Exciting was to have, once again, a Grand Master playing in the Denver Open.
I have ambivalent feelings about this year's Denver Open. Mainly because while we based our prize fund on 100 players, we all anticipated a larger turnout. Disappointing was the absence of most of Colorado's higher rated players. The good news is we did not get less than 100 players, so we were able to pay out the advertised prize fund. Last year we had 122 players despite a spring... Read more >>
6/13/2017 at 1:32pm Views: 237
Casa Mayan, has served as a gathering place since the late 1800's. The house is chock full of interesting historical artifacts and photographs. The area around the house is a beautiful park.
I would say the tournament at the historical Casa Mayan house located on the Auraria campus was a success. Due to space limitations, registration was restricted to 24 players and 22 signed up. For one reason or another two of those players did not show up and they missed out on a good time and a big chicken dinner. The original date for the event was canceled due to a freak spring snow storm... Read more >>
6/7/2017 at 2:34pm Views: 224
Chess really is a universal game that is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Young or old, rich or poor, able-bodied or handicapped, any and all nationalities.... Chess demonstrates the power of the human mind to control time and space over 64 checkered squares.
Looking around the DCC on any Tuesday night, I am struck by the diversity of the people who play chess. Chess really is a universal game that is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Young or old, rich or poor, able-bodied or handicapped, any and all nationalities. It is a sport that does not require physical strength, but it does require stamina and mental agility. Discipline and the... Read more >>
6/1/2017 at 10:28pm Views: 249
I was glad to see several new players at this tournament. Naturally, I did some arm twisting for DCC attendance :-)
Without question, the Clone tournaments are something different. Kevin Seidler's idea is probably unique in the history of chess. Quoting Brian Wall, "The tournament started on a whim from Kevin Seidler, just an idle thought, but Chris Peterson and I instantly saw the value. Of course, now Clone Wars is a trending international wave." Most of the players standing up, ready to move to... Read more >>
5/15/2017 at 3:41pm Views: 321
Maybe I am not even on the beach, let alone wading in the surf. Swimming in the depths of the chess ocean is clearly forever beyond my ability. But that does not take away from my fascination with the game.
After listening to some of the post-game Maurice Ashley interviews with players from the recent U.S. Championship - and sitting in on the Gunnar Andersen vs. Brian Wall analysis from their Colorado Closed game - I realize my game is just shallow. Maybe I am not even on the beach, let alone wading in the surf. Swimming in the depths of the chess ocean is clearly forever beyond my ability. But... Read more >>
4/27/2017 at 2:33pm Views: 386