Hello Colorado Chess Players,
After Kevin McConnell’s recent resignation from the CSCA Vice President position, I have accepted the offer to serve out his term. After excellent contributions and much work, Kevin is going to be focusing on his family during these times. A huge thank you to Kevin! The good news is we will still be seeing him around with his wonderful sons and chess stars; Griffin and Sullivan playing and working on upcoming events.
With Colorado chess at a near standstill, we would like to invite and challenge all Colorado chess players to join an open online state tournament. Our purpose is to help our local community by banding together and raising money to assist those most in need in the economic aftermath of COVID-19. The Salvation Army food bank will receive 100% of everything we receive on behalf of this CSCA event.
Anyone can play no USCF or CSCA membership required for this event.
We are reaching out to every type of Colorado chess player!
We have some well known friends of Colorado chess some that have been part of Zach Bekkadahl’s Chessmates program in Fort Collins that I have invited to play in our event. I hope their commitment will draw more players. Having Titled players will be excellent for Colorado chess and can attract mainstream media.
GM Timur Gareyev - pending
GM Alex Fishbein - will play!
IM Keaton Kiewra - will play!
NM Josh Bloomer - will play!
NM Lior Lapid - will play!
Life Master Brian Wall - will play!
NM Zachary Bekkedahl - will play!
--Every Colorado chess player: all ages and skill levels are welcome to play!--
With one huge open section, players of all ratings will have a chance to play a titled player!!
These are unprecedented times and this is something we have never done: an online chess event to raise money to support fellow Coloradans who need food. I am calling on all players to respond with a huge turnout and donate generously to this fundraiser.
Here are the details:
June 20, 2020 Swiss Online Chess Tournament
6 rounds, Starting at 10 AM (Denver time), Game 10 minutes, no delay.
Tournament directed by Alayne Wilinsky. She has generously volunteered her services as TD and has directed several online tournaments for the Denver Chess Club.
This is a fundraiser event with 100 percent of the entry fees/donations will support The Salvation Army food bank
Suggested donation of $20 is encouraged but All Donations Accepted! (donations over $200 will receive a letter of donation from the CSCA a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit--useful at tax season)
Register on ColoradoChess.com in the tournament section (please donate at registration) The event will be conducted on LiChess.com. Details will be emailed to you be sure to include your email.
To get this started, CSCA President Paul Covington and VP Brad Lundstrom have pledged $100 each and are challenging others to do the same. Donate whatever you can, as every donation counts! We understand some are in tight times and others are able to give more. Anything helps our group effort. Consider corporate sponsors if anyone has connections in this community.
Online credit card fees will be paid by CSCA, so 100 percent of the donations will support this cause. You may also send a check to CSCA Treasurer: Dean Brown, 4225 Hedge Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80917.
All proceeds: 100% will be donated to the Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters in Denver to be distributed to Denver area food banks this is where our help is urgently needed. Our CSCA President, Paul Covington has a long 35 year plus history of volunteering at the Salvation Army and serves on the Fountain Valley Salvation Army advisory board. All donations and their arrival to the Salvation Army will be documented, transparent and again they get 100% of what our tournament raises.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Colorado chess players to band together and help those in our local communities that have suffered economically.
In our efforts to help others, we also have a new opportunity to get Colorado chess recognized for doing a great thing in the mainstream media.
Brad Lundstrom - CSCA Vice President