Colorado State Chess Association
CSCA Board Meeting
A board meeting was called by CSCA President Brad Lundstrom, and held online 17 January 2022.
1. In attendance:
Voting Board Members:
○ Brad Lundstrom, President
○ Jesse Cohen, Vice-President
○ Scott Lett, Secretary
○ Josh Samuel, Treasurer
○ Andrew Starr, At Large Representative
○ Shirley Herman
○ Richard Shtivelband
○ Brian Wall
○ Kevin McConnell
○ Lex Huberts
2. Purpose of meeting
The purpose was a regular board meeting.
Brad brought the meeting to order.
Brad summarized progress on the CSCA tournament schedule. Please see https://www.coloradochess.com/newtourn.shtml for details.
Brad announced the agreement with Tom Nelson to act as chief TD for CSCA tournaments.
Josh summarized recent financial transactions of the CSCA.
Scott recapped the prior meeting.
The upcoming scholastic tournament (February) was discussed. Two major topics were discussed. First, a call for help and the slow registrations. Second, the topic of how to select scholastic players to represent Colorado at the national level. Of special interest
was the topic of selecting a girls’ representative and the need to organize a girls’ championship soon, as presented by Jesse.
Events and fundraising for young players with disabilities
Kevin McConnell introduced his nonprofit (Chess Abilities Inc.), the efforts to field a team for the upcoming Olympiad for young players with disabilities in Russia and an upcoming (June 21-27) tournament he is organizing in Denver. He discussed the difficulties in getting children with disabilities to participate in person playing over-the-board. He asked for assistance with fundraising and onsite tournament help. He will follow up with details to the board.
Denver Chess Club and Denver Open
Richard discussed efforts to organize the Denver Open, the effort to invite (and pay for) top chess talent, and requested co-sponsorship from CSCA
Richard introduced Lex Huberts, who recently moved from California, where he was active in local chess. He wishes to contribute to the good of chess in Colorado, and expressed his view that many strong players will attend the Denver Open.
Brian Wall was also available to add detail to the DCC effort and help needed with the visiting VIPs. He also mentioned that Colorado player Mirza Peljto lost his Louisville home in the Marshall Fire.
Shirley requested that the CSCA not participate in any way with any event where her children could not compete because of a COVID vaccination & masking requirement, singling out the Denver Open. No action was taken, except to assure Shirley that her donation wouldn’t go to the DCC. Brad expressed sadness that we are in a time of
controversy, and suggested the board may take up the matter by vote at a later time. Richard made no further comment about the COVID safety requirements, but said that they had come in the spirit of good relations between DCC and CSCA.
Brad asked for a volunteer to act as delegate to the USCF at the US Open…nobody stepped forward.
4. Actions taken:
○ Board Votes
○ Discussions, Followup Assignments from the President:
January 22, 2022 11:07 MST