "the incomparably great J. Sebastian Bach." Dr. Weingart suggests that he will leave the reader to guess that he thinks of most modern music, contemporary art and avant-garde poetry.

Time has also been spent in assembling a fine stamp collection. Oh yes, one gathers other hobbies, as a ship does barnacles. A pretty good stamp collection of U.S. mint specimens, dating from a boyhood enthusiasm "until I could afford better copies." Dr. Weingart has also always enjoyed working at puzzles, and chess puzzles in particular. But only if they are clever and do not involve, as the Germans say, "zu viel Holz" (too much wood).

Dr. Weingart was introduced to Caissa during his medical training in New York City, when he lived with his uncle, who was an ardent devotee of the game. He remembers once when, during one of the rare visits to the Manhattan Chess Club, a handsome young man was pointed out to him with the remark "that young Cuban is going to make a mark for himself." (Capablanca, later to become world champion).

It was during the thirties that his wife ("I am sure that she now regrets it") called his attention to a notice that the Des Moines Chess Club was to play a match with Omaha. Dr. Weingart had had no idea such an organization existed, but visited the secretary and was invited to go along. "We lost, but I did no worse than any of our team."

Since then, after a state of suspended animation during the war, he helped in resuscitating the club, and also, for a number of years, taught chess to classes of boys at the Y.M.C.A. With typical Weingartian self-effacement, he closes with this statement: "From these classes some strong players developed and I recommend that you play a game with Max Fogel, John Penquite or Dan Reynolds and see whether these are not my most brilliant moves."

* * *

Since you ask for a game, I offer one which I won at Omaha on October 30, 1948, in a simultaneous exhibition against Weaver Adams. (Let the Recording Chess Angel take up her gold pen and mark this down).

At any rate, W. W. resigned when he came to my table, and that means that I won, does it not?

Weaver Adams has white, and the amateur from Des Moines has black.

Webmaster's note: Game score has been translated into algebraic

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.f4 exf4 5.Nf3 d6 6.d4 Bb6 7.Bxf4 0-0 8.Qd3 a6 9.0-0-0 Be6 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Ng5 Qe8 12.e5 h6 13.exf6 hxg5 14.Bxg5 Qh5 15.Qg3 Nd7 16.Rhf1 Rf7 17.Rf4 Raf8 18.fxg7 Rxg7 19.Rxf8+ Nxf8 20.Ne4 Nd7 21.h4 Qg6 22.Qg4 d5 23.Nf2 Ne5! 24.Qe2 Nf7 25.Nh3 Nxg5 26.Nxg5 c6 27.c3 Bd8 28.Nxe6 Re7 29.Re1 Re8 30.h5 Bg5+ 31.Nxg5 Qxg5+ 32. Resigns.

And Black is the one who is most surprised.

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Your publisher, John M. Osness, had the pleasure of visiting the Marshall Chess Club on Wednesday evening, 28 March 1962. This is a grand old place filled with memories and momentoes of the great and near great in the chess world. The club was founded by the late Frank J. Marshall, International Grandmaster, who was U. S. Chess Champion from 1909 until he retired undefeated in 1936. His widow, Mrs. Caroline D. Marshall, continues as secretary of the club and is a most gracious hostess. Her words of welcome and obvious enthusiasm were in themselves well worth the "country boy's" trip on a bewildering subway. The visitor's game against E. Matzau was an interesting loss, climaxed by two blundering sacrifices that resulted only in three consecutive checks before making the overdue move of "tipping the king."


Volume 2, Number 1, June 1962

Editor: Dr. Max Fogel

Publisher and Assistant Editor: John M. Osness

Reynolds Reigns Again

Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge became the Iowa State Chess Champion for the third time by winning the annual tournament which was held this year in the Memorial Union of Iowa State University at Ames on Saturday and Sunday, 28-29 April. His previous years as champion were 1957 and 1958. He scored 4½ points, finishing with a draw against Dale Gillette of Ames, who tied for second along with Richard Nassif of Cedar Rapids and Arthur W. Davis of Ames with 4-1 scores. Twenty three contestants vied for championship honors. A large trophy crowned with a four-inch golden Chess King is awarded to the Champion. A modest Chess King trophy goes to each of the second place winners.

The ten contestants in the Challengers Divison had a happy hectic up and down battle before John M Osness of Waterloo (4-1) and Maynard Van Roekel of Boone (3½-1½) emerged as the winners. Each is awarded a trophy.

The Junior Champion is David Rundle, 18, of Ames who scored a 4½-1½ to nose out Bob Hayne, 17, of Des Moines in a four player double round robin. Each is awarded a trophy. The two youngest players, Nick Osness, 13, son of John M. Osness, and Carl Webb, 14, son of George Webb, finished third and fourth respectively.

Players new to Iowa tournaments are Dale Gillette, Jens Larson, Gene Fahl, Fred Knowles, Paul Martin, David Rundle, Carl Webb, Maynard Van Roekel, William Berg, and Philip Cox. We welcome them and hope they will continue to be active.

The association is obliged to the Iowa State Memorial Union for providing tournament rooms, and to Arthur W. Davis for making the arrangements. The 1963 Iowa State Championship Tournament will be held at the Waterloo YMCA, home of the Cedar Valley Chess Club.


Midwest Student Team Championship

Iowa added to its prestige in the chess world by conducting the first Midwest Student Team Championship. This event was sponsored by the State University of Iowa Chess Club under the capable leadership of Craig Ellyson.

The University of Minnesota squeezed into first place in the last round by winning from the Wright Junior College A Team while the University of Iowa was being a good neighbor to Minnesota by beating the University of Michigan to keep them from being the winner.

Iowa uncovered a strong player, George Scriabine, for the event and he treated the team to a perfect score on Board 2.

                                     Match Score   Game Points
1. University of Minnesota             4-1             14
2. University of Michigan              3½-1½           13½
3. University of Wisconsin             3-2             12½
4. Wright Junior College               3-2             11½ 
   of Chicago, A Team
5. State University of Iowa            3-2             11
6. Shimer College                      3-2             10½
7. University of New Mexico            2½-2½           11
8. University of Kansas                2-3             8½
9. Wright Junior College               ½-4½            4
   of Chicago, B Team
10. Wisconsin State College            ½-4½            3½
    of Stevens Point

Individual Board Prizes

Board 1 - Milton Otteson (Minnesota)         4-1*
          William Martz (Wisconsin)          4-1
          Slobodan Petrivich (Wright-A)      4-1
*Trophy to Otteson on Sonnenborn-Berger tie break points.
Board 2 - George Scriabine (Iowa)            5-0
Board 3 - Peter Wolf (Michigan)              4½-½
Board 4 - Tom Lucas (Michigan)               5-0


New Officers Elected

At the business meeting held on Saturday, 28 April 1962, the following officers were elected for two year terms.

President: Dr. Max Fogel of Iowa City
1st Vice-President: C. R. (Bob) Meline of Des Moines
2nd Vice-President: Syl Scorza of Orange City

The presiding officer, Vice-President Arthur W. Davis, did not call for the election of a Secretary-Treasurer, or Assistant Secretary. This was based on the assumption that John M. Osness and R. L. Richardson will continue to serve in those respective offices.

Volume 2, Number 2, September 1962

Editor: Dr. Max Fogel

Publisher and Assistant Editor: John M. Osness


Norris Weaver, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Arthur W. Davis of Ames, Iowa triumphed at the 1962 Iowa Open Chess Tournament held at the Sheraton-Montrose Hotel in Cedar Rapids. Both finished with 4½-1½ scores. The prize money was evenly divided ($40 to each player), although Weaver captured first place on Coons tie-breaking points. In the third round, Davis and George Scriabine, of Iowa City, locked horns in a wild contest complicated by time pressure on both sides, with the game ultimately called a draw. Both players claimed the win on time, but the dispute was not resolved in favor of either one. Weaver lost an opportunity to win the title outright when he gave up a draw to Lawrence Maher, of Moline, Illinois in the final round. Six players tied with 4-1 scores, with the third place position going to Thomas Cusick on tie-breaking points. These six players shared $30 prize money.

A handicap system was introduced for the first time at this tournament. This system gives every player rated below expert a chance to win a prize based on a comparison between his expected score (in terms of his pre-tournament rating) and his obtained score. Using this system, John Hoye, of Moline, Illinois was the first prize of $10 and Syl Scorza, of Orange City, Iowa was awarded the second prize of $5.

A tie for first also occurred in the Challengers Division. John M. Osness, Waterloo and Harvey Krebill, Fort Madison, finished with 4-1 scores. Osness was awarded first place on tie-breaking points. Trophies were awarded to both players. Six players were tied with 3-2 scores.

The five round Swiss System tournament was played on Saturday and Sunday, 1-2 September. The Championship Division was USCF rated.

Charles Alden, of White Bear Lake, Minn., won the Junior Division crown, with a score of 5½-½. Nick Osness captured second place with a record of five wins and one loss. Trophies were awarded to both.

Despite new competition this year from the three-day Chicago Open, another attendance record was set at this tournament with a total of 65 entrants. There were 49 players in the Championship Division, 9 in the Challengers Division and 7 in the Junior Division. Thus it seems that even through competition from other tournaments in the midwest area is likely to coninue to increase, the gradual but steady extension in the overall popularity of chess is going to permit continued success in our tournaments. It is even possible that the entry fees may be reduced in future Iowa tournaments because of the success of the past few events. An alternative would be to increase the value of the prizes offered.

A note of thanks should be extended to those who acted as directors of the tournament. John Osness served as Tournament Director. Helping with the enormous amount of details requiring attention at any tournament were Roger Leslie, Dick Nassif, Bob Richardson and Syl Scorza. Any reader who would like to assist in whatever small way at future tournaments is requested to transmit this information to John Osness, who would be most appreciative. For many of the past events, Mr. Osness has handled most of the work by himself. The next contest will be the 5th Annual Thanksgiving 30-30 Tournament (see page 8).

BRIGHT KNIGHTS - Profile of Iowa chess players, No. 3

by Dr. Max Fogel

It is a pleasure in this number of our series to present the recently crowned co-champion of the 1962 Iowa Open Chess Tournament, Professor Arthur W. Davis, of Ames, Iowa. Dr. Davis secured a fine 4½-½ score, giving up only a draw to U. S. Expert George Scriabine, of Iowa City. In the final round, Davis defeated the 1960 Iowa Open champion, John Nowak of Chicago. Tournament successes are not foreign to Dr. Davis, although it took him a few years to get in stride. He played in Iowa tournaments from 1933 to 1937 without any notable success. Finally he hit the jackpot after he had moved to Rapid City, South Dakota during the fall of 1937. In 1938, he won the Black Hills Chess Championship. Then in 1942 he moved back to Iowa, and no state tournaments were held during the war. The tournaments were revived in 1948 and Davis promptly captured the State title. In 1955 he won the championship again. He tied for first place in the 1957 Iowa Open. This year, in addition to his tie for first in the Open, he tied for second in the State closed tournament.

Davis first learned the game when he was in the ninth grade, in 1920. How did it happen that he pursued Caissa rather than checkers, of which he was also fond? One possible hypothesis would attribute this decision to the INHERENT superiority of the game of chess over that of its distant and decidedly poor relation. But with characteristic candor, Davis admits that the reason had more to do with the fact that he could beat his older brother at chess, who in turn could easily beat him in checkers. So his interest "settled" on chess!

Dr. Davis has been very active in the affairs of our state chess association. He has been secretary-treasurer, vice president and president of the organization. At various times he has held each office for several years. Recently he concluded a two year term as vice president.

An active profressional life has placed considerable limitations on the chess activities of Dr. Davis. For example, he at one time played correspondence chess in the Correspondence Chess League of America and won a number of medals for first place finishes in the sections he entered, but was forced to relinquish that activity for lack of time. Davis is a Professor of Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, where he has taught since 1942. He graduated from Iowa State in 1929 (Bachelor of Science degree) with a major in mathematics. He went on to take a Master's degree at the same school in 1931, this time in applied mathematics. Finally, he won the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in 1939, still at Iowa State (apparently he was as persistent and consistent in his educational endeavors as he is in his chess pursuits), in applied mathematics. Teaching positions were held in two schools before he returned to settle at Iowa State. From 1932 to 1936 he was Instructor of Mathematics at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa. From there he went to the South Dakota School of Mines, where he taught from 1937 to 1941. At Iowa State, he began as an Instructor of Engineering Mechanics in 1942, and moved from that level to Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor, and finally was promoted to Professor, the position he now holds. Iowa State University appears to be very influential in the rest of Davis' family, as one might expect. All three of his children have attended that institution. The older boy and girl are graduates and the younger boy is now a freshman, majoring in engineering.

Dr. Davis' chess style may be characterized as aggressive, with emphasis more on attack than defense. He employs straightforward tactical maneuvering rather than subtle positional finesse. He is not one to plan far ahead, but can be quite resourceful despite this. One word of caution for future opponents. It is a mistake to underestimate Dr. Davis' talents, particularly after he may make a series of imprecise or positionally inappropriate moves. For he has a knack of finding clever continuations in difficult positions, and will continue to battle you until the end. He has often "saved" games in this manner. And if he starts muttering to himself about the desparate nature of his situation, be particularly wary, for he probably sees at that time a strong possibility of a won game. There is no doubt that Dr. Davis will continue to be a formidable and pleasant opponent at Iowa tournaments for a long time to come.

Unfortunately for our purposes, Davis does not keep records of his games. We will thus have to omit the usual presentation of a favorite or well-played game from this acount. In regards to this, Dr. Davis points out that "I play for a win, and if I do, fine. If I lose, then I think that was to be expected."

Volume 2, Number 3, December 1962

Editor: Dr. Max Fogel

Publisher and Assistant Editor: John M. Osness


The Fifth Annual Thanksgiving 30-30 Open Tournament was held in Waterloo on November 24-25, sponsored by the Cedar Valley Chess Club. A total of 16 contestants participated in the event at the Waterloo Y.M.C.A. building. This represents a good turnout for an increasingly popular form of tournament chess. Kenneth Grant and Jack Donath managed to survive six hazardous rounds with only one defeat to mar their records, finishing with 5-1 scores and a tie for first place. Both received $12.50 in prize money. Grant gained the tie by defeating Donath in the last round, thus rallying from a second round loss to Howard Jay. Four players obtained 4-2 scores which was good for a third place tie. They were Bob Burrell, Fritz Donath, Richard Runke and Roger Leslie. Prizes based on performance relative to initial handicap standings were also awarded. The first handicap award was won by Burrell and the second award was given to Jay.

Readers who did not participate in the tournament might well consider the attractions of a one and one-half holiday event which moves rapidly and provides plenty of challenges. This might be the type of affair ideally suited for those of you who do not like or are unable to attend long tournaments. I urge you to consider the possibility of a trip to Waterloo next year. You will find this type of chess both enjoyable and frustrating, but always exciting.



In the annual Christmas ten-second tournament held at the University of Iowa on December 13, first place was shared by Dr. Leo Raterman, Ray Ditrichs and Mohammed Mahdavi.

IOWA CHESS TEAM LEAGUE - It appears to be dormant at the moment, although Illowa recently played a match with Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids have planned a match for Sunday, January 6, 1963.

CQ - Kenneth Grant now has a ham radio station and the possibility of playing a match via the air waves has been discussed.

REYNOLDS RECORD AT ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS - Worthy of a supplement to the report in the last issue in September is that Dan Reynolds (4-1) lost only to strong Angelo Sandrin. The Reynolds-Weldon game is presented elsewhere in this issue.

ELLYSON IN ENGLAND - Craig Ellyson, SUI graduate from Waterloo, sent a Christmas card to John M. Osness from 3 Nevern Road, London, S. W. 5, England. He asked to be remembered to all his chess mates. He will be in England working for an insurance company until May when he will tour the continent.

NORTH CENTRAL OPEN IN MILWAUKEE - Ray Ditrichs (4-3), Mohammed Mahdavi (3-4) and Dick Nassif (4-3) played in Thanksgiving weekend tournament.

