Colorado State Chess Association

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! 




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