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c o o Â£ D D) ID TJ L: 3 CHAMPIONSHIP CHESS Stevens By BLAKE STEVENS United Stales Expert Twenly-eight players met last week in the Texas Room of the Gunter Hotel to compete in the a n n u a l City C h e s s Championship. Championship. The tournament tournament director, Leo \Varshaw, and his assistant, assistant, W.N. Wells, handled the two- d a y e v e n t smoothly a n d efficiently. Although Although the players players were cog- ntEant of the effort and work that goes into the running of a tournament, tournament, tney were tacit (but not necessarily taciturn), and did not give voice in any note of thanks. The reason for this is partially excusable because of the way chess tournaments etid. In the last round many players finish their f i n a l game early, and, if they realize that they have faired poorly, they are not particularly interested in the otucome, or they are not interested enough to want to stay another hour or two to see who the winner is. So these quick finishers leave the scene. A second group, who place moderately moderately well, slay for a while after their games are concluded, long enough to learn that, the one or two games still in progress will not affect their f i n a l score. They find out approximately (some exactly) exactly) where they place 1 , and they, too, d r i f t off. Finally the few -who arc left are too weary to think of something something nice to say (it is nearly m i d n i g h t , and some have played for a total of 20 or 21 hours with only a few breaks between games) and they drag home also. Once in a while all the games arc finished early in (he last round, ami trophies and prizes arc awarded in the customary way, and someone usually has the presence presence of mind to suggest the participants participants give a vote of thanks to the organisers and directors. Fortunately, the tournament officials officials here are aware t h a t their efforts will receive probably few praises, and they rlo not really mind, realizing that thp gratitude of the players existed even though it was not expressed. Golf tournaments, b o w l i n championships, I e n n i s matches, and horse races end with a bang and a fanfare, but chess tournaments tournaments seem to finish mostly "in character"-- rather quietly. The Ratings All members of the San Antonio Chess Club 'have a local rating which is based on their past performances, performances, and many of these players are also members of the Unilcil "'Mes Chess Federation, whic: 's own rating list of play* in based on the performance performance records. The national and local ratings are very similar and the favorites picked to win the city championship championship were the highest rated players players in Hie city. Your writer was rated in the top slot, next was J.B. Payne, and third was Henry Davis, and that is how we placed in the tournament. Fourth was Cliff Jewell with 3'/4-BV4-14W. Fifth was Lours Ciron with W.N. Wells placed 6th with 3/J- 7. Hall Jones was 7th with 3-8'/ 2 . Captain E.B. Edmondson finished 8lh with 3-8, and M i k e Bramc came in 9th with 3-?i/ 2 . R.P. Cotter Cotter was lOlh with 2V4-9-1G. Winner ol group li was Cliff Jewell nnd winner of group C was Carlos Mangus. Problem White To Move One deft move forces a black capitulation -- NxP! and now if PxN; Q-Q8 Male, and if the Knighl is not captured, the Black Queen is lost.