2009 Colorado Open
I plan to be playing at the Colorado Open this year. I have two weeks to go over my games and try to prepare for another one! Last year there were over 80 entries. There will probably be many more attendees this year as the university students are back. The location and playing conditions are superb (I work in the