BRIGHT KNIGHTS - Profiles of Iowa Chess Players, No. 4

by Dr. Max Fogel

The title of Dean of Iowa Chess might well be bestowed on Dr. Arthur E. Crew, who currently resides at 1160 9th Avenue, in Marion. Dr. Crew is undoubtedly the elder statesman in Iowa chess championship circles. He won the state championship title in 1912! This tournament was held in Dayton, Iowa on August 27 and 28 of that year. The trip was made by car with a druggist from Blairstown who took six players from the Cedar Rapids-Marion area. One of the players, incidentally, was Mr. Lee Edwards, who was many times state champion himself. First prize in the 1912 tournament was a set of ivory and boxwood chessmen, which Dr. Crew still uses. A treasured memento, and one wonders how many modern sets will still be in usable condition after fifty years.

Dr. Crew was born on November 9, 1875, on a farm eight miles northeast of Marion, in Linn County, Iowa. He became a graduate of Marion High School in 1894. Then came a college education, consisting of two years at Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa; one year at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, and then on to the University of Iowa where he obtained the M.D. degree in 1902. After conquering medical school, he was conquered himself a couple of years after when he married Bertha Ives, also of Marion, on June 29, 1904. Dr. Crew's family consists of a son (Philip I. Crew, M.D., a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology practicing in Cedar Rapids, who kindly sent along information for this article), a daughter (Ruth Crew Gee of West Palm Beach, Florida), four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A visitor from England by the name of John Finney taught the game of chess to Dr. Crew during the years 1906-1910. He began playing frequently with Mr. Charles Harmer, circulation manager of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Mr. Harmer had an extensive chess library and was perhaps the best read chess player in the area. It was difficult for him to play, however, because his games left him with a "chess hangover" and he experienced many a sleepless night recalling the moves of the game he had just finished. But his enthusiasm for the game and his well-stocked library were strong influences on Dr. Crew's chess experience.

During the same year that Dr. Crew won the Iowa title, he also traveled to Chicago and participated in the Western Association Tournament sponsored by the Kenwood Chess Club on the south side. In 1914 he played in the National Championship Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee. He was defeated by Mr. B. B. Jefferson, who won the championship that year, successfully defending the title he won at Chicago in 1913. During World War I, Dr. Crew played Chess en route to Europe with a Canadian doctor on board ship. As is typical of chess bugs - any time, any where. He was also very active in correspondence chess and has won several tournaments in the postal field.

Dr. Crew has continued to be active and has attended many tournaments and matches in Davenport, Waterloo, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and elsewhere. In 1954 he played in the United States Open in Milwaukee. Two years later, at the age of 81, he played in the New Orleans Open Tournament. While there he was intrigued by a visit to the Paul Morphy Memorial, which contains the trophies and souvenirs won by Morphy during his reign as the American and world champion. The year 1958 found Dr. Crew in Los Angeles, where he played in a tournament in which 150 players, some of national renown, competed for the top prizes.

Despite hospitalization and surgery a few months ago, Dr. Crew remains an active man. For the past several years he has played at the Cedar Rapids Chess Club and plays almost daily with friends. Thus the span of his interest in chess has extended over fifty-five years. Truly a remarkable chess career. May it have continued longevity.

Cedar Rapids walloped Waterloo on Sunday, 6 January 1963. Their five A players and one B-C player scored as expected against Waterloo's three B and three B-C players.


Volume 2, Number 4, March 1963

Editor: Dr. Max Fogel

Publisher and Assistant Editor: John M. Osness


It is with regret that I must submit my resignation as editor of our young state chess quarterly, the "En Passant". In June I will be moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to begin a new job on a psychological research project. There will be insufficient time available for me to launch the June issue, as I will be immersed in all the details necessarily entailed in such a long distance relocation. I have enjoyed my tenure as your editor, and appreciate the opportunity extended to me to serve in this capacity. I certainly hope that the paper has provided some stimulation and promotion of interest in Iowa chess, for that is its primary function. I would like to remind you, however, that even more cooperation is needed from the readers, a point which has been made on several occasions in the past. A small number of persons have been very helpful in submitting games and annotations. In an amateur publication such as this, a broad base of readership support would be most useful. The news items could be timelier, and games and other features could be more representative of the overall chess activity in the State. But turning to a more positive note, I feel that the paper has gotten off to a successful start, although there is much room for improvement. Its quality can hopefully be maintained and also enhanced. The job of editor will prove to be an interesting challenge for someone who has some idea about what a small chess quarterly should look like and what it should include. Applicants for the job should contact John Osness or myself, preferably by mail as soon as possible or at the State Tournament. Incidentally, I would like to thank Publisher Osness at this time for his invaluable assistance in the preparation of the copy and the handling of the many details which always arise in such a venture...............MF


The University of Iowa was represented by seventeen students in the games competition at the Regional Association of college Unions Tournament at Lawrence, Kansas, on February 14. The students compete in bowling, billiards, table tennis and chess against representatives from college unions in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. The chess team members were Raymond Ditrichs, Iowa, City, Andrew Lacis, Burlington; Mohammed Mahdavi, Teheran, Iran; and George Scriabine, Iowa City.


On Saturday, April 20, at 6:30 P.M., following the first two rounds of the State Championship Tournament at the Waterloo YMCA, the annual business meeting of the state assocition will be held. Amond the items of business will be the election of a new President of the association and selection of editor of the En Passant. Everyone interested is urged to attend.

Volume III, Number 1, June, July, August 1963

Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Publisher and Assistant Editor: John M. Osness


Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge retained his title of Iowa State Chess Champion by scoring 4½-½ in the annual tournament. There were 25 entrants, including former champions John Penquite and Raymond Ditrichs. Tied for second with 4-1 were Penquite, Ditrichs, Syl Scorza and Richard Nassif. Nassif won the four games that he played but was ironically missing during the third round due to unfortunate circumstances that let him sleep too long. Reynolds' victory hinged partly on his game with Richard Moran, airman from Sioux City, which was adjudicated in Reynolds' favor by a very narrow margin. Missing from the tournament for the first time after being a contender continuously since 1948 was Arthur W. Davis. Moran and Arnold Adelberg of Grinnell, who scored 3-2, were welcome newcomers to the Iowa chess wars.

In the Middle Class Division young Bob Burrell and veteran Clay Robison each won four games and then played to a draw against each other in the final round to become Co-Champions.

Lee DeWitt won three of his four games in a double round robin to become the Junior Champion.


The business meeting included election of several officers due to vacancies created by the imminent departure of Dr. Max Fogel who will become a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the request of John M. Osness to be relieved of the responsibilities of the positions of Secretary and Tournament Director. Vacancies created by Dr. Fogel's departure are the Presidency and Editorship of Iowa Chess En Passant. In the meeting conducted by President Fogel the following were elected: President, Dr. T. C. Sturgeon; Secretary, Richard Nassif; Treasurer, John M. Osness; Tournament Director, John Penquite; Editor, Willis G. Vanderburg.

Vice Presidents Syl Scorza and C.R. "Bob" Meline continue their present terms which expire in 1964. Syl accepted the job of Statistician.

John M. Osness will continue as Publisher and Assistant Editor of Iowa Chess En Passant.

A major change in determining the State Champion was adopted by passage of a motion that the six players making the highest score in the annual tournament participate in a round robin and the winner of it become the State Champion. The round robin is to be played within four weeks following the tournament and at least four of the six eligible players must participate.

(Publisher Osness notes that an effort was made to conduct such a round robin following this year's tournament, but was postponed indefinitely. This may raise doubts about the feasibility of the method. The average players are perfectly willing to let the strongest players vie for the title in a round robin, but it would be a shame if it became a farce. Serious consideration might better be given to holding it concurrently with the annual tournament with the participants being the highest rated players present with the possible exception of including the winner of the previous year's Class A Division.)


Two chess sets were offered by Willis G. Vanderburg as prizes for the best games submitted for consideration. John Penquite and Dan Reynolds were the judges. The results are as follows:

1. Dan Reynolds for his game against Adelberg.
2-3. (Tie) John Penquite and Ray Ditrichs for their game
4. O. Jack Donath for his game against Dr. Max Fogel
5. Robert Shepard for his game against Richard Runke.
6. Richard Nassif
7. Syl Scorza
8. Dr. Max Fogel
9. Howard Jay

Several of these games are included in this issue.


by John M. Osness


1948 marked the occasion of the first Iowa State Championship Chess Tournament after World War II. President Willis G. Vanderburg made the arrangements to hold it at the Russell Lamson Hotel in Waterloo. The winner of the Class A Championship was Professor Arthur W. Davis. Tied for second were Dr. Julius S. Weingart, Marvin Baldwin, and Lyle Kenyon. The Class B Division was won by Max Fogel, 14, of Des Moines. Tied for second were Dr. L. P. Bigelow and John M. Osness. A total of twenty players participated. Alfred Ludwig, Nebraska State Champion from Omaha directed the tournament. John Penquite, 13, was the youngest player to enter. He placed fourth in the Class B Division.


1953 was the year that John Penquite retained his title of Iowa Chess Champion. This was the second year he won a clear title and the fourth year that he won at least a share of it. Arthur W. Davis, Peter Muto, Marvin Baldwin and Charles Rosburg tied for second place.


1958 marked the year that Dan Reynolds defended his title of Iowa Chess Champion for the first time. A total of 44 players in the tournament held at the YMCA in Des Moines. Second place went to Milford Mott for the second consecutive year. In the six player Junior Division, the Champion was Lloyd Gayman and the second place went to Roger Holler.


"CHESS LIFE" is featuring a "ROSTER OF CHAMPIONS", listing the state champions for each year as far back as records are available. Present records of the Iowa State Chess Association include 1948 to date. It is requested that all Iowa chess veterans search their files and scrap books for valid information about previous years. Please send it to the Editor or Publisher so that a list can be compiled and forwarded by October.

Volume III, Number II, September 1963

Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Publisher and Assistant Editor: John M. Osness

Game Editor: R. L. Richardson

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware


Charles Weldon of Milwaukee won the Ninth Annual Iowa Open Chess Tournament with a perfect score of 5-0. The final round at the Sheraton-Montrose Hotel in Cedar Rapids pitted him against Master Curt Brasket of Minneapolis. The score of their game appears in this issue. Second place went to Lazlo Fiscor of Minneapolis with a score of 4½-½. First place paid $40.00, second $30.00. Tied for third which paid $12.00 to each of the five were: Ray Ditrichs of Iowa City, John Penquite of Des Moines, Charles Musgrove of Northlake, Illinois, Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge, and W. D. Smith of St. Paul. They place third through seventh in the above order according to Solkoff points.

Winner of first place in the Middle Class Division was Dr. Robert Olson of Minneapolis with 4½-½. John M. Osness of Waterloo won the second place trophy on tie break points, but was tied for game score of 3-2 by Glenn Downing of Cedar Rapids, R. B. Desmond of Webster City, Dr. Robert Voetberg of Mt. Vernon, Harvey Krebill of Fort Madison and Carl Houdek of Muscatine, who finished third through seventh in that order.

Robert Beardsley of Cedar Rapids dominated the Junior Division with a 5-0 score to win the first place trophy. Trophy winners of second place were Frank Spinka and Don Munsell, both of Cedar Rapids, with scores of 3½-1½ and 14 Solkoff points.

The field of seventy-five broke all previous records. Fifty-four were in the Open Division, eleven in the Middle Class, and ten in the Junior.

The prize fund was increased due to the good turn out, and the following were winners in their class:

Class A: James Fuller of Chicago and Richard Nassif of Cedar Rapids. $5.00 each.
Class B: Dennis Royal of Des Moines and Dr. T. C. Sturgeon of Cedar Rapids. $4.00 each.
Class C: Marvin Pederson of Rock Island, Illinois, and Roy Healey of Fairmont, Minnesota. $4.00 each.

Iowa lost two players right after the tournament. John Penquite moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan and Ray Ditrichs moved to Dekalb, Illinois.

The tournament, played on Saturday, 31 August and Sunday, 1 September, was capably handled by John Penquite, Tournament Director; Syl Scorza, Assistant Director and Statistician; Richard Nassif, Secretary, and John Osness, Treasurer in charge of registration and awards.



I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Iowa State Chess Association for their unstinting cooperation in making our Iowa Open at Cedar Rapids a distinguished success. Approximately one-third of the players entered in the Championship Division were from Iowa. Although this is a healthy percentage I fell that many more Iowa chess players should have participated. Is it possible that more inter-club matches should be arranged to increase interest in chess? Quite a large percentage of Iowa players did participate in the lower eschelons now known as Middle Class and Junior Divisions. Perhaps the Middle Class will attract more participants as the Open Division becomes stronger. There are lots of good players rated below 1700 who are the real backbone of chess tournaments. The purpose of naming this section the Middle Class Division is to lend it the respectability that it deserves. Perhaps the time has come to require a USCF membership in this division so that the players will enjoy the prestige of having their National Ratings reflect their performance in this tournament.

Dr. T.C. Sturgeon



Shortly before the recent Iowa Tournament I mailed a letter to all members of the Iowa State Chess Association and also destributed copies of the letter at the tournament. Since then I have received some favorable comments relative to its contents, although there were a sprinkling of college students who felt that one of my statements relative to their "status" was minimized. It is my belief that the Association should make absolutley sure that only actual permament residents of Iowa should be permitted to enter the Iowa "Closed" tournament. This can be done by insisting that registration be limited to persons whose voting precinct is in Iowa. This will eliminate persons known to be from other states who happen to be in Iowa on some temporary basis. As you all know, any person from any state can enter our "Open" tournament, so let's keep it that way!

It is interesting to see that some of the players who have relied on draws early in the tournament to make sure of playing against weaker players in the second and third rounds failed dismally in this time worn effort. Further, the grand-master draws had a decidedly weakening effect as indicated by their Solkoff point ratings.

The results in the Open indicated, too, that such Iowa players as Ditrichs, Penquite and Reynolds were able to outscore some of the highly rated players in the USA.

Quite a few upsets took place among the Iowa group entered in the Championship Division and a perceptable change in their ratings will be accorded to them when the next USCF ratings are published.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank John Penquite, Tournament Director, for his good work as well as our Statistician Syl Scorza, and John Osness who handled many varied duties to which we have all grown accustomed.

Willis G. Vanderburg


by John M. Osness

The 4th Annual Iowa Open Chess Tournament was played at the YMCA, Des Moines, Iowa on 30-31 August 1958. Gerald Johnson of Chicago, Illinois, a former Iowa State student, was the winner with a score of 5-0. Milford Mott of Des Moines was second with 4½-½. Tied for third were Kenneth Grant, Tom Griffiths, Arthur W. Davis and Julius S. Weingart with 4-1. There were a total of 31 entrants.

Volume III, Number III, January 1964

Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Publisher and Assistant Editor: John M. Osness

Game Editor: R.L. Richardson

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware


The first Iowa-North Central Tournament was played in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Saturday and Sunday, 11-12 January 1964. The team championship was won by the "Iowa Champs", consisting of Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge, who is the current Champion, Ray Ditrichs of DeKalb, Illinois, who was an Iowa Champion, and Dick Nassif of Cedar Rapids, and D. Dale Gillette of Ames, who have been and are logical contenders for the title. They had a perfect match score of 4-0, and scored 12½ points out of a possible 16. The Cedar Rapids A team of Robert Bradley, Jr., Kenneth Grant of Davenport, Syl Scorza of Orange City, and Roger Leslie of Cedar Rapids finished second with a score of 3-1. The Illowa Team of Moline, Illinois won the Class B prize by finishing third with a 2-2 score. The Cedar Valley Chess Club team of Waterloo finished fourth with 3-1, while the Cedar Rapids Community Center B team had to settle for last with 0-4.

John Hoye scored the biggest upset by beating Dan Reynolds. Syl Scorza proved that he can beat Dick Nassif when Dick is awake, too. (Dick had the misfortune of losing a game by forfeit to Syl at the State Championship Tournament last spring when he slept too late.)

The out-of-state players dominated the Individual Section, but not until a previously unknown Iowa player by the name of John Wathier scored 3 points in the first four games to earn the right to play the winner, Gordon B. Dunham of Chicago. Dunham won every game for a clear title and first prize of $25.00. Ainis Mengalis of Chicago and Jim Young of Coon Rapids, Minnesota tied for second with 3½-1½, dividing the second and third prizes of $15, and $10. Wathier of Alton (Southwest Iowa) won $5 for the highest scoring player rated Class B or below.

The tournament was directed by John Osness of Waterloo with the help of Syl Scorza, C.R. Meline, and Dick Nassif.



Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge won the Thanksgiving 30-30 with a 5½- ½ score, settling for a draw in the last round against Arnold Adelberg of Grinnell who finished third with 4½-1½. Robert Burrell, 16 years old, of Jesup finished second with 5-1, losing only to Reynolds. Fourth place was shared by Roger Leslie of Cedar Rapids, and the tournaments youngest player, 14 year old Nick Osness of Waterloo with scores of 4-1. The winner won a trophy and cash. Second and third won cash prizes, and a USCF Chess Players pin was awarded to Nich Osness for his Handicap Score which was second high to second place winner Burrell.

Eighteen players made this annual event of the Cedar Valley Chess Club of the Waterloo YMCA another successful venture.



The position of Tournament Director is vacant now that John Penquite has moved to Michigan. This is an opportunity to be of service to your fellow chess players. It is hoped that someone with a strong sense of devotion to duty will volunteer. The job is not as burdensome as it once was because the other officers now assist with the registration and the duties involved in awarding of prizes and summary of results. Every Iowa contestant is urged to give this vacancy serious consideration. The position will have to be filled by election during the business meeting scheduled to be held a the time of the State Championship Tournament.



Word has just been received that U.S. Champion Bobby Fischer will appear at Parson College, Fairfield, Iowa (SE Iowa) in the early part of April. The fee for playing will be $4 or $5, with a charge of $1 for spectators. Players interested in attending should write to John van der Does, 304 Kirkwood, Fairfield, Iowa. He is in the process of confirming the exact date.

It is of course possible that an exhibition may be held in another city too, but no such plans are known at this time. Chess players who can possibly get to Fairfield for the exhibition will surely be rewarded for their efforts. Fischer has just completed a "grand slam" by winning all eleven games against the very best in the U.S. in the process of defending his title.



I would like to compile a history of Chess in Iowa. Perhaps the "old timers" can give me some help. As a former President of the Iowa Chess Association for a total period of 16 years I do know something of early Iowa chess tournament competition. How many readers remember Stewart Gilman, Chris Away, Chris Bang, Judge Chan Pitts, Senator L. Clay, Dr. Art Crew, Dr. Julius Weingart, Phil Gilbertson, A.B. Cook, and Harold Bang? Well, at one time or another in the past they were either State Champions or near champions! How many of you recognize these towns: Sanborn, Sheldon, Le Mars, Orange City, Ames, and Davenport? These towns were once thriving centers of chess culture. Now only Davenport retains a vestige of chess culture... the rest have vanished from the scene.

I would appreciate any tips in connection with gathering material on Iowa chess history. For example, you may know of magazines, etc. which might carry such material. Recently I spent a day in Iowa City at the Iowa State Historical Building (headed by "Steamboat" Bill Peterson, a fellow member of the Society), but there wasn't a single reference to the history of chess in Iowa in that vast complex. By the way, Bill is also anxious to secure this information.

Volume III, Number IV, March 1964

Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Publisher and Assistant Editor: John M. Osness

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware


As our infant newspaper approaches the end of its third year it has new problems. Not chess problems, but problems of existence. The major problem is that of converting copy into a composed form suitable for printing. This task can be easy or difficult depending on the condition in which the copy is submitted. Your editor has contributed as much copy as he has had time for, and your publisher has then supplemented it and obtained the necessary typographical help to get it ready for printing. This arrangement has not been very satisfactory this past year because it has resulted in excessive typographical work and delayed publication which lessens the value of the newspaper. We are indebted to the publisher's employer, the Chamberlain Corporation, for providing the typographical help, and printing it for the cost of the materials and labor only. If this arrangement is to continue the copy must be typed on format paper by the editor so that it will be ready for printing when it is retyped just once.

Your editor and publisher have been fellow chess players, promoters and club members for about sixteen years, so they aren't about to blame each other for the predicament they find themselves in at the moment. Some of the problems arise from the way the responsibility is split between them. The following alternatives are therefore submitted for your consideration and decision at the next business meeting:

1. Elect the present editor to the office of publisher too. He is a newspaper publisher and should be paid for his costs of composing and printing, excluding the time he personally donates as editor. This expense would be greater than at present, but would put the publication on a firm ground if subscription fees extracted from the tournament entry fees are adequate.

2. Elect a new editor who has the ability and facilities to prepare the copy suitable for publication by the present editor, or the present publisher.

3. Elect the present publisher to the office of editor too. This might be only a temporary solution because he prefers that someone else prepare the copy, and there is no assurance that the present printing arrangement will be continued indefinitely.


by W. G. Vanderburg, Editor

The promotion of more chess interest in Iowa seems to me to be the most paramount issue as far as Iowa chess players are concerned.

As related in the last ussue of Iowa Chess En Passant, the centers of chess interest in Iowa (geographically speaking) have shifted considerably. However, there seem to be a large number of "pockets" where chess is played by various small and large groups at schools, recreation centers, and other places but have no contact with the Iowa State Chess Association.

It would be a good idea for all readers of this publication to take enough time off to let Mr. John Osness or myself know where these clubs are located. In turn, players who are members of the Iowa State Chess Associatoin can make it a point to tell the players in these "pocket" areas of the splendid opportunities they have to participate in our various state, district and inter-club tournaments, as well as matches and simultaneous exhibitions.

It seems to me, too, that more matches between players of nearly equal strength should be encouraged, possibly as official state association matches. This would create good chess propaganda that would be well worth the effort ... directly as well as indirectly.

Since Bobby Fischer's defense of his U.S. Chess Championship crown has been played up so much in the various news media, there is much more interest in chess.

It should be our goal to make the year 1964 a banner year for new clubs in Iowa towns and cities now without this wholesome method of increasing the variety and frequency of chess play.

If you have any ideas along this line, let us know about it!


* 5 Years Ago *

The first Thanksgiving 30-30 Chess Tournament was held at the Waterloo YMCA on 29-30 November1958. Robert Bradley won first place with a perfect 6-0 score. Other leading contestants were as follows:

2nd     James Gorman     5-1
3rd     Dan Reynolds     4-2
4-5     Roger Holler     3½-2½
        Larry Bielenberg 3½-2½

The tournament was organized by John M. Osness and sponsored by the Cedar Valley Chess Club.

The 1959 Iowa State Championship Chess Tournament was held at the Sheldon-Munn Hotel in Ames on 2 - 3 May. John Penquite of Des Moines, Raymond Ditrichs and Leo Raterman, both of Iowa City, tied for first place.

R. L. Richardson of Cedar Rapids won first in the Challengers Division, and Richard Nassif of Cedar Rapids won the Junior Championship title.

* 10 Years Ago *

The 1954 State Chess Championship was won by Sumner Sorenson of Iowa City who scored 4½-½. Dan Reynolds of Des Moines won the second place trophy which was awarded for the first time. He won on the basis of Sonenborn-Berger points, being tied at 4-1 with Leo Ratermanis of Iowa City, Clyde Gray of Davenport, and Richard Bullard of Des Moines.

Joe Deines of Algona won the Class B title with a 4-0 score in a round robin that saw Richard Davis place second with 3-1.

A total of 37 participated in the two section tournament at the Sheldon-Munn Hotel in Ames.

* 15 Years Ago *

The 1949 State Chess Champion is A.B. Cook, City Engineer of Waterloo who scored 4½-½. O. Jack Donath, also of Waterloo placed second with a 4-1 score at the tournament played at the Des Moines YMCA.


Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge, and John M. Osness of Waterloo participated in the Minnesota Open, 21-23 February at the YMCA in Minneapolis. Dan scored 3-2 in the extremely strong Premier section which consisted of 28 players rather Class A or above. Master Curt Brasket was leading with a perfect 4-0 when the last round started. Final standings are not known. John played in the Sunday section which was open to all. He won two, drew two, and lost one for a 3-2 score. An amazing total of 166 competed in the four sections, but fell short of the record 189 in 1963.


Willis G. Vanderburg

During the past thirty years it has been the pleasure of my wife Helen and myself to travel throughout the United States, including a year's sojourn in Alaska. In the last eight years we have traveled extensively to foreign countries abroad. But what has all this to do with chess?

Well, being a typical chess potzer who likes to play chess wherever he happens to hang his hat, I have had a lot of fun visiting chess clubs in the various countries. I was always accorded a cordial, although occasionally, a cautious, welcome at many of their clubs.

While in Moscow, Russia I visited at least six clubs. Since many of the players knew either German, Dutch or English I had no trouble in being understood or in understanding. During my stay at the Metropole Hotel in Moscow I recall standing at the reception desk playing the Royal Game with some desk clerks who would take turns playing with me. The first two clerks were obviously beginners, since they did not use standard openings. Subsequently, however, these clerks were replaced by expert "clerks" who had little difficulty in proving they were "superior". The interested queues of observers increased perceptibly when the "clerks" joined in the chess fest.

The genial Germans in Berlin provided me with long lists of clubs in that city. At any time of the day or night one could find some member of these clubs willing to play chess with an "outsider". While in Germany I picked up some interesting books on chess openings by Dr. Euwe from K. Rattman, Hamburg-Billstedt, Steinfurther Alle 12, Germany. They are low priced paper backs.

Although we stayed at a large hotel on the North Sea in the Netherlands, we managed to visit with people in the cafes and hostelries in the rural areas along the sea coast. While we found no Dr. Euwes among the many players we met on these visits, they were still plenty good!

I met some British chaps in London who were not a bit reserved in offering the use of their chess club facilities. I also picked up publications in London while visiting at the British Chess Magazine... a most pleasant place to browse for chess periodicals and news. They carry a wide variety of chess lieterature, and, as they say, "quite inexpensive".

We spent at least two months in India where we met people of many nationalities who would stop to play chess at the drop of a hat. Many of the leading hotels in Bombay, Calcutta and Agra sported several chess boards in their lobbies.

While staying at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan we discovered that many members of the press carried pocket chess boards.

We traveled with a group of newspaper men and women and we frequently played chess aboard the jet plane which flew us from one point to another. Our travels carried us to Army installations in Formosa and South Korea as well as to air-to-air rocketry meets in Yuma, Arizona and SAC bases in Kansas City, Missouri and Pensacola, Florida. Wherever we traveled, we found either avid chess players and fans, or someone who knew where we could meet some stiff competition.

Sparcely populated Alaska has been a chess club paradise. Anchorage, Fairbanks, and even small town such as Valdez, Toc Junction and Nome have their fair share of chess players.

Oddly enough, I seemed to meet more chess players while traveling abroad and around the United States than I meet locally. Perhaps the reason is that in traveling through heavily populated areas there is more chance of finding a chess interested public. So if you want to play lots of chess, Folks ... travel a lot!

Volume IV, Number 1, June 1964

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

Contributing Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Game Editor: Dan Reynolds

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware




Roger Leslie opened the door for a new Iowa State Chess Champion, by beating Dan Reynolds in the third round of the 1964 tournament, but the best that anyone could do was tie him. Equal scores of 4-1 made Co-Champions of Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge, Syl Scorza of Orange City, D. Dale Gillette of Ames, and Richard Nassif of Cedar Rapids. Tied for fifth with 3½-1½ were Arthur W. Davis of Ames, and Roger Leslie of Cedar Rapids. Each of the co-champions was awarded a chess king trophy.

A total of 40 players, including 26 in the Championship Division, played in the tournament at the Des Moines YMCA on 18 and 19 April 1964.

The Middle Class Division was won by Treasurer, Tournament Director John M. Osness of Waterloo with a perfect 5-0 score. Maynard Van Roekel of Boone won the second place trophy with a 3½-1½ score in the group of ten players rated below 1700.

Nick Osness, 15 year old son of John Osness, won five in a row after a first round loss to become Junior Co-Champion with 17 year old Mark Bellnap of Des Moines. Each scored 5-1 in a four player double round robin.



Dr. Julius S. Weingart, M.D., of Des Moines was cited for his contribution to Iowa Chess by one of his outstanding pupils, Dan Reynolds, during the business meeting. All the contestants shared in this tribute by voting to present a suitable award to Dr. Weingart. The presentation by President Bob Meline was scheduled for late May upon receipt of the trophy. Dr. Weingart has truly been outstanding as a player, teacher, and benefactor. He honored the tournament with a visit on Sunday afternoon, despite his recent illness which prevents him from playing serious tournament chess. All Iowa chess players join in wishing him the good health that his devotion to chess so richly deserves.

Volume IV, Number 2, September-October 1964

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

Contributing Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Game Editor: Dan Reynolds

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware



The 10th Annual Iowa Open was a record breaking success. A total of 79 entrants played in the three divisions, with 57 in the Open, 12 in the Middle Class, and 10 in the Junior. Minnesota, headed by Master Curt Brasket, Expert Milton Otteson, and Class A/Expert James H. Young captured all first place prizes. The three mentioned tied for first place in the Open Division with 4½ -½ scores. Ray Ditrichs of DeKalb, Illinois, L.C. Young of Madison, Wisconsin, and Glen Proechel of Minneapolis tied for fourth place in the Open. Each of those tied for first place won $40, and each of those tied for fourth won $15. Cash prizes were increased from a guarantee of $200 to $230, resulting in a total of 24 prizes being awarded.

The Middle Class Division was won by Michael Calanan with a 4½-½ score, yielding a draw in the last round to John M. Osness, who tied Robert Burrell for second place with 3½-½. Each was awarded a trophy, first place being a magnificent one with a golden chess King, and second place ones being modest paper weight size with golden Knight figures. The results of this division will be USCF rated for the first time.

The Minnesotan who won the Junior Division was Robert Tiling of Minneapolis. He too scored 4½-½, yielding a draw in the last round to Henry McKnight. Mark Bellnap of Des Moines won the second place trophy with a 4-1 score.

The balance of the prize list is as follows:

Tied for highest score by an Expert, 3½-1½:

Harry Mayer, Chicago, Ill.        $3
Dan Reynolds, Ft. Dodge, Ia.      $3
Gary J. Boos, Minneapolis, Minn.  $3

Tied for highest score by a Class A player, 3½-1½:

Frank Mathews, Rockford, Ill.        $3
Doyle Satterlee, Elmhurst, Ill.      $3
Dick Nassif, Cedar Rapids, Ia.       $3
Ron Elmquist, Silver Lake, Minn.     $3
Erwin Heisler, Minneapolis, Minn.    $3  
Brendon Godfrey, Minneapolis, Minn.  $3

Highest unrated player, 3-2:

Tom Mabee, Peoria, Ill.              $3

Highest score for Class B player, 2½-2½:

Thomas Blade, Moline, Ill.          $10 

2nd highest Class B player, 2 ½ - 2 ½:

Carl Milofsky, Milwaukee, Wisc.      $3

Tied for highest score by a Class C player, 2½-2½:

Clement Ellis, Canton, Minn.         $3
C.R. "Bob" Meline, Des Moines, Ia.   $3
Murrell Rhodes, East Peoria, Ill.    $3
David Loy, Rockford, Ill.            $3

Highest handicap score:

Roy Healey, Fairmont, Minn.         $10


On June 5, 1964 the Des Moines Chess Club, on behalf of the Iowa State Chess Association presented Dr. Julius S. Weingart with a chess King trophy inscribed with a citation commending him for his devotion and contribution to Iowa chess. In a letter written to President Bob Meline and members of the Iowa State Chess Association Dr. Weingart wrote:

Dear Friends;

I was overcome by the beautiful chess trophy which you presented to me. I feel humble at its laudatory inscription. I am grateful for the friendship which prompted the gift.

My wish is that you all may have much success and much pleasure in man's most fascinating game.


10 Years Ago

Labor Day week-end of 1954 marked the beginning of Iowa chess tournaments at that time of year. That one was sponsored by the Iowa State Chess Association. Joint directors of the event were Willis G. Vanderburg, and Arthur W. Davis. It was a six round swiss with two games being played on Saturday, three on Sunday, and one Monday morning. A total of 13 players paid a modest $1.00 entry fee to participate. Boni Egle of Dubuque, a displaced person from Latvia won first place with a 5-1 score. Willis G. Vanderburg and Jack Donath tied for 2nd with 4½-1½ scores while Fritz Donath and Arthur W. Davis shared fourth place with 3½-2½. John M. Osness is the only other player who played in that tournament as well as the 10th Iowa Open.

