Colorado State Chess Association

Trying to Schedule OTB events

I trust everyone is staying safe and enjoying the cooler weather... 

Tentatively planning to hold the

-- Closed on Oct 30, 31, & 1 Nov, 2020

-- Colorado Open: Nov 13, 14, & 15, 2020

Government allowing.

We will follow health guidelines at these events.

Provide your feedback/thoughts to

Updates -- tentative OTB schedule

This is a tenative schedule for making up the Closed and the Open events. Still working on the Class event.

Online meeting September 13 included Annual reports, shared comments, and no election--we just had a quorum but did not have members willing to serve on the board.

The election will need to be combined with a tournament.

I have been working on two makeup tournaments.

Closed: targeting Oct 30, 31 & Nov 1

Open: Nov 13, 14 & 15

This is all up to the Governor's lockdown rules.

If we can have the Open -- we will have the election on Nov 15th (Sunday) after round 4 (the morning round).

Still working on the Class makeup dates. Hope this helps! (Paul)

CSCA Board Reports

Members' Annual Meetings Sunday, Sep 13, 2020. 6 PM for open discussion/listening session, 7 PM for Business meeting and Elections

These are the reports I have received so far: 

President’s Report 2019-2020

                                                                                                                                        September 10, 2020

Annual Reports are summaries of the year. This year was one for the record books and was sharply cut in half, before pandemic and after pandemic. CSCA had many accomplishments this year.

First and most important, I thank our Board for a wonderful year. We came together in our first board meeting determined to make this a great year for Colorado Chess. All board members gave of their time, talent, and treasure (yes, this board has been marked by their giving in all three areas). Our brainstorming session produced many ideas, then we began the process of planning how to accomplish those ideas. We worked together sharing and being transparent and accountable to each other. This has been the best board I have served on!

Together, we faced many challenges, established goals, worked to fulfill our 501(c)3 charter, kept our eyes on the goals and shared many accomplishments. The pandemic cut short our chess year yet we still had a busy year. The minutes of our meetings are listed on the website.


Ann Davies attended Grant Writing classes and wrote several grants, one was approved! This was a first for the CSCA. Some write hundred of grant requests before getting an approval, so this is a tribute to Ann and to Kevin for his support aiding Ann. The American Association of University Women has granted us $5,700 dollars to teach chess classes to girls in Title 1 Elementary schools in the Denver area. This program has been delayed until Spring of 2021. This grant was made possible because Ann taught these classes as a volunteer before applying for a grant. This paves the way for future instructors to be paid. The grant also will provide chess sets for the students. These sets and boards have already been purchased.

Kevin McConnell worked to bring the FIDE World Championship for Disabled Youth to Denver. Sadly, this has been postponed to July 2021 but is still on track. This is a major get for our chess. Teams from all over the world are scheduled to play. I have been assured this is an amazing show of pageantry. It will be a lot of work, but puts Denver on the map for future events.

One major goal was to reunite the Scholastic program as an integral part of the CSCA. This led to bringing the checking accounts together under the elected CSCA Treasurer. The appointed Director of Scholastic chess still has check writing responsibilities but now has a backup should an emergency occur. This protects the CSCA. This also led to an expanded scholastic event planned by Lior Lapid (this years Director) and Kevin. Mike Klein of ChessKids brought a booth to our event and there were food trucks, t-shirt shop, a parents’ chess tournament, a hand and brain chess event, a blitz championship, and a great Awards Ceremony. Every volunteer was honored by applause and meal stipends. I presented a special thank you plaque to Todd Bardwick for his many years of service to both CSCA and Scholastic chess. Lior led the presentation of trophies to the children. This was one of the best CSCA events I have attended.

 CSCA did host the 2019 Class Championship and the 2020 Senior Championship, both at the Ranch in Loveland, before our tournaments were postponed due to the pandemic. It is our goal to host the Closed, Class, and Open this Fall or Spring if we are allowed.

While the Senior event was the last Championship event we were allowed to hold, it was not the end of our year. We still had to work through the difficulties as the results of the pandemic. One of these was Kevin’s decision to resign to dedicate all of his time to protecting his family. He worked tirelessly checking out playing sites, presenting plans and ideas to improve Colorado chess and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his amazing efforts. Thank you, Kevin!

Brad Lundstrom was selected by the Board to complete the year as VP in early April. In a brainstorming session, Brad presented the idea to hold a fundraiser event to support Colorado families needing food. We selected the Salvation Army to administer this program. Brad’s vision and hard work resulted in an online tournament (he’ll tell you more about this) that raised over three thousand dollars for families. WOW!!! Everyone on the Board was amazed by the generosity of our Colorado chess family! Congratulations to Brad for the vision, Alayne Wilinsky for directing the event, and to all who contributed!


This year Colorado chess has been honored by our volunteers receiving recognition for their efforts. While all volunteers deserve recognition from CSCA members and we do thank each volunteer, we are highlighting these.

Fred Spell: His work producing the Colorado Chess Informant has won numerous awards as the best online State Magazine/Newsletter. However; this year the Chess Journalists of America recognized Fred’s work on the CCI was awarded the Cramer Award: Best State Magazine - Online! Fred’s win beating Northwest Chess is a major accomplishment for Fred and Colorado chess. Congratulations Fred!

John Brezina: is a behind the camera kind of guy but he was the lead in a report featuring his photos of the U.S. Chess Championship. The report from St. Louis earned a Cramer Award for the Best Personal Narrative. John report included colorful stories by Brian Wall and JC McNeil’s comments. This is the first time CSCA submitted John’s work for an award. We are happy he won! Thanks John for all of your work over the years. Sorry it has taken us so long to honor your efforts.

Paul Covington: earned the US Chess Federation Award for Meritorious Service to US Chess. This award was for his work with the Clubs Committee rewriting the Guide to a Successful Chess Club as part of the Committee’s work and his service to chess over the years in Colorado, South Dakota, and Florida. It was special to be honored for my work. Thank you Colorado Chess for allowing me to serve you.

CSCA has received numerous donations this year. Thanks to all who donated to the online tournament fundraiser! All of the Board members made significant contributions this year. We have two other fundraisers this year: Shirley Herman raised over five hundred dollars and George Mikhailavich raised $360 dollars. Both have earmarks: one for inviting titled players to Denver Open; the other to host a scholastic tournament in Colorado Springs. The CSCA is honored to have such dedicated support.

Other thoughts:

CSCA has established relationships with other non-profits to establish our reputation and rating as a nonprofit organization. Facebook required some of these affiliations before they could pay us the fundraiser’s funds. These include Network for Good,, PayPal account, GuideStar by Candid, Charity Navigator and some others.

Looking forward: We have some challenges ahead of us. Pulling together the events we missed this year, preparing the 2021 Scholastic Championship, the upcoming FIDE World Championship for Disabled Youth, and our regular tournaments. The Board will need your support to achieve these goals. How can you support? Please pay your membership dues early. We are in good financial shape now and want to remain that way.

In Summary: This has been a busy year, filled with challenges, but this Board has worked hard to meet these challenges. Now, to the other reports. It has been an honor to serve with each of you.

From Brad Lundstrom - VP

After our elected VP Kevin  McConnell resigned from the CSCA board last April, Paul Covington contacted me on behalf of the board and asked me if I would be willing to serve out Kevin’s term. I accepted the invitation and upon attending the first few board meetings saw that due to the pandemic we were on shutdown mode and canceling everything up to and then later including our Colorado Open. 

Seeing the success the Denver Chess Club was having with Alayne Wilinsky directing online tournaments through Lichess was encouraging. My idea was for the CSCA to do an outreach to all Colorado Chess players and do a fundraising online tournament to benefit families suffering from the economic aftermath of the Covid-19 shutdown. Alayne directed and many volunteered as we put together a Saturday, June 20th event. I was able to enlist Grandmasters Alex Fishbein, Timur Gareyev and IM Keaton Kiewra to join us and we had one open section with all donations going to the Salvation Army food pantry. With 121 players and Colorado chess friends we raised $3,410.  Never before has Colorado Chess done an event like this to benefit society outside the chess world. I contacted many newspapers, TV, radio and magazines to share our story but did not make progress. However I learned a lot and it may yet serve us well in future public relation efforts. The director of the United States Chess Federation Carol Meyer did recognize our efforts and sent her thanks to all Colorado chess players. 

Going forward I am willing to continue to serve as VP if you want me. Our primary goal is to hope and pray these pandemic times pass and we get chess back to normal. In everything we do safety is our top priority. In the meantime lots of communication, zoom meetings and  online chess will be our norm. I understand cheating on online chess is a huge concern and we will continue to follow USCF advice.

In the meantime I am running two scholastic clubs, directing local seniors tournaments, provide private lessons and am working with Zach Bekkedahl of Chessmates to add some multi- school chess classes ... everything online.

When we are able to restore regular chess activity in Colorado, I’d like to help get us back to all our regular tournaments and in facilitating that effort.

Beyond that I am interested in serving Colorado Chess and have many exciting ideas that I will not go into now. One step at a time. 

Paul Covington has done a remarkable job as our CSCA President and the current board; Lior, Ann, Dean, Gracie, Griffin and Sullivan have been simply outstanding. Many thanks to Kevin McConnell  who worked so hard and accomplished so much during his time this year as well. Looking forward to doing our best for Colorado chess this next year under any circumstances we face.

Ann Davies

Colorado State Chess Association

Secretary's Annual Report 2019-2020

Membership Activities and Objectives:
The 2019-2020 year began with a review of the membership records both current and expired.   This was an important task to take on since the funds CSCA uses throughout the year are primarily derived from membership dues.

Upon review of these records, it was noted that there were quite a few players, who participated in CSCA sponsored tournaments, whose membership had expired.   Immediate steps were taken to remedy that situation by updating membership lists as well as revising membership application forms for clarity.   In addition, the Board decided to eliminate players signing up for a single tournament membership instead of a yearly membership.  The annual Scholastic tournament remained an exception to that rule.   Costs for individuals and family members remained the same throughout this year.

A majority of our memberships typically renew during the time of the Colorado Open.  As of September 14, 2019, there were 141 current CSCA memberships.   Dean Brown collected 44 CSCA membership forms at last year's Colorado Open (19 of those were new, 21 were renewals and 4 unknown).  Out of those memberships renewals, 20 were junior memberships and 5 were senior memberships.

The Board had an overarching objective this year of increasing memberships.   Partnering with the Denver Chess Club, a CSCA representative, Vice President Kevin McConnell, attended DCC tournaments with the objective of signing up members - both new and renewal.

As of this September 8, 2020, there are 151 current CSCA members.   This represents a slight increase even though the CSCA was unable to hold many state tournaments, especially the Colorado Open, due to the covid 19 pandemic.  The Board had discussed many ideas and plans with the hope of surpassing the number of 2019 Colorado Open participants (118 players) for 2020 and make it a truly spectacular event.  Unfortunately, the Colorado Open was cancelled.  As a result, our current membership is reflective of these facts.

