Congratulations to Hans Morrow  for being nominated as a Spotlight player!!

Hans Morrow

            Hans has been one of the top Utah players for over 50 years and continues to be very competitive.  He is a former Utah State Champion, and more recently he won the Idaho Open in 2013 ahead of Bryan Leaño and other formidable Utah and Idaho players.  Most notably he was co-champion at the 1987 US Senior Championship defeating GM Arthur Dake–see attached game below.  Hans recalls that his highest rating was 2217.

He participated regularly at the old Salt Lake Chess Club located at the WMCA downtown on Social Hall Avenue near the Utah Stock Exchange.  Gaston Chapuis (also former Utah State Champion) was club president.  Sammy Reshevsky, Bobby Fischer and Larry Evans all visited there to hold simultaneous exhibitions.  The building was decrepit and has long since been torn down, but the chess atmosphere was congenial, and all the state tournaments were held there.

In addition to winning the Idaho Open (at least twice) he has won the Denver Open.

In 1980 the ZCMI Center sponsored the Memorial Day Chess Tournament that attracted 151 players from seven states and Canada.   Hans tied for first place with Haryanto Dowd ahead of Todd Miller and won $375.

He has also competed and done well in many national and international events.  These include events such as the US Open, National Open, US Senior Championship, World Open and Western States Open, as well as tournaments held in Europe.  In 2010 he played in the 20th World Senior Championship held in Arco Di Trento, Italy.  And then again in 2011 he competed in the 21st World Senior Championship held in Rejeka, Croatia, thereby completing his fourth World Senior Championship.

He and his wife have now completed three service missions in Europe for the LDS Church.  They served in Berlin, Austria and at the Freiberg Germany Temple.

Hans Morrow—GM Arthur Dake, US Senior Open, 1987, Nimzo-Indian Defense

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 0–0 7.Qc2 Qa5 [7…Nc6 8.e4] 8.Bd2 d6 9.e4 e5 10.Be2 Re8 11.d5 Nbd7 12.0–0 Nf8 13.Bg5 Nh5 14.g3 [14.Nxe5 Rxe5 15.f4] 14…h6 15.Be3 Nf6 16.Nh4 Bh3 17.Rfb1 Qc7 18.Re1 N8h7 19.a4 g5 [19…Ng5 20.f3] 20.Nf5 Bxf5 21.exf5 e4 22.g4 22.a4 is a good attempt to break open Black’s position around the king, but the text leaves White with no weaknesses. 22…Nd7 23.h4 Qd8 24.Kg2 Kg7 25.hxg5 Of course, Rh1 is also good. 25…Nxg5 [25…hxg5? 26.Rh1 followed by White’s doubling the rooks on the h-file, and Black is hurting.] 26.Rh1 Ne5 27.Rh5 Nef3 No! 27.Qe7 is still a good defense. 28.Rah1 Qf6 29.Qc1 Rh8 30.Bxf3 exf3+ 31.Kg3 Qe5+ Not great, but Black is lost regardless. 32.Bf4 Ne4+ 33.Kxf3 Qxc3+ Of course, not 34.Kxe4? Rae8+ 35.Be5 Qxe5+ or Rxe5+and Black dodges the bullet with a probable draw.  34.Qxc3+ [34.Kxe4 Rae8+ 35.Be5+ Rxe5+] 34…Nxc3 35.Bxh6+ Rxh6 [35…Kf6 36.Bg5+ Kg7 37.Rxh8 Rxh8 38.Rxh8 And White stays up a piece for an easy win.] 36.Rxh6 Black resigns.  1–0

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