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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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Denver Chess Club -- Nearly Normal Tournament ** Saturday, June 19th, 2021

DCC Nearly Normal Tournament ** Saturday, June 19th, 2021

Register Online Now!

Notes: Please read carefully

** At the registration table, all players must submit proof of having received a complete COVID vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the tournament (6/5/2021)

Players are also required to sign a liability waiver at the registration table.  The waiver can be reviewed by clicking on this link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h7qXaNMB6_vcWHY-KTh6OMhx3c6DF8Xp/view.    

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 

Time Control: Game in 55 minutes + 5 second delay

Site: Embassy Suites Hotel on 7525 East Hampden Ave, Denver CO - 303-696-6644

Embassy Suites policy is that all players and guests must wear a mask while in the hotel. This policy may be relaxed by June, but the DCC will nevertheless  require wearing a mask in the playing room. 

Sections: Open - U1900 - U1500 (depending on entries, sections may be combined)

Entry Fees: DCC members $20 - All others $25 

Prizes:  Based on entries. 

RegistrationRestricted to 50 players. Online Only - No at the door registrations will be allowed

USCF membership required

Round Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM -  3:00 PM

Bye Policy: Half-point bye - Rounds 1 and 2. Zero point bye - Round 3

DCC will not make sets and clocks available.  So bring your own set

Tournament Director:  Earle Wikle

Questions: Meint Olthof - 720-390-6984

meintolthof@gmail.com

Post tournament news... This event raised $1,570! Many thanks to Alayne Wilinsky for volunteering to direct this event and LM Brian Wall for personally donating then playing and winning the Advanced Section.
 
 

Chess Tournament Fundraiser Benefitting MVL

 

Endorsed by the Colorado State Chess Association

 

Saturday, April 10 from 9:00 a.m. to noon

Price: $20 minimum suggested donation

 

Featuring special guests: National Master Brian Wall and US Candidate Master Brad Lundstrom, and our tournament organizer Alayne Wilinsky!

 

Join us for an online chess tournament that is open to chess players of all skill levels! The event is hosted by the Denver Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, and is open to all chess enthusiasts including members of the Colorado State Chess Association.

 

Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL) is a program of the Denver Bar Foundation and provides pro bono legal services throughout the Denver Metro Area. MVL's mission is to bridge the gap in access to justice by providing direct legal services to those in need. Due to the ongoing pandemic and financial strain being placed upon families through the Denver Metro Area, MVL has seen an influx in the need for its services. The DBA YLD is raising money through this tournament to meet those needs.

 

Donate now to MVL through the Denver Bar Foundation. All gifts are tax-deductible.

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Prizes:

The top two players in each section will receive gift cards to a locally owned brewery or restaurant of their choosing in the following amounts:

 

Beginner: 1st:, $50 and 2nd, $15

Intermediate: 1st, $75 and 2nd, $15

Advanced: 1st, $100 and 2nd, $15

 

*Winners are welcome to donate their prize to MVL!*

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Brackets and Rounds:

The tournament includes six rounds of online games for all participants at a ten-minute per player, per game time control.

 

Select one of the following brackets during registration:

 

Beginner: for beginner to intermediate players still fairly new to the game.

Intermediate: for intermediate players that are non-tournament players.

Advanced: for serious competitive tournament players or those that want to compete against them. Special guests National Master Brian Wall and US Candidate Master Brad Lundstrom will be featured in this bracket.

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To Register:

Visit our fundraising page and select Register. Confirmation and setup instructions will be sent from eakalin@cobar.org no later than 48 business hours after sign-up.

 

Registration deadline: April 5, 2021

Register

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2021 Colorado Scholastic Qualifier Championship - Slideshow

Slideshow fun from our tournament March 20, 2021.

Copy and paste to your browser.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2429314582/permalink/10159221031524583/

KDVR Fox 31 News Television coverage for the 2021 Colorado Scholastic Chess Championships - Denver March 20th

Here is the link to the television news story that aired on channel 31 on March 20th at 9:30pm.

-- copy and paste this link on your browser,,,

 https://kdvr.com/video/colorado-teenager-finishes-4th-in-state-chess-championship-just-weeks-after-brain-surgery/6457075/

 

2021 Colorado Scholastic Qualifier Championship - March 20 - Final Results

SwissSys Standings. USCF Qualifiers: Barber Qualifier 

Name 

Rating 

Rd 1 

Rd 2 

Rd 3 

 

Rd 4 Total 

T-Med 

T-Solkoff 

T-Cumul. 

