Colorado State Chess Association

2021 Colorado Senior Open Champion - Brian Wall

Congratulations to Life Master Brian Wall for his perfect 4-0 score and earning the title of 2021 Colorado Senior Open Champion.

Brad Lundstrom finished with 3.5 for second place and Josh Samuel came in at third on tiebreaks over Sam Bridle with 3 points. 

Our champion earns the right to represent Colorado at the US Open July 31 - August 3, 2021 in Cherry Hill, NJ at the tournament of champions featuring the top senior players from every state in the USA.

Both Brian and Brad declined the invitation so Josh Samuel accepted and will be our Colorado Senior Representative this year - congratulations and good luck Josh!

Our tournament was held at the Arts Center in Manitou Springs and was well directed by Buck Buchanan and Shirley Herman. Thank you to both!

Eighteen players attended this tournament and all were very happy to be playing over the board chess again!

Look for the tournament story, photos and games in our upcoming July issue of the Colorado Informant.

Hope to see you at the Class Championships in Loveland on July 24-25th!

Paul Covington appointed to be the next Chairman of the National Senior Committee for US Chess

Congratulations to Paul Covington who recently was appointed to be Chairman of the Senior Committee for US Chess.

As one of the top leaders in our CSCA history, Paul continues to serve and make us proud.

Congratulations to our esteemed colleague for earning a national chess position!

2021 Colorado Open

2021 Colorado Open

Direct Link:
5 Round Swiss Tournament
Date September 4 - 5, 2021
Time Control Rds 1-2 G/90, 5 seconds delay; Rds 3-5 G/90, 30 seconds increment
Site Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center North at 7525 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80231 Discounted rates for chess players registering early. Deadline for chess discounted rates is August 20th. Booking Link: Group Name: Colorado Open 2021 Dates available : September 3-6, 2021

Championship (open)

Entry Fee $45 if received by 9/1, $50 at site
Prizes Cash prizes per entries. Championship 1st Prize at least $300
Registration 7:30 – 8:30am (Online preferred)
Round Times Saturday 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM; Rd 4 Sunday 9:00 AM (CSCA Membership Meeting 2:00 PM), Rd 5 3:30 PM unless delayed.
Entries Richard Buchanan
Address 1 Sutherland Rd, Manitou Springs CO 80829
Phone 719-685-1984
Bye Policy

Second day Byes must be requested before Round 1.

We will be following the Denver County CDC guidelines. 

Under current guidelines all players will be required to wear a mask in the building. 

Players completing Covid vaccinations prior to this tournament is strongly encourage

Register Online

For information and questions  (before tournament) go to or phone (719) 685-1984.
CSCA membership required of all Colorado players.

CSCA Delegate at US Open - July 31 - August 8, 2021

Our CSCA Board is accepting applications for our Colorado Delegate if you'd like to represent Colorado during the US Open national US Chess meetings. 

We currently have Paul Covington, our CSCA past president and President Emeritus a non-voting CSCA Board member. He is in a long process of being back and forth from Colorado to his new home in Oklahoma but has filled this position before and would be happy to do it again this year,

Although he is a great choice since he is ultimately leaving Colorado, we are opening it up to any other CSCA members that are planning on attending the US Open this summer.

If you are playing and a delegate it makes for a full day of delegate meetings then your US Open tournament game will be played in the evening.

If you are interested email, by June 15, 2021 to be considered.

Brad Lundstrom;

Jesse Cohen:


WHAT IS A DELEGATE? This is an introduction. It does not include complete details. For complete information please see Article 5 (pages 5-8) of the US Chess Bylaws. Where do delegates come from and where do they go? Delegates are named by state chapters to represent their state by voting in-person at the annual Delegates’ Meeting, which is traditionally the final Saturday and Sunday of US Open week. The US Open is usually the last week of July or the first week of August. The event is rotated around the country at different venues from year to year. See our National Events Page for where the next one will be held: How many delegates is each state allowed? Much like our US House of Representatives, each state is allotted a specific number of delegates based on how many US Chess members reside in that state. Each state is also asked to name an equal number of alternates so that if a delegate can’t attend, the alternate will take the delegate’s place. To see how many delegates your state is allotted, visit the Current Delegates List. The number of delegates allotted is listed after the state abbreviation. Who can be a delegate? In simple terms, you can name anyone who is a US Chess member in good standing (dues paid and no suspensions) from your state or a neighboring state. The person doesn’t need to be a rated chess player—or a chess player at all. Parents of young chess players who are US Chess members themselves can be delegates. There is no age restriction for delegates. People employed by US Chess cannot be delegates. What do delegates do? At the meeting, delegates vote on motions that affect the running of US Chess. Delegates also write the motions, whether ahead of time or at the Delegates’ Meeting. Delegate motions can be about any change a delegate, or the state they represent, would like to see in the way US Chess runs, including ethical conduct, rules, membership, etc. There is no limit to the number of motions a delegate can make. Do they have any real power? The body of delegates makes decisions regarding US Chess as an organization. According to Article V, Section 1, of the US Chess Bylaws, “Among other things, it shall have the authority to amend the Bylaws and the USCF Official Rules of Chess, approve the annual budget, approve the sale of real estate owned by the USCF, approve any borrowing secured by real estate owned by the USCF, establish, amend or revoke one or more trusts for the management of Life Member assets and appoint or remove one or more Trustees for the purpose of administering said trusts, and supervise the ethics compliance process of US Chess.” Motions can also be referred to a US Chess committee, or the Executive Board, for further evaluation.

