Colorado State Chess Association

Colorado Open will be an online event

Your Board faced a very difficult decision, what to do about the Colorado Open Extravaganza we had planned for this September 4-6. After much discussion, it was clear that --as much as we love our chess family and playing chess--it was just not worth the risk of conducting an Over-The-Board event when the stakes to human life are so high. So the OTB event and the Induction into the Colorado Hall of Fame's second group of inductees are postponed until next year. 

We will have an online Colorado Open Championship 2020. It will be held on the same weekend (Sept 4-6, 2020) and we are working on the details. Brad is working with me on the details. Our starting point is: Event will be held on; the games will be Friday night 7 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10 AM and 6 PM. These times may change so watch this webpage for updates. Entry fees prize funds, instructions on how to register and login, and other details will be posted soon. 

I am extremely disappointed that taking this action is necessary, however, our members' safety is even more important! I believe you understand. 


COOF-2020 Donations reached $3,460.00

The Donations are in, including a $50 donation from one of my computer clients. This is an amazing effort my our chess community and I am proud of all of you and I know that Brad is also!!! 

Brad is continuing to send out info to news outlets and also US Chess. We just might get in the news! 




Happy Father's Day

The CSCA Board wishes ALL Dad's a Happy Father's Day. We hope your day is filled with the joy of being a Dad! 

I always include Mom's who are raising children and providing for their household as they do Mom's and Dad's job! 

Stay Safe

COOF-2020 is a great success--raising $3,245 dollars for The Salvation Army Food Pantry!
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...  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 champion

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!

Final Results

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

Vice President, Brad Lundstrom phone 970-415-3855 email chess

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:

Rachael Fowler
PR & Special Events Director
The Salvation Army Intermountain Division
Office: 303-860-5460 | Cell: 619-768-3671

AAUW Grant and other Scholastic News

The AAUW Grant for "Colorado All Girls After School Chess Club was awarded to CSCA because of Ann Davies' efforts. This $5,700.00 grant will start in January 2021 not September 2020 as previously advertised due to the uncertainity of how the school districts will be operating this Fall. The women who instruct these class will receive payment for their work. Equipment will be provided. Any Denver area ladies interested? 

CSCA will need volunteers (our grant does not cover this program) for the Denver Chess league reorganization and management. This is primarily coordinating with chess coaches at the schools about their playing schedules (can be done from anywhere). ---- My goal for this is to be an on-line program so travel is reduced AND acceptibility is increased. --- Additionally, I want to expand this program to statewide, possibly into districts or zones where the winners of each area could have a playoff sometime after Spring-break each year. 

Contact Paul Covington, (719)310-7542, for additional information and to volunteer! 



2 Additional Board actions June 16, 2020

Board approved two resolutions:

1. The COOF-2020 was declared a one time tournament membership eveint with free membership for June 20, 2020 to all who sign up to play. 

2. The Board voted to extend All Standard memberships for six months as compensation for the schedule changes due to COVID-19 virus. 

This Saturday, June 20, 2020 is the COOF-2020 event, we hope your participate and have fun. 

September 4-6 Colorado Open is on! Lots of activities that weekend. Details in the Tournament section. 

Stay Safe!

Minutes CSCA Board meeting May 4, 2020

4th CSCA Board Meeting                                                                                                          May 4, 2020

Board Members: Paul, Brad, Ann, Dean, Lior; Absent: Gracie & Griffin (these were excused absences).
Members in attendance: Shirley

Meeting called to order: After informal discussion, the following decisions and motions were made.

Reopening Colorado Chess:

  • Class 2020: Postponed
  • Colorado Online Championship 2020- a fundraiser for COVID-19 through The Salvation Army food bank. Additional information on website.
  • Southern Colorado Open, July 25-26, 5 round Swiss, Dean and Paul are putting this on in Colorado Springs to restart OTB chess—Governor allowing…  Details on website.
  • Colorado Open 2020, Festival to celebrate Colorado Chess September 4, 5, &6. Hall of Fame induction, Fischer 960, CO-2020 5SS, Membership meeting. Details on website.

AAUW (American Association of University Women) grant: Ann wrote a grant request and Kevin polished the words in the request: result—CSCA will be receiving a grant for Chess training for girls in Title 1 schools. Stipulations on how to operate the program, funds for chess equipment and pay for lady instructors. (Grant amount $ 5,700.00.

  • Ordered 200 chess sets for this program to supplement previous chess sets ordered. The Templeton Fund (Ann’s charity), Scholastic, and general fund ordered 80 chess sets. Some are to replace/supplement the worn scholastic sets, most were for Title 1 program Ann started and use in another tuition free program that is ongoing.
  • The 80 sets were ordered from US Chess on reduced price when the US Chess National Elementary tournament was canceled. Cost: $ 460.00 (40 for scholastic, 20 for title 1, and 20 for CSCA reserves. All were $5.75 each).
  • The 200 sets were ordered from US Chess on reduced price when the US Chess National Junior High School tournament was canceled. Cost: $ 1,175.81 (included sets & boards at $ 5.25 each & shipping $ 125.81). These sets support the AAUW grant.

FIDE World Championship for Disabled Scholastic players: Coming to Denver July 2021. This is a major event which will feature chess teams from all over the world. CSCA is working with Chess Educators of America who will host this event. Kevin McConnell worked diligently to bring this event to Denver. CSCA will be asking Colorado chess players to volunteer time and effort to support this special event.

Treasurer’s report: Before the expenditures mentioned above, CSCA’s accounts were:

  • Main:                $ 14,474.96
  • Scholastic:       $ 20, 013.99
  • Scholarship:    $ 838.19 (this account includes funds designated for special overseas invitational events for scholastic players ($ 478.19), facebook donations, and other ear marked funds (George Mikhailavich’s Memorial event for his Grandfather- $360)).

Special thanks to Lior for setting up this Zoom meeting, Ann for her dedicated work on the AAUW grant and board members for participation, ideas, and support!

Meeting adjourned.

2020 High School Senior Online Rapid

The 2020 High School Senior Online Championship was played Saturday June 13. NM Akshat Jain and Mathew Kurody joined in the event. 104 players entered,

I was surprised that more HS Seniors did not enter the Open event.

NM Akshat Jain has wrapped up an amazing High School chess career and we wish him success as he heads to the next level.

Thank  you Mathew Kurody for representing Colorado in this event. I trust that you have had fun playing chess and good luck with your future plans. 

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