Due to the pandemic, the CSCA Board voted to extend membership dates by six months.   The 151 total membership on September 8, 2020 does not reflect this addition.

The CSCA hit the ground running with Kevin McConnell's and Lior Lapid's goal to increase the number of girls who play chess in Colorado.   Their plan was to bring free chess instruction to girls in Title 1 schools.   Ann Davies volunteered to teach these classes at no cost to the schools or the CSCA.   Through the CSCA's endeavors, a total of three Title 1 schools and approximately fifty girls received nine weeks of chess instruction at each school, once a week, along with free chess sets to take home and keep.  These chess sets were paid for through specially earmarked donations.  In addition, Lior encouraged these girls to participate in his monthly PALS tournaments at no cost.

During the fall semester of 2019, two schools were selected:  Kullerstrand Elementary and Eiber Elementary.   The enrollment at Kullerstrand was 14 girls  and 18 girls at Eiber.   These classes ran for approximately nine weeks.   During the spring semester of 2020, chess classes were also taught by Ann at Wilmore Davis for nine weeks.  The enrollment at Wilmore Davis was approximately 18 students.

Continuing with Kevin McConnell's vision, the CSCA applied for a few grants in the fall of 2019 to help raise funds to continue and expand this program.

The CSCA successfully obtained a grant in the amount of $5,700 from the American Association of University Women to expand this instructional program to ten Title 1 schools in the metropolitan Denver area.   The funds would be used to hire chess teachers and pay for chess sets.   The initial time period for the grant was the 2020-2021 school year.   However, due to the pandemic, the beginning date of this grant has been extended to the beginning of January 2021.

This has been an exciting and productive year for chess in Colorado due to the vision, hard work and dedication of this year's Board members.   Thanks to President, Paul Covington, we have had many scheduled Board meetings throughout the year designed to review issues and plan for future events.   The goal of these meetings has always been to be inclusive and transparent.   I believe this Board's accomplishments would have been even greater had it not been cut short by the pandemic.   That said, in spite of the shortened chess calendar year, this CSCA Board has done an outstanding job.

I would like to thank the 2019-2020 Board members for their passion and love of chess and encourage new members to volunteer.   This has been a truly rewarding experience on my part.

Dean Brown: 
(Note: All CSCA accounts were brought under the elected Treasurer this year. The three accounts are with US Bank in three separate checking accounts. Dean has managed the difficult tack of bringing all this together -- Thank you!) PC

Main: $12,178.83 | Scholastic: $19721.99 | Scholarship: $838.19

Per Paul's request, I'm reporting some finer detail of this fiscal year's Main Account financials:
STRIPES Deposits: $12,602.96 (an amalgamation of entry fees, donations, memberships, reimbursements; specifics of which I have no direct access. Paul Covington and Dean Clow have the permissions to interrogate individual STRIPES transactions):

The following are Main Account checkbook transactions:

  • Tournament Deposits: $1,276.00
  • Tournament Prizes Paid: $2,265.00
  • Tournament Sites: $2,310.00
  • Tournament Site Reimbursement: $500.00
  • Tournament Reimbursements: $2,304.44
  • Donations Received: $1,145.00
  • Donations Paid Out: $3,930.00
  • Equipment Purchased: $1,856.33
  • Insurance (Annual): $584.00
  • Memberships: $390.00
  • Instructor: $300
  • Domain Name Fees: $30

Dean W Brown, Treasurer (for 2 more days)

Lior Lapid, Scholastic Director

• The total cost to rent Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and equipment for the weekend of February 14-16 was $4,925. We’ve reserved this site for the 2021 CO Scholastic State Championship over the weekend of February 12-14. The cost will probably remain the same, if the CSCA decides to rent the same number of rooms, but they haven’t yet requested a deposit or sent an invoice.
• We purchased four DGT boards and sets for $3500.64
• CSCA purchased 80 replacement sets, with 40 of them for scholastic tournaments, for $460
• USCF National scholastic tournaments were held online due to COVID, so no money was spent on stipends for Colorado’s top scholastic players this year
2020 CO Scholastic State Championship (February 14-16)
• 264 players in grades K-12 participated in the main tournament on Saturday and Sunday, and 53 of them competed in the blitz championship on Friday evening. 18 parents played in the Colorado Parents Championship on that Saturday.
• We are very grateful to chief tournament director Todd Bardwick, assistant tournament director Gunnar Andersen, Ken Cowin and Karthika Sakhtisaravanan (who directed the K-1 section), Paul Covington (who directed the Parents Championship and the “Hand and Brain” event), and all of the volunteers including Josh Bloomer, Penny and Pete Cannici, Jesse Cohen, Maria Figueroa, DuWayne Langseth, Brad Lundstrom, Kevin McConnell, Gracie Mukayess, Josh Romero and all of the parents who helped out with directing and/or live commentary throughout the event.
• The Colorado Scholastic Blitz Championship and Colorado Parents Championship were both new events that were well-received, as was the fun “Hand and Brain” event that Paul directed. We hope to repeat all of these side events in next year’s scholastic state championship.
• Four food trucks sold food at the event: Chuey Fu’s, Migration Taco, Piante Pizza and Stella Blue. All were popular and the owner’s told us that they’d love to come back next year.
• We doubled the stipend to $40 and a state championship t-shirt for each of the assistant TDs.
• Cayden Hetzel, Sullivan McConnell, and Akshat Jain (the winners of the K-5, K-8, and K-12 sections respectively) all had the honor of representing Colorado in the National Championships for their age groups (the Rockefeller, Barber and Denker respectively). Sarah Herman was the top scoring girl in the K-12 section and she was the Colorado representative in the Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions where she tied for 6th place. We are very proud of all of the CO scholastic champions who fought hard in these prestigious national championships.
• Overall, despite a few hiccups before the first round started, this was a fun tournament that ran smoothly and easily thanks to the generous help of so many volunteers. We hope it will continue to grow over time.
1st FIDE Confederation Cup for the Disabled in Ankara, Turkey
• Rising talent Griffin McConnell was invited to play in the 1st FIDE Confederation Cup for the Disabled in Ankara, Turkey from December 7-14. FIDE paid for the tickets and hotel expenses, as Griffin is one of the top players with disabilities in the world for his age. Griffin’s result was extraordinary: four wins out of four games (the only player in the entire tournament to achieve a perfect score), a Best Game Prize (selected by a panel of FIDE judges who reviewed all the games in the tournament!) for his win in round 2, an individual Gold Medal on board 5 and a bronze medal for Team Americas. Griffin became an overnight celebrity at the awards ceremony, with many people coming up for him asking for autographs and pictures with him.
• I had the honor of accompanying Griffin as his coach and, to my surprise, as captain of Team Americas. It was a magical week, and Griffin and I became friends with the other five players on our team as well as Israeli Grandmaster Artur Kogan and others who we socialized with throughout the week. On the trip back, it was clear that this experience enhanced Griffin’s love of chess and his motivation to continue improving.
• I will show some pictures from this event at the Zoom meeting
Chess Initiatives for Girls and Women
• We organized and began promoting the first Colorado Girls State Championship, which was scheduled for March 28, but unfortunately had to cancel this exciting event due to COVID. Phiona Mutesi (of “Queen of Katwe” fame) had agreed to be a special guest speaker and coach at this tournament and she expressed interest in coming next year.
• We set up a booth at a popular local STEM event called “Girls in Science Day” at the Museum of Nature and Science. We used this opportunity to promote the Colorado Girls State Championship, and local talent Sravyasri Lankipalle attended together with Kevin McConnell (who had the idea and did the work to make this happen), Ann Davies and myself. We all played games and taught chess to many girls who seemed genuinely interested in learning the game.
• Special thank you to Kevin McConnell for his leadership, vision and hard work organizing and promoting all of the chess for girls events, clubs and tournaments listed above, as well as co-writing the successful application for the AAUW Community Action Grant which awarded $5,700 from the American Association of University Women for us to run after-school all-girls chess clubs in local Title 1 schools.
• Special thank you to Ann Davies for her countless hours of volunteer coaching for two all-girls chess clubs at Eiber and Kullerstrand elementary schools, for co-writing the application for the AAUW Community Action Grant as well as numerous other grants (and for taking the time to go to grant writing workshops to master the craft before submitting the applications).
• Special thank you to Gracie for promoting and coaching the Chess & Wine group (she will give her own presentation on that) and for her help coaching numerous scholastic chess classes.
• Special thank you to Paul for his steady and selfless dedication, vision, leadership, and patience.

09/13/20 CSCA Report
Gracie Mukayess Member at Large
In August of 2019, Kevin McConnell and Lior
Lapid approached me about starting a
Woman’s Chess and Wine Club. Our goal
was to get more women involved in chess as
well as attend tournaments.
We decided to name it CWCWC Colorado
Women’s Chess and Wine Club.
Our first meeting was Friday, October 18,
2019 at Regal Bakery near Lowry. I coached
a lesson and the ladies played for an hour
while sipping wine and munching on hors
d’oeuvres. Turnout was great and I received a
lot of positive feedback while promoting The
We continued to meet every other week until
the end of the year.
Since The CWCWC was such a great
success, the board agreed that we should
start up again in April. Unfortunately, The
Regal Bakery closed their doors permanently.
I then went on the hunt to find a new spot for
our club. To my surprise, that was very easy
to do. I found a cute, new coffee shop in the
Taxi Campus in RINO. I met with the owner
and he informed me that they were about to
get their liquor license at the end of March
and we would be good to go by April 17th.
Sad to say, everything was cancelled due to
I am hoping to get The CWCWC up and
running again once it’s safe. I feel that the
program was a great success and had Covid
not hit, we’d be a force to reckon with.
I have also started a CSCA twitter page as
well as an instagram page. Although I have
not had much luck with Twitter, the Instagram
page is hot.
This last year is definitely a year I’ll never
forget. I am extremely proud to be an active
member at large and I have met some
amazing people through this experience. Im
excited for what the future holds for the
CSCA. Thank you for the opportunity of
serving on this board.





6 months membership

CSCA Board voted to add six months membership to all members accounts because of COVID-19 ....  

Check your membership dates to verify. 

The Membership meeting is scheduled online Sep 13, Sunday evening. Listening session at 6 PM--this is where anything you want to discuss with the board is open discussion. Business meeting starts at 7 PM: Reports, Motions, Appointments, and Voting. 

The link to join the Zoom meeting is:

Based on your computer/tablet/phone device, there is an icon you click to raise your hand to speak ....  Everyone will need to respect each other so the meeting goes smoothly. Please attend so we can do the business of the CSCA. 

Paul (speaking for the entire Board)

Happy Labor Day

I hope all of the Colorado Chess players and families had a wonderful weekend and celebrated with family and friends! 

Be sure to your agenda items in so I can list them for discussion on Sunday, Sep 13. 6 PM is a time for discussion. 7 PM the Business meeting will start. Elections will follow. 

The link is posted in an earlier post. 



Labor Day Chess online event Canceled

I am sorry, but have to cancel the planned Labor Day Online Chess Event. 

