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  • Volume 46, Number 2 April 2019 COLORADO STATE CHESS ASSOCIATION




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    The Colorado State Chess Association, Incorporated, is a

    Section 501(C)(3) tax exempt, non-profit educational corpora-

    tion formed to promote chess in Colorado. Contributions are

    tax deductible.

    Dues are $15 a year or $5 a tournament. Youth (under 20) and

    Senior (65 or older) memberships are $10. Family member-

    ships are available to additional family members for $3 off the

    regular dues.

    ● Send address changes to James LaMorgese. ● Send pay renewals & memberships to Dean Brown. ● See back cover for EZ renewal form.

    The Colorado Chess Informant (CCI) is the official publication

    of the CSCA, published four times a year in January, April,

    July and October.

    Articles in the CCI do not necessarily reflect the views of the

    CSCA Board of Directors or its membership.

    In This Issue

    4. Cairns Cup Report

    John Brezina, w/J.C. MacNeil

    8. 2019 Colorado State Scholastic Chess Championship

    NM Todd Bardwick

    13. Colorado Chess Club Directory

    14. Remembering James Hamblin

    Curtis Carlson

    18. Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    J.C. MacNeil

    26. 2019 Colorado Springs Open

    Richard “Buck” Buchanan

    30. DCC March Report

    J.C. MacNeil

    36. St. Louis Champions Showdown Report

    J.C. MacNeil, John Brezina & Kevin Seidler

    42. Tactics Time!

    Tim Brennan

    44. The Chess Detective

    NM Todd Bardwick

    46. Upcoming Colorado Tournaments

    From the Editor

    Well this issue went to overflow!

    So much happening in the past three months that this issue took

    some time to splice together - not that I’m complaining mind

    you, it is a pleasure to put together, so keep on submitting and

    letting all of us know what is going on chesswise, because there

    is no such thing as too many chess happenings to report about

    inside and out of Colorado!

    I especially enjoy placing personal travels of Colorado players in

    the Informant. Getting a local perspective to events happening

    beyond Colorado helps other readers share in the excitement of

    those travels.

    There is truly a little bit of something for everyone in this issue.

    So kick back, relax, and enjoy!

    May Caissa be with you.

    Fred Eric Spell


    Colorado Chess Informant

    Page 2

    April 2019

    Informant Article Submission Deadlines:

    January issue - December 21 / April issue - March 21

    July issue - June 21 / October issue - September 21

    (Email articles to

    © 2019 Colorado State Chess Association

    CSCA Board of Directors


    Richard “Buck” Buchanan

    Vice President:

    Kevin McConnell


    James LaMorgese


    Dean Brown

    Junior Representative:

    Akshat Jain

    Members at Large:

    Todd Bardwick

    Jeff Cohen

    CSCA Appointees

    USCF Delegates:

    Richard “Buck” Buchanan

    Paul Covington

    CCI Editor:

    Fred Eric Spell

    Colorado Chess Tour:

    Dean Clow

    Correspondence Chess:

    Klaus Johnson

    Scholastic Chess:

    Todd Bardwick

    Webmaster & Tournament


    Dean Clow

    Volume 46, Number 2

    On the cover:

    World Chess Hall of Fame / St. Louis, MO

    (Photo by John Brezina)


    Colorado Chess Informant Volume 46, Number 2 April 2019

    April 26-28, 2019

    5 Round Swiss System Tournament

    Four Sections:

    Championship / U2200 / U1800 / U1400

    Time Control:

    Championship Section - 40/90; G/30; inc/30

    All Other Sections - G/90; d/10 (Rds 1-3)

    G/90; inc/30 (Rds 4-5)

    USCF Membership Required

    CSCA Membership Required

    (For Colorado Residents)

    For More Information:


    Colorado Chess Informant

    Cairns Cup Report

    by John Brezina

    with additonal commentary

    by J.C. MacNeil

    Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield have and continue to do so much for chess in the

    USA. Elevating it to the professional

    standards it deserves.

    Through his travels, John Brezina has

    become acquainted with many of the

    movers and shakers in the chess world -

    including Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield,

    founders of the of the St. Louis Chess

    Club. We all know the Sinquefield’s are

    doing wonders for chess here in the

    United States. Most recently staging the

    Cairns Cup. Here is Mr. Brezina’s report

    and photos from that event. The cover

    photo of this issue is the World Chess

    Hall of Fame, located directly across the

    street from the St. Louis Chess Club.

    (J.C. MacNeil)

    John Brezina - The St. Louis Chess Club

    continues to innovate and come up with

    new tournaments, and the Cairns Cup is

    the latest. For fans of the Sinquefield

    Cup, this is the women’s version. Ten of

    the worlds best female players play nine

    rounds of classical chess with total prize

    payouts of $150,000.

    The inaugural event went very well,

    having the model of the Sinquefield Cup

    to follow. It will be an annual tournament

    and I see it becoming a premier event for

    women. February was picked as the chess

    calendar for worldwide tournaments is

    becoming quite full. A great time for

    professional chess players. Rex and

    Jeanne Sinquefield have and continue to

    do so much for chess. Elevating it to the

    professional standards it deserves. This

    time and era in chess is similar to the

    1960’s when Jacqueline and Gregor

    Piatigorsky elevated the game during the

    Fischer era.

    The name for the Cairns Cup comes from

    the maiden name of Jeanne Sinquefield, a

    great way to honor her family name. The

    opening ceremony was held at the

    beautiful World Chess Hall of Fame

    which provided a great venue to meet and

    greet the players. In addition I met Randy

    Sinquefield and the great chess

    ambassador, Yasser Seirawan.

    Another gentlemen that makes many

    appearances and is doing so much for

    chess is Michael Khodarkovsky. Good

    friend of Garry Kapsarov and the

    President of the Kasparov Chess

    Foundation. He also works with the

    Grand Chess Tour and a VP on the FIDE

    board. A busy man that is always a joy to

    talk with.

    Members of the US Chess Women’s

    Committee were present as well to

    announce a $100,000 grant from the St.

    Louis Chess Club to help promote girls in

    chess. Many would speak at the opening

    of the ceremonies including the honorary

    members, Jeanne and Rex. Master of

    ceremonies Maurice Ashley conducted

    brilliantly while Jennifer Shahade would

    introduce the players.

    The number one seed Alexandra

    Kosteniuk garnered much attention as

    well as our two American participants

    Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih. All the

    players were quite grateful and honored

    to be part of this inaugural event in their

    opening statements. Then came the

    drawing of lots where each player would

    choose a numbered collector chess piece,

    a Queen of course! Followed by more

    mingling and photo ops. Including all the

    players in the stairwell together. taken by

    Austin Fuller who shared this one, along

    with the others that include me.

    I was only able to attend round one, but

    what a round! The tables were all set

    upstairs at the beautiful St. Louis Chess

    Club. There were many in attendance for

    the opening bell, which was rung by

    Carol B. Meyer, US Chess Executive

    Director. And of course making the

    ceremonial opening move, the honorable

    Jeanne “Cairns” Sinquefield.

    The players came out swinging in round

    one, with four decisive games. In addition

    to a great spectator experience upstairs,

    the Kingside Diner downstairs had a

    room with great commentary by WGM

    Tatev Abrahamyan and WGM Tania

    Sachdev. Both were great at analyzing

    each game live while taking questions

    and were very gracious with their time. I

    look forward to Tatev playing in our very