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  • Volume 47, Number 3 July 2020 COLORADO STATE CHESS ASSOCIATION


    When the Grim Reaper

    Decides to Play

  • ®

    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. Youth (under 20) and Senior (65 or older)

    memberships are $10. Family memberships are available to

    additional family members for $3 off the regular dues. Scholas-

    tic tournament membership is available for $3.

    ● Send address changes to Ann Davies. ● 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

    3. President’s Notes

    CSCA President Paul Covington

    4. 4th CSCA Board Meeting

    5. Checkmate COVID-19

    7. When the Grim Reaper Decides to Play

    Fred Eric Spell

    9. Dr. Mikhail Ponomarev

    Richard “Buck” Buchanan

    21. Colorado Chess Club Directory

    22. My Games With Rudolf Petters

    Curtis Carlson

    30. A Perfect Win for White in Komodo 14.1?

    Colin James III

    32. A Perfect Draw for Black on 1.e4 in 12 Moves

    Colin James III

    33. Practical Review of Komodo 14.1 With Switches

    Colin James III

    34. The Chess Detective

    NM Todd Bardwick

    36. Tactics Time!

    Tim Brennan

    38. Tactics Time! (Bonus)

    Tim Brennan

    From the Editor

    I do hope everyone is well and this pandemic has not hit you too hard. Amazing that I never thought I would experience this in

    my lifetime. Well, here we are today dealing with this as best we

    all can.

    For the time being there will be changes in chess competition

    both here in Colorado and all over the world, so stay tuned.

    It is with sadness that longtime Colorado player Dr. Mikhail

    Ponomarev has passed away. “Buck” Buchanan has submitted an

    overview of his life along with games from his time in Colorado.

    Dr. Ponomarev’s passing comes not long after the death of an-

    other Colorado stalwart, NM Imre Barley. May they both rest in


    May Caissa be with you.

    Fred Eric Spell


    Colorado Chess Informant

    Page 2

    July 2020

    Informant Article Submission Deadlines:

    January issue - December 21 / April issue - March 21

    July issue - June 21 / October issue - September 21

    (Email articles to

    © 2020 Colorado State Chess Association

    CSCA Board of Directors


    Paul Covington

    Vice President:

    Brad Lundstrom


    Ann Davies


    Dean Brown

    Junior Representative:

    Griffin McConnell

    Members at Large:

    Lior Lapid

    Gracie Salazar

    CSCA Appointees

    USCF Delegates:

    Richard “Buck” Buchanan

    Paul Covington

    CCI Editor:

    Fred Eric Spell

    Correspondence Chess:

    Klaus Johnson

    Scholastic Chess:

    Lior Lapid

    Webmaster & Tournament


    Dean Clow

    CSCA Historian:

    Todd Bardwick

    Volume 47, Number 3

    On the cover:

    “Death is Only a Game”

    by Wyldraven


    Colorado Chess Informant

    President’s Notes:

    We have several items of interest to share. And as much as we want to get back to normal over the board chess, we believe it is more important to put player safety first. This causes a ripple effect for a host of

    decisions. First, the 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 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am and

    6:00pm. 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.

    Second is the Membership meeting. We may be forced to violate our By-Laws this year by not have an in-

    person membership meeting. Most of the item that would normally be in that meeting can be accomplished on

    our website. However, Board election is not one of those. If you are interested in a particular board position

    please submit your name to me and I will post on the website. Include your qualifications and speech that you

    would normally make at the meeting. I know this is irregular, but I don’t know what else to do.

    The AAUW Grant for “Colorado All Girls After School Chess Club” was awarded to CSCA because of Ann Davies’ efforts. This $5,700.00 grant will start in January 2021 not September 2020 as previously advertised

    due to the uncertainity of how the school districts will be operating this Fall. The women who instruct these

    classes will receive payment for their work. Equipment will be provided. Any Denver area ladies interested?

    CSCA will need volunteers (our grant does not cover this program) for the Denver Chess league

    reorganization and management. This is primarily coordinating with chess coaches at the schools about their

    playing schedules (can be done from anywhere). My goal for this is to be an on-line program so travel is

    reduced AND acceptibility is increased. Additionally, I want to expand this program to statewide, possibly into

    districts or zones where the winners of each area could have a playoff sometime after Spring-break each year.

    Contact me at (719) 310-7542 or by email at for additional information and

    to volunteer!

    Paul Covington

    CSCA President

    Volume 47, Number 3 July 2020

    Page 3


    Colorado Chess Informant

    4th CSCA Board Meeting / May 4, 2020

    Board Members: Paul Covington, Brad Lundstrom, Ann Davies, Dean Brown, Lior lapid; Absent: Gracie Salazar & Griffin

    McConnell (these were excused absences). Members in attendance: Shirley Herman

    Meeting called to order: After informal discussion, the following decisions and motions were made.

    Reopening Colorado Chess:

    • Class 2020: Canceled

    • Colorado Online Championship 2020 - a fundraiser for COVID-19 through The Salvation Army food bank. Additional information

    on website.

    • Southern Colorado Open, July 25-26, 5 round Swiss, Dean and Paul are putting this on in Colorado Springs to restart OTB chess

    Governor allowing ... details on website.

    • Colorado Open 2020, Festival to celebrate Colorado Chess September 4, 5, &6. Hall of Fame induction, Fischer 960, CO-2020

    5SS, Membership meeting. Details on website.

    AAUW (American Association of University Women) grant: Ann wrote a grant request and Kevin polished the words in the

    request: result—CSCA will be receiving a grant for Chess training for girls in Title 1 schools. Stipulations on how to operate the

    program, funds for chess equipment and pay for lady instructors. (Grant amount $ 5,700.00).

    • Ordered 200 chess sets for this program to supplement previous chess sets ordered. The Templeton Fund (Ann’s charity),

    Scholastic, and general fund ordered 80 chess sets. Some are to replace/supplement the worn scholastic sets, most were for Title 1

    program Ann started and use in another tuition free program that is ongoing.

    • The 80 sets were ordered from US Chess on reduced price when the US Chess National Elementary tournament was canceled.

    Cost: $ 460.00 (40 for scholastic, 20 for title 1, and 20 for CSCA reserves. All were $5.75 each).

    • The 200


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