Please attend the Membership meeting on Sep 13, 6 PM for ideal exchange / Board listening session. 7 PM Business meetings and Elections

Paul Covington

Elections Sep 13

We need to hold elections for CSCA. 

Your current officers are listed in the dropdown menu item "CSCA > Board of Directors"

We will have an online "Members meeting" on Sunday, September 13. The Zoom link will open at 5:00 PM. The schedule is: 

5 PM Listening session -- this is where the board members listen to you. You share your concerns, what direction you want your CSCA to go, and in general, what our members are thinking. 

6 PM The Members' meeting will start: Reports, Schedules, Upcoming events, Agenda (send in items you want addressed), Appointment of Delegates and Alternatives to represent Colorado to US Chess, AND our Elections.

??? PM The newly elected Board will meet to get acquainted and discuss Board roles, goals, and tasks. 

All offices are Open as usual. Some of the present Board members have indicated they had looked at serving on the Board as a one year commitment and will not run this year. I commend all the Board members who have served this year--this has been the finest Board I have had the privilege to serve on.

If you are interested in serving on a 501 (c) 3 Board, throw your hat into the ring! You may email me or our Secretary (Ann Davies). 

Please mark your calendars for Sep 13th and get involved!

Stay Safe
Paul Covington

US Chess Delegates Meeting 8/15-16/2020 (Zoom & Slack)

Buck and I attended 11 plus hours over two days of video meetings. Isolation did not prevent lots of contested proposals and amendments with heated discussions and healthy compromises. Some of the meetings' highlights.

First and importantly, there was a moment of silence for those members who passed away during the past year. Two of Colorado's giants of past years, Imre Barlay and Mikhail Ponomarev went to their eternal reward. We miss them. 

Three important changes were enacted: 1. Future terms of Executive Board members with be 4 years but not to serve more than 8 consecutive years (I believe this is what was decided after several hours of arguing). 2. Creation of Nominations Committee to seek qualified candidates for the Executive board--another food fight on this one. Two year term of service.  3. Chapter of the Official Chess Rule Book had a total rewrite -- this is the section which regulates Online Chess. It will be listed on US Chess website soon and goes into effect in early September (the 3rd ?) 

I missed the online 2020 Awards Ceremony. My award was announced and a bunch of kind comments were said. The award in listed online and in the Yearbook. 

Financially, US Chess is in great shape even with a deficit budget of about 106 thousand dollars. 

I will answer your questions:
Paul Covington

Colorado Cramer Award winners

It is with pride I announce that Colorado State Chess Association contributers were winners this year of the highly prized Cramer Awards.

Fred Spell won a Cramer for the best State Magazine/Newsletter! He bested the NorthWestern Chess Magazine -- who have won numerous awards. (Fred has won the best online State Magazine 4 of the last 5 year--unless my memory is failing me). 

John Brezina won the Cramer for the Personal Narrative - Personal Narrative, Cramer Narrative. This is the first time John has competed. 

One of the judges called me and told me he had given Todd Bardwick's Pawn Garden his top grade (a 5) because he understood the quality of the images and the details of the story would encourage chessplayers to build similar structures. He did not understand why other judges were not more impressed. 

My congradulations to these and all volunteers who support Colorado Chess with their tireless efforts. I am so proud of our volunteers and appreciate their service to us!

Paul Covington

Brian Wall to lead the Colorado Team into battle for the States Cup

States Cup is a team competition of US States playing each other on four chess boards, four games (15 +2) with team totals deciding the winner. Teams' composite (average) rating under 2200. On line rated event. Please step forward when Brian calls asking you to support our Colorado Chess team. 

Paul Covington

Meritorious Service Award

Thank you to all who have sent congradulations. This honor is a team effort of a number of people over the years. 

My sincerest thank you for allowing me to be involved in Colorado Chess these years and especially the opportunity to work with this exceptional board! Working with this team has been one of the great joys of my chess experience. Words are not able to express the camaraderie we have shared together.
Receiving the US Chess Meritorious Service award was the results of the shared accomplishments of the CSCA board, the US Senior Committee and the US Clubs Committee. I have truly been blessed to share time and work with an amazing group of people who are dedicated to our chess world!

Working to make Colorado Chess the Best!
US Chess Federation new website

Hope everyone is staying safe. 

US Chess has launched the new website. It is much better organized and looks nice too. 

You will need to login and change your password or update your password. 

The specific login steps are on the website... follow them carefully. 

After you get logged in, go to 

This is constantly updated with info.... 


Paul Covington


phishing attack

Beaware of emails "from me" asking for help....   

Always verify the from block of an email for a better idea of where it comes from. 

Thanks to the couple of people who reported this to me. 


Colorado Informant - July

The July edition of the Colorado Informant is up!

In This Issue:

  • President's Notes
  • Checkmate COVID-19
  • When the Grim Reaper decides to play
  • Dr. Mikhail Ponomarev
  • My Games With Rudolf Petters
  • A Perfect Win for White in Komodo 14.1?
  • A Perfect Draw for Black on 1.e4 in 12 Moves
  • Practical Review of Komodo 14.1 With Switches
  • The Chess Detective
  • Tactics Time!

and more!

Download the July Edition

Tournament of Champions (ToC) for all sections are a GO! and more online events

ONLINE chess is the order of the day... 

Denker, Barber, Rockefeller, Hering and Senior  ToC will all be online--these are all invitational events for State Qualified players. All of Colorado's players are ready to go forward to slay giants! 

A new event: is open to every elementary school aged  chess player. Details below:

The inaugural US Chess/ChessKid Online Elementary Championship will take place August 8-9, 2020 on the live server. The event is open to any child in grades K-6 attending school in the U.S. or its territories (grades are based on the grade just completed, not the upcoming grade in the fall).

Both organizations are eager to offer a large, open event, especially in light of all the major scholastic events which have been canceled due to the coronavirus. 

Online registration for this event ends August 6, 2020 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time. For full event details and all necessary links, please visit

The Colorado Open is also an online event this year. September 4 - 6, mark your calendars and get ready. Detailed information will be posted once we get the details worked out. We will have a pre-event online so everyone can get experience with this type of playing. 

We are also trying to figure out how to conduct our Membership meeting this year. We may have to do that online also. I will post info as it is available. 

Stay Safe,
Paul Covington

Colorado Open will be an online event

Your Board faced a very difficult decision, what to do about the Colorado Open Extravaganza we had planned for this September 4-6. After much discussion, it was clear that --as much as we love our chess family and playing chess--it was just not worth the risk of conducting an Over-The-Board event when the stakes to human life are so high. So the OTB event and the Induction into the Colorado Hall of Fame's second group of inductees are postponed until next year. 

We will have an online Colorado Open Championship 2020. It will be held on the same weekend (Sept 4-6, 2020) and we are working on the details. Brad is working with me on the details. Our starting point is: Event will be held on; the games will be Friday night 7 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10 AM and 6 PM. These times may change so watch this webpage for updates. Entry fees prize funds, instructions on how to register and login, and other details will be posted soon. 

I am extremely disappointed that taking this action is necessary, however, our members' safety is even more important! I believe you understand. 


COOF-2020 Donations reached $3,460.00

The Donations are in, including a $50 donation from one of my computer clients. This is an amazing effort my our chess community and I am proud of all of you and I know that Brad is also!!! 

Brad is continuing to send out info to news outlets and also US Chess. We just might get in the news! 




Happy Father's Day

The CSCA Board wishes ALL Dad's a Happy Father's Day. We hope your day is filled with the joy of being a Dad! 

I always include Mom's who are raising children and providing for their household as they do Mom's and Dad's job! 

Stay Safe

COOF-2020 is a great success--raising $3,245 dollars for The Salvation Army Food Pantry!
Brad Lundstrom is sending out this press release to 11 newspapers, 6 TV stations, and KOAA radio and US Chess.


Press Release -- Final Results Colorado Chess Players Checkmate COVID-19

Colorado chess players statewide and some very special world class guest players teamed up to help in the economic aftermath of COVID-19 and benefit The Denver Salvation Army Food Programs

Project commits 100% of funds raised by donations in a statewide online chess tournament

Initial Goal of $500 was surpassed...  was it ever as our 112 players and friends raised $3245 !!

Colorado State Chess Association(CSCA) President, Paul Covington welcomed a hugely diverse team that united with shared a love of chess and a passion to help others in our community

Paul has a 47 year history as a Salvation Army volunteer and patron. Paul be presenting our final check on behalf of CSCA as our state associaton president.

World class masters teamed up with chess players of all ages and skill levels to compete in one big section where any player could play anyone else as results over six rounds completed. Many of our state players battled against some of the world's best today!

Players from ages five to 89 were involved in this event.

All types of good people sharing a common goal...

Tournament featured a fun ten minute per player, per game time control and the six rounds ran 10am to 1pm this Saturday morning, June 20th with all games played online.

Imagine a golf or tennis tournament where every entrant has a shot of competing with world class players?

That was the fun and unique challenge to our participants.

All Colorado chess players welcomed our very special guests:

International Grandmaster Alexander Fishbein, the most successful player in Colorado history

Past US Junior champion, World Open co-champion, internationally acclaimed chess prodigy

International Master Keaton Kiewra, chess prodigy and nine time Nebraska state champion

Life Master Brian Wall, twelve time Colorado Champion and most active tournament player

Master Lior Lapid two time Colorado Chess Champion and President of Pals Chess Academy

Master Zachary Bekkedahl, founder and President of Chessmates and Fort Collins legendary scholastic chess coach

And an incredible last minute surprise... International Grandmaster Timur Gareyev entered. Timur, one of the world's most famous players is the all time Guiness Book of World Records holder in blndfold chess and he completed all six rounds playing blindfolded - without sight of the board with the aide of a chess student in San Diego!

Final Results

1st with 6 wins with no loses for 6 points: Grandmaster Alex Fishbein

2nd with 5 wins and one draw for 5.5 points: International Master Keaton Kiewra

3rd  with 5 wins and one loss for 5 points (on tie break points) Colorado Master Brian Wall
Also with 5 wins and one loss for 5 points were three additional players: Grandmaster Timur Gareyev (the World Champion Blindfold Champion) who played all games Blindfold!! and Fort Collins Chessmates scholastic star Aiden Sirotkin, and a player with the login of: Bharatasuryakepri. These players all performed exceptionally!

Thank you to all our awesome chess players and their wonderfully generous families and friends; also the CSCA board for their support and encouragement.

Special thanks to our excellent Tournament Director: Alayne Wilinski of the Denver Chess Club.

A wonderful day of many great chess performances and a record setting event raising $3,245.00 for those in need in our community!

