Chess Life, Colorado Springs Open, News and Notes


  • I am featured in the current March 2013 issue of Chess Life in the “Faces across the Board” section on page 9.




  • I was the assistant tournament director at the Colorado Springs Open this past weekend in Manitou Springs.  Paul Covington was the Chief TD.  Paul had not directed a tournament in 20 years, so this was his first time using modern tools like SwissSys.

    I taught him how to do the pairings, enter byes, submit to USCF, etc.

    The tournament had a good turnout with 60 players. This was a good increase from the 43 players who played last year.

    You can see the tournament results here:

    There were 3 people who came from out of state, 2 from New Mexico (Jacob Ornelas, Donald Mulchay), and 1 from Kansas (Jon Wooldridge).

    There was an unrated player, Annie Cummins, who was playing in her first tournament. Annie told me that she took up chess to improve her poker game, which I thought was really interesting. I have heard of chess players leaving for poker, but never poker players coming to chess! I thought that was really interesting.

    Kathy Schneider was kicking some buns. She drew Alexander Freeman, who was rated 782 points higher than her, and beat Jordan Myers who had a provisional rating 463 rating points higher. Nice job Kathy!

    I was the “house player”, so only played when there was an odd number of people. I ended up only playing one game, where I beat John May (1328).

    We made one bad mistake as TDs where we did not withdraw a player who said he was not going to be there. This caused Jeff Baffo to get a forfeit win. But overall, I think that we did a good job, and got the prizes paid out faster than any Colorado tournament that I have ever seen, and got the event rated as quickly as possible.

  • The February 2013 issue of Fred Spell’s “Colorado Springs Chess Night” is now available at


  • Tactics Time was featured again in yesterday’s Sunday Chess column by Stephen Dann – Worcester Telegram & Gazette


  • The distributors of the chess documentary “Brooklyn Castle” sent me a DVD of their movie. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but looking forward to seeing it. It is now available for download on amazon and iTunes.

  • Brad Lundstrom asked me to post the following:

    Colorado Chess Friends,

    Attached is information about the Northern Colorado Chess Festival scheduled for March 22-24 in Greeley at a fabulous location at the University of Northern Colorado, 3rd Floor Panorama room. This is a site that would normally cost us $3,000 for three days but because the UNC student chess club is sponsoring the event we are in for $300! Result is an amazing site with some excellent cash prizes and trophies!!

    - Main tournament is the 2013 Colorado State Class Championships and is a Tour Event. Along with some great cash prizes there will be state champion trophies handed out for every class. Class state champions will team up to play against New Mexico in an annual state to state rivalry later in the spring.

    -Friday special events include an IM simul and a new Colorado State 5 minute – Blitz Championship. Along with cash prizes for the winner and several class prizes there will be a state championship trophy awarded for this event as well.

    -We have made arrangements for huge hotel discounted rates for participating players at Greeley Clarion Hotel. A beautiful place to stay & enjoy near our tournament site at UNC and includes wonderful full breakfast buffet.

    This is going to be a historic Colorado event! If anyone has any questions beyond the attached information please contact me personally.

    Be there or be square.

    Best regards,

    Brad Lundstrom

    CSCA Vice President

    See for more details about the tournament and side events.

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