Colorado Chess Hall of Fame – Class of 2021

Colorado Chess Hall of Fame – Class of 2021

This will be the second induction class to the Colorado Chess Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be held on Friday, September 3rd at 5:45pm at the Embassy Suites North site of the 2021 Colorado Open scheduled later that weekend.

If you would like to make a nomination:

  • Send supporting information such as games, articles, photos, stories, etc. to help the committee with their selection process.
  • Send your nominations to Randy Canney and Brad Lundstrom



The cutoff for nominations this year is June 30th.

2021 Colorado Senior Open Championship
2021 Colorado Senior Open Championship
Date June 5-6, 2021
Time Control 4 Rounds all G/90 with 30 seconds increment
Site Art Center  515 Manitou Avenue   Manitou Springs

Open to players over age 50 at National tournament date July 31st. 

--This is a correction on eligibility date to match US chess guidelines.--

Winner earns the right to represent Colorado during the U.S. Open in the Senior Division of the Tournament of Champions.

July 31 - August 3, 2021 Crown-Plaza Philadelphia  - Cherry Hill, NJ

Entry Fee

$35 if rec'd by 6/4 (mail), $40 at site. Current CSCA membership required.

We are now set up to accept online entries to this tournament.

Register online here on link under the CSCA upcoming tournaments


Prizes Cash prizes per entries.
Registration 8:30 - 9:30 AM.
Round Times 10 AM, 3 PM Saturday; 10 AM, 3 PM Sunday
Entries Make checks payable to CSCA c/o Richard Buchanan
Address 1 Sutherland Rd., Manitou Springs CO 80829
Phone (719) 685 1984
Bye Policy

Second day Byes must be requested before Round 1.

We will be following the El Paso County CDC guidelines. 

Under current guidelines all players will be required to wear a mask in the building. 

Players completing Covid vaccinations prior to this tournament is strongly encouraged. 

Colorado State Chess Association Board Meeting Minutes Wednesday, April 14th

Colorado State Chess Association

Board Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 14th

CSCA Board Members included:

President -  Brad Lundstom - Present

Vice-President – Jessie Cohen -Present

Secretary - Alexander Freeman - Present

Treasurer - Josh Samuel - Present

Junior Representative - Andrew Roerty - Present

Member at Large - Gracie Salazar Mukayess - Absent

Member at Large - Alayne Wilinsky – Absent

Scholastic Director - Tom Nelson - Present

President Emeritus - Paul Covington

Other visitor included:

Shirley Herman

Meeting was held on Zoom and began with President Brad Lundsrom calling the meeting to order.

The purpose for this meeting was to get everyone together again and be on the same page as our last meeting was two months ago on February 15th.

Tom Nelson talked about the Colorado Scholastic Championships and our qualifiers for the Tournament of Champions to be held alongside the US Open from July 31 - August 3, 2021.

The events feature state champions for all fifty states representing Colorado.

Ours include:

Rockefeller - Elementary: Derek Yin

Middle School - Barber: Davin Yin

Denker - High school: Vednath Sampath

Haring - Girls: Iris Li

A motion for a stipend to these four scholastic players, who represent Colorado, with $700 each was also approved.

A motion to buy five chess clocks to not exceed $300 was approved by the CSCA Board of Directors. 

Jessie Cohen discussed the results of The 2021 Colorado Scholastic Online Championship.

This event donated $600 to the Colorado Scholastics.

Josh Samuel discussed a new ledger accounting system, reviewed the budget and fundraising donations.

Brad Lundsrom updated us on a probable upcoming Senior Open in June, possible Class Championships in July, the end of summer Colorado Open and our getting the 2022 Colorado State Scholastic site secured. We discussed beginning our upcoming plans for girls chess and Ann Davies' grant. Our next CSCA Board meeting will probably be scheduled for June.

A motion to end the meeting was seconded and agreed upon.

Alexander Freeman - CSCA Secretary

Colorado Informant - April

The April edition of the Colorado Informant is now available!

In this Issue:


  • CSCA News
  • Colorado Scholastic Online Championship
  • The 1974 US Open
  • The Chess Detective
  • Tactics Time!

and more!

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