Colorado Chess Association contacts:

President, Paul Covington phone 719-310-7542 email

Vice President, Brad Lundstrom phone 970-415-3855 email chess

The Colorado State Chess Association, Incorporated, is a Section 501(C)3 tax exempt, non-profit educational corporation formed to promote chess in Colorado

Salvation Army contact:

Rachael Fowler
PR & Special Events Director
The Salvation Army Intermountain Division
Office: 303-860-5460 | Cell: 619-768-3671

AAUW Grant and other Scholastic News

The AAUW Grant for "Colorado All Girls After School Chess Club was awarded to CSCA because of Ann Davies' efforts. This $5,700.00 grant will start in January 2021 not September 2020 as previously advertised due to the uncertainity of how the school districts will be operating this Fall. The women who instruct these class will receive payment for their work. Equipment will be provided. Any Denver area ladies interested? 

CSCA will need volunteers (our grant does not cover this program) for the Denver Chess league reorganization and management. This is primarily coordinating with chess coaches at the schools about their playing schedules (can be done from anywhere). ---- My goal for this is to be an on-line program so travel is reduced AND acceptibility is increased. --- Additionally, I want to expand this program to statewide, possibly into districts or zones where the winners of each area could have a playoff sometime after Spring-break each year. 

Contact Paul Covington, (719)310-7542, for additional information and to volunteer! 



2 Additional Board actions June 16, 2020

Board approved two resolutions:

1. The COOF-2020 was declared a one time tournament membership eveint with free membership for June 20, 2020 to all who sign up to play. 

2. The Board voted to extend All Standard memberships for six months as compensation for the schedule changes due to COVID-19 virus. 

This Saturday, June 20, 2020 is the COOF-2020 event, we hope your participate and have fun. 

September 4-6 Colorado Open is on! Lots of activities that weekend. Details in the Tournament section. 

Stay Safe!

Minutes CSCA Board meeting May 4, 2020

4th CSCA Board Meeting                                                                                                          May 4, 2020

Board Members: Paul, Brad, Ann, Dean, Lior; Absent: Gracie & Griffin (these were excused absences).
Members in attendance: Shirley

Meeting called to order: After informal discussion, the following decisions and motions were made.

Reopening Colorado Chess:

  • Class 2020: Postponed
  • Colorado Online Championship 2020- a fundraiser for COVID-19 through The Salvation Army food bank. Additional information on website.
  • Southern Colorado Open, July 25-26, 5 round Swiss, Dean and Paul are putting this on in Colorado Springs to restart OTB chess—Governor allowing…  Details on website.
  • Colorado Open 2020, Festival to celebrate Colorado Chess September 4, 5, &6. Hall of Fame induction, Fischer 960, CO-2020 5SS, Membership meeting. Details on website.

AAUW (American Association of University Women) grant: Ann wrote a grant request and Kevin polished the words in the request: result—CSCA will be receiving a grant for Chess training for girls in Title 1 schools. Stipulations on how to operate the program, funds for chess equipment and pay for lady instructors. (Grant amount $ 5,700.00.

  • Ordered 200 chess sets for this program to supplement previous chess sets ordered. The Templeton Fund (Ann’s charity), Scholastic, and general fund ordered 80 chess sets. Some are to replace/supplement the worn scholastic sets, most were for Title 1 program Ann started and use in another tuition free program that is ongoing.
  • The 80 sets were ordered from US Chess on reduced price when the US Chess National Elementary tournament was canceled. Cost: $ 460.00 (40 for scholastic, 20 for title 1, and 20 for CSCA reserves. All were $5.75 each).
  • The 200 sets were ordered from US Chess on reduced price when the US Chess National Junior High School tournament was canceled. Cost: $ 1,175.81 (included sets & boards at $ 5.25 each & shipping $ 125.81). These sets support the AAUW grant.

FIDE World Championship for Disabled Scholastic players: Coming to Denver July 2021. This is a major event which will feature chess teams from all over the world. CSCA is working with Chess Educators of America who will host this event. Kevin McConnell worked diligently to bring this event to Denver. CSCA will be asking Colorado chess players to volunteer time and effort to support this special event.

Treasurer’s report: Before the expenditures mentioned above, CSCA’s accounts were:

  • Main:                $ 14,474.96
  • Scholastic:       $ 20, 013.99
  • Scholarship:    $ 838.19 (this account includes funds designated for special overseas invitational events for scholastic players ($ 478.19), facebook donations, and other ear marked funds (George Mikhailavich’s Memorial event for his Grandfather- $360)).

Special thanks to Lior for setting up this Zoom meeting, Ann for her dedicated work on the AAUW grant and board members for participation, ideas, and support!

Meeting adjourned.

2020 High School Senior Online Rapid

The 2020 High School Senior Online Championship was played Saturday June 13. NM Akshat Jain and Mathew Kurody joined in the event. 104 players entered,

I was surprised that more HS Seniors did not enter the Open event.

NM Akshat Jain has wrapped up an amazing High School chess career and we wish him success as he heads to the next level.

Thank  you Mathew Kurody for representing Colorado in this event. I trust that you have had fun playing chess and good luck with your future plans. 

High School Seniors 2019-2020 Online Event

Calling all High School Seniors

I received this announcement--so passing it along. All Colordo HS Seniors are eligible to play in this event. Enjoy!


US Chess is pleased to announce the‚ 2020‚ High‚ School‚ Senior‚ Online Rapid, a free event sponsored by Dewain Barber, the Dean of Scholastic Chess.


Date: Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT‚ 

Registration deadline: Friday, June 12 at 9:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT - No exceptions!


 Students with senior student status in the 2019-20 academic year

 Current US Chess membership valid until 6/30/2020 ( Click here to join/renew.)


For full event information, including how to register, please see our post on Chess Life Online here: 

4th CSCA Board Meeting

4th CSCA Board Meeting                                                                                                       May 4, 2020

Board Members: Paul, Brad, Ann, Dean, Lior; Absent: Gracie & Griffin (these were excused absences).
Members in attendance: Shirley

Meeting called to order: After informal discussion, the following decisions and motions were made.

Reopening Colorado Chess:

  • Class 2020: Canceled
  • Colorado Online Championship 2020- a fundraiser for COVID-19 through The Salvation Army food bank. Additional information on website.
  • Southern Colorado Open, July 25-26, 5 round Swiss, Dean and Paul are putting this on in Colorado Springs to restart OTB chess—Governor allowing…  Details on website.
  • Colorado Open 2020, Festival to celebrate Colorado Chess September 4, 5, &6. Hall of Fame induction, Fischer 960, CO-2020 5SS, Membership meeting. Details on website.

AAUW (American Association of University Women) grant: Ann wrote a grant request and Kevin polished the words in the request: result—CSCA will be receiving a grant for Chess training for girls in Title 1 schools. Stipulations on how to operate the program, funds for chess equipment and pay for lady instructors. (Grant amount $ 5,700.00.

  • Ordered 200 chess sets for this program to supplement previous chess sets ordered. The Templeton Fund (Ann’s charity), Scholastic, and general fund ordered 80 chess sets. Some are to replace/supplement the worn scholastic sets, most were for Title 1 program Ann started and use in another tuition free program that is ongoing.
  • The 80 sets were ordered from US Chess on reduced price when the US Chess National Elementary tournament was canceled. Cost: $ 460.00 (40 for scholastic, 20 for title 1, and 20 for CSCA reserves. All were $5.75 each).
  • The 200 sets were ordered from US Chess on reduced price when the US Chess National Junior High School tournament was canceled. Cost: $ 1,175.81 (included sets & boards at $ 5.25 each & shipping $ 125.81). These sets support the AAUW grant.

FIDE World Championship for Disabled Scholastic players: Coming to Denver July 2021. This is a major event which will feature chess teams from all over the world. CSCA is working with Chess Educators of America who will host this event. Kevin McConnell worked diligently to bring this event to Denver. CSCA will be asking Colorado chess players to volunteer time and effort to support this special event.

Treasurer’s report: Before the expenditures mentioned above, CSCA’s accounts were:

  • Main:                $ 14,474.96
  • Scholastic:       $ 20, 013.99
  • Scholarship:    $ 838.19 (this account includes funds designated for special overseas invitational events for scholastic players ($ 478.19), facebook donations, and other ear marked funds (George Mikhailavich’s Memorial event for his Grandfather- $360)).

Special thanks to Lior for setting up this Zoom meeting, Ann for her dedicated work on the AAUW grant and board members for participation, ideas, and support!

Meeting adjourned.

Update on National Invitational Events

Update on National Invitational Events (All Girls, Ele, JH, HS, & Senior). Discussion at US Chess to conduct these events over the weekend of August 8 and 9 using online chess.

More as it develops.

Board Meeting 7:00 PM Monday May 4th

We are planning a Board meeting for Monday night. It will be on Zoom. I am post the link here and one the website.

We need to decide

1. When and how to reopen Colorado Chess,

2. the AAUW grant acceptance and outline for a plan to implement

3. details about the Colorado Open 2020

4. other Board issues

Do members want anything else added for discussion?


Informant - April 2020

The April edition of the Colorado Informant is up!

In This Issue:

  • President's Notes
  • Senior - Memorial Championship
  • Women's Wine and Chess Club
  • Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Memories of 1980 & More
  • Sicilian Defense 2. b3...
  • Example of Sicillian B20...
  • 2020 Colorado Springs Open
  • The Chess Detective

and more!

Download the April Edition

Special Announcement April 9, 2020

Brad Lundstrom has accepted the vacant VP position on our Board. He brings a wealth of experience with Colorado Chess and his top level management skills. We are proud to have him serving Colorado Chess! He will help on a number of projects with the primary focus on Newspaper and TV coverage. 
Brad, Thank you for joining our team! 



Minutes from the March 31, 2020 Board meeting

CSCA Board meeting                                                                                                               March 31, 2020

Meeting called to order after a time of sharing how everyone was handling the stay at home directives.

Present: Paul, Ann, Lior, Gracie, & Dean. Absent: Griffin

Kevin resigned to focus on supporting his family during this uncertain time. He will be missed. He was a driving force behind many of the accomplishment this last two years. We wish him the best and the entire board supported the family first concept.


Minutes from last meeting were approved. So those will be posted shortly.

Financials: In very good shape. Scholarship: $838.19 with $300 plus reserved for a free Memorial tournament for scholastic children in Colorado Springs; Scholastic: $20,013.99 with $3,200 committed to supporting our representatives to the Denker, Barber, Rockefelller & Haring Tournaments of Champions; and Main: $14,959.96.

Chess sets: (update--order completed and shipped) We are ordering (if they are still available) Tournament Sets (pieces and boards) not used when the National Elementary event was canceled. 80 sets (40 to Scholastic, 20 to our Title 1 program, and 20 for CSCA reserve) will be allocated as indicated.

Board authorized seeking an on-line and credit card at tournaments system to receive payments both on-line and at tournaments.

Board authorized Paul and Dean to put together the details for the Colorado Open 2020. We are investigating the idea of inviting three GM/IMs to the Open. We hope to have a festival like event for the Open this year with several activities being considered.

This was our first board meeting using Zoom. Lior used his company’s Zoom account, Thank you Lior!

Meeting adjourned.

Board meeting was held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Good meeting. Minutes will be posted as soon as approved by the Board.

I trust everyone is doing well and staying safe.



Upcoming Board Meeting

A board meeting is being planned, we are working on a date. It will be via Zoom, the link will be published here and on facebook.