5 Years Ago

1959 marked the year that the Iowa Open finally got to Cedar Rapids on a very hot Labor Day week-end. One of the biggest decisions was to seek cooler accomodations for the next year. Cedar Rapids own Robert O. Bradley, Jr. was almost as hot as the weather, winning first place with a 4-1 score and the most tie-break points. Tied for first were Raymond Ditrichs of Iowa City, John Roecher of Peoria, Illinois, Walter Grombacher, and Bob Skuris, both of Chicago. Two other Chicagoans, Nathan Rochnes, and Edward Bernhaim won the Class C, and Junior divisions respectively.

Heide Ferguson of Algona was the lone, but not lonely, woman competitor among the forty-three Iowa and Illinois players that participated in the 5th Iowa Open.


Volume IV, Number 3, March 1965

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

Contributing Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Game Editor: Dan Reynolds

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware



D. Dale Gillette of Ames, Iowa defeated James H. Young of Coon Rapids, Minnesota in the fourth round of the Second Annual Iowa-North Central Open Chess Tournament, and went on to post a perfect 5-0 score. Their game was physically as well as chessily a battle of giants as those who know the towering Gillette, and the "Paul Bunyan" broad shouldered Young can attest. The score of the power packed game is included in this issue.

Young, and 18 year old Mark Bellnap of Des Moines shared second place with 4-1. John Wathier of Alton, Iowa and Constantine Rasis of Chicago split the fourth place money with 3½-1½.

Highest scores of 3-2 by Class B players were made by George Frost of Fort Dodge, John Osness of Waterloo, and Wayne Wild of Storm Lake. President C.R. (Bob) Meline earned the Class C prize, and probably a Class B rating by scoring 3-2. 15 year old Bill Price of Decorah, Iowa won the Junior award.

The snow storm earlier in the week, and the -15° temperature on Saturday morning probably kept quite a few players away from Fort Dodge. The 24 that did participate apparently established that there is sufficient attraction to justify including Fort Dodge as a regular location for the rotating schedule of Iowa tournaments. The tournament was held in the ballroom of the Wahkonsa Hotel, whose accomodations and meals satisfied everyone concerned.

The tournament was directed by John Osness and Syl Scorza in the absence of Tournament Director Dan Reynolds.


The Seventh Annual Thanksgiving 30-30 Chess Tournament was played at the Waterloo YMCA on 21 - 22 November 1964. Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge yielded only two draws to win first prize with a 5-1 score. O. Jack Donath of Cedar Falls and D. Dale Gillette of Ames split the second and third prize money with 4.5-1.5 scores. William Diehl of Waterloo and Dave Clark of Independence split the rest of the prize money with 4-2 scores.

Weather limited attendance to 15 players. This event is sponsored annually by the Cedar Valley Chess Club of Waterloo under the direction of John M. Osness who originated it.


The first Iowa Tornado Chess Tournament was held in Orange City on Saturday, February 13, 1965. It was arranged by the Northwest Iowa Chess Club under the leadership of Syl Scorza, and sponsored by the Iowa State Chess Association.

                                  ROUND                     ISCA
                           1     2     3     4      SCORE   RATING
                           ____________________     ___     ____

1 - 1  Dan Reynolds        W7    W2    W5    W4     4-0     2081
        Ft. Dodge, Ia.
2 - 2  Wayne Wild          W6    L1    W7    W5     3-1     1780
        Storm Lake, Ia.
2 - 3  Syl Scorza          W8    W10   L4    W6     3-1     1800
        Orange City, Ia.
4 - 4  John Wathier        W11   L5    W3    L1     2-2     1822
        Alton, Ia.
4 - 5  Kenneth Soxman      W12   W4    L1    L2     2-2     1525
        Storm Lake, Ia.
4 - 6  Vern Noteboom       L2    W11   W9    L3     2-2     1600
        Orange City, Ia.
4 - 7  J. L. DeVries       L1    W12   L2    W10    2-2     1701
        Orange City, Ia.
4 - 8  Ralph Bouma         L3    L9    W10   W11    2-2     1621
        Orange City, Ia.
4 - 9  Bernie Riepma       L10   W8    L6    W12    2-2     1610
        Sheldon, Ia.
10-10  Gordon Van Roekel   W9    L3    L8    L7     1-3     1605
        Maurice, Ia.
10-11  Fred Knowles        L4    L6    W12   L8     1-3     1445
        Ft. Dodge, Ia.  
12-12  Peter Nieuwkoop     L5    L7    L11   L9     0-4     1364
        Ireton, Ia.

Look Fellows - NO DRAWS!!??

Cash prizes in the amount of $38.30 were awarded. The balance went for expenses except for a pittance of profit for the club.


The shift from two games on Saturday and three on Sunday, to three games on Saturday and two on Sunday seems to be gaining more boosters. Under the old schedule the last round doesn't get started until late Sunday afternoon and is often inferior because the players are tired, or just anxious to be on their way home. The new schedule starts two hours earlier on Saturday, but allows for getting home earlier.

The central location of the Iowa State Championship at Ames on 3 and 4 April 1965 makes it an ideal place to adopt the newer type schedule.

Saturday:  Registration  8:30 AM   10:00 AM
           Round 1      10:30 AM    1:30 PM
           Round 2       3:00 PM    8:00 PM
           Round 3       7:30 PM   10:30 PM
Sunday:    Round 4       9:00 AM   12:00  M
           Round 5       2:00 PM    5:00 PM

The business meeting can be held before the start of the third or fifth round, whichever a majority prefers. This schedule includes a time limit of 30 moves in the first 60 minutes and an additional 15 moves in each additional 30 minutes, or 45 moves in the first 90 minutes if this suits the majority better. This adoption is based on a consensus of opinion expressed by all the officers and a majority of the players questioned at the Iowa-North Central Tournament. Scheduling can be influenced by members at the business meeting.


5 Years Ago

The Second Annual Thanksgiving 30-30 Chess Tournament was won by Roger Holler of Waterloo with a 5-1 score. He was undefeated, but yielded draws to Richard G. Bullard of Des Moines and Willis G. Vanderburg of Shell Rock. Vanderburg was second with a 4.5-1.5 score. His single loss was to Richard Runke of Cedar Rapids. Bullard and Runke tied for third place with scores of 3.5-1.5. The tournament was sponsored by the Cedar Valley Chess Club of the Waterloo YMCA on 28, 29 November 1959.

Volume IV, Number 4, May 1965

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

Contributing Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Game Editor: Dan Reynolds

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware



Ray Ditrichs of DeKalb, Illinois is the 1965 Iowa Chess Champion. He scored 4½ - ½ in a field of 26 at the Sheldon-Munn Hotel in Ames on April 3-4, 1965. Tied for second were Jeffrey Kurtz of Ames and Dr. J. O. Stallings of Mason City. Each scored 4-1 to finish ahead of Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge and Arthur W. Davis of Ames who tied for fourth place with 3½-1½. Ray yielded a draw to Dan Reynolds in the final round. Both were in time trouble in a game that was fairly even, but when a flag fell it was Jeffrey who lost. Dr. Stallings is a newcomer in our midst along with two fellow Mason Citians who became the first tournament players from that city in the memory of your editor. He lost only to Kurtz, and won from strong experienced opponents to become the first player to finish second in his first tournament since Dan Reynolds did it in 1954.

Ray Ditrichs is eligible for this tournament because he is a former Iowan who shared the title of Champion with John Penquite and Leo Raterman in 1959.

C. Philip Cox of Ames went undefeated in the Middle Class Division until the last round when veteran Harvey J. Krebill of Fort Madison took proper advantage of an oversight. Philip was first with 4-1, and Harvey was second with 3½-1½. This Division included the oldest player at the tournament, A. K. Westervelt 81 year old of Ames whose chess belies his age, and Karen Gabbard of Ames, the first woman player to participate in several years.

Don Munsell of Cedar Rapids wound up his participation as a Junior with an easy 6-0 victory to become Junior Champion. He shows definite promise and development. Michael Rovner of Des Moines, age 13, was the youngest player in the tournament.

A total of 40 players participated in the three divisions. Trophies went to the three highest in the Championship, two highest in the ten plyaer Middle Class, and the Junior Champion.


Tournaments beget Tournaments

The first Des Moines Open Chess Tournament was arranged by common consent during the business meeting at Ames. President C. R. (Bob) Meline offered to complete the details with the Des Moines Chess Club as co-sponsor. The dates of 12-13 June have been set for this five round tournament which is announced on another page.

The enthusiasts from Mason City promptly joined the promoters by persuading John M. Osness to direct the first NORTH IOWA CHESS TOURNAMENT on Saturday, May 1st. It was primarily a local "Chess for Fun" type of tournament run with 30-30 rules. The first division was a 6 player round robin which ended in a tie between Dr. James O. Stallings and Engelbert Oechsle with 4-1 scores. O. Jack Donath of Cedar Falls, and the player from the greatest distance, won from Dr. Stallings in the last round to create the tie and gain a share of third place with Wes Brodt. The second division was a three round attracting eight entrants, including three women! Rev. William Hamilton of Manly was the winner with a 3-0 score. Tied for second were Donald Jayne and Sarah Wulfekuhler of Mason City, and William McAllister of Manly with 2-1. The awarding of seven trophies made it a memoriable event. The North Iowa Chess Club has made arrangements to meet at the Elks Club in Mason City and will probably put in a bid to host the 1967 Iowa North Central Open if their activity is sustained.


The following players participated in a state tournament for the first time, and we wish to welcome them to join with the rest of us who have become addicts.

Robert duRant Des Moines
Karen Gabbard Ames
Les Hamm Marshalltown
Engelbert "Al" Oechsle Mason City

(The last name is pronounced Oshlee if your editor's memory is correct)

Gurden Stowe Des Moines
Ivan Rovner Des Moines
Michael Rovner Des Moines
Dr. James O. Stallings Mason City
John Tucker Des Moines
Jay Wallin Ames
Harold Winston Mason City



Fritz Donath, the eldest, and his brother Otto (Jack) Donath leanred the game of chess from Rev. Fred Lutz, a Lutheran minister of Lamont, Iowa. That was in 1927 or 1928 when they were both in their early 20's. They have been playing regularly ever since then, which is a span of more than 35 years. During a period of 14 of those years they played at least one game every day.

Like most players their first tournament was less than a roaring success. They traveled to Cherokee in 1934 in their 1928 Oldsmobile. The tournament was a two day affair, but Fritz and Jack each lost the first two games that they played and headed for home. One of Jack's losses was to the eventual champion. It was there thay they first met Willis G. Vanderburg who probably finished second. The Swiss System was not introduced until about 10 years later, so some type of knockout system was used.

In 1935 they went to Davenport to play in the Trans-Mississippi Tournament. Fritz played Dr. Lyman of Peoria in a game that lasted 8 hours and ended in a draw.

Jack moved to Peoria in 1935 to work for Caterpillar Tractor Company. He belonged to the King’s Men Chess Club for two years, and beat Dr. Lyman, the club champion, in one of the tournaments he entered. There were about 60 members in the club. One of their tournaments was designed to narrow the contestants down to the top 20. Jack survived the month long elimination to stay in the select group and played in the finals.

In 1937 Jack moved back to Waterloo to work for John Deere and resume chess with Fritz and others, including Al Cook, D. J. Walker, and Saynor Bell. Al Cook, who was City Engineer, was very helpful in teaching the brothers some of the finer points of the game. Al was an amateur magician, both off, and on the chess board.

Jack got married in 1945, but Fritz retained his bachelorhood, and to this day supports his mother who is in her 90’s. Jack has a fine wife, daughter, and home in Cedar Falls, and has a lot of home projects that might be expected of a machinist, which has been his trade for many years.

There was new and renewed interest in chess following World War II. Fritz and Jack were charter members of the Black Hawk Chess Club organized in 1947 by Willis G. Vanderburg and others. That was the year that George Koltanowski played his first exhibition in Waterloo, and Jack was one of the players who had the dubious privilege of being one of the two selected to play the “blindfold master”. The result was two more wins for Koltanowski, but that is what Jack and the others came to see.

Fritz recalls that they attended a Lutheran parochial school in which both English and German were spoken and taught. As a matter of fact he learned German before English. He mentioned that they learned to play chess during the depression when there was not much else to do. He is a charter member of the present YMCA Cedar Valley Chess Club which was organized in 1953 following the decline of the Black Hawk Chess Club. He was club champion in 1959 and 1960, and has since had a hand in determining who becomes champion each year. He taught chess at the YMCA and the Waterloo Recreation Center, and concluded one of his classes by beating eight students in a simultaneous exhibition. The editor considers his greatest contribution to be the teaching that Fritz has done across the board during club meetings at which the beginners and near beginners try their skills and quite often make up their minds to continue their interest in the game, or give it up, depending not so much upon their success against the regulars as the attitude and the instructions or ideas that these experienced players share with them. He has also contributed much encouragement and assistance to your editor in promoting the creation and continuation of the Iowa Open and Thanksgiving 30-30 Chess Tournaments, and many of the matches that have been played between Waterloo and the various cities of Iowa. Fritz has reached the age where he is anticipating his retirement from working at the John Deere Tractor Works, but not from the Royal game of Chess.

Each of these brothers has had some of their games published in this newspaper. Jack had several of his in the last issue and at least one of Fritz’s will appear in the next issue.


10 YEARS AGO: Arthur W. Davis of Ames became Iowa Chess Champion again. Milford B. Mott of Des Moines was tied for first, but relegated to second place on tie-break points. Richard Schroeder of Davenport won first place in the four player Class B Division by scoring 3 wins and two draws.

5 YEARS AGO: Robert Bradley of Cedar Rapids became the Iowa Chess Champion by scoring 4½ - ½ in the annual tournament which was played at Waterloo. Ray Ditrichs, Kenneth Grant, and Dan Reynolds shared second place with 4-1. Bob Meline won the Challengers Division trophy with a perfect 5-0 score, followed by Jack Tarr with 4-1. Both hail from Des Moines. Bob Burrell of Jesup and Doug Nassif of Cedar Rapids shared the Junior Chess Champion title with 4-1 scores. A total of 35 participated in the three divisions.


Volume V, Number 1, August 1965

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

Contributing Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Game Editor: Dan Reynolds

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware



ISCA President C. R. "Bob" Meline and members of the Des Moines Chess Club were quite modest in their hopes for a good turn-out for the first Des Moines Open which they agreed to host with the Iowa State Chess Association as sponsor. Their publicity efforts were inspired and widespread, and that, along with an apparent choice date, must have made the difference. Any number over 30 would have been satisfactory, and much to everyone's surprise it was necessary to bring in more tables to accomodate the gand total of 62 players. Nebraska was well represented in numbers as well as skill, including the first place winner Richard Moore of Lincoln who scored 4½-½. Tied for second were Patric Hessen, Rock Island, Illinois; James Young, Coon Rapids, Minn.; Dan Reynolds, Fort Dodge, Iowa; Alan J. Miskin, Milwaukee, Wisc.; Michael Downs, Topeka, Kansas; and Jeffrey Kurtz, Ames, Iowa. Each scored 4-1. Tied for eighth with 3½-1½ were Robert Walker, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Glen Proechel, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Howard Ohman, Omaha, Nebraska. Donald Hagan, Offutt A.F.B., Nebraska, won the Class C Prize with a 3-2 score.

Les Hamm, Marshalltown, won the Middle Class Division with a perfect 5-0 score. James McDOnald, Ames, a newcomer to tournament play, and John M. Osness, Waterloo, tied for second with 4-1 scores.

Ivan Rovner, Des Moines, playing in the combined Middle & Junior Division, won the Junior trophy with a 3-2 score.

Tournament Director Dan Reynolds was ably assisted by Mark Bellnap, Dennis Royal, Bob Meline, and John Osness.

Des Moines and the Iowa State Chess Association are already looking forward to the Second Des Moines Open in mid-June 1965.



The following Iowans traveled to Aurora, Illinois for the June 26-27 tournament that attracted 77 players.

Dan Reynolds 4-1 (Tie for 4th), Dennis Royal 3½-1½ (Tied for 8th), Mark Bellnap 3-2, and Harvey J. Krebill 2-3.

The tournament was won by V. Palciauskas, 5-0.


"THIS AND THAT IN CHESS" by W. G. Vanderburg

Have you ever wondered if chess players are any "different" than other folks who don't play the game? Actually, all the chess players I have met are no different than the folks you see at the local bus depot, Whet's corner drugstore, or at pier 18. At either end of the spectrum you will see some players come to chess tournament with their wordly goods wrapped up in a shoe box, yet other players show up who really add lustre to the crown--such as those chaps who have a degree of some sort, such as MD's PHD's, etc. Would it be possible to convince our fellow chess players to destroy the "brain image" tied up with chess? The idea that you have to be smart to play chess has been well debunked by a large number of leading psychiatrists. Chess is an easy game to learn. So why pretend the game is hard to learn and start telling everyone that it is easy to learn.

