On Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12 High School/Middle School students gathered at Idaho Falls High School media center (library) to play in a 5 round scholastic chess tournament.
Jacob Moore, who participated in tournament chess for the first time at the Eastern Regional Scholastic Tournament in January 2017, organized the tournament and acted as assistant Tournament Director (TD). Jacob contacted and invited a total of 8 area schools, which included high schools, middle schools, and junior high schools. Jacob asked Idaho Chess Association (ICA) Secretary/Treasurer and TD, Jay Simonson to be the chief TD.
Jacob Nathan, 2 time winner of the Idaho Scholastic K-8 Championship, and also prior winner of ICA’s Eastern Idaho Open Chess Tournament, from Talorview Middle School, won the 1st place (and only prize) trophy.
Students from Idaho Falls High School, Bonneville High School, and Talorview Middle School came to the event and played their best chess. The time control was game in 30 minutes, which most thought was just the right amount of time. Each participant said they hoped to have more tournaments like the D91 tournament in the future.
Jacob Moore (right) presents trophy to Jacob Nathan (left). photo: Jay Simonson