So far the agenda includes:
Chess Sets: The unused chess sets from several events which were canceled are being offered at $5 per set. Ann has suggested that we purchase 20 sets from the Templeton fund. Lior has also expressed that this would be a good time to order extra sets for Scholastic events. We had to bring in some personal sets at the championships this year. I believe it would be good if we had extra sets on hand for future growth.

Chess Leagues in Colorado: Revisiting rebuilding the Denver Chess League under the Non-Profit charter. 
I have been working with Mike Klein, ChessKids, about conducting a program for schools which would allow the schools to compete against other schools. This is in the concept stage right now, but based on Mike's emails and discussion with Lior, it is possible.

Secondly, I want to finalize plans for the CO-2020.... Hoping that we get to conduct it this year. I need to get the announcement to US Chess before April 10th.

Any other items to add?

CSCA members may contact me (Paul Covington, 719-310-7542) to have items added for discussion.

Donations designated for GM & IM support

The Board has voted on how to handle the donations / pledges to support GMs/IMs who were to visit the Denver Open 2020. Those who request a refund, we will mail a check. To those who wish to designate their donation to another project, we will honor their request. For all those who pledged support, they are released from those pledges. 

We regreat that the Denver Open had to be canceled. We are planning to hold the Class Championship in Manitou on May 30/31. Keep an eye on this column and the facebook page for updates.


Tournament Report on Senior/Memorial State Championship

I have worked on getting this rounded up over the last several days. Preparatory steps had to be taken.

16 players @ $40 = $640. Two withdrew before the tournament started. so I refunded them the amount they paid. One was $40, the other $55.
Therefore, 14 players @ $40 = $560. That became our working budget. 30 percent of $560 was our set-a-side for expenses. That amount was: $ 168.
Our expenses broke down as follows:
Prize fund $ 392. (1st 160, 2nd 88, U1900: $50, $22; U1600: $50, $22) This met our 70 per cent goal.

Expensive fund: $ 168
Rating fee:  $ 6.25
Scoresheets: $ 8
Facility rental: $ 416
TD Fee: $0
Total Expenditures ($ 416, 6.25, 8): $430.25
Loss for the tournament: $ 262.25

Donations: 2 nights hotel $128.68: 2 meals ~ 16.40: travel $16.19:== $161.27

1st place: Alaa-Addin Moussa, will represent Colorado in the Senior Tournament of Champions in August.
2nd place: Sam Bridle, first alternate

We used hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and Kleenex to minimize the risk and had a good tournament.

This event and the scholastic championship support US Chess Tournament of Champions series. The other is our Colorado Open... the Class is optional. I am hoping to conduct the Class (end of May) and the Closed (no date yet) before September.

I hope to get the tournament report into the upcoming CCI.


Colorado Closed 2020 and RR Side Tournaments Announcement

Morning Everyone,
Due to all that is ongoing, we are having to postpone the Closed event until later in the year.

I am working with the hotel to find a date during warmer weather.

I can refund the two who have already paid or hold those funds until we find how the new tournament date fits with your schedules.

I am sorry the event can not go as scheduled...

Questions to me; phone 719-310-7542

Stay Safe,
Paul Covington

2020 Colorado Closed -- Radisson Hotel in Aurora

Official list of invited players. This chart will be updated as players send in entry fees  and other updates. After all players have sent in their entry fees, I will hold the drawing for pairing numbers--in a public setting. I hope every one gets their entries back to me so the drawing can be held so you know who you will be playing in each round and the colors.... Send entry fees to CSCA , Paul Covington, 748 Cardinal St, Colorado Springs, CO 80911. 

Pairing # Fname Lname Rating Feb Sup USChess # US Chess Expiration CSCA Exp. Entry Fee Notes
  Nikhilesh Kunche 2314 14384726 3/31/2021 4/30/2020    
  Lior Lapid 2302 12563733 12/31/2021 4/30/2020    
  Gunnar Andersen 2291 14011512 2/28/2021 8/31/2020    
  Randy Canney 2222 10407443 12/31/2020 12/21/2020    
  Akshat Jain 2218 14540963 2/28/2021 5/31/2021    
  Sullivan McConnell 2213 14696346 1/31/2021 4/30/2020    
  Brian Wall 2200 10923344 Life 4/30/2020   1 Alternate
  Herman Daniel 2152 14345456 4/30/2020 10/26/2020   2 Alternate
Scholastic State Championship Photo's

Thanks as always goes to John Brezina for providing such excellent coverage of the Scholastic event!

Saturday Pics1:

Sunday Pics2:

2020 Colorado Championship and Scholastic Closed Announcement

IF you want to play in the 2020 Closed Championships, You need to apply by email by March 1, 2020. The top six (6) players that meet the selection criteria will be invited. 

Colorado Closed Championships:

The selection criteria is:

  • Top six rated players that apply to play
  • US Chess registration must be listed as CO(Colorado)
  • February Rating Supplement will be used for player’s ratings.
  • Must be current US Chess and CSCA members

This applies to the Colorado Closed (Invitational) Championship (six players) and the Colorado Scholastic Championship (six players).

The entry fees will be $40.00. First place prize is $150. Second place prize is $90.

Additional details are listed in the tournament listings. Check there regularily for updates and also here on the News pages. 


Capital Chess has announced a tournament in Denver

New tournament for Denver area- details are at their website: 

Board meeting Rescheduled-Feb 1st Castle Pines Library

We have to reschedules our board meeting. 

Casle Pines Library
360 Village Square Ln
Castle Pines, CO 80108

Same agenda as before


Paul Covingotn

Colorado State Class Championships 2020 -- Date Change

The Date has changed to May 30 & 31 to faciliate the Denver Open 2020 changing their dates. 

I look forward to some great chess battles in the Manitou Springs Art Center. (Paul)

3rd Board Meeting--Rescheduled

Location: Castle Pine Library, 360 Village Square Lane, Castle Pines, CO

Time: 12:30 PM, January 11, 2020

1. Online registration costs: I am proposing that we charge the listed price for that event. This will reduce the amount of income for the tournament which will have a small effect on the prize funds and calculating the 70 percent level.
2. Same as above for the membership dues.
3. Review of our upcoming events and lock in the TLA for the Colorado open.
4. Add a "Hand and Brain" tournament--possibly on Saturday night after the Senior--Under 50 event OR National Chess Day.

Continued... more
Informant - January 2020

The January edition of the Colorado Informant is up!

In This Issue:

  • 2019 Class Championship Report
  • 2nd CSCA Board Meeting
  • Pawn Garden - Chess Landscaping for the yard
  • The life of Senior Master Imre Barley
  • Winter Springs Open
  • DCC Fall Classic
  • Watson - Carlsen 1975
  • 2019 London Classic Report
  • The Chess Detective

and more!

Download the January Edition

Amazon Smile Program


I have setup a place to donate to CSCA without costing you anything. Here is the explanation. 

I have a request for ALL chess players, friends, and followers: Amazon has a program that allows us to designate a "charity" to receive a small donation from certain purchases. The "Colorado State Chess Association Inc" is now listed as a charity on Amazon. This donation does NOT add any costs to the purchase price!

Select Amazon Smile when making purchases on Amazon. As an example, I haven't purchased very many things, this last two months but the few chess books and other items I have ordered has generated $2.57 .... multiple that by our CSCA membership (approximately 170) could generate over $450!!! Spread this idea to a wider supporting cast and our tournament prize funds would increase....

I trust everyone will see the potential which this program has to add support to the operation of CSCA.

Thanks for considering this request!

Paul Covington

Griffin to represent USA !

Exciting news! Griffin McConnell has been invited to represent the USA in a new FIDE chess tournament called the FIDE Confederation Cup for the Disabled People. There will be 30 competitors from around the world competing on teams of 6. The Americas will have a team of 6 as will 3 other continents. The "sponsor " team will also have a 6 player team, 3 from Russia and 3 from Turkey.

Griffin will leave for Ankara, Turkey on December 7th and be gone for a week. It is a team Round Robin of 5 rounds. The sponsoring organization is covering airfare and hotel stay and we need to cover food and passport (he's never even been out of the U.S. before).Neither Kori or I could leave on such short notice to attend with him so we asked Griffin's chess coach (and friend) Lior Lapid to go with him and he has graciously agreed. We are deeply grateful to Beatriz Marinello and Dora Leticia for nominating Griffin for this honor. 

Several years ago the CSCA setup a special fund to support our young players for these types of events. The fund is supported entirely by donations which are set-a-side just for supporting this type of event (Invitational International Events). We are supporting Griffin with a stipend and look forward to following his successes!  

2019 Colorado Class Championships Report

The 2019 Class Championship Report

42 players registered and 31 fought through the snow storm and bitter cold weather to the finish. Overall, a quality event. Prize winners and prize fund listed below.

Thank you to all who attended.

We collected $1,750 in entries: The prize fund was $1,225 (70% of the entries).

The tournament costs were:
site cost $416 TD fee $0, rating fee $18.50, 2 packs of scoresheets: ~$16.00.

Other related items:
Ent Federal Credit Union donated ink pens.
Ann Davies bought me a hamburger on Saturday.
I donated the usual TD fees and hotel / food costs to the CSCA as a gift in kind.
I think what about wraps it up.

2019 Class Championships were a success. The main distractor was the weather! Snow and cold (Colorado staples) resulted in some withdrawals and unusual pairings.

Congrats to all the winners (all those who played) and the Champions (those who finished in 1st place!)....
Master/Expert: 1st DANIEL HERMAN $130.00
Master/Expert: 2nd RHETT LANGSETH $70.00

Class A/Unrated: 1st BRAD LUNDSTROM & JOSHUA SAMUEL $92.50 each

Class B: 1st WESLEY WOO $170.00
Class B: 2nd LUKE NAMESNIK $85.00

Class C: 1st NICHOLAS S MILLER $130.00
Class C: 2nd NORBERT MARTINEZ $65.00

Class D: 1st CHARLES Q ZHANG $130.00

Class E/Unrated: 1st DANIEL THEO SMITH $130.00
Class E/Unrated: 2nd tie: RANDY RICHTER and SHIRLEY HERMAN $32.50 each

The next CSCA event is the Senior Championship and the under 50 tournament at the same location:-the Ranch in Loveland March 14 & 15, 2020. See you there!

Paul Covington, TD

Colorado Class Championships one week away--sign up now! Please

Class Championships Oct 26/27 in Loveland--details in Tournaments list. 

Sign up online and save! 


Paul Covington

Minutes from Sep 29th, 2019

                                                                                               September 29, 2019

2nd CSCA Board Meeting


We held our meeting in the Castle Rock Food Court.

After “roll call” we established there was a quorum.

At 12:00 noon the meeting was called to order.


Paul Covington (President), Kevin McConnell (Vice President), Dean Brown (Treasurer), Ann Davies (Secretary), Griffin McConnell (Junior Rep.), Lior Lapid (Member at Large/Scholastic Director), Gracie Salazar (Member at Large)

Guests: Shirley Herman arrived shortly after beginning of meeting.