Members of the Iowa State Chess Association who attended the Iowa State Championship Tournament at Ames in April voted to continue the rule that permits former Iowa State Chess Champions to play in this "closed" tournament after they become residents of another state. I do not agree to this ruling in any respect, but the majority rules, no matter how small the margin.


Your editor wished to correct an oversight in the article about the Donath brothers. The article failed to mention that Jack and his wife have a fine son, named Larry, who is about eighteen, as well as a daughter. Fritz decided that we shouldn’t publish the winning game that we had in mind for this issue.

Volume V, Number 2, November 1965

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

Contributing Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Game Editor: Dan Reynolds

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware



Gilbert Ramirez of Omaha, Nebraska, made a perfect 5-0 score in a very quiet and efficient manner to win first place in the Iowa Open at the Montrose Hotel, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on 4-5 September, 1965. While he went calmly about his business there was an undercurrent of surprise and elation as a result of the strong 4-1 scores made by Melvin Matherly of Rock Island, Illinois, and Paul Hersh of Grinnell, Iowa. Their provisional ratings were 1588 and 1760 respectively when the tournament started. Matherly won all the way to the final round before succumbing to the winner Ramirez. Hersh recovered from a second round loss to John Warren of Moline, Illinois, to post his four wins. Other tied for second were Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge, Glen F. Proechel, formerly of Minnesota, but now a resident of Iowa City, Iowa, Ray Wenzel of Skokie, Illinois, Warren, and Laszlo Ficsor of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Arthur W. Davis of Ames placed ninth with 3½-1½ to win the Class A prize. Daryl E. Bohning of Ames, Murrell Rhodes of East Peoria, Illinois, Larry Schmitt of Ottumwa, John Tomas of Omaha, Nebraska, and John Holmes of Minneapolis, tied for the Class B prize with 3-2. Rhodes was awarded the more valuable Handicap Prize which came his way by virtue of his 2139 handicap performance score. Players rated over Class A, and those who won more valuable prizes were not eligible for this award. Roy Healey of Fairmont, Minnesota, and Ivan Kadzas of St. Paul, Minnesota, divided the Class C prize. John Tomas distinguished himself as a "draw master" by scoring his 3 points by way of four draws and a win, and thereby earning the right to boast that only the champion and he went undefeated.

The Middle Class Division was won by Matthew R. Baird of Runnells, Iowa, with 4-1 score, losing only to the perennial contender John M. Osness of Waterloo. The six entrants who tied for second place in this ten man division will attest to the fact that the talent was evenly divided. They each scored 3-2, there were no draws, and all entrants won at least one game.

The Junior Division was a lively battle all the way with 17 year old Lee DeWitt of Cedar Rapids emerging as the winner with a 4½ -½ score. Tied for second with 4-1 were 16 year olds Richard Ellis of Canton, Minnesota, and Nick Osness of Waterloo, Iowa. Bill Price of Decorah, Iowa, showed his strength in beating Osness, and drawing with DeWitt, but may have exhausted himself in the process as he lost the last two rounds to Ellis and Dan Harger of Des Moines. Harger, and John Davis of Des Moines tied for fourth in this twelve entry division.

Awards with a total value of about $230 were shared by 26 of the entrants in the three divisions. The number of players participating was 66, which made this about the third largest in history.

Dan Reynolds, Tournament Director, and John M. Osness, Treas., were assisted by C. R. Meline, Dennis Royal, and Mark Bellnap. Syl Scorza, Statistician and loyal assistant, was unable to attend due to an ailment that hospitalized him temporarily.


Volume V, Number 3, March 1966

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

Contributing Editor: Willis G. Vanderburg

Game Editor: Dan Reynolds

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware



Daryl Bohning, who has participated spasmodically in our Iowa chess tournaments, has come into his own recently and beat Dan Reynolds in the last round of the Iowa-North Central Chess Tournament to share first place with Glen Proechel of Iowa City, with 4½ - ½. Many know Glen as a resident of Minnesota, but he has been an Iowan since the Iowa Open last September. His activities are detailed elsewhere in this issue. Bohning, who resides in Ames was held to draw by Syl scorza, while Proechel's draw was with Reynolds. Matthew Baird of Runnells continued his rapid rise in the chess world by taking third place, losing only to Bohning, to acquire a 4-1 score. A three-way fourth place share of the prize money found C.R. "Bob" Meline of Des Moines, Syl Scorza of Orange City, and Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge with 3½-1½ scores. Scores of 3-2 brought the Class C prize to Kenneth Soxman of Storm Lake, and the Junior prize to Nick Osness of Waterloo.

The third annual Iowa-North Central Open Chess Tournament attracted 22 players to the Wahkonsa Hotel in Fort Dodge on 15-16 January 1966.


Orange City, Iowa: 12 February 1966
Championship Section

                                        1   2   3   4
1. Kenneth Soxman      Orange City     D2  W5  W3  W4       3½-1½    $9.50
2. Syl Scorza          Orange City     D1  W3  W4  W6       3½-1½    $9.50    
3. John Wathier        Alton           W6  L2  L1  W5       2-2
4. Dan Harger          Des Moines      L5  W6  L2  L1       1-3
5. Joe DeVries         Orange City     W4  L1  L6  L3       1-3
6. Ralph Bouma         Orange City     L3  L4  W5  L2       1-3

Challenger's Section

                                        1   2   3   4   5

1. Vernie Noteboom     Orange City     W5  W4  W2  Bye W3   5-0   $4.50
2. Pete Nieuwkoop      Ireton          Bye W3  L1  W4  W5   4-1   $2.50
3. Gordon Van Roekel   Orange City     W4  L2  Bye W5  L1   3-2   
4. Bill Van Kompenburg Orange City     L3  L1  W5  L2  Bye  2-3
5. Bernie Riepma       Orange City     L1  Bye L4  L3  L2   1-4


Robert Burrell of Jesup, now a freshman at the State College of Iowa in Cedar Falls, and Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge split the first and second prize money with scores of 5-1 in the eight annual Thanksgiving 30/30 Open Chess Tournament. This event, sponsored by the Waterloo YMCA Cedar Valley Chess Club, was played on 20-21 November 1965. Third place went to William K. Diehl of Waterloo, who scored 4½-1½ in a field of 18 players.

John M. Osness, originator of tournament, was the tournament director.



Glen Proechel moved to Iowa City from Minneapolis, Minnesota late last summer, and to quote the Minnesota Chess Journal, "Glen may stay in Iowa - since moving there he's scored 23 wins, 4 draws and only 1 loss!" His successes include the Iowa Open: 4-1 (tied for 2nd); Illowa Open: 5-0 (1st); State University of Iowa Chess Championship 5-0 (1st): Iowa-North Central 4½ - ½ (tied for 1st); and The Association of College Unions, Region 10 (Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota) Chess Championship 4-1 (2nd). Just to make sure that he didn't get "rusty" he played a simultaneous at the Men's Reformatory in Anamosa: 20 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses. As a resident of Iowa he is eligible for the Iowa State Championship to be played in Waterloo on 16-17 April 1966, and will certainly be a leading contender for the title now held by Ray Ditrichs, a former resident of Iowa City, now living in nearby DeKalb, Illinois.



by John M. Osness


The Cedar Valley Chess Club, YMCA, Waterloo, Iowa held its first annual Club Championship on 4-5 February 1956.

1. Willis G. Vanderburg    W4 W2 W3 W5  4-0
2. Fritz Donath            W3 L1 W6 W4  3-1
3. Maurice King            L2 W5 L1 W6  2-2
4. John R. Harrison        L1 D6 W5 L2  1½-2½
5. John M. Osness          W6 L3 L4 L1  1-3
6. Kenneth Heiser          L5 D4 L2 L3  ½-3½

Dubuque climaxed its chess promotion by having Samuel Reshevsky, U. S. Chess Champion, play a simultaneous chess match against forty nine players at the Dubuque Boys' Club on 21 February 1956. His score was 49-0, with Clarence Willging of Dubuque, and W. G. Vanderburg of Shell Rock providing him with his "closest games". John McFarland, Vice President of the Boys' Club Boosters, and Boni Egle, Chess Instructor, were the primary leaders of this activity. The attendance of about 350 people made this the biggest chess attraction in Iowa chess history, and was documented by two pages of pictures in the Des Moines Register on 11 March 1956.


The Third Annual Thanksgiving 30-30 Open Chess Tournament was won by Kenneth Grant of Cedar Rapids with a perfect 6-0 score. Leo Raterman, Fritz Donath, Dick Nassif, Dave Grannis, R. L. Richardson, and Roger Holler tied for second with 4-2. Eighteen players participated in the tournament played on 26-27 November 1960 at the YMCA Cedar Valley Chess Club in Waterloo.


Volume V, Number 4, May 1966

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

News & Game Editor: Larry Schmitt

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware



Tim Anderson led an Iowa City invasion of Waterloo, April 16-17, as he became Iowa's 1966 Chess Champion. The last two rounds were crucial for Anderson. In the fourth round he beat Glen Proechel of Iowa City, currently Iowa's hottest player, and then garnered a short fifth-round draw from the reigning champion, Ray Ditrichs of DeKalb, Illinois, for an unsurpassed score of 4½- ½. Right behind Anderson were several at 4-1. Dr. J. O. Stallings of Coralville (just outside of Iowa City) played a formidable slate of opponents with only one setback to place second on tie break. Proechel and Ditrichs scored 4-1. Ditrichs the only other unbeaten player besides the champion; a 3rd-round draw against Matt Baird of Runnels, Iowa, spoiling his chances for first. Larry Schmitt of Ottumwa and Daryl Bohning of Ames also were at 4-1. Wayne Wild of Storm Lake and Joe Tsiakals of Iowa City had 3½-1½ scores for 7th and 8th places. Altogether six of the top nine players hailed from Iowa City.

The Middle Class crown was captured by John Osness of Waterloo whose perfect 5-0 score led a 10-player field. R. W. Klingaman, also of Waterloo, took undisputed second with 4-1. The Junior Championship title went to Doug Davolt of Sheffield, Iowa, at 5-0. Waterloo's Nick Osness scored 4-1 for a clear second in the 9-player field.

This year's tournament was held for the first time at the Downtowner Motor Inn in Waterloo. The accomodations were excellent.


The notable issues were settled at the annual business meeting of the Iowa State Chess Association which preceded the second round of the State Tournament. First came the election of new officers. Heretofore, unfortunately, most of the work of the Association had fallen to one man, John Osness. The harm was twofold: first, chess duties began to take more and more of John's time which should have been devoted to family and job; second, Iowa's Chess was weakened because of the fact that there was no broad base of chess support, instead the organization resembled an inverted pyramid with John at the bottom. The first problem to be solved was the election of a tournament director, a post vacated by Dan Reynolds who recently moved out of state. Matthew Baird was elected and will assume his duties for the first time at the upcoming Des Moines Open. Larry Schmitt accepted the job of news and game editor of the En Passant. Other Association offices filled were: President, Wayne Wild; Vice-President, D. Dale Gillette; Secretary, Roger Leslie; Treasurer, Bob Meline; and statistician, Syl Scorza.

The second issue settled was the selection of Iowa City as next year's championship tournament site. Dr. J. O. Stallings, in presenting Iowa City's bid, predicted the largest tournout ever for a State Tournament due to the anticipated participation of University students.


Tim Anderson, while perhaps a newcomer to Iowa, is hardly a newcomer to chess. Twenty-nine years old, Anderson is a visiting professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Iowa. His best results in chess competition, besides the Iowa Tournament: tie for 4th place in the 1955 U. S. Intercollegiate Championship, 2nd place in the 1957 Ohio Championship. At the end of this summer Anderson plans to return to his regular position at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In the meantime he hopes to participate in the Des Moines and Iowa Open Tournaments.



by John M. Osness

15 Years Ago - 1951

The 1951 Iowa State Chess Tournament ended in a four way tie. Prof. A. W. Davis of Ames, Philip Gilbertson of Sheldon, F. D. Wilson of Davenport, and 16 year old John Penquite of Des Moines all scored 4-1 in the five round Swiss system tournament played in Cedar Rapids. George Stewart of Cedar Rapids won the Class B championship.

10 Years Ago - 1956

Major C. A. Williamson of Davenport and Boni Egle of Dubuque tied for the title of Iowa Chess Champion with 4½ - ½. Williamson was awarded the title and trophy on tie break points. The tournament was played at the YMCA in Waterloo. Lloyd Gayman of Dubuque became Junior Champion with a 4½-½ score.

5 Years Ago - 1961

John Penquite of Des Moines returned from Michigan to win the title of Iowa Chess Champion with a 4½-½ score. Ray Ditrichs, Philip Kolody, Dick Nassif, and Dan Reynolds tied for second with 4-1. Doug Nassif of Cedar Rapids and Bob Burrell of Jesup shared the title of Junior and Challengers Champion with scores of 4½-½, playing to a draw against each other in the final round.

The first issue of "Iowa Chess En Passant" was printed in June of 1961 as a result of the joint effort of Dr. Max Fogel, Editor, and John Osness, Publisher.

Volume VI, Number 1, August 1966

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

News & Game Editor: Larry Schmitt

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware


Glen Proechel of Iowa City swept all five of his games to win the championship crown of the Second Annual Des Moines Open held Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12, at the Des Moines YMCA. Proechel's victory was hardly startling, considering his other successes in the past year, but surprising was the second place finish of John Watson of Omaha, Nebraska. The 14-year-old Watson was unrated coming into the tournament (though not exactly inexperienced) and emerged undefeated with 4½ - ½, yielding only a third-round draw to John Tomas, also from Omaha. Tomas drew also in the fourth round, scorin g4-1, and was the only player besides Proechel and Watson to be undefeated. Also scoring 4-1 were Roger Anderson of Omaha, Arnold Adelberg of Grinnell, Constantine Rasis of Chicago, Illinois, and Dale Gillette of Ames. Gillette had the dubious honor of losing to Proechel in the final and deciding round.

Proechel took home $20, and a handsome championship trophy. Besides his trophy Watson received $15. Those with 4-1 scores had a choice of either trophy or cash prizes. John Hoye of Moline, Illinois, at 3½-1½ copped the Class B prize and Dan Harger of Des Moines and Russell Schultz of Coal Valley, Illinois shared the Class C prize with identical 3-2 scores. The total field in the Open Division consisted of 40 players, a little less than half of whom were from out-of-state.

In the 11 player Middle Class Division a three way tie resulted, W.G. Vanderburg of Shell Rock beat John Osness of Waterloo in the fourth round and had only to draw in his last game to win the championship, but Vanderburg suffered a loss at the hand of R. G. Bullard of Des Moines and so all three wound up with 4-1 scores and trophies for their efforts.

Two Des Moines lads -- Jon Frankle and Lee Cranberg -- shared the Junior Division first place ahead of eight other competitors. Both boys received trophies.

The tournament progressed smoothly with Matt Baird as Tournament Director, the first time he has played such a role. Bob Meline of Des Moines Chess Club was Treasurer for the event.

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Chess seems to be booming at Iowa City, next year's site of the Iowa State Championship Tournament, what with the announcement by Glen Proechel of the Hawkeye Open, a new tournament on the Iowa scene, to be held August 6-7, 1966, at the University of Iowa's Memorial Union in Iowa City. Word has it that there are two chess clubs flourishing in the area.

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At the Open Glen Proechel introduced a variation of chess called "bang chess". The game, as we understand it, is played with the same rules as regular chess except that instead of capturing, pieces "shoot down" enemy men. On your move, any man you could regularly capture can be removed from the board as a move, the only difference from chess being that the capturing, or rather "shooting" piece, does not move. There isn't much finesse in the game; queens are all-powerful and kings are "smoked out" in a hurry.

Volume VI, Number 2, November 1966

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

News & Game Editor: Larry Schmitt

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware



Tom Mabee of Peoria, Illinois was the first prize winner in the Open Division with a 4½-½ score. Tied for second place were John Hoye of Moline, Illinois, Paul Hersh of Grinnell, M. D. Matherly, of Rock Island, Illinois, and Dan Reynolds of Minneapolis, with 4-1 scores. Arnold Adelberg of Grinnell, and Somner Sorenson of Iowa City tied for sixth place with 3½-1½. Dan Harger scored 3-2 to gain sole possession of the prize for Class C, while the Class B prize was shared by William D. S. WItte, Bob Meline, Roger Leslie, Wayne Wild, and Clement Ellis. Thirty eight entrants played in the Open Division of this tournament which was held at the Hofman Montrose Hotel in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Saturday and Sunday, 3-4 September 1966.

Peter Thayer of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin took first place in the nineteen player Middle Class Division with a perfect 5-0 score. Second place went to John Osness of Waterloo with a 4-1 score. Dale Gustafson of Minneapolis was third with 3½-1½.

Marc Witte of Peoria, Illinois, and son of veteran player William D. S. Witte, won first place in the fifteen player Junior Division with a score of 4½-½, yielding a single draw to Robert Day of Dubuque who tied for second place with Jon Frankle of Des Moines with 4-1.

The total number of players was seventy two (72), and while this was not a new record the tournament ranked amongst the best and was the most notable as far as keen competition in all three divisions.

Dan Reynolds lent his talents as Tournament Director due to the fact that Matthew Baird resigned from that position in August because he moved to New York. Bob Meline, Syl Scorza, Roger Leslie, and John Osness handled the balance of the tournament details.



The Iowa City Chess Club under the leadership of Glen Proechel, held the first Hawkeye Open Chess Tournament on 6-7 August at the Iowa Memorial Union. A grand total of thirty-one, twenty-two in the Open and nine in the Middle Class, participated. Robert Bradley, Richard Cohen, and Larry Schmitt tied for first place with 4-1 scores. Glen Proechel and Dan Reynolds tied for fourth with 3½-1½. Murrell Rhodes and John Hoye won merit prizes. Sid Berger won the Middle Class first place trophy with a 4-1 score. Norman Carlson won the second place trophy on tie-break points, but was tied with Robert Landwehr and Nicholas Scott with a score of 3½-1½.


Personalities - Coming and Going

Somner Sorenson, Iowa State Chess Champion in 1954 has returned to SUI for a year or more after spending many years in Minnesota as a professor at a college in Moorehead.

Dr. Max Fogel, 340 Brighton Road, Norristown, Pennsylvania dropped your editor a line to indicate his interest in Iowa chess continues. He is associated with the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute and is "keeping busy out here on psychologic research, with about zero time for chess, unfortunately."

Larry Schmitt, News and Game Editor, is attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. He was good enough to send some annotated games that appear in this or the next issue. Needless to say, he would have had this issue out much sooner than your publisher has managed it.

Volume VI, Number 3, March 1967

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

News & Game Editor: Larry Schmitt

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware


JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1967


D. Dale Gillette of Ames became the first player to win the Iowa-North Central Open Chess Tournament for a second time. His win with a score of 4½- ½ was a fine display of determined "brinksmanship." His draw in the first round could easily have been a loss, but he saw a chance for a stalemate by sacrificing his Rook and got away with it. It appeared that he might be held to a draw in the third round and again in the last round, but his third opponent was generous and his last one was a little tired or complacent. Arnold Adelberg of Grinnell and Glen Proechel of Iowa City tied for second with 4-1 and Roger Leslie of Cedar Rapids placed fourth with 3½-1½. Nick Osness of Waterloo earned two draws and lost only to Gillette to share fifth place with three game winners Julius Ordona of Ames, Dan Harger of Des Moines, Clement Ellis of Canton, Minnesota, and Fritz Donath of Waterloo.

Craig A. Scammon of Bettendorf and Harvey J. Krebill of Fort Madison scored 4-1 to share first place in the combined Middle and Novice Class. Pedro Portes of Marshalltown won the Novice Trophy with a 3-2 score.

Lee Cranberg, 14, of Des Moines went undefeated to win first place in the Junior Division with a 5-0 score. Bill Price of Decorah scored 4-1 to take second place.

A total of 41 players established a new entry record for this tournament and the accommodations at the Tallcorn Motor Hotel were good enough to justify a return engagement next year. Eleven Marshalltown players exploded the myth that there weren't enough players in that city to make it a good place for a tournament.



Once again we approach the annual meeting of the Iowa State Chess Association in need of a News and Game Editor for our "Iowa Chess En Passant" newspaper. This is an opportunity for someone to render a service to the chess players of Iowa and others in the North Central Region of the United States Chess Federation. It is an interesting job in many ways, giving one an opportunity to express his views as well as report the news. In the game section there is a wide latitude for selection and self expression in analysis. The duties can be divided between two people, one a News Editor and the other a Game Editor, but it is highly desirable that each volunteer be prepared to do both at least part of the time. The publisher has been acting as editor too, but has neither the time nor the desire to continue in that dual capacity.

The copy for the newspaper should be prepared promptly after each tournament. It should be typed, proofed, and arranged in the way in which it is to be printed. The final typing for publication can be done at the plant of the publisher if necessary.



Larry Schmitt, erstwhile News & Game Editor, attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge, Massachusetts has been doing well academically and has still found time for some good chess. The top player on the MIT team is Larry Kaufman, winner of the American Open in California last year. The U.S. Intercollegiate was held at Penn State December 26th-30th, 1966. Larry's presence on the fifth board turned out to be vital insurance for the team. His 5½-2½ was better than one of the other four and as a consequence contributed to the National Title that MIT won on the tie-break points (½ a point)! from the Berkley team of the University of California, both scoring 22½ points.

                      9TH ANNUAL
   Y.M.C.A., 154 West Fourth Street, Waterloo, Iowa

 Place Index Name              City          1   2   3   4   5   6   SCORE
 1     1     Daniel Harger     Des Moines   W10 W11 W5  D2  W12 W6   5½-½
 2     2     Les Hamm          Marshalltown W3  W4  W12 D1  D6  D5   4½-1½
 3     3     David Crownfield  Cedar Falls  L2  W15 W4  L6  W10 W12  4-2
 3     4     O. Jack Donath    Cedar Falls  W13 L2  L3  W7  W9  W8   4-2 
 5     5     Arnold Adelberg   Grinnell     W6  W8  L1  W3  L11 D2   3½-2½
 5     6     Robert Burrell    Jesup        L5  W7  W13 W10 D2  L1   3½-2½
 7     7     Bud Nuckolls      Des Moines   L8  L6  W13 L4  W16 W11  3-3
 7     8     Fritz Donath      Waterloo     W7  L5  W11 L12 W15 L4   3-3
 7     9     Doug Davolt       Sheffield    W17 L12 L10 W13 L4  W16  3-3
 7    10     W. G. Vanderburg  Shell Rock   L1  W14 W9  L6  L3  W13  3-3
 7    11     Wm. K. Diehl      Waterloo     W14 L1  L8  W15 W5  L7   3-3
 7    12     Richard Nassif    Dubuque      W15 W9  L2  W8  L1  L3   3-3
13    13     Howard Jay        Waterloo     L4  W16 L6  L9  W14 L10  2-4
13    14     Mike Dean         Cedar Falls  L11 L10 L7  W16 L13 W15  2-4
15    15     D. Robert Munsell Urbana       L12 L3  W16 L11 L8  L14  1-5
16    16     Herschal Julian   Waterloo     --  L13 L15 L14 L7  L9   0-5
17    17     Patrick McGeough  Waterloo     L9  Withdrew             0-5   

PRIZES:      Dan Harger       $20.00
             Les Hamm          15.00
             David Crownfield   7.50
             O. Jack Donath     7.50

NOTE: Underlined results indicate that game was won and lost by forfeit.

Daniel Harger, age 15, a student at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines is the youngest player to win this tournament. He has improved greatly in the several tournaments he has played in this past year. His 1967 UCSF rating is more than 200 points higher than the 1505 previously published. David Crownfield, professor at the State College of Iowa, turned in a fine performance in his first open tournament. Tournament Director was John M. Osness.



John Penquite was elected Tournament Director in 1963. He moved out of the state after one tournament. Dan Reynolds was elected in 1964 and moved out of the state after conducting three tournaments. Matthew Baird was elected in 1966 and moved out of the state after one tournament. So, we are still looking for a Tournament Director. Syl Scorza, Bob Meline, Roger Leslie, Dan Reynolds, John Osness, and a few others have pitched in and handled the duties whenever it ws necessary, but this leaves something to be desired as far as service to the players is concerned and no matter how willing the helpers are there are times when they prefer not to be bothered with the obligation.

We can hope to elect another Tournament Director who will be a playing director, relying on quite a bit of help from the officers and others when he is busy playing. This is the way which your association has operated since 1954. Prior to that time, beginning in 1948, the late Alfred Ludwig of Nebraska served as Tournament Director on a fee, or expenses and fee, basis.

It is the sincere hope of most players that someone reading this will accept the challenge and opportunity to be Tournament Director and make his desire known during the business meeting so that he can be duly elected.

The job of Tournament Director has grown considerably since 1954 when there was one annual tournament which attracted about 30 players. There are now four annual tournaments with a total of approximately 200 entrants, and each tournament probably will increase in size. There is, therefore, a lot more work involved and this takes more time of more people. If we want to have bigger, better, and possibly more tournaments we will probably have to provide more and better service to the entrants. A director who will spend nearly all of his time handling the details that provide prompt answers, tabulation of results and a personal interest in accommodating all players may be what is needed now and in the future. If it is, we must find someone who is willing to pass up the opportunity of playing in some or all of the tournaments, and it isn't likely that anyone will be willing to do that for nothing, but we can still hope for that kind of a miracle.

At the Iowa-North Central Tournament John Osness did act as Tournament Director and did not play. He will do the same for the 1967 Iowa State Championship Tournament. He doesn't want to be paid for his services but does hope that at least a portion of his expenses will be paid. When he goes on a trip for his company he is paid 10¢ per mile for the use of his automobile and the actual cost of his room and meals. The maximum charge for meals is limited to $9.00 per day. John is willing to act as Tournament Director if his room and half of his transportation and meal expenses are paid. This would amount to about $25.00 for the State Tournament in Iowa City. A free ride to Marshalltown and a free meal while he was there would make $10.00 an acceptable reimbursement for the Iowa-North Central Tournament. Neither of these expenditures are binding on the Iowa State Chess Association until action is taken at the business meeting. If his expenses are approved then John is willing to render his services on this basis for at least one year thereafter. He doesn't wish to continue with this arrangement for more than one year, but offers it as an interim solution to the problem, and hopes that the establishment of compensation for expenses will make the work attractive enough so that a willing and capable individual will succeed him in 1968.

The vote of the members present at the annual business meeting will determine the policy for the coming year. Your thoughtful consideration and suggestions will be appreciated.



15 Years Ago - 1952

Samuel Reshevsky played twenty-five chess "experts" from various parts of Iowa at the Waterloo YMCA on Tuesday, February 5, 1952. Donald Derr of Cedar Rapids earned a draw while the other 24 players went down to defeat. A. B. Cook of Waterloo managed to keep his game going for two hours and 15 minutes. About 60 enthusiasts attended.

10 Years Ago - 1957

Dr. Max Euwe of the Netherlands, World Chess Champion from 1935 to 1937 visited the 60th Annual Minnesota State Chess Tournament at the University of Minnesota on February 23-24, 1957. Curt Brasket and to be Iowans in the Major Tournament included Peter Muto, Somner Sorenson, Glen Proechel, and John M. Osness. (In 1967 the names of Alden Riley and James A. Young in the Minor Tournament list look at least vaguely familiar and completely out of place.)


Volume VI, Number 4, May 1967

Editor and Publisher: John M. Osness

Game Editor: Dan Harger

Problem Editor: L. A. Ware



Glen Proechel of Iowa City swept his opposition off the squares to become the Iowa State Chess Champion with a perfect 5-0 score at the annual tournament which was held in the Hawkeye Room of the State University of Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City on Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 April 1967. His opponents were strong and determined, but there was little doubt about the outcome in each game, except perhaps the last one in which former champion Ray Ditrichs might have gained a material advantage at the expense of his attack by trading Queens. Once that possibility was gone Proechel pressed his advantage and had a won game when Ditrichs ran out of time. Les Hamm of Marshalltown, Julius Ordina and Dale Gillette, both of Iowa State University, Ames, tied for second place with 4-1 scores in the 30 player championship division. Bob Meline of Des Moines, Somner Sorensen of Iowa City, and Ray Ditrichs of DeKalb, Illinois tied for fifth with 3½-1½. Honorary Iowan Fred Cramer, FIDE Vice-President and former U.S.C.F. President, shared his enjoyment of the game with an even score. The 1966 champion, Tim Anderson of Iowa City, has moved back to British Columbia, Canada.

Bob Hardesty of Des Moines, son of veteran player Herbert Hardesty, attained the honor of Middle Class Chess Champion by scoring 4½-½ in that division which involved 17 contestants. John Lauer of Iowa City went undefeated to place second with 4-1, including a draw with Hardesty in the last round. Wes Brodt of Mason City and Harvey Krebill of Fort Madison tied for third place with 3½-1½. The 1966 Middle Class Champion, John Osness, didn't defend his title because he devoted his time to being Tournament Director.

Lee Cranberg, 14, of Des Moines is the new Junior Chess Champion, succeeding Doug Davolt of Sheffield who graduated by exceeding the age limit. Bill Price, 15, of Decorah and Robert Day, 18, of Dubuque tied for second place in the six player round robin. (Webmaster's note: The report is in error; Bill Price was 17 years old, not 15.)

A review of the records indicates that this tournament, the 20th since World War II, with a total of 53 entrants broke the record of 52 made last year in Waterloo. The accommodations for playing were excellent and spacious. The food in the Memorial Union Cafeteria and Gold Feather was fine and reasonable, and the rooms in the integral Iowa House were very good, but somewhat more expensive than is customary at our tournaments. Glen Proechel and Dr. James O. Stallings made these fine arrangements and the association hereby expresses its appreciation to them and the Iowa Memorial Union.



Havana, Cuba was the site of the XXXVII [sic] Chess Olympiad in October & November 1966. The Russian Team won the tournament, but it was enhanced and enlarged considerably by the somehwat unexpected entry of the United States Team that placed second. Its entry prompted quite a few nations to send teams that might otherwise have stayed home. The players in the 1967 Iowa State Championship Chess Tournament who arrived in Iowa City on Friday evening were treated to two hours of 35mm projected slides with commentary and discussion by Fred Cramer, FIDE Vice-President, and former USCF President. He, his wife Ramona, and their son, Rico (Eric), made the trip by way of Mexico City. When they left New York by plane, somewhat as advance envoys, Mr. Cramer did not know whether or not a USA team would be allowed to participate. Several things developed due to long hours of persuasive talking by our USA chess leaders. One of the unexpected items on the front page of the Havana newspaper was a true copy of a telegram Mr. Cramer sent to a USCF official after he arrived in Cuba and reached some conclusions about the chess climate. Publication of such a message without the sender's permission is at least an invasion of one's privacy in the United States, but such consideration wasn't given a second thought in Cuba. It was published because it was good publicity for chess. The homeland of the great late Jose Raul Capablanca played the part of host to near perfection. Some of the facts and figures regarding the preparations and accomodations were nearly unbelievable. The popularity of the USA team, and Robert Fischer in particular, was quite impressive. It was even a bit reminiscent of the July 18, 1955 article in "Sports Illustrated" which was entitled "HOW SAMMY RESHEVSKY CONQUERED MOSCOW". Then too, it was the U.S.A. Chess Team that "broke the ice" to ease the relationship between the two countries. The variety of scenes that Mr. Cramer brought home with him included many of the Cuban people, including Fidel Castro, who is quite a chess fan himself. The publicity in the newspapers, stores, and the brightly lighted signs at night gave the proper impression that the Cubans are true devotees of the game, both as a game and as a cultural value. One sad note was that some of the chess advertisements in the stores were taking the place of merchandise that is either scarce or no longer available.

Those Iowans who availed themselves of Mr. Cramer's fine program owe him a debt of gratitude that is difficult to repay. It was a real pleasure to have him play in the Iowa State Championship Chess Tournament as an honorary Iowan. (Webmaster's note: I was there. The slide show was fantastic, and it made a great impression on me. By the way, this was the XVIIth Chess Olympiad, and not the XXXVIIth as reported.)



