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2022 Scholastic State Championship is rapidly approaching February 12th-13th. 

Hello everyone,

The 2022 Scholastic State Championship is rapidly approaching February 12th-13th

We are beyond thrilled to see so many of your wonderful faces that we missed last year in person but we also understand this is still a trying and confusing time for many with the persistence of COVID and the Omicron variant which took the world by storm. 

We know many are still hesitant to sign up because of uncertainties.

Will the event be canceled? 

Will I be well enough to play?

Is this event safe?

1) The 2022 Scholastic State Championship will definitely be happening in person - there will be no cancellations 

2) We are extending the deadline to signup until Wednesday February 9. This will give everyone enough time to determine if they are well and able to participate.

3) We will be taking the highest precautions: screening participants for temperatures, strict mask policy, ample spacing between players, hand sanitizing stations & whatever else we can do to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

REGISTRATION LINK: 

https://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/1299

 

Thank you!

CSCA Team

 

CSCA Board Meeting minutes January 17, 2022

Colorado State Chess Association 

CSCA Board Meeting 

A board meeting was called by CSCA President Brad Lundstrom, and held online 17 January 2022. 

Attendance 

1. In attendance: 

Voting Board Members: 

○ Brad Lundstrom, President 

○ Jesse Cohen, Vice-President 

○ Scott Lett, Secretary 

○ Josh Samuel, Treasurer 

○ Andrew Starr, At Large Representative 

Non-Voting Attendees: 

○ Shirley Herman 

○ Richard Shtivelband 

○ Brian Wall 

○ Kevin McConnell 

○ Lex Huberts 

2. Purpose of meeting 

The purpose was a regular board meeting. 

3. Summary 

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. 

Scholastic events: 

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 

None taken. 

○ Discussions, Followup Assignments from the President: 

None

 

2022 Colorado Closed and Scholastic Closed Championship

2022 Colorado Closed and Scholastic Closed Championship

Direct Link: http://www.coloradochess.com/newtourn.shtml?id=1078#tournamentContent
5 Round Round Robin Tournament
Date March 11 - 13, 2022
Time Control G90: +30s
City Denver
Site Embassy Suites at 7525 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80231
Sections

Four Total: 2 Championship and 2 Scholastic Championship

Entry Fee $50 paid in advance - Closed / $25 paid in advance - Scholastic Closed
Prizes Colorado Closed Champion title and 100% of Closed Entry Fees / Scholastic Closed Champion title and 100% of Scholastic Closed Entry Fees
Registration Apply via email to Tom Nelson and Brad Lundstrom. See email addresses.
Round Times Friday March 11: 6 PM; Saturday March 12: 10 AM & 4 PM; Sunday March 13: 10 AM & 4 PM
Entries Brad Lundstrom and Tom Nelson
Address N/A
Phone 970-415-3855 or 303-880-4332
Email chesscoach2014@gmail.com; tmbdnelson@comcast.net
Bye Policy
 

Round Robin event, all players are expected to play all rounds

You must apply via email by February 28 to be considered for this tournament.
To qualify, your registration with US Chess has to be the state of Colorado, and you have to be a current member with both US Chess and CSCA. 
The February 2022 Supplement will be used to rank the players.
The top six applicants for each section will be put into that Championship section.
The next six applicants for each section will be put into the corresponding Challengers section.
Upon the registration closing date, we will notify players that qualify at which time you may register for the tournament.

CSCA Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 18th

CSCA Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 18th at 7pm

All CSCA members are welcome to attend.

Zoom link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81489148450?pwd=RkdNYnBVZWhtNXFJZ2MrVGx2TWFsQT09

Agenda

-Roll call and opening comments - Brad 

-Minutes from last meeting - Scott

-Treasurer update - Josh

-2022 Colorado State Championship Tournaments Update - Brad

Scholastics K-12 - Tom

Colorado Closed

Senior Open

Class Championship

10 minute Championship 

Girls Championship 

Colorado Blitz Championship

Colorado Open

- Colorado Delegate for US Open

-North American Disabilities Championship - Kevin McConnell

-Denver Open - Kevin

Your questions and suggestions

 

 

 

 

Colorado Scholastic Chess Championship February 12-13, 2022

Hi everyone,

Our early sign up for the Colorado Scholastic Chess Championship is up and taking online entries.

This is for grades K-12 and champions earn the opportunity to represent Colorado at the US Open this coming July in the Elementary, Middle School and Hight School "Tournament of Champions".

There is also a separate Scholastic Blitz Tournament scheduled for the Friday evening prior on February 11th.

Visit the CSCA Scholastic Upcoming tournaments site for all the details.

If you can pass this along and share this message to your chess contacts, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks,

Brad  

Colorado Informant - January

The January edition of the Colorado Informant is now available!

In this Issue:

 

  • Colorado Masters & Experts Invitational     
  • L.M. Brian Wall Simul
  • The Elements of Magic, Part 1
  • Tactics Time
  • The Chess Detective


and more!


Download the January Edition

CSCA Board Meeting Minutes

Colorado State Chess Association 

CSCA Board Meeting 

A special board meeting was called by CSCA President Brad Lundstrom, and held online 27 October 2021. The meeting began at 7 PM MDT with Brad Lundstrom, CSCA President, presiding and Scott Lett, Secretary reporting minutes. 

1. In attendance: 

Voting Board Members: 

○ Brad Lundstrom, President 

○ Jesse Cohen, Vice-President 

○ Scott Lett, Secretary 

○ Josh Samuel, Treasurer 

○ Andrew Starr, At-large Representative 

○ Alayne Wilinsky, At-large Representative 

Non-Voting Attendees: 

○ Shirley Herman 

○ Paul Covington 

○ Tom Nelson 

2. Purpose of meeting 

The purpose of the special meeting was a regular board meeting. 

3. Summary 

Brad brought the meeting to order. 

Brad recapped the financial outcome of the Colorado Open. He also gave a proposal for staffing future tournaments, revising his proposal from the previous meeting. 

Brad recapped some press coverage of CSCA events and in particular article(s) about Griffin McConnell. 

Scott recapped the last meeting, a special CSCA board meeting to address lessons learned from the Colorado Open. 

Josh and Scott recapped the progress of one of the tournament committees. 

Scott gave an update on curating a CSCA membership roster, which at present doesn’t exist, from the online database of membership on caissachess.net. There was a variety of discussion about standardizing the use of caissachess for directing tournaments and

making financial reports. There was also a discussion of the proposal to increase the minimum number of directors at future tournaments. 

Brad led the discussion of the proposed CSCA tournament schedule for 2022. 

Paul recapped a recent informational USCF meeting that he attended in place of Brad, who could not attend. 

4. Actions taken: 

○ Board Votes 

None taken. 

○ Discussions, Followup Assignments from the President: 

i. Scott to follow up with Dean Clow , Brad wishes to sit in. 

ii. Scott to draft a tournament guideline. (Later, Brad reassigned this to himself, and Paul provided a TD checklist from the USCF.) 

iii. Paul to provide a link to his recording of this meeting. 

iv. Brad to begin searching for venues for tournaments.

 

Many Denver Broncos played chess through the years…

I sent a video of our Colorado state scholastics championship to John Elway at Denver Broncos and he replied. How cool is that!

“That’s fantastic. Pass along my congratulations to all of them.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Elway

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