Board approved the following motions (at various times during the meeting):

  • Acceptance of 1st meeting’s minutes.
  • Agreed to post US Chess document, Safe Play Guidelines, at our tournaments and have the members vote on implementing for CSCA.
  • Authorized Kevin McConnell to collect CSCA dues and deposit them at US Bank.
  • Eliminating length of tournament memberships except for Scholastic events (this will greatly simplify bookkeeping).
  • Authorized researching Credit Card acceptance at tournaments.
  • Authorized ordering scoresheets and membership forms as needed.
  • Pledged $2,500 for bringing five Titled Players to DO2020.
  • Dean and Ann will determine if refunds are due for any who should have only paid the family membership rate.
  • Authorized $540.00 to start the Colorado Women’s Chess and Wine Club.
  • Established the selection criteria for the Colorado Closed invitational championships. 


Dean Brown gave a full accounting of all the finances. He plans to produce an actual CSCA budget once the contracts for tournament sites are signed. All CSCA accounts are consolidated at US Bank.  Three accounts: Primary/Main (the general account) $12,273.36; Invitational (set-a-side for invitational events-primarily overseas) $978.19; and the Scholastic (reserved for Scholastic events and expenses) $20,468.41.

STRIPE – There are no standard operating procedures regarding STRIPE. He noted two additions to the account for $14.28 (two $15 memberships). He does not know how STRIPE memberships get inputted.

Routine Expenses are non-tournament related $648 (stamps, secretary of state payment, US Chess affiliation, insurance, Chess Journalists of America entry fees, domain name). He will budget $750 to cover these routine yearly expenses.

Line Item Budget Expenses will vary year by year and administration by administration. These are primarily site costs. Currently, we only have three tournaments that have site costs associated with them unless we have a tournament in another part of the state. (Colorado Open, Class 2019, Senior/Under 50).

There are five checks still outstanding which have not been cashed. Sheridan check for blitz night has not been cashed.

Outstanding debt – The only outstanding debt is the second half of Loveland for 2019 Class and 2020 Senior/Under 50.

Standard Operating Procedures:

Paul wants to develop a book for Standard Operating Procedures so future boards will have guidelines of things that need to be done. These include:

Operating Expenses: insurance, affiliate fees, domain name fees, State of Colorado fees, and variable expenses (printing costs for membership forms, renaissance festival flyers, awards, bank fees, check fees, credit card/STRIPE fees).

Tournament Expenses: TD fees, stipends for travel, meals, reasonable expenses for those working tournaments, TLAs, paper for printing standings and prize fund listings, site costs, rating fees, STRIPES usage fees, score sheets and others I may have missed.

Tournaments: Scheduling and contracts in progress. Follow up and details in next meeting minutes. Hotel prices have increased and will affect future entry fees.

CSCA—DCC Committee report:

Kevin and Ann met with DCC representatives to discuss whether or not the CSCA would have a part in the Denver Open 2020. After discussion, the CSCA decided to support the Denver Open. We pledged $2,500.00 to support bringing titled players (5 x $500) to the DO2020.  Board members will raise funds to support this effort.

(Added note: Shirley Herman has conducted a fund raiser to support this effort: $1,020 to date has been pledged. Thank you Shirley!). 

Ann is volunteer teaching an All Girls program at two Title 1 schools. Griffin is also volunteer teaching at a school which only works children with autism, dyslexia and ADHD. We hope to raise funds to support these schools next semester.

Colorado Women’s Chess and Wine Club:

is an effort to bring women into chess through chess classes with a social flavor. We did allocate funds to support this effort. (Attendees will purchase their own wine.)

DGT equipment: Lior will expand this research and report his finding.

Colorado Closed Championships:

Set the selection criteria as:

  • Top six rated players that apply to play
  • US Chess registration must be listed as CO(Colorado)
  • February Rating Supplement will be used for player’s ratings.

This applies to the Colorado Championship and the Colorado Scholastic Championship.

The entry fees will be $40.00. First place prize is $150. Second place prize is $90.

Other initiatives:

We are looking into forming Scholastic leagues throughout Colorado schools, restarting the school chess teams’ championship program, and developing a way to serve the underserved areas in Colorado.

Meeting was adjourned at 3:00 PM.


Sign up for the Colorado Class Championships 2019--Oct 26/27

About one wees until the 2019 Class Championships Tournament in Loveland. This event offers 4 games against players in your own rating range. Click here to register... I hope to see you there!

Colorado Women's Chess and Wine Club

Regal Bakery and Chess Cafe (1141 Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80220).
October 18, November 1, November 15, December 6, December 20, January 3. Open to all women 21 and over.

This club is funded by the Colorado State Chess Association and is FREE to join! For more information, contact Kevin McConnell at or 303-501-0974.

  • FREE chess classes for women with head coach Gracie Mukayess
  • Sip wine and enjoy free hors d'oeuvres while learning The Royal Game
  • Learn effective strategies, tactics, vizualization and planning skills
  • Make new friends while learning about the fascinating world of chess
  • Be treated like a Queen - the most powerful piece on the board!

Register online here

Informant - October 2019

The October edition of the Colorado Informant is up!

In This Issue:

  • CO Hall of Fame
  • 2019 Colorado Open
  • 2019 Sinquefield Cup Report
  • St. Louis Rapid & Blitz
  • Parker to Paris Grand Chess Tour
  • Memories of 1969
  • Grand Chess Tour in Croatia
  • Gunnar does it again!
  • The Chess Detective

Download the October Edition

Class Championship 2019 Oct 26 & 27 in Loveland

Oct 26 & 27 in Loveland at the Ranch...the 2019 Colorado State Class Championships. 4SS, G90/+30s. Prize Fund is 70 % of entry fees. Entry fee: online $40, $50 at the door. CSCA & US Chess memberships required. Reg 8:30-9:40, After 9:40, 1/2 point bye for first round. Sections: Master/Expert, A, B, C, D, and E. Unrated play in top two sections or price limited to $50 in E. Round times 10 AM and 3 PM, Sat & Sun. Entries to Paul Covington, 748 Cardinal St, Colorado Springs, CO 80911, cell 719.310.7542

Sep 29, 2019 Agenda

2nd Board Meeting Agenda,         Sep 29, 2019

Welcome-- Attendance--- quorum?
Call to order:
Approve 1st meeting minutes: (please review the meeting minutes online)
Safe play guidelines (US Chess—please review)
CSCA Budget – Dean
Funding / Voting
DGT Boards – authorize four with clocks but order one for testing
Chess & Wine club funding
Title 1 funding for All Girls chess club
Colorado Closed: Qualifications announcement
Scholastic State Championship: When are the next payments due?
Scholastic All Girls
Tournaments’ Locations--entry frees--prize funds--start times--round times
            Class 2019:
            Senior/Under 50:

CSCA-DCC Committee report
Fundraising report
Holding CSCA-sponsored rated chess tournaments in underserved areas of Colorado (Pueblo, Grand Junction, Durango, Ft Morgan, Aspen-Vail, Trinidad)
Startup program to provide guidance for organizing city school leagues around the state
CSCA survey of members’ thoughts and wants?
Should we use Instagram and Twitter to communicate with members
Ann’s found issues with our Membership records: how do we fix this problem?

Minutes from 2019 Membership Meeting


Paul Covington took the following notes on the Membership Meeting.

President's Report: Buck Buchanan summarized the past CSCA Board year as very good.   

  • Colorado Open had 118 players
  • Colorado Blitz 26 players
  • Denver Open - The DCC and CSCA partnered and the event was a great success
  • Colorado Closed could only fill three sections.
  • Colorado Class was cancelled due to poor attendance and escalating hotel costs.
  • Blitz and Quick events had low attendance
  • The City of Manitou awarded CSCA their top nonprofit award.
  • Chess Journalists of America(CJA) awarded Fred Spell the winner of the Best State online Magazine. CJA selected Todd Bardwick as honorable mention for his Best Historical article on Bobby Fischer's Visits to Colorado.


Vice President's Report: Kevin McConnell summarized Denver Open as a success.

  • Scholastic Girls event had 47 paid players and plans to expand that event.  He suggested better prize fund for lower sections.
  • CJA awarded John Watson best tournament article for his Denver Open 2019 report.

Treasurer's Report: Dean Brown reported that a year to date comparison of CSCA account shows a $800 gain. He also reported that all event winners were either paid at the event or by mail. (check mailed next day)

Paul Covington asked that we honor our Colorado Invitational representatives:

  • Denker: Akshat Jain
  • Barber: Sullivan McConnell
  • All Girls: Sara Herman
  • Senior: Alaa -Addin Moussa
  • Paul and Alaa-Addin represented Colorado in the US Chess membership meeting in Orlando.

Scholastic Report: Todd Bardwick stated there were approximately 275 players at the Scholastic Championship held at the Arapaho Fair Grounds. The site was very good and cost $4,000

Members' Input:

  • DuWayne Langseth expressed displeasure at the Boulder Open tournament's slow payment of prize money to Rhett.  JC MacNeil responded that this was not the right place to raise this issue.    Paul investigated and found the check was mailed the day after tournament to the address associated with the credit card that paid for the online entry fee. That check was never cashed. After the correct address was obtained, a new check was issued.
  • Earle Wikle asked the board to establish standardized times for championship events, suggested round 1 be G90 with d10 and all other rounds G90 +30 increment.
  • Gunnar Andersen suggested two day and three day schedules for Colorado Open.
  • Buck reviewed history of past CO. Open Labor Day (Sat. Sun. Mon.) events and noted very poor attendance.
  • Rob Cernich encouraged CSCA to promote chess better.
  • Brian Wall asked for later start time 10 am (at this meeting Brian stated 9 am was alright).
  • JC MacNeil asked for paper voting ballots and advance notice of people running for office.
  • Kevin McConnell asked for better CSCA promotions, more scholastic all girls events and women only events.
  • Alex Freeman wanted to know the benefits of a CSCA membership? Paul Covington explained advantages of being part of an organization to underwrite events and hopefully bring a US Open to Denver.
  • CSCA members also requested some kind of survey be done in order to ascertain Member's opinions. (added by Ann)


  • Buck announced appointment of Todd Bardwick as the 2018-2019 Board selected member at large.
  • President:  Paul Covington and Buck Buchanan were nominated, Buck yielded to Paul, elected by acclamation.
  • Vice President: Kevin McConnell won by voice acclamation.
  • Secretary: Ann Davies won by voice acclamation.
  • Treasurer: Dean Brown won by voice acclamation.
  • Member at Large: Lior Lapid, Brad Lundstrom and Earle Wikle were nominated. Brad deferred to Earle but Lior received more votes and is the new Member at Large.
  • Scholastic Representative: Griffin and Sullivan McConnell were nominated. Sullivan deferred to Griffin, elected by voice acclamation.
  • Colorado Delegates: Primaries: Buck Buchanan, and Paul Covington; Alternates: Alaa-Addin Moussa and Earle Wikle.

