Brad Lundstrom is sending out this press release to 11 newspapers, 6 TV stations, and KOAA radio and US Chess.
Press Release -- Final Results Colorado Chess Players Checkmate COVID-19
Colorado chess players statewide and some very special world class guest players teamed up to help in the economic aftermath of COVID-19 and benefit The Denver Salvation Army Food Programs
Project commits 100% of funds raised by donations in a statewide online chess tournament
Initial Goal of $500 was surpassed...Â was it ever as our 112 players and friends raised $3245 !!
Colorado State Chess Association(CSCA) President, Paul Covington welcomed a hugely diverse team that united with shared a love of chess and a passion to help others in our community
Paul has a 47 year history as a Salvation Army volunteer and patron. Paul be presenting our final check on behalf of CSCA as our state associaton president.
World class masters teamed up with chess players of all ages and skill levels to compete in one big section where any player could play anyone else as results over six rounds completed. Many of our state players battled against some of the world's best today!
Players from ages five to 89 were involved in this event.
All types of good people sharing a common goal...
Tournament featured a fun ten minute per player, per game time control and the six rounds ran 10am to 1pm this Saturday morning, June 20th with all games played online.
Imagine a golf or tennis tournament where every entrant has a shot of competing with world class players?
That was the fun and unique challenge to our participants.
All Colorado chess players welcomed our very special guests:
International Grandmaster Alexander Fishbein, the most successful player in Colorado history
Past US Junior champion, World Open co-champion, internationally acclaimed chess prodigy
International Master Keaton Kiewra, chess prodigy and nine time Nebraska state championÂ https://www.chess.com/member/Keaton87
Life Master Brian Wall, twelve time Colorado Champion and most active tournament player
Master Lior Lapid two time Colorado Chess Champion and President of Pals Chess Academy
Master Zachary Bekkedahl, founder and President of Chessmates and Fort Collins legendary scholastic chess coach
And an incredible last minute surprise... International Grandmaster Timur Gareyev entered. Timur, one of the world's most famous players is the all time Guiness Book of World Records holder in blndfold chess and he completed all six rounds playing blindfolded - without sight of the board with the aide of a chess student in San Diego! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timur_Gareyev
1st with 6 wins with no loses for 6 points: Grandmaster Alex Fishbein
2nd with 5 wins and one draw for 5.5 points: International Master Keaton Kiewra
3rd with 5 wins and one loss for 5 points (on tie break points) Colorado Master Brian Wall
Also with 5 wins and one loss for 5 points were three additional players: Grandmaster Timur Gareyev (the World Champion Blindfold Champion) who played all games Blindfold!! and Fort Collins Chessmates scholastic star Aiden Sirotkin, and a player with the login of: Bharatasuryakepri. These players all performed exceptionally!
Thank you to all our awesome chess players and their wonderfully generous families and friends; also the CSCA board for their support and encouragement.
Special thanks to our excellent Tournament Director: Alayne Wilinski of the Denver Chess Club.
A wonderful day of many great chess performances and a record setting event raising $3,245.00 for those in need in our community!
Colorado Chess Association contacts:
President, Paul Covington phone 719-310-7542 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President, Brad Lundstrom phone 970-415-3855 email chess email@example.com
The Colorado State Chess Association, Incorporated, is a Section 501(C)3 tax exempt, non-profit educational corporation formed to promote chess in Colorado
Salvation Army contact:
PR & Special Events Director
The Salvation Army Intermountain Division
Office: 303-860-5460 | Cell: 619-768-3671