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  • Volume 45, Number 4 October 2018 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

    3. Board Meeting Minutes

    4. Colorado Open Report

    J.C. MacNeil

    16. Pikes Peak Open

    Richard “Buck” Buchanan

    21. Update to D00: Chigorin 3.Bf4

    Colin James III

    22. A Chess Engine Perfect Game...

    Colin James III

    24. Remembering Dave Jellison

    Curtis Carlson

    27. Tribute to Dave Jellison

    Curtis Carlson & Tim Stevens

    28. The Chess Detective

    NM Todd Bardwick

    30. Tactics Time!

    Tim Brennan

    32. Upcoming Colorado Tournaments

    35. Colorado Chess Club Directory

    From the Editor

    Chess Politics... I often get a look of disbelief when I mention to

    my non-chess playing friends that in the world of chess there are

    those who play politics for whatever reason. “Why would there

    be such a thing in chess?”, they ask. Well I suppose in this area

    of endeavor, why not? Humans are humans the world over.

    FIDE, the world chess body recently elected a new President.

    This after many years of contentious leadership from the previ-

    ous one. And it wasn’t easy getting to this point.

    The CSCA elected some new/returning people to the Board a

    month ago for the coming year. Since the previous election there

    were changes and controversies along the way.

    Recently I closed the Facebook information page of the CSCA

    (though it was not an official page) because, instead of inform-

    ing, there was too much sniping and finger pointing lately that it

    just was not healthy. The CSCA does have an official page and

    postings are monitored closely now.

    Oh well, such is the beauty of life.

    May Caissa be with you.

    Fred Eric Spell


    Colorado Chess Informant

    Page 2

    October 2018

    Informant Article Submission Deadlines:

    January issue - December 21 / April issue - March 21

    July issue - June 21 / October issue - September 21

    (Email articles to

    © 2018 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 45, Number 4

    On the cover:

    “Chess Queen in Field”

    (Artist unknown)


    Colorado Chess Informant Volume 45, Number 4 October 2018

    Page 3

    CSCA Board Meeting Minutes

    (July 23, 2018)

    Prelude: We had difficulty with the discord software and switched to a phone conference to communicate. Earle Wikle kept watch on the discord and added individuals as they came online. Because of this, I am uncertain who attended the meeting in addition to the

    Board members. (Paul Covington)

    Meeting called to order about 8:35pm (delay due to the above mentioned communications problem).

    Earle Wikle asked me to read the previous meeting’s minutes. You may review them at . The

    minutes were approved.

    Old Business:

     DGT Chess equipment was discussed: No additional equipment purchase at this time. Paul Covington donated two laptops to the CSCA to support the present DGT boards.

    New Business:

     Earle Wikle then thanked Dean Clow and J.C. MacNeil for their service on the Board and their work for Colorado Chess. ► Earle then opened the floor for nominations to fill the vacant Board positions.

    ► The first vacant position to fill was that of President.

     Paul Covington nominated Earle Wikle. Jesse Williams seconded the nomination. There were no additional nominations, so Earle was confirmed without opposition.

     The next position to fill was that of Vice President (Note: There were two discussions that happen here: (1) Whether or not filling the remaining positions was necessary and (2) A confirmation that we had enough Board members present to conduct

    business - we did).

     Jesse Williams nominated Paul Anderson for Vice President. Earle Wikle seconded. No additional nominations were made. Nominations were closed, and Paul Anderson declared Vice President.

     The Member at Large position was then opened for nomination. No one accepted the nomination. The position was left open.

     The Board did nominate Todd Bardwick as the Board Appointed Member At Large. He was unopposed. (Note: This is a position that is traditionally filled by the CSCA Scholastic Director and confirmed during the last board meeting prior to the

    Colorado Open.)

     Earle Wikle motioned that the Board vote on a change to the by-laws, which would then go to the membership for approval during the Membership meeting. His motion was seconded by Jesse Williams. After discussion, the motion passed 6-0. The

    motion will now be presented to the members for approval. (Editor’s Note: The proposed changes were withdrawn during the

    Membership meeting in September.)

     Paul Covington made a motion to establish a separate CSCA bank account to receive donations for Scholastic members who are invited to represent the United States at an International chess tournament. This would include by name donations where the

    money would be given as a grant to the named person. The motion was seconded by Earle Wikle, and discussed. The donator

    would decide how the money would be handled (held over for the next year or returned to the donor) should the person named

    for the grant did not attend the event. This passed 5 to 1 (Paul Anderson dissented).

     Board authorized Todd Bardwick to purchase score sheets, if needed, for the Colorado Open. This is a reimbursable authorized expense.

     Paul Anderson made a motion that the Board schedule a hearing on the Shirley Herman petition which he had previously emailed to the board, at the next board meeting. Jesse Williams seconded. Discussion was heated and then passed 5 to 1 (Paul

    Covington dissented). (Editor’s Note: As Shirley Herman was not a member of the CSCA and so no action could be taken, the

    petition was withdrawn at a later date.)

    Earle Wikle motioned to adjourn, Jesse Williams second, and the meeting was adjourned.



    Colorado Chess Informant


    by J.C. MacNeil

    (Reprinted with permission of the Denver Chess Club)

    The attendance of 113 players at this year’s premier CSCA tournament was only down by a couple of players from last

    year’s attendance of 115 players. But down quite a bit from the

    158 players at the 2014 Colorado Open.

    It cannot be denied that internet chess has increased the

    popularity of chess, but at the same time, in my opinion, has no

    doubt affected attendance at weekend tournaments. In the

    comfort of your own home, you can play any time of the day or

    night, against equal strength players, essentially for free. A

    weekend over the board tournament requires a time

    commitment, an entry fee, maybe a membership fee, food and

    travel expenses, and possibly the cost of a hotel room. Offset

    somewhat for the players who win the prize money, but just an

    expense for the rest of us


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