Meeting adjourned at 3:40 pm.

The membership minutes were accepted as corrected unanimously by the current board. more
Board Meeting Minutes: Sep 7, 2019

President’s Plate

I am proud to be selected as President of the CSCA. It is both a great honor and very humbling; I am excited to serve our members. I am also very proud of the new board. Everyone came to the first board meeting ready to work and we hit the ground running. Our first meeting was three hours and with all the ideas flowing, the time just flew. This is going to be an exciting year for chess in Colorado.

Board Meeting Minutes

September 7, 2019

Meeting was called to order at 3:05 PM

Board: Paul Covington, Kevin McConnell, Dean Brown, Ann Davies, Lior Lapid and Griffin McConnell.  Members: JC MacNeil, and Brian Wall. Guests: Gracie Salazar and Meint Olthof.

We had a quorum so the meeting was called to order.

We reviewed the minutes from the Annual Membership Meeting, made some corrections and accepted the minutes as corrected.

We then did training regarding the duties of a 501 (c) 3 board, affiliate responsibilities to US Chess, and obligations to Colorado non-profit law.

Paul read Todd Bardwick’s resignation from the board and scholastic director positions due to his increased responsibilities as his Mom has been put into hospice care. We are thankful for his contributions and leadership Todd has provided the CSCA Scholastic program and sharing his historic perspective of the CSCA. The Board voted to present Todd with a plaque thanking him for his service to the CSCA.

Dean Brown presented the account balances : Main -- $12,139,69, Secondary -- $978.19 and the Scholastic -- $20,623.55. These accounts will be stored in the same bank with separate checking accounts all under the leadership of the Treasurer. Other names will be added to the accounts as needed.

Other actions taken:

  • DGT boards purchase: awaiting follow up vote after consulting technical advice.
  • Exploring options to supply chess sets and boards for Title 1 school chess program for all girls chess club. Lior to furnish sets until permanent solution is found.
  • Exploring funding for Women’s Chess and Wine club. Awaiting more information. Gracie Salazar agreed to organize this activity.
  • Kevin to resubmit Grant for women’s and All Girls chess activities.
  • Board voted to hold the Class Championship 2019 in Loveland at the Ranch. Scheduled for Oct 26/27.
  • Board appointed Kevin, Ann, and Lior to represent CSCA in meetings with Denver Chess Club regarding how to help with the Denver Open 2020. Work in progress.
  • Paul introduced using the 501 (c) 3 status for fundraising. Suggested this method as a way to support future chess events. Other fund raising ideas have come forward since the meeting.
  • Board appointed Gracie Salazar to fill the Member at Large position.
  • Board approved the Hall of Fame program. Randy Canney appointed as committee chairman.
  • Board appointed Dean Clow as webmaster.
  • Board appointed Fred Spell as Colorado Chess Informant editor.
  • Board appointed Todd Bardwick as CSCA Historian.
  • Board appointed Lior Lapid as Scholastic Director.
  • All these appointments and board members include one year of free CSCA membership to honor their service.
  • Tournament dates were scheduled and will be announced shortly. Some sites are not firm yet.

Meeting adjourned at 6:00 PM.

Buck's Book Sale



Many hundreds of chess books on all aspects of the game from the estate of Jack Farrington


Also some high quality sets!

October 5-6, 11AM – 5 PM

120 Fox Avenue (near 8th Street and Cheyenne Blvd)

Colorado Springs

If you have questions, contact Buck Buchanan, (719) 685-1984



Denver Blitz has a new location

Regal Bakery and Chess Cafe, 1141 Syracuse St, Denver Co. 80222 at 1 PM. 
During the regular NFL season we play on Saturdays. After the Super Bowl we play on Sundays.

There is ample free parking at the site. 

See Clubs listing for more details.



CSCA Tournament Dates for 2019/2020

CSCA is planning event on these dates:

Oct 26-27, Nov 16, Mar 7-8, Mar 21/22, Apr 3-5, May 2-3, May 16-17, Jun 13, Jul 18, & Sep 4-6.  (May 2-3 is an All-Girls event still in planning stage--should not affect the Denver Open 2020: CSCA is working with DCC to have another great tournament event for Colorado).
These are subject to change as playing sites go under contract. 


Board Meeting September 29, 2019 12 (noon)

Second Board meeting. Sunday 12 Noon at the Castle Rock outlet stores food court near the north door.  Feel free to purchase food. We'll be meeting family style around one or two tables... it is usually noisy...   I will add an agenda before the meeting. If you have items to add to the agenda email me at:

Colorado Class Chess Championships 2019

Tournament Announcement

Oct 26/27, 2019  Colorado Class Championship 2019

The Ranch, Loveland, CO
5280 Arena Circle,
Loveland, CO

Save the Dates!

CSCA Selected for 2019 Best of Manitou Springs Award!

"It is our pleasure to inform you that Colorado State Chess Association has been selected for the 2019 Best of Manitou Springs Awards in the category of Non-Profit Organization.

For details and more information please view our website:
2019 Best of Manitou Springs Awards - Non-Profit Organization

If you are unable to view the link above, please copy and paste the following into your web browser: 

Best Regards,

Manitou Springs Business Recognition"

2019 Colorado Open Winners


Colorado Open Champion: Gunnar Andersen $450.00
2nd/Under2200: Eamon Montgomery, Sullivan McConnell, Ala-Addin Moussa $216.67 each
Under1900: Sami Al-Adsani, Vedanta Sampath, Aiden Sirotkine $83.33 each


1st: Joshua Samuel $400.00
2nd: Timothy Brennan, Craig Moffitt $150.00 each
Under1750: Jeff Davis, James MacNeil, Steven Mechels $91.67 each
Under1600: Aditya Krishna, Luke Namesnik $125 each


1st: Andrew Eskenazi $350.00
2nd/U1500: Norbert Martinez, Coleman Hoyt $262.50 each
Under1300: Kary Fong, Charles Zhang $112.50 each


1st: James Curtis $300.00
2nd/U1000: Owen Vonne, Joseph Morrison $200 each
Unrated: Alex Polotsky 150.00

Informant - July 2019

The July edition of the Colorado Informant is up!

In This Issue:

  • Denver Open Report
  • Memories of 1978 & 1978
  • U.S Chess Championship Report
  • 2019 Colorado Closed
  • 2019 CO Springs Open
  • Tactics Time!
  • The Chess Detective

Download the July Edition

Informant - April 2019

The April edition of the Colorado Informant is up!

In This Issue:

  • Cairns Cup Report
  • 2019 CSCA Scholastic Champsionship
  • Remembering James Hamblin
  • Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
  • 2019 CO Springs Open
  • DCC March Report
  • St. Louis Champions Showdown Report
  • Tactics Time!
  • The Chess Detective

Download the April Edition

2019 State Tournament Updates

A new tournament has been added for this year, Colorado State Girls State Scholastic. This will be a single day event. For more information please click below.

Colorado State Girls Scholastic Tournament

The 2019 Colorado Scholastic Championship registrations have been posted (last updated: 01/26/2019). For more information please click below

Colorado State Scholastic Championship

Informant - January 2019

The January edition of the Colorado Informant is up!

In This Issue:

  • Board Meeting Minutes 
  • DCC Year End Report
  • Face to Face
  • Winter Springs Open
  • Watson - Carlson 1972
  • The Chess Detective
  • Tactics Time!
  • Upcoming Colorado Tournaments

Download the January Edition

Special Board Meeting Notes: Dec 17th, 2018

The CSCA Board had a special meeting on the evening of Monday, December 17.  Present were Richard Buchanan, Kevin McConnell, James LaMorgese, Dean Brown, and Todd Bardwick.

We had a discussion of financial matters and the difficulties of using on-line registrations and accounting for the money.  Also there are many players who apparently joined CSCA at the Colorado Open but whose names we do not have.  Anyone who thinks this might apply to them should contact James LaMorgese.

The main item for the meeting was a project that Kevin McConnell is working on.  In it the Denver Open would also hold a girls scholastic championships tournament, and the top section of the Open would include a number of titled masters.  Some of these would receive financial incentives to participate and publicize the tournament among their colleagues.  The Board approved looking into the matter further in co-operation with the Denver Chess Club.  More on this will be coming out as it develops.

Board Meeting Notes: Nov 25th, 2018

The CSCA Board met at Todd Bardwick's house at 6:00, Nov. 25.

Present: Richard Buchanan, Kevin McConnell, Dean Brown, Akshat Jain, Todd Bardwick

Absent: James LaMorgese, Jeff Cohen more
2019 State Scholastic Championship: February 23 - 24

The 2019 Colorado Scholastic Championship is open for registration. For more information please click below

Click here to view details

The 2018 World Chess Championship with commentary by NM Lior Lapid

Colorado Closed State Champion Lior Lapid will be selecting and analyzing the most exciting games from the Carlsen – Caruana match.  Analysis and commentary will be geared for players rated under 1600.  In addition to providing a move-by-move breakdown of some games, Lior will share interesting facts and stories about Carlsen and Caruana, entertaining chess anecdotes and historical World Championship trivia.

Where: Regal Bakery and Chess Cafe, 1141 Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80220.

When: Three Sunday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:00:  November 11, November 18, and December 2.

Cost:  $10 per participant for each lecture. Family discounts apply: $15 for two participants, $20 for three.  Register online from

Lecture: Son of Sorrow: Is the Benoni Sound?

Garry Kasparov seems to think the Benoni (which means "Son of Sorrow" in Hebrew) is not sound and advises young players not to play it. 

A serious examination of a tricky opening used by world champions Alekhine, Tal and Fischer in world championship matches. 

The lecture will do a deep dive into the Benoni and its offshoot the Benko, exploring history, critical lines and inspirational games.

The "Thanksgiving Lecture" for serious chessplayers, aspiring students, novices and chess enthusiasts. 

Where: Denver Chess Club 2400 Ash Street, Denver, CO 80222

When: November 20th, 6 PM to 11 PM

Informant - October 2018

The October edition of the Colorado Informant is up!

In This Issue:

  • Board Meeting Minutes 
  • 2018 Colorado Open
  • 2018 Pikes Peak Open
  • Update to D00: Chigorin 3.Bf4
  • A Chess Engine Perfect Game
  • Tribute to Dave Jellison
  • The Chess Detective
  • Tactics Time!
  • Upcoming Colorado Tournaments

Download the October Edition

Vote to amendment to the CSCA By-Laws

Dear CSCA Members, An amendment to the CSCA By-Laws was posted on the CSCA website on July 29, 2018.

CSCA Pres. Earle P Wikle, will motion to withdraw proposed By-laws amendment.

Article IX: Amendments

These By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members voting at any meeting of the membership, provided that advanced notice of at least 15 days, including the exact wording of the amendment, has been sent to each member or posted on the CSCA Website.

Below is the proposed amendment to be voted on at the CSCA Membership meeting.

