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Colorado State Chess Association

Important Announcements for Players and Tournament Organizers

by CSCA President Richard Buchanan


At the Membership Meeting at the recent Colorado Open, a major change was made in the nature of the Colorado Chess Tour. Now, in order to qualify for Tour prizes, a player must pay CSCA a $10 fee. The money thus collected will be used to fund the Tour prizes; so the more players sign up, the bigger the prize fund will be. At the meeting of the Board on Friday, September 11, the decision was made that Tour payments will be accepted from the Colorado Open to the end of the 2015 calendar year. If a player joins during this time, the Tour points gained in the Colorado Open and later tournaments will be counted. After January 1 a player can still join but will not receive the retroactive points. The $10 can be paid at a Tour event, or mailed to the CSCA Treasurer. We may also set up a way to pay online at this website. In response to another point I raised at the Membership Meeting, Tour events will still require CSCA membership of all Colorado residents whether they have paid the Tour fee or not.


Another thing I brought up at the Membership Meeting is that many major Colorado tournaments have not been reported in the Colorado Chess Informant. These include the Class Championship, the Colorado Closed, the Denver Open, and the Senior Championship, among others. This is not the Editor's fault. Fred Spell does an outstanding job with our magazine, but he can't print stories if no one sends them to him. These events should have their standings published and a selection of games. It is traditional that all the games of the top section of the Closed be published, with a selection from other sections. Likewise, when we have a world class player in a Colorado tournament, all his games should be published, as well as a selection from his simul and games by other players. I ask the organizers of all these tournaments to provide a selection of games and the crosstables to Fred Spell for a special Year in Review issue of the magazine in January.

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