T-Op.  

cumul.

Davin Junzhe Yin 

1808 

W7 

W2 

D3 

W5 

3.5 

7.5 

24

Grayson Manuel 

1381 

W6 

L1 

W9 

W3 

7.5 

23

Amitai Sebba 

1434 

W4 

W5 

D1 

L2 

2.5 

11 

26.5

Rowen Oregel 

1145p 

L3 

D8 

W6 

W9 

2.5 

5.5 

4.5 

16.5

Tyler Thieszen 

1426 

W8 

L3 

W7 

L1 

8.5 

22.5

Christopher E Lee 

809 

L2 

B--- 

L4 

W8 

3.5 

6.5 

14

Cayden Hetzel 

1343 

L1 

W9 

L5 

B--- 

2.5 

18

Ananthajit P Parasuram 

959 

L5 

D4 

B--- 

L6 

1.5 

3.5 

2.5 

13.5

Austin Hallock Evans 

650 

B--- 

L7 

L2 

L4 

14.5


 

SwissSys Standings. USCF Qualifiers: Denker Qualifier 

Name 

Rating 

Rd 1 

Rd 2 

Rd 3 

 

Rd 4 Total 

T-Med 

T-Solkoff 

T-Cumul. 

T-Op.  

cumul.

Vedanth Sampath 

1834 

W5 

W4 

W3 

L2 

10 

25

Neil Bhavikatti 

2118 

W10 

L3 

W9 

W1 

6.5 

6.5 

19.5

Sullivan Mac McConnell 

2240 

W6 

W2 

L1 

D4 

2.5 

8.5 

10.5 

7.5 

25.5

Griffin Thomas McConnell 

2051 

W8 

L1 

W7 

D3 

2.5 

7.5 

9.5 

6.5 

26.5

Jacob Findley 

1356 

L1 

W6 

L8 

W9 

18

Navneet Puthukode Ramkumar 

1616 

L3 

L5 

W10 

W7 

6.5 

18.5

Sikander Baker-Nagar 

1153 

W9 

W10 

L4 

L6 

5.5 

12.5

Luke Donofrio 

1451 

L4 

L9 

W5 

W10 

5.5 

13.5

Mukund Gurumurthi 

1646 

L7 

W8 

L2 

L5 

21

10 

Shiven Saxena 

1485 

L2 

L7 

L6 

L8 

20


 

SwissSys Standings. USCF Qualifiers: Haring Qualifier

Name 

Rating 

Rd 1 

Rd 2 

Rd 3 

 

Rd 4 Total 

T-Med 

T-Solkoff 

T-Cumul. 

T-Op.  

cumul.

Iris Li 

1337 

W4 

W3 

W5 

D2 

3.5 

6.5 

7.5 

9.5 

19.5

Tanishka Tagare 

840 

L5 

W6 

W3 

D1 

2.5 

6.5 

7.5 

5.5 

19.5

Kary Fang 

1316 

W6 

L1 

L2 

W4 

4.5 

21

Kaavya, Ms Sakthisaravanan 

1005 

L1 

W5 

W6 

L3 

7.5 

19.5

Sabrina L Shama 

1192 

W2 

L4 

L1 

L6 

5.5 

21

Anna Hacker 

884p 

L3 

L2 

L4 

W5 

7.5 

19.5


 

SwissSys Standings. USCF Qualifiers: Rockefeller Qualifier 

Name 

Rating 

Rd 1 

Rd 2 

Rd 3 

 

Rd 4 Total 

T-Med 

T-Solkoff 

T-Cumul. 

T-Op.  

cumul.

Derek Yin 

1126 

W9 

W6 

W2 

W4 

10 

19

Owen Arnold Vonne 

1299 

W4 

W7 

L1 

W5 

7.5 

23

Vedant Pravin Margale 

1605 

D8 

L5 

W6 

W9 

2.5 

4.5 

5.5 

15

Shubh Misra 

366p 

L2 

B--- 

W7 

L1 

4.5 

8.5 

22

Evan Sun 

1011p 

L7 

W3 

W9 

L2 

20

Shaurya Misra 

286p 

B--- 

L1 

L3 

W8 

3.5 

7.5 

18

Graham Wallace 

unr. 