Article III: Membership

Current 4. Code of Conduct - Given the educational purpose of the Association, it is essential that a civil and sportsmanlike atmosphere exist at all events. Chess players and observers will treat each other, tournament directors, and event organizers with the utmost respect and will not engage in any form of un-sportsmanlike or uncivil conduct to include any form of behavior disruptive to the chess playing environment. Violation of this code is good cause for suspension or expulsion.

Proposed Change 4. Code of Conduct - Given the educational purpose of the Association, it is essential that a civil and sportsmanlike atmosphere exist at all events, and on any social media for the CSCA. Chess players and observers will treat each other, tournament directors, and event organizers with the utmost respect and will not engage in any form of un-sportsmanlike or uncivil conduct to include any form of behavior disruptive to the chess playing environment. Violation of this code is good cause for suspension or expulsion.


Thank you,

CSCA Board

CO Chess Informant - Robert Fischer Special Edition

As a special treat for everyone, Fred Spell & Todd Bardwick have released a supplement issue of the CO Chess Informant "Bobby Fischer's Visits to Colorado"


Board Meeting Minutes - July 23, 2018

Prelude: We had difficulty with the discord software and switched to a phone conference to communicate. Earle kept watch on the discord and added individuals as they came online. Because of this, I am uncertain who attended the meeting in addition to the Board members.

Meeting called to order about 8:35 PM (delay due to the above mentioned communications problem).

Earle asked me to read the previous meeting's minutes.  You may review them at .  The minutes were approved. more
Online Board Meeting

Update: Minutes will be posted upon electronic approval by the board.

Additionally, since I disagree with the change of direction the new board has taken, after a fitful night, I resigned from the board. It has been my pleasure to serve the chessplayers of Colorado. (Paul Covington)

I did say I would post Earle's motion which will be presented for members' approval at the Membership meeting September 2nd: 

Earle's motion.

Article III: Membership


4. Code of Conduct - Given the educational purpose of the Association, it is essential that a civil and sportsmanlike atmosphere exist at all events. Chess players and observers will treat each other, tournament directors, and event organizers with the utmost respect and will not engage in any form of un-sportsmanlike or uncivil conduct to include any form of behavior disruptive to the chess playing environment. Violation of this code is good cause for suspension or expulsion.

Proposed Change

4. Code of Conduct - Given the educational purpose of the Association, it is essential that a civil and sportsmanlike atmosphere exist at all events, and on any social media for the CSCA. Chess players and observers will treat each other, tournament directors, and event organizers with the utmost respect and will not engage in any form of un-sportsmanlike or uncivil conduct to include any form of behavior disruptive to the chess playing environment. Violation of this code is good cause for suspension or expulsion.

July Edition of Colorado Informant!

The July edition of the Colorado Informant is up!

In This Issue:

  • Board Meeting Minutes 
  • 2018 Colorado Closed
  • 2018 Denver Open
  • Growing Up With Chess in Colorado
  • Amazing Interview
  • More Memories of Robert Wendling
  • Colorado Chess Club Directory
  • Recent Advances in Pawn Theory
  • The Chess Detective
  • Tuesday Night Chess
  • Tactics Time!
  • Upcoming Colorado Tournaments

Download the July Edition

Changes to the CSCA Board

As many people may know, there have been some changes to the CSCA board over the last couple of months. Apologies for the delay in reporting this information, but I am one of the ones affected in this scenario.

James MacNeil has decided to step down as Member at Large to focus on the Denver Chess Club.
Dean Clow has stepped down as President. Earl Wikle will assume the role of President until September.

Dean stepped down for personal reasons that he doesn't want to get into at this point of time, and would like to thank everyone for their support.

Minutes for Board Meeting - May 21st

This was an online meeting. It was open to everyone. Attendance was all Board members, Ann Davies, and Shirley Herman. If others attended I will add your name. more
Colorado Day of Champions this weekend!

This weekend is the Day of Champions event down in Colorado Springs.

This is a one day event, but featuring 3 separate tournaments! There is no need to get a room and all that expensive stuff for this tournament!. Come and join us and enjoy a day of Quick, Blitz, and Bughouse.

See more info!

Board Meeting 21st May, 2018

There will be a CSCA board meeting on May 21st @ 7:30pm MST. This will be a remote meeting, so please join us from the comfort of your home OR join us in person at Club Chess!! in Colorado Springs, or Dean's Apartment (message for address please). - CSCA Channel (on the left side of the screen is where you swap this). Please make sure to have our microphone muted unless you have some relevant input.

What follows is the agenda and connect information for this meeting: more
Colorado Class Championships

Information for the upcoming Class Championships can be found using the button below.
The tournament will be held in Loveland this year!

Save $5 by signing up early!!!

View Details

Colorado Closed 2018 Results

Congrats to Lior Lapid who once again won the Colorado Closed!

Colorado Closed Rounds 2 & 3 Today!

Rounds 2 & 3 of the Colorado Closed will be streamed live today.

Please join us @ Round 2 starts at 10am, Round 3 at 4pm.

NOTE: The players decided to move Round 3 from the advertised 3pm to 4pm to allow more of a break.

Colorado Closed streaming starts tonight @ 7pm!

The Colorado Closed will be streamed live for the first time!

Please join us @ Round 1 starts at 7pm tonight!.

Colorado Round Robin Needs Players

Please help us make the Colorado Round Robin a success by registering today!
This is a new idea from the Board this year; let's try and get it off the ground!

View Details

Colorado Closed 2018 Pairings

With Alana Thomas as a witness, player lots have been randomized:

Player Lots:

1) Gunnar Andersen
2) Richard Shtivelband
3) Lior Lapid
4) Michael Mulyar
5) Nikhilesh Kunche
6) Kevin Seidler

Round 1:

1) Lior (W) vs Kevin (B)
2) Nikhilesh (W) vs Michael (B)
3) Gunnar (W) vs Richard (B)

Round 2:

1) Richard (W) vs Kevin (B)
2) Michael (W) vs Gunnar (B)
3) Lior (W) vs Nikhilesh (B) more
Colorado Scholastic Closed Postponed

The CSCA has postponed the Scholastic Closed until further notice. We expect this to be in Denver later in the year. Sorry for any inconvenience.

The Colorado Closed (non-Scholastic) will go ahead as planned.

Colorado Closed 2018 Updates

Everyone may have seen that the Scholastic Closed has suffered a few setbacks this year. The board has decided that the tournament will continue, so Dean will be sending an email to the next players in the list to try and get a Scholastic Closed together as soon as possible. I know this is late notice, but we will try our best to work this out.

All applications must be received via the online form by April 20th, 2018!

In other news, Ryan Swerdlin has unfortunately had to drop out of the Closed, and has been replaced by Richard Shtivelband.

If you would like to apply for the Scholastic Closed, please do so by clicking the button below. Thank you!

Pairings for both sections will be decided on April 20th, 2018. Players will be added to the computer so they can be randomized.

Apply for the Scholastic Closed

Colorado Informant: April Edition!

The April edition of the Colorado Informant is up!

In This Issue:

  • Board Meeting Minutes 
  • Colorado Chess Club Directory 
  • DCC's Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. J.C. MacNeil 
  • Colorado State Scholastic Chess Championship NM Todd Bardwick 
  • Colorado Springs Open Richard "Buck" Buchanan 
  • Tuesday Night Chess Paul Anderson 
  • DCC February Report J.C. MacNeil 
  • Colorado Senior Championship Dean Clow 
  • DCC Championship Report J.C. MacNeil 
  • The Chess Detective NM Todd Bardwick 
  • Tactics Time! Tim Brennan 
  • Upcoming Colorado Tournaments 

Download the April Edition

Senior Championship 2018 Results

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.

Results can be found here more
Colorado Closed Deadline April 1st

Just a quick update to mention that the Colorado Closed deadline is April 1st. If you are wanted to be considered, make sure your apply using the button below!


Colorado Round Robin Details Updated

The details for the Colorado Round Robin have been updated! Click below to see the updated information.

Details for Colorado Round Robin

Colorado Springs Open, 2018

I know many people have seen this already, but here are the results for the Colorado Springs Open, as well as a small report from Richard (Buck) Buchanon.

Colorado Closed 2018

The application page for the Colorado Closed is now open for business.

NOTE: Registering does not mean you are eligible. Only the top 6 players (or if you qualified last year) will be eligible for the tournament.

This year there will be 2 sections. There is also a side tournament which is a round robin. Details for that tournament can be found here

Click here to apply

Board Meeting Minutes (Jan 29th, 2018)

First electronic board meeting for the CSCA.


Present: Dean Clow P, Earle Wilke VP, Jeff Cohen T, Paul Covington S, Todd Bardwick MAL, JC NacNeil MAL, Jesse Williams JR, Bill Williams, Teah Williams, Cela Williams, and Shirley Herman

Meeting called on order about 7:20 PM by Dean. more
CSCA Scholastic State Championship Results

The tournament is over! A big thank you to all the parents, TD's, players, and oraganizers that did their part to make this tournament a huge success!

To see the final standings including tie breaks, click here (now includes team standings)
To see the USCF crosstables, click here

PLEASE NOTE: The final standings take TIE BREAKS into account. The USCF crosstables do not (they order by score, and then by rating only)

If anyone has pictures that they are willing to have posted on the website, please send them to as we'll start a good montage of chess pictures! more
New Website!

Hello everyone! As you can hopefully see, there is a new website for the CSCA! Please be aware that some content is still being moved over from the old site (mainly History and previous results).

If you see/run into any issues please contact Dean Clow @

Any ORGANIZERS that require access to enter/edit tournaments please contact Dean Clow at the email address above to recieve the log in information

CSCA Scholastic Championship

Day 1 of the CSCA Scholastic Championship is over at the MSU Tivoli Center. Some very good games today with the promise of tomorrow being even better!

Scholastic Championship Rules and Round Times

CSCA Board Meeting, Jan 29th

There will be a CSCA board meeting on Jan 29th @ 7pm MST.
This will be a remote meeting, so please join us from the comfort of your home

What follows is the agenda and connect information for this meeting... more
The Colorado Chess Informant is available online

The January 2018 Issue is now online.

Issues back to January 2003 are available here. more
CSCA Meeting: September 3, 2017


Board: Present: Dean Clow, Earle Wilke, Paul Covington, JC MacNeil, Todd Bardwick and Jesse Williams. Absent: Jeff Cohen (on vacation). Members: Shirley Herman and Brian Wall Guests: Jodie Williams

Meeting called to order at 7:10. Todd hosted the meeting in his home.


Rocky Mountain Team Chess Challenge (NM vs CO match): Discussion on when to schedule the match which needs to be in coordination with NM. Tentatively scheduled for July possibly in Colorado Springs. Paul assigned the task of coordinating with NM. more
CSCA Board Meeting: September 15, 2017

It was a good year for the CSCA with the board functioning like a well oiled machine. It was only necessary to have 3 meeting throughout the year, and also kept online contact to a minimum.

Here are the list of motions that were passed this year: Most were unanimous, the exception-the membership vote to not accept the Board’s recommendation to kill the tour by 2 votes following a very lengthy speech in favor of continuing the tour by Buck. more