Me vs. Victor Watts, 2006 Idaho OpenThe 2012 Idaho Open was a great success. I am fond of playing in Pocatello as my first three tournaments (2006) were played in the very room I found myself sitting in this past weekend! Things are a bit different six years later, as I was undefeated in this go around and earned 1st place in the reserve section with 4.5 points (versus 0 points and last place in 2006).
|I got mushed behind Fred|
Kerry Shirts videoed the tournament(left) and Barry Eacker(right) sports a Buckendorf tie
For two years I was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Idaho Chess Association, but I resigned my position this week after discovering that my position was dysfunctional. One of the ICA TDs refused to provide financial reconciliations of tournaments because they were "volunteers" and with allegations of financial mismanagement of the ICA pending, I thought it best to get out of that mess before it gets serious. All of my ICA friends that are board members were upset, of course, but very understanding of the position I was in. My goodbye was not a formal one and I hope to one day return to a board position when the climate has changed, but my mark has been a positive one. I tried to institute fiscal responsibility by having a TD form, I began recording membership (which has never been done), I suggested tournament registration forms to track e-mails and information, instituted foot-noting to changes on original documents, suggested scans of important historical documents (rather than re-typing them all), and even inspired historical pictures of events like a large group photo at each event. There have been other trivial items and I hope my help was appreciated by some, as resisted by others.
|Jay Simonson, President and TD|
|Fun between rounds|
|Scout Mountain at a distance|
|Pillars of Love|
|Idaho Open Chess Champion,|
|Kevin and Me|