We are happy to welcome Dan Harger as Game Editor beginning with this issue. He has good basic know-how which can be expected to improve because of his curiosity and enthusiasm.


15 Years Ago - 1952.

John Penquite, 17, of Des Moines won the title of Iowa State Chess Champion with an unequaled perfect score of 5-0. This was his first clear title, having shared it with others in 1951. Thirty players vied for honors in the two day tournament at the Waterloo YMCA.

10 Years Ago - 1957.

Dan Reynolds, 22, of Des Moines won his first Iowa State Chess Champion title at the Sheraton-Montrose Hotel in Cedar Rapids on Saturday and Sunday, 27 & 28 April. He scored 5-0 to win by a full point. Thirty-two players participated in the Championship Division. Richard Schroeder of Davenport won the title of Iowa State Junior Chess Champion with a 4½-½ in an eight player group.

Volume VII, Number 1, June 1967



James A. Davies of Minneapolis withstood all onslaughts to triumph 5-0 in the Third Annual Des Moines - Iowa Open at the Y.M.C.A. in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday and Sunday, 10 & 11 June 1967. He had a few bad moments in a couple of games, but smashed back with good attacks of his own. Tied for second were Larry Schmitt of Ottumwa, Murrel Rhodes of East Peoria, Illinois and Tom Mabee of Peoria, Illinois with 4-1 scores. Larry and Tom succombed to Davies while Murrel was held to two draws, but went undefeated. Only Richard Douglas of St. Joseph Missouri claimed his share of fifth place by being undefeated but was held to three draws for a 3½-1½ score. Others tied for fifth were Dan Harger of Des Moines, Mohammad Massom of Lincoln, David Tykwinski of Minneapolis, and John Watson of Omaha.

Russell Schultze of Moline, Illinois wheeled himself into the title of Middle Class Champion with a 4½-½ score, yielding a draw in the last round when he was certain that it would give him a clear title. His win gave many of the participants that extra special feeling that comes from observing the success of someone who has developed his chess ability in spite of multiple handicaps that confine him to a wheel chair.

Marc Witte, 18 years old, won the Junior title and trophy by scoring 4-1, good for second place in the combined Middle Class Division.

John Mayo, Robert Mannheimer, and Harold Dixon, all of Des Moines, and Willis G. Vanderburg of Shell Rock tied for third place at 3½-1½. This division is not noted for many draws, so Vanderburg may have set a record when he scored three hard fought ones.

Thirty eight players in the Open Division, and 20 in Middle Class made a grand total of 58 entrants in thte tournament. Notable was the fact that there were no byes or forfeits in the Open Division.

Tournament Director John Osness and ably assisted by Treasurer Bob Meline, and director trainee John Mayo.


Volume VII, Number 2, November 1967



William Martz of Hartland, Wisconsin, fresh from playing on the USA Team that took second place in the 14th World Student Team Championship, extended his winning streak by five games to win the 13th Annual Iowa Open. His perfect score was made with the skillfullness that may best be described by the words of one of his strongest opponents who said, "I didn't make any misktakes, but he still beat me."

James Davies of Minneapolis, winner of the Des Moines Open, Dan Reynolds of Omaha, the Chess Champion of Iowa on several occasions, and David Tykwinski of Minneapolis, multiple prize winner in the many Twin Cities tournaments, tied for second place with 4-1. Dan Harger of Des Moines, Glen Proechel of St. Paul, and Thomas Blade of Moline tied for fifth with 3½ - 1½.

Johannes Bullinga and his son Lothar scored 3-2 to win cash prizes for the best performances by unrated players. The elder Bullinga won the Wyoming(?) championship once, but apparently it was rated. David Crownfield of UNI, Cedar Falls, won the Class A upset prize by beating Dick Nassif, and Jon Frankle of Des Moines took the Class B upset prize with his win over Roger Leslie. Lee Cranberg, a Junior from Des Moines, nearly pulled off the biggest upset in his game against Glen Proechel, but finally had to settle for a draw. 34 players participated in the Open Division.

The Middle Class Division finally overcame its inferiority complex and attracted 27 entrants. It should hereafter maintain its proper place as a stepping stone for some and a challenge for others whose objective is victories against near equals.

Douglas Ultch of Mendota, Illinois scored a perfect 5-0, to win the Champion's trophy. His victories included a last round win from the Middle Class winner of the Des Moines Open, Russell Schultze, Moline who had a string of victories that started in the Bradley Open this past summer. Dr. I. A. Orer, a newcomer from Independence, Iowa, and Dr. Robert M. Olson of Minneapolis, shared second place with Russell Schultze, each scoring 4-1, good for chess knight trophies.

Peter Thayer 4½ - ½ of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Bill Price, 4-1, of Decorah, Iowa finished first and second respectively in the Junior Division that had 14 players in it. Marc Witte of Peoria, Illinois, and James Ziegler of Waterloo tied for third with 3½ - 1½. All four of these players have reached the age limit for Juniors, so the coming year will give the younger ones a chance to become prize winners. The youngest among the group were 8 year old Mark McLammarah of Rockford, Illinois and 9 year old Mark Berry of Cedar Rapids.

A grand total of 75 players participated, including the attractive Marilyn Koput of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the first lady to grace our tournament in some time. We just wish that we could get at least four of the fair sex at one time so that we could justify giving a Ladies Prize. The accomodations were improved by the addition of another room which was used prmarily for skittles and post-mortems. Tournament Director John Osness was capably assisted by Treasurer Bob Meline, Statistician Syl Scorza, and Secretary Roger Leslie.



Our long time friend, opponent and director, President Wayne Wild has resigned as of 1 October 1967 because he has moved to Stevens Point Wisconsin 54481, where he is a professor in the Physics Department of Wisconsin State University. He has been one of the main stays of Buena Vista College as a teacher as well as a promoter of chess. He has served our state association in many ways and offices for about 20 years. It is with sincere regret that we bid him bon voyage and hope that he will be back to play in many of our tournaments.


CHESS MATCHES: UNICC of Cedar Falls vs. CVCC of Waterloo

The University of Northern Iowa has a new name for its chess club as well as a new name for its school. The School's name was most recently changed from "The State College of Iowa" (SCI) which superceded the long familiar name of "Iowa State Teachers College" and the original "Iowa Normal School". The chess club acquired its new name because of the change in the school's name, but more importantly it became strongly re-organized this fall because of the chess activity that is now in its third year of steady growth. Students Robert Burrell and Bill Price, and Professor David Crownfield are the prime movers best known in Iowa chess circles. Their invitation to the Cedar Valley Chess Club of the Waterloo YMCA resulted in a team match of 11 boards on Tuesday evening 24 October 1967. UNI held the score in the first round to 5-6, but slipped to 2½-8½ in the second round to give the Waterloo club the match by a score of 14½-7½. The return match on Sunday, 12 November was much closer with the CVCC winning in the first round by 5½-2½, and the UNICC winning the second round by 4½-3½, making the total score: CVCC 9, UNICC 7. Another pair of matches in the near future is anticipated.

Sunday afternoon, 12 November 1967 at the YMCA, Waterloo, Iowa.

    UNI Chess Club                      Cedar Valley Chess Club
                           Round                                   Round

Board                      1   2   Board                           1   2
 1  Robert Burrell         ½   1    1  William Diehl               ½   0
 2  David Crownfield       1   0    2  O. Jack Donath              0   1
 3  Bill Price             0   0    3  Fritz Donath                1   1
 4  John Jacobs            0   1    4  Willis Vanderburg           1   0
 5  Dean Hall              0   0    5  John Osness                 1   1
 6  Tim Gracey             0   ½    6  Tom Turnbull                1   ½
 7  Don Gardner            0   1    7  Fred Kuhnle                 1   0
 8  Bob Kline              1   1    8  Jim LeCocq                  0   0

             Round Score   2½  4½                                  5½  3½
             Total Score   7                                       9

Volume VII, Number 3, March 1968



Michael Laffin Wins Middle Class

After four rounds of the Fifth Annual Iowa-North Central Open Chess Tournament it was obvious that Dan was going to be the winner, but no one was sure that his last name would be Reynolds or Harger. Harger only needed a draw to win, and it appeared that he had one after some twenty moves, but then Reynolds launched an attack that Harger failed to defend precisely, and Reynolds won a very interesting end game. It is printed elsewhere in this issue. Don Rogers, a high school student from Des Moines, came into his own by finishing in a tie for 3rd place with 3½-1½, winning from Arnold Adelberg in the last round. Dan Frohardt from Royal Oak, Michigan conquered last year's winner Dale Gillette of Ames in the last round to take the other share of third. The tournament attracted a total of 33 players, 16 in the Open and 17 in the Middle-Junior-Novice Class, to the Tallcorn Motor Hotel in Marshalltown, Iowa on Saturday and Sunday, 10 & 11 February 1968.

The younger men and boys dominated play in the Middle-Junior-Novice Class with Michael J. Laffin of Iowa City taking a clear first with a score of 4½-½. Tied for second with 4-1 were Lee DeWitt of Cedar Rapids, and Bill Hoversten of Washburn, a suburb of Waterloo. Bill had the added honor of being the highest Junior. Laffin, who had a provisional rating of only 1400 and little previous tournament experience in tournament chess played carefully and well, yielding only a draw to veteran Willis Vanderburg of Shell Rock.


Officers of the Iowa State Chess Association are to be elected for a term of two years at the business neeting to be held in conjunction with the Iowa State Championship Chess Tournament in Ames on 30 & 31 March 1968. It is hoped that D. Dale Gillette, who succeeded to the Presidency when Wayne Wild moved out of the state, Vice-President & Statistician Sylvio J. Scorza, Secretary Roger Leslie, and Treasurer C. R. Meline will all continue to serve in their respective offices.


Volume VII, Number 4, May 1968


Lee Cranberg is Junior Champion

The city of Ames, where Dan Reynolds won the second place trophy in his first State Championship Tournament in 1954, was the site of his latest triumph as Iowa State Chess Champion. This is the sixth time he has been Champion, having won a clear title in 1957, 1958, 1962, and 1963, and shared it with Syl Scorza, Dale Gillette, and Richard Nassif in 1964. He took home another large King topped trophy as his prize for the winning score of 4½-½. Dan Harger of Des Moines, a high school Junior, and Bill Bailey of Centerville, who moved there recently from Illinois, shared second place with 4-1. Robert Burrell of Jesup and Paul Hersh of Grinnell shared fourth place with 3½-1½. Burrell lost only to former Champion Arthur Davis of Ames, who just returned to competition after an absence of two years. Hersh was undefeated, including a last round draw with Reynolds. The twenty six players who participated in the Championship Division, and the twelve in the combined Middle Class and Junior Championship made a total of 38 entrants. This could be considered normal but fell far short of the record 53 in Iowa City, and the 52 in Waterloo in 1966.

Lee Cranberg, 15, of Des Moines displayed the talent that earned him a place in the USCF list of the top 25 players under 16. He won the title of Middle Class and Junior Champion with a score of 4½-½. His only draw came in the last round against Bud Nuckolls, of Des Moines. Dr. Robert Voetberg, DVM, of Mt. Vernon took second place with 4-1. His only loss was at the hands of Cranberg.

The tournament was played in the finely furnished Pioneer Room of the Iowa State University Memorial Union. President Dale Gillette, and Keith Huntress made the arrangements for the excellent accomodations that included the good food in the Commons. The Tournament Director John M. Osness was assisted by Treasurer C. R. "Bob" Meline.

President Dale Gillette presided at the annual business meeting which was held Saturday evening. In the absence of Secretary Roger Leslie the minutes were read by John Osness. It was announced that this is the end of Roger's term of office as Secretary and he does not choose to serve another term. His five years of service in this office are appreciated. Treasurer C. R. Meline gave his report. A discussion of activities that might be possible because of the cash reserve on hand brought out several ideas. It was definitely settled that the possibility of having a simultaneous exhibition by a Master or Grand Master would be investigated. The following officers were elected:

President: D. Dale Gillette, 430 Ash Ave. Ames, Iowa 50010
Vice-President & Statistician: Sylvio J. Scorza, 520 2nd St. S. W. Orange City, Iowa 51041
Vice President: Willis G. Vanderburg, 422 Cherry Street, Shell Rock, Iowa 50770
Secretary: Dan Harger, 4804 University Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Treasurer: C. R. Meline, 1518 Evergreen, Des Moines, Iowa 50320

The term of John Osness as Tournament Director expired at this time and it was announced that he would no longer be available to serve in this capacity. Keith Huntress made a motion that the members express their thanks for his many years of service. The motion was seconded and carried by a standing vote. John was first elected as Secretary-Treasurer-Tournament Director in 1957 and served continuously in that capacity or shared the duties with others who were elected to serve in the individual offices.

The 1969 Iowa State Championship Chess Tournament is to be played at Waterloo as requested by members of the Waterloo YMCA Cedar Valley Chess Club.

It was announced that someone should plan to take over the Editorial and Publication responsibility of our "Iowa Chess En Passant" as soon as possible. The present Editor and Publisher will endeavor to keep it going for another year, but no longer, because the personnel who helped prepare the copy for the printer are no longer available.

Jon Frankle of Des Moines, and John Osness of Waterloo were elected to serve as U. S. Chess Federation Directors for the State of Iowa. Jon Frankle plans to attend the annual USCF meeting that is conducted during the U. S. Open Chess Tournament that is scheduled to be played August 11th to 23rd at Snowmass at Aspen, Colorado. (Note: If any other Iowans plan to attend they are asked to contact John Osness so that they can be considered as an alternate director.)

Bud Nuckolls kindly offered to handle the repair of the chess clocks that belong to the association.



5 YEARS AGO - 1963

Dan Reynolds of Fort Dodge retained his title of Iowa Chess Champion with a 4½-½ score. Tied for second were John Penquite, Ray Ditrichs, Syl Scorza, and Richard Nassif, all with 4-1. Robert Burrell of Jesup, and Clay Robison of Maxwell were Co-Champions of the Middle Class by winning their first four games and then playing to a draw against each other in the final round for 3½-1½ scores. Lee DeWitt of Cedar Rapids won three of his four games in a double round robin to become the Junior Chess Champion. The State Championship Tournament was played in the Horizon Room of the Waterloo YMCA.

Dr. Max Fogel, first Editor of the "Iowa Chess En Passant" newspaper resigned because he was preparing to move to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to pursue his profession.

10 YEARS AGO - 1958

Dan Reynolds defended his title of Iowa Chess Champion for the first time at the tournament held in Des Moines. Milford Mott took second place for the second consecutive year. A total of 44 players participated in the games played at the YMCA. Lloyd Gayman of Dubuque won the Junior Championship with second place going to Roger Holler of Waterloo.

15 YEARS AGO - 1953

John Penquite of Des Moines retained his title of Iowa Chess Champion in the tournament played at the Sheldon-Munn Hotel in Ames. He shared the title in 1951 and won it clear in 1952. Arthur Davis, Marvin Baldwin, Peter Muto, and Charles Rosburg tied for second place.

20 YEARS AGO - 1948

The first Iowa State Championship Chess Tournament after World War II was held at the Russell Lamson Hotel in Waterloo. Arrangements for it were made by President Willis G. Vanderburg. Professor Arthur Davis of Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) won the title of Class A Champion. Dr. Julius S. Weingart, Marvin Baldwin, and Lyle Kenyon tied for second place. Max Fogel, 14, of Des Moines, won the Class B title by beating John Osness of Waterloo in the last round. Osness and Dr. L. P. Bigelow of Iowa State Teachers College (now Iowa Northern University) tied for second. John Penquite of Des Moines was the youngest player to enter. He was 13 years old and finished fourth in the Class B Division.

Volume VIII, Number 1, July-August 1968




John Watson of Omaha, Nebraska, Larry Schmitt of Ottumwa, Iowa (and MIT), and Elliott Winslow of University City, Missouri, shared first place scores, trophies, and cash of thte Fourth Annual Des Moines Open Chess Tournament played at the Des Moines YMCA on 15 & 16 June 1968. Each scored 4½-½. Scores of 4-1 earned a fourth place tie for Tom Mabee, Murrel Rhodes, and Robert Bradley. Class B, C, and Unrated Trophies were won by Arnold Adelberg, David Novinski, and Philip Unell respectively. A total of 50 played in the Open Class, which with 8 in the Middle Class, and 10 in the Junior Division made a grand total of 68 Entrants.

