photo: courtesy of Jay Simonson
On July 12, 2018, six players from Pocatello, Idaho, gathered in a quest for a gold medal in the 2018 East Idaho Senior Games Chess Event. This was a 6 player Round Robin tournament. When the dust had all settled, Earl Neeser was the overall winner with a score of 4.5 out of 5 points.
Bill Arnold, who has played in many Idaho Chess Association (ICA) tournaments brought his wife Melody. This was her first chess tournament, and she gave all a run for their money, winning 2 of the 5 games. All of the other players, Earl Neeser, Owen Buffaloe, Terry Brower, and Joe Avila, have played in previous East Idaho Senior Games chess events.
All contestants won Gold medals for their age group and level of play. Here is a summary of the age and play divisions with the Gold Medal Winners: