Thanksgiving is the "we love to eat" holiday and we all know Brian loves to eat.... I was surprised he was able to resist munching on the snacks the church had laid-out :-)
We sort of expected a drop off in attendance this month due to the Thanksgiving holiday, with players traveling or family visiting. But in fact we had our normal attendance and enjoyed having several out of town players come by the DCC to get a game in while they were in town visiting family. Notably Elizabeth Shaughnessy, who is fairly well know in the chess world and was visiting her son who... Read more >>
11/30/2017 at 9:29am Views: 156
I have high hopes of pushing our average weekly attendance to 60. New players say they play online, but they want to test their strength against rated over the board tournament players.
I am pleased to report that our 4 round October tournament averaged 50 players each week. Since we continue to see new players coming to the club, I have high hopes of pushing our average weekly attendance to 60. New players say they play online, but they want to test their strength against rated over the board tournament players. I imagine they are surprised that their 1600 online rating gets... Read more >>
11/3/2017 at 10:56am Views: 208
I consider Internet chess to be an entertaining pastime, like reading a good book. I think of over the board tournament chess as a blood sport.
Due to the fact that we had 85 players at last years Fall Classic tournament, I don't think our expectation of an 80 player attendance for this year was unreasonable. So only 63 players was a little disappointing. It got me to wondering why weekend tournament attendance is falling when interest in chess is rising. In my opinion Internet chess could be the reason. You can play any time of the... Read more >>
10/10/2017 at 10:59am Views: 345
When you sit down at the board you are stepping into the ring, and when the bell sounds, it's all on you... In boxing, you win with your fists. In chess, you win with your mind.
Again this month our attendance slipped a little to an average of 42 players per week. Not enough to be worrying, but still I had high hopes that we would start to see more than 50 players each and every week as we did in June. I am encouraged by the fact that we are seeing casual players each week. Some are not quite ready for tournament chess but the interest is there. Denver as a city is... Read more >>
9/28/2017 at 4:35pm Views: 278
"A health club for the brain, a country club for the mind"
The Williams family in Colorado Springs is undertaking a wonderful endeavor to bring chess to the attention of the general population here in Colorado. They plan to open "Club Chess !!" to the public on National Chess Day this coming October 14th. Visit their website for location and other details. https://www.clubchess.org/ This will not be just another place to have tournaments. They mean... Read more >>
9/11/2017 at 5:19pm Views: 432