W5 

L2 

L4 

B--- 

3.5 

6.5 

17

Shankar N Parasuram 

937 

D3 

L9 

B--- 

L6 

1.5 

2.5 

12

Calvin Nimitz Vonne 

unr. 

L1 

W8 

L5 

L3 

5.5 

9.5 

23


 

SwissSys Standings. USCF Qualifiers: Extra Games

Name 

Rating 

Rd 1 

Rd 2 

Rd 3 

 

Rd 4 Total 

T-Med 

T-Solkoff 

T-Cumul. 

T-Op.  

cumul.

Austin Hallbock Evans 

650 

W5 

U--- 

U--- 

U--- 

0

Christopher E Lee 

809 

U--- 

W5 

U--- 

U--- 

0

Ananthajit P Parasuram 

959 

U--- 

U--- 

W5 

U--- 

0

Cayden Hetzel 

1343 

U--- 

U--- 

U--- 

W5 

0

Elisha M Averett 

590p 

L1 

L2 

L3 

L4 

7.5 

10 

10

 

Saturday, March 20 see us on Fox News channel 31 at 9pm

 
 
Here is the link to watch the top board games live today... March 20th
 
Try this one first for game commentary.

https://www.twitch.tv/nmjessecohen

or use direct to DGT boards

https://view.livechesscloud.com/#65293936-fd42-4b78-b539-4c4e2e656ecb
 
 
 
Press Release
 
The Colorado Chess Association is hosting the 2021 state scholastic chess championships at the Embassy Suites North in Denver on Saturday, March 20th from 9am to 7:30pm
 
The top ten Colorado scholastic rated chess players for each group who accepted the invitation, will play in one of four state title sections: elementary, middle school, high school and girls. 
 
The winner of each section wins a minimum $500 stipend to advance and play as the Colorado representative in the US Open Championship tournament of champions. The National tournaments are scheduled to be played in New Jersey at the end of summer. This event will feature an open national championship and side events with the fifty state champions of each section playing for their national title. 
 
Top rated master, Sullivan McConnell returns after winning the middle school championship two years ago now as the favorite to repeat as high school champion.
 
An amazing side story features Sullivan’s older brother Griffin, also a top contender in the high school division, playing after a recent brain surgery that followed several others prior in his life.
Here is a link to the Colorado Chess Informant magazine highlighting Griffin and his international trip and success in a world chess competition last year.
 
 
This  tournament features a one day, four round format with games scheduled to last up to two hours each. This Saturday’s rounds begin at 9am, noon, 2:30pm and 5:30pm. 
 
Our extremely diverse, bright and talented young group will meet over the board for the first time in over a year for most of the competitors. 
A strict compliance of the Denver County CDC rules will be in place ensuring the safety of our students safety.
 
Here’s wishing good play and success to our amazing young competitors!
 

Colorado Chess Association contacts:

President, Brad Lundstrom phone 970-415-3855 email chess coach2014@gmail.com 

 

Scholastic Director, Tom Nelson phone 303-880-4332 email tmbdnelson@comcast.net

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Letter of Thanks to Colorado's chessplayers

Members of the Board and all the CSCA members,

I have resigned as President of the CSCA. I felt led to move closer to
my family, so Nell, Shawn (our son) and I are moving to Oklahoma. Nell
and I have purchased a really nice home in Claremore, OK just 14 miles
from my brother and his family.

I will really miss the friendships developed over the last 13 years of
playing chess in Colorado. Reuniting with chessplayers my path has
crossed before my family moved to Colorado; Dean Brown, and Brad
Lundstrom. It has been nice serving on the Board with both of them. I am
proud that the Board selected Brad to replace me. We have known each
other since back in 1987. He is highly qualified and I know he will do a
great job for Colorado chess. I trust you will give him your full
support as he leads Colorado chess during these difficult times.

Playing and serving the Colorado chess community has been one of the
highlights of my life. It is amazing how quickly the years have rolled
by. I will try to write a summary of my chess experiences in Colorado
for the Colorado Chess Informant.

My sincerest thank you to Colorado chess for all the wonderful memories!
Paul Covington

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