Marc Witte won the Middle Class with a perfect 5-0 score and took home the King Trophy. Bud Nuckolls took the second place trophy with a golden Knight by scoring 4-1.

Francis Borzo, age 16, topped the Junior Division with a 5-0 score to win the King Trophy, while 15 year old Bill Hoversten took the Knight Trophy with a 4-1 score.

The tournament was directed by Dan Reynolds and Bob Meline with the assistance of Syl Scorza and John Osness.

Games selected and annotated by Game Editor Dan Harger are printed elsewhere in this issue.

According to our records the following played in an Iowa Tournament for the first time and are hereby cordially welcomed and encouraged to return for the Iowa Open during the Labor Day week-end.

Robert Enders   Avrom A. Rosem   Marvin Katz     Joseph Steffen
Lyle Wiedemon   Jerry Stuckle    Pete Tomas      Jeff Bartusek
Mark Levitt     John Cannon      Jim Cranberg    Geoffry M. Brown
Mike Breed      Bob Woronick     Lawrence Giles  Richard Turnbull
Philip Unell    Elliot Winslow   


The copy of the game that was going to be published under this heading has been misplaced, but that isn't important because the names of the players were going to be omitted anyway. The criticism of your editor is aimed at the system, not the individuals, that legalizes an agreement to a draw without requiring enough moves to make it obvious that a draw is the logical conclusion. The two fine young men who agreed to a quick draw in the last round of the recent Des Moines Open were only assuring themselves of a compromise share of the cash prizes rather than take the risk of getting a lesser share in an effort that could win sole possession of first place. It's still a shame that we tolerate the system that allows it. How would you like it if the football teams walked off the field in the middle of the fourth quarter because the coach or quarter-back of one of the teams offered to agree to a tie?? Would you want to be a player on either team when the boos started, and continued to follow you all the way home and to work the next day because you had it coming for being a quitter? How can any of us deny that it's just as bad for two chess players to agree to a draw without playing for a win, or even playing for a draw, as it is for players in sports to quit before they have given their best? The quick draw by offer and acceptance ought to be considered a disgrace, and that ought to be sufficient to eliminate it, but since we seem to live in an age when some people can't be shamed we ought to make it illegal too. Just because the Grandmasters are forced, or inclined, to accept compromising regulations due to complicated circumstances, including a recess when games are not completed in the first playing session, and the possibility of collusion by players from the same group or country, doesn't mean that the rest of us can justify our lame excuses when insted we should be ashamed. It doesn't seem to me that there should be any great difficulty in enforcing a rule that each player must make a minimum of 30 moves before a draw can be declared as long as we confine the application to the initial period of play and the pairings are not announced until the time for the games to start. As a matter of fact we all accept the regulation that a specified number of moves have to be made in a specified period of time, so what justification is there for making less than that number of moves before either player offers a draw? Once the minimum number of moves have been made the player offering the draw should still be required to show the position and the score sheet to the tournament director before the agreement to the draw is considered to be acceptable as an official result. The tournament director would determine whether or not there were obvious moves made to evade the intent of the rule, and could require the players to continue, or declare the game a loss for both if irregularities were evident. I recommend that a rule requiring a "best effort" for a minimum of 30 moves be made to apply to Iowa State Chess Association tournaments beginning with the Iowa Open which is to be played during the Labor Day week-end.

Volume VIII, Number 2, November 1968


Four players shared first place honors and money in the 14th Iowa Open played at the Montrose Hotel in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on 31 August and 1 September 1968. Each scored three wins and two draws. Robert Bradley of Cedar Rapids, John Tomas of Omaha, Nebraska, Dan Reynolds of Omaha, and Randy Mills of Shawnee Mission, Kansas are their names. Dan Harger of Des Moines and Paul Hersh of Grinnell tied for fifth with 3½ - 1½. Nathan Oaklander of Iowa City and Clement Ellis of Canton, Minnesota provided some surprises to tie for the prize for the highest score by Class B players with 3-2 scores.

William Leiser of Triumph, Illinois snatched a victory from Bill Price in the fourth round when he appeared to be in time trouble and went on to finish with a perfect 5-0. Price of Decorah was tied by Robert M. Beardsley of Cedar Rapids who didn't lose any after a first round defeat. Roy Healey of Fairmont, Minnesota and Richard Turnbull of Des Moines tied for fourth with 3½ - 1½.

Donald Kaplan, 18, of Mt. Vernon, Iowa captured the Junior Division King trophy with a 4½ - ½ score. His only draw was with Gary Page, 15, of Rockford, Illinois who was awarded a certificate for second place. Mark McLammarah, 9, of Rockford, Illinois was the youngest player.

According to our records the following played in an Iowa Tournament for the first time and are hereby cordially welcomed and encouraged to return for another Iowa Chess Tournament,

Phil Cobert       William Leiser     Steve C. Peterson
Norman Doty       Thomas McHugh      Robert Steele
Bill Encke        Randy Mills        Michael Tilton
Matthew Grinberg  Rick Mosher        Richard Weedman
Donald Kaplan     Nathan Oaklander   Larry Yeager
John Killam       Gary Page

Volume VIII, Number 3, January 1969


Dan Harger, a senior at Roosevelt High School of Des Moines, won the 11th Annual Thanksgiving 30-30 with a score of 5½-½. He yielded one draw, but only in the last round, to Nick Osness of Waterloo, who thereby finished fourth with 3½-1½ [sic]. Paul Hersh of Grinnell, who had his own problems with Nick in the first round, lost only to Harger and finished second with 5-1. Bill Hoversten, a Junior from Washburn, won third place prize with a 4-2 score. The tournament, sponsored annually by the Cedar Valley Chess Club of the Waterloo YMCA was held 23 & 24 November 1968 in the River Room of the Y. Carl Childress of Cedar Falls played in his first Thanksgiving 30-30, while Fritz Donath of Waterloo was playing in his eleventh one.


Two Juniors from Roosevelt High School of Des Moines, Lee Cranberg, and Don Rogers, shared first place and prize money at the 2nd Hawkeye Open of 1968, 14 & 15 December 1968. Each was held to a draw before the last round, and then played to a draw against each other in the fifth round to score 4-1. Thomas Blade of Chicago (home is still Moline, Illinois) and Dan Harger of Des Moines settled for third place with 3½-1½, along with Unrated prize winner Matthew Grinberg of Cedar Rapids, Russell Schultze of Moline was tied for 6th at 3-2 and got the Class C prize, while Karl Anderson was winning the Junior prize for his share of 6th place. The results printed herein indicate that several Class A players were suffering some unexpected whole point losses, and half point draws. The site of the tournament was the Memorial Union of the State University of Iowa at Iowa City.

Volume VIII, Number 4, May 1969


Waterloo had the pleasure of crowning one of the youngest Iowa Chess Champions in history when Dan Harger, 18, of Des Moines won his title on 27 April 1969 at the Quality Motel, West 5th & Jefferson Sts. The Roosevelt High School senior has been a strong contender for several years, and this time he was not to be denied as he scored four wins before yielding a last round draw to Paul Hersh of Grinnell who tied for second place with 4-1. One of Dan's school and chess team mates, Lee Cranberg, made a strong bid to share the Championship in his last round game against defending Champion Dan Reynolds, but finally had to settle for a draw and a share of second place along with D. Dale Gillette of Ames, and Richard W. Douglas, Jr., of St. Joseph, Missouri and a student at Iowa University. The latter's claim to fame was due in no small way to his win over Dan Reynolds, who was thereby alone in sixth place with 3½-1½.

The Combined Middle Class and Junior Championship of thirteen players resulted in a three way tie for the title of Middle Class Champion, with 4-1 being the score attained by H. Keith Erickson and Matthew Grinberg, both of Cedar Rapids, and Herschel Juian of Waterloo. It was a case of Erickson leading through the fourth round, only to find that Grinberg blocked the way for a clear title while Julian came on strong to tie for the title too. Grinberg managed to go undefeated with two draws followed by three wins. Don King, 17, of Cedar Rapids is the 1969 Iowa Junior Chess Champion with 3½-1½ score with was 1½ points better than the closest contenders. Scott Lovejoy, 14, of Cedar Falls was the youngest player.

A total of forty one players participated in the five round Swiss system tournament that was directed by John Osness of Waterloo with the help of Vice President Syl Scorza, and Treasurer C. R. Meline.


The business meeting that was called to order by the President Dale Gillette resulted in some interesting disclosures, discussions, and actions. A chess team of Roosevelt High School of Des Moines made a short range decision to enter the National High School Chess Tournament in New York on 11, 12, & 13 April. As is usually the case, the youngsters expected their elders to furnish the money, and they proceeded to persuade the Des Moines Chess Club to pay half the cost of their transporation. Once they had made that conquest they wheedled officers of the Iowa State Chess Association out of an equal amount from the association treasury and topped it off with $50 from the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. That got the team to the tournament and they did themselves proud by finishing fourth in a field of 56 teams. The fact that Dan Harger graduates from high school this year made it obvious that this was the year to go. The majority of the officers certainly had the courage of their convictions and gave the Treasurer permission to expend the funds without any actual authorization from the members. A motion to approve the gift was passed during the meeting to relieve the officers of a permanent obligation that they might otherwise have had to accept. There were several who questioned the liberal size of the gift, including John Osness, who never-the-less was the one who made the motion to sanction the officers action. This is not to say that there was any significant objection to the idea, but only that the use of the funds should be on an equal opportunity basis and budgeted over a long enough period to assure general satisfaction. It is also significant that the reserve must still serve the original purpose for which it was established, which is to assure financial responsibility for paying prizes which must be guaranteed when they are stated in a USCF Tournament Notice. As recently as last year the primary idea was to use some of the funds to attract events such as a national tournament or a Master's simultaneous exhibition, that would be of interest to a majority of Iowa chess players. Never-the-less the use of the funds for this outstanding team for this outstanding event was obviously a worthy expenditure. A motion to make a Sponsorship and Reserve Fund an official means by which the association can serve the desired and necessary purposes was made, seconded and carried. The funds which the officers are authorized to donate will be relatively modest to begin with, but there are means by which these can be increased over an extended period in the future, and a year to year allocation of a portion of tournament entry fees can be for this purpose. This income is to provide a donation to applicants who represent Iowa in regional, national, or international events. The Sponsorship and Reserve Fund as a trust fund is to be incorporated into the Constitution and By-Laws which are being prepared by Syl Scorza to formalize the regulations by which our association is operated.

One of the most outstanding ideas that was proposed during the tournament didn't actually get into the business meeting. It concerns the tournament to determine the annual Junior Chess Champion of Iowa. The present arrangements make it impossible for the strong Juniors to vie for the title of Iowa Chess Champion, and the title of Junior Chess Champion of Iowa because the tournaments are held simultaneously. The idea of some of the Juniors is to hold a separate tournament so that they can have a chance to win both titles. The officers and tournament director told Dan Harger, representative of the Juniors, that it should be permissible and he is going to review the situation. Your Editor hereby expresses the opinion that the most suitable times may be the week-end following Christmas, and the period from early February to early March. This opinion is influenced by the fact that the Iowa Championship Chess Tournament is usually scheduled shortly after Easter, and the State Basketball Tournaments are played during mid to late March every year. These dates might seem early to some, but by having them this early there would be good preparation for the State Tournament, and other regional or national events that the winners might seek to attend. If we can project into the future it would seem that an Iowa High School Championship Chess Tournament sponsored by the Iowa State Chess Association could become big enough to be self suporting and provide funds to send at least two teams to a regional or national tournament. The winning team from a high school, and another team made up of the best players from various schools could surely represent Iowa very well. In consideration of the current activity of Junior chess players in Des Moines it seems logical that the officers of the association may make arrangements to hold the tournament to determine the 1970 Iowa Junior Chess Champion in Des Moines prior to the 1970 Iowa Championship Tournament in Iowa City.

One of the other matters of business during the meeting was a change in the time limits. The time limit for the open or upper class is to be 45 moves in 120 minutes instead of 40 moves in 100 minutes, and the latter time limit is to apply to the Junior Division instead of 45 moves in 90 minutes. 5 moves every 10 minutes after the initial time period remains unchanged. The Middle Class may be the same as one or the other, but the writer doesn't recollect that it was specifically mentioned so it may be at the discretion of the officers.

Chess players are known to prefer playing to eating or sleeping, but they are rightfully concerned that tournaments be scheduled so that they can get to them in time for the first round. They are also concerned that the last round end in time for them to get home to a good nights rest before they have to go to work the next morning. In consideration of these factors along with the increased playing time of four hours per round the following schedule are offered for the consideration of all concerned.

       Des Moines Open, and Iowa-North Central Open
(3 Rounds Saturday, 2 Rounds Sunday, with no business meeting)
Round 1   10:30 AM -    2:30 PM    Round 4   9:00 AM -  1:00 PM
Round 2    3:00 PM -    7:00 PM    Round 5   1:30 PM -  5:30 PM
Round 3    7:30 PM -   11:30 PM

This appears to be a very good schedule. However, it should be notes that it limits the time for adjudicating, pairing, and eating. Most of the players will finish some of their games soon enough that they won't go hungry for very long. Since the Des Moines Open of 1969 was announced in Chess Life before the change in time limits was voted it will not be affected this year.

   IOWA OPEN (2 Rounds Saturday, 3 Rounds Sunday, no meeting)
                                   Round 3   8:00 AM - 12:00  M
Round 1    1:00 PM -    5:00 PM    Round 4  12:30 PM -  4:30 PM
Round 2    6:00 PM -   10:00 PM    Round 5   5:00 PM -  9:00 PM

The last round of this tournament can be scheduled later than for other tournaments because the next day is Labor Day, a holiday. The second round is scheduled a little earlier than in the past to allow for the earlier round on Sunday morning.

Round 1        12:30 PM -    4:30 PM    Round 3   8:00 AM - 12:00  M
Business Mtng.  5:30 PM -    6:30 PM    Round 4 *12:00  M -  4:00 PM
Round 2         6:30 PM -   10:30 PM    Round 5 * 4:00 PM -  8:00 PM

*Subject to a nominal delay for pairing when necessary

This is the tightest schedule due to a custom of having the business meeting and two rounds on Saturday, and the desire of out-of-town players to get away early Sunday night. It doesn't appear to allow any time on Sunday for adjudicating, pairing, or eating, but all those things will get done, and more of the out-of-town players ought to be better satisfied at the end of the tournament if there is a minimum delay in starting the fourth and fifth rounds, instead of scheduling them to actually start and end later. The first round starts thirty minutes earlier than in the past to accomodate the longer time limit, and the second round is scheduled to start an hour earlier to alleviate the early starting time on Sunday morning.

The thing that could delay the tournaments more than anything else is the time that it takes to adjudicate the unfinished games!//? It has often been stated that adjudication is not really a fair way to reach a decision and most people will surely agree to that, especially when they want to start playing their next game instead of waiting for the adjudicators to make a decision so that the tournament director can make the pairings. Perhaps the change to lengthen the playing time will result in pairings being made on the basis of temporary adjudications by the tournament director. There is adequate provision for doing this within the regulations for conducting a tournament and it may be that this is what is needed to overcome the problem of unwelcome delays. The players would then be faced with the alternative of hoping to finish the game after the next round, or accepting a draw, using up eating time, or time on their next games. Temporary adjudications are likely to be decisions that a draw is the probable result and would become permanent decisions unless other conclusions become apparent before the time for the following round expires.



This is indeed the issue that marks your editor's departure from the responsibility for editing, publishing, and mailing the Iowa Chess En Passant in the form it was created in 1961. It may survive or be revived in the near or distant future in one form or another. The Notices and Results of the Iowa State Chess Association tournaments are the bare essentials that are of interest to all subscribers and these will be sent to those who enter tournaments or otherwise express their interest by sending a dollar to the Treasurer, C. R. Meline, 1518 Evergreen, Des Moines, Iowa 50320. The mailing list is being turned over to the Secretary Dan Harger, so he will answer your inquiries.

In parting I wish to pay special tribute to Max Fogel, the first Editor, Jeannine Malett, the first typist, Fred Smith, and his staff who printed every issue, and the Chamberlain Manufacturing Corporation, my employer, for tolerating my involvement and permitting the printing to be done for the bare cost of time and material. My thanks also go to Dan Reynolds, Dan Harger, and L. A. Ware for their fine contributions.

Thank you for the opportunity of serving Iowa Chess.

John Osness


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