The first Colorado State event of the year!
22 players joined us this year for the Senior Championship at Club Chess!! in Colorado Springs. This marks a decent improvement over the previous year; Maybe due to the location change or the slight price reduction. The prize fund was also significantly increased over last year due to lower TD and venue fees, leaving the tournament with $485 in prizes.
We had many of regular players, and some that have not been seen in a while; It's always good to see Mark Krowczyk and Dan Avery back in action after some time off. We were also fortunate to have a house player in Ohio player Michael Abron, who is making a tour of the nation playing rated chess in every state. Unfortunately, Dan Avery had to pull out before the start of Round 3 due to an illness. A very unfortunate turn of events as Dan was 2/2 at the time.
With companys trying to going 'Green' nowadays, we saw an opportunity to do the same with this tournament. We leveraged the TV's in the playing areas (along with CaissaChess) to project the pairings and standings to players, removing the need for printers. My personal hope is that this becomes a regular occurence in other tournaments.
I would like to add a quick word from our hosts, Club Chess!!
"Whether your interest is in top-notch training and competitive sportsmanship -- or good old fashioned casual play for the sheer fun and excitement of it -- or perhaps you're just being moved by that inner desire to finally learn "The Game of Kings" -- or maybe you simply enjoy meeting and being with fun, interesting people!- -whatever your interest level may be, Club Chess!!™ was built especially for you."
A big thank you to our hosts Club Chess!!, and of course to the players who made the tournament a success.