Minutes from CSCA Board Meeting - August 11th at 7pm
Attending this meeting:
Brad Lundstrom – President
Jesse Cohen – Vice President
Alayne Wilinsky – Member at Large
Tom Nelson - Scholastic Director
Paul Covington - President Emeritus
CSCA members: arrived towards the end of the meeting: Earle Wikle and William Wolf.
Missing: Josh Samuel – Treasurer, Alexander Freeman - Secretary, Andrew Roerty – Junior Representative and Gracie Salazar – resigned prior to the meeting.
Brad opened the meeting and covered the CSCA year summary and provided these minutes is the secretaries absence.
This meeting was a quick year summary and look at next year. This is designed to ensure all CSCA board members are in sync as we close out our current terms. The annual CSCA membership meeting this September 5, 2021 will give members the opportunity to re-elect officers if they are still available or nominate and elect new officers.
Old business planning has been completed for this year and this will be a bridge to next year’s CSCA board team.
Since the last CSCA annual election September 2019 all elected officers resigned except:
Tom Nelson - Scholastic Director
--Board appointed current CSCA Team--
Brad Lundstrom - President
Jesse Cohen - Vice President
Josh Samuel - Treasurer
Alex Freeman - Secretary
Alayne Wilinsky - Member at Large
Andrew Roerty - Junior Representative
Paul Covington - President Emeritus (non-voting advisory member)
--Completed CSCA events --
CSCA scholastic championship as an invitational⁃ CSCA sent elementary, middle school, high school, girls and senior representatives to the US Open Tournament of Champions
⁃ Received TV Fox News coverage at our scholastic event and featured special focus on the inspiring story of Griffin McConnell
Senior Open – 18 players - Manitou Springs
Class Championships - 63 players and 20 new unrated are now new CSCA members - Loveland
Colorado Salvation Army online fundraiser with $3,410 donated from CSCA
CSCA endorsed MVL - Denver Bar Association online chess tournament fundraiser totaled $1,570
Reorganized CSCA treasury – Josh Samuel unable to attend but will provide a recap at annual meeting
Paul Covington our board Member President Emeritus just returned for the US Open. He serves as the National US Chess Co-Chairman of senior Chess and is our state delegate. He provided a brief account of his work there and will be covering in more detail at our upcoming annual membership meeting September 5th at the Colorado Open.
Congratulations to our Colorado Representatives!
Final Standings – Tournament of State Champions – 2021 US Open
Derek Yin - Rockefeller - Elementary Championship - Placed #27 with 3.0 points
Davin Yin - Barber - Middle School Championship - Placed #23 with 3.0 points
Vedanath Sampath - Denker - High School Championship - Placed #34 with 2.5 points
Iris Lin - Haring - Girls Championship - Placed #21 with 3.0 points
Josh Samuel - Irwin - Senior Championship - Placed #23 with 3.0 points
--Other noteable chess activities in Colorado--
Summit-Chessmates online scholastic tournament (included other states non-CSCA event) donated $600 to CSCA Scholastics
Denver Chess Club - active weekly online tournaments - TD Alayne Wilinsky gave us a summary
Denver Chess Club - return to normal tournaments
Colorado Springs- weekly online tournaments under the leadership of Paul Anderson
McConnell - Master/Expert tournament series
Renaissance Festival - Buck Buchanan
-- US Open 2021 national award nominations -- Chess Journalists Association
Best Online State Magazine - Fred Spell - Best Feature Article - Lior Lapid - Griffin McConnell & Team at 2021 online tournament for people with disabilities
Best Personal Narrative - Curt Carlson - US Open 1974
Best Instructional Article - Todd Bardwick - The Chess Detective Deflection
Colorado had two American Journalists national winners… congratulations!
1st -- Best Single Article of Local Interest - Richard Buchanan - Tribute to Philippovich Ponomarev
1st -- Best Chess Twitch Channel - Sara Herman
Paul Covington – Co-Chairman US Chess National Senior Committee and State Delegate
Lior Lapid - US Chess Outstanding Team Achievement Award
Fred Spell - editor Colorado Informant - US Best Online State Magazine – two time national recipient
--Scheduled this year--
Hall of Fame induction - September 3rd
Colorado Blitz Championship - September 3rd
Colorado Open - September 4-5 -- Guest of Honor: IM Michael Mulyar
Annual CSCA membership meeting - September 5th
- required CSCA tournaments
Colorado Scholastic Blitz Championship - February 11, 2022 (not required but popular)
Colorado Scholastic Championships - February 12-13, 2021
Hall of Fame second class induction - September 3rd, 2021
Congratulations to this legendary group!
Much more about each of them coming in the near future.
Michael Mulyar, Brian Wall, Todd Bardwick, John Harris
Denver scholastic chess league – Jesse will be meeting other scholastic chess leaders to access
FIDE Players with Disabilities tournament – on our list to explore next year
US Blind chess bid – on our list to explore
CSCA member questions or comments--
Earle Wilke suggested a slower time control should be used in early rounds at the Colorado Open at least for round two. This will be taken under consideration for next year’s tournament.
William Wolf had questions as to the Denver Chess Club mask policy. As CSCA is not running this club, Alayne gave advice on contacting that club directly.
Brad shared his direction on the mask policy as: we do not ask anyone if they have been vaccinated and we follow the current CDC guidelines at the county location of any CSCA tournament.
Hope to see you all at the Colorado Open and annual membership meeting September 5, 2001.