Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 26, 1974 · Page 42
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May 26, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 42

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tin -- Mav26,1974 * Sunday Gazette-Mail Ol» ^ ' Charleston. Vvest Virginia DNR Employes Are Crack Shots Competitive pistol shooting is vogue again among West Virginia conservation officers, partly because the director of the Department of Natural Resources himself was once pretty handy with a handgun. Director Sandy Latimer was a member of the team that represented West Virginia in the National Rifle Assn. matches at Cap Perry, Ohio, from 1966 through 1968. In 1968. he finished ninth in the nation in the expert class. Sgt. Arnold Williams, coach of the conservation officers' team, said encouragement from Latimer and law enforcement chief Raymond Eye helped bring about the return of competitive shooting in the division after a lapse of many years. Latimer doesn't shoot competitively any longer, primarily because as DNR director h? doesn't have time. "I j u s t shoot along in departmental matches," he pointed out, "and usually I get beat." Members of the DNR team are Sgt. Albert Payne of Fayette County, the top individual shooter in the law enforcement division for many years; and officers Ken Merrit of Wood County. Richard Morris of Pocahontas County and CHESS By Skip Johnson Richard Robertson of Nicholas County. Robertson posted the top score among conservation officers at the Kanawha Valley police officers' combat match held last weekend at the State Police range at Institute, but Payne was in the process of being transferred from Logan County back to Fayette County and didn't compete. On overall performance, Payne was and still is the best pistol shot the DNR has ever had. * * * THE F O U R OFFICERS who represent the DNR in team matches in West Virginia and elsewhere are selected yearly from the departmental c o m p e t i t i o n . N o b o d y h a s come along in the past three years to knock Payne, Merritt. Morris or Robertson off the team. They have shot in the state tournament at Summersville; in the Camp Perry matches; Capablanea Is Picked As Best Player Ever By Edward M. Foy Setting up a Hall of Fame -such as for track and field, in Charleston -- is an undertaking not to be taken up lightly, nor to be achieved easily. But to pick a list of the 10 best or even the 50 best is a game that any number can play. Recently Irving Chernev, American chess player and chess author, picked his list of the 12 greatest chess players in history. It appeared in the English magazine, "Chess". Chernov started off with "the one and only Capablanea, King of Chess", buttressing his choice with such quotes as, "I have known many chess players, but only one chess genius, Capablanea" (Emanuel Laskerj, and "Capablanea was the greatest talent; he made the greatest impression on me of all the champions I have met" (Botvinnik). Chernev placed Alekhine in second p l a c e : " A l e k h i n e played more brilliant, imaginative and original chess than other men who ever lived". The list continued with Lasker, Fischer (only fourth?), Botvinnik, Petrosian, Tal, Smyslov, Spassky, Bronstein, R u b i n s t e i n , a n d ( 1 2 t h ) Nimzovich. Chernev then wondered, "What.. . .do I do about Keres, Pillsbury, Morphy, Steinitz and Tarrach?" C h e r n e v k n o w s ( o r h a s known) some of these players personally. He has studied the games of all 12 of them. Nor is he living in the past -- seven of his 12 are contemporary grandmasters. * * * THE LATE Al Horowitz called Bobby Fischer the greatest player who ever lived. Bobby is a chess genius but so was Capablanea and he, along with his ancient great antagonists, Alekhine and Lasker, would have proved to Star Leads Sissonville League Big Star leads the Little League and Okey's Market ! holds down the No. 1 spot in the Senior League in the Sissonville Little League Assn. standings. Big Star and Okey's Market have identical 3-0 records. Little League Team W L Team W L Big Star 3 0 Hooten Eqp 1 2 B n k o l W . V a . 3 1 W.Va. Truck 1 3 Kiowas 3 1 Cunnghm's 0 4 Bob's Gun 1 2 be very formidable competitors in either match or tournament play against our American world champion. There seems to be a tendency among current grandmas- ters to consider that they play better than any of their predecessors. Svetozar Gligoric considers that so much more is known now about the basic ideas of chess that today's grandmasters "are bound to play better than their predecessors, but not deeper." None of our local players are grandmasters but they probably have more fun! The Elk River Chess Club held a five-minute tournament last week; a double-round-robin a f f a i r . Eddie Graham won with 12'/a points, closely followed by Charles Szasz and James Field, each 12. Friendly off-hand (rather than tournament) games are the order of the day (or night) during the regular Tuesday evening sessions of the Charleston CHESS Club at St. John's Parish House, 1105 Quarrier St. in the Washington, D.C. Pistol Club matches at Davidsonville, Md.; and in the Indiana State Police matches at Putnamville, Ind. They will be the defending team champion in the state tourney at Summersville this September. Being in good physical condition is important in competitive shooting, just as in any kind of sports competition, Latimer and Williams point out. The shooter must be in shape and have steady nerves and a competitive desire. In fact, when Latimer became serious about his shooting in the mid-1960's, he quit , smoking and took up bowling to strengthen his hand and arm. "In a standard 2,700-point match," Latimer pointed out, "there is a pretty fair amount of standing, holding your arm out, concentrating and all that. You have to be in mental and physical shape." The mental part, of course, is basically what competitive shooting is all about, as trap and skeet shooters know. "I've seen people who were good shooters until they got in a match," said Latimer, "and then they fell apart.". * * * THE DNR HAS HAD a number of good pistol shots among its conservation officers, in addition to Payne, Capt. Charley Costilow, still in the division but no longer active competitively, overshadowed the field back around 1948-52. Art Bachman, former law enforcement chief, was an excellent shot, as was Fielding Kyer, a former conservation officer who is now retired. Maj. Paul Patton, still in the division but, like Costilow, no longer shooting competitively, was one of the best of his day. Patton, who participated primarily on Army teams, once finished in the top 3 per cent at Camp Perry. And Williams, the coach of the current team and shooting coordinator for the law en- forcement division, is good with a pistol. The problem is that the steady nerves and competitive desire have a way of dwindling as the years roll by, which is what makes Payne's continuing eminence as a shooter all the more remarkable. He has been a conservation officer for the past 22 years, and has been shooting much of that time, and is still on top. CARROUSEL INN DISCOUNT COUPONS AVAILABLE FOR... PARK CIHCINNAT1 | Snafu May Hurt Morehead Boys CLARKSVILLE. Tenn. (AP)--An eligibility snafu, which has benched Austin Peay State University's two brightest basketball stars, may effect seven Morehead State athletes, Morehead officials said. Officials said virtually all Ohio Valley C o n f e r e n c e schools may lose some athletic stars as a result of the decision, which is being appealed to the NCSA. Danny Odums, a guard who averaged 13.7 points per game last season, was declared by school officials Friday to be ineligible for further competi- t i o n . Odums was A u s t i n Peay's second leading scorer. Thursday, school officials said they had declared James "Fly" Williams, the nation's third leading scorer during the past season, ineligible for further athletic competition. Shortly after Williams was declared ineligible, George Fisher, Austin Peay athletic director, laid the blame on Art Guepe, former Vanderbilt University football coach and now OVC commissioner. Guepe made the rule interpretation-- and accepted the blame. Fisher predicted the ineligibility probably would last o longer than a year and might even be waived because the misinterpretation was done by --Staff Photo by Lewis Raines SGT. 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