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  • Barry Eacker

2021 Southern Idaho Open/Veteran's Tournament

Twenty five players dropped in at the Holiday Inn Express in Twin Falls, Idaho on November13th, 2021 to honor America's Veterans and play a little chess. After the dust cleared, Veteran Zachary Fritchen captured the flag with a perfect 4.0/4 score, defeating Josh Price on Board One in the final round, taking undisputed first prize. Second and third prizes were shared by number one seed Kaustub Kodihalli and “The Professor”, Dewayne Derryberry with 3.5/4 tallies. The above mentioned Josh Price and Finn Belew churned out 3.0/4 scores to share the Scholastic prize.

Fritchen methodically disposed of his opponents, stamping his final game with an exclamation point: his White Queen surveying the Black territory from the invasive d6. Kodihalli and Derryberry knocked out three wins apiece, their results tarnished only by their draw with each other in Round Three. The biggest upset of the event occurred in Round One when 1800 player John Glenn succumbed to Peter Clark (1396) who finished 2.0/4. Six scholastic players were scattering pieces during the action, in many cases fighting toe to toe with established players. Good sign.

We want to thank all the Veterans who participated in this event and take a moment to recognize their service to this great nation. Please tell them “Thanks” next time you see them.

Their names are listed below:

  • Zachary Fritchen

  • Darren Furman

  • Michael Barros

  • Fred Bartell

  • Hank Harris

  • Jay Simonson

  • Dennis Stutz

  • Joshua Southwick

Many thanks to the Holiday Inn Express for allowing us to invade their meeting room and carry out operations.

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