2nd Tri-State Championship
The Idaho chess team handily won the 2005 Tri-State Championship in Jackson Hole. Idaho fielded a larger and higher rated team (team average 38 points higher) that won every round. Each Idaho player added to the winning total of 21 game points. Fifteen games points were won by Wyoming and Montana was unable to field a chess team.
Barry D. Eacker and Hugh S. Myers (Chess Olympiad player), two very solid players from Idaho, voluntarily stayed out of the tournament. William B. Mabry and Donald L. Shouse also volunteered to play each other in an extra game to help balance round 2. Barbara Fortune, from Wyoming, volunteered to play only the last day. These efforts helped balance the teams.
Barry D. Eacker, the Idaho Team Captain and Barbara Fortune helped develop the tournament, recruited and maintained players, arranged transportation, and provided a grand tournament hall with free refreshments and fine lodging at the base of the world famous Teton mountains.
Idaho players Karl T. Disher, Victor G. Watts, and Donald L. Shouse led the tournament with three games points each. Brian L. Walker lead the Wyoming chess team as captain and lead scorer with the tough Wyoming competitor John B. Carr (a former Idaho champion). Janos Fucsko was the only other player to win 2.5 game points helping cinch the Idaho win.
Two young players with interest in computer science played some of the strongest chess at the tournament taking home 2 wins against each other. Claudiu Iosifescu, a 2172 FIDE rated Romanian native who works in Idaho part of the year for his software firm, and Andrew M. Smith, a former Wyoming Champion, chess expert, and University of Wyoming freshman in the College of Engineering.
Local chess player Shira L. Evans added beauty and a friendly dog to the tournament with two wins for Wyoming while matching Shane A. Kennedy's two solid wins for the Idaho chess team. Larry R. Parsons put in a convincing one-day performance winning a game and a half. Kurt P. Douglas, Ronald A Matous (a former Wyoming Champion), Jeffrey T. Roland, and Timothy M. Fisher retained a game and a half over a two-day course of play. James E. Kulbacki and William B. Mabry each took home a win in the face of very demanding pairings.
Many fine chess games were played during the tournament and the conduct and sportsmanship of the competing teams were exceptional. The 2nd annual contest between Idaho and Wyoming was hard fought and thoughtful. Brian L. Walker has offered to analyze some of the games and I hope to submit some of the games to chess base. The USCF and Rocky Mountain Chess rated the chess tournament. Thanks to all participants for making it a pleasant and stimulating contest.
Jonathan Ray Fortune, TD, Cheyenne, Wyoming USA
1 Karl T Disher 2012 2014 D14 W14 W17 D17 3.0 2 Victor G Watts 1566 1590 W11 W11 W16 L16 3.0 3 Donald L Shouse 1231 1234 X-- U-- W19 W19 3.0 4 Brian L Walker 1747 1749 W15 D15 W6 L6 2.5 5 John B Carr 1732 1744 W13 D13 D15 D15 2.5 6 Janos Fucsko 1624 1656 D9 W9 L4 W4 2.5 7 Claudiu Iosifescu 2247 2229 L8 L8 W8 W8 2.0 8 Andrew M Smith 1981 2003 W7 W7 L7 L7 2.0 9 Shira L Evans 1740 1726 D6 L6 W10 D10 2.0 10 Shane A Kennedy 1619 1622 W16 D16 L9 D9 2.0 11 Jonathan Fortune 1516 1505 L2 L2 W18 W18 2.0 12 Larry R Parsons 2095 2096 W17 D17 U-- U-- 1.5 13 Kurt P Douglas 1785 1770 L5 D5 D14 D14 1.5 14 Ronald A Matous 1775 1777 D1 L1 D13 D13 1.5 15 Jeffrey T Roland 1700 1694 L4 D4 D5 D5 1.5 16 Timothy M Fisher 1565 1557 L10 D10 L2 W2 1.5 17 James E Kulbacki 1912 1907 L12 D12 L1 D1 1.0 18 William B Mabry 1310 1291 X-- U-- L11 L11 1.0 19 Barbara Fortune 683 678 U-- U-- L3 L3 0.0
1 William B Mabry 1310 1326 W2 1.0 2 Donald L Shouse 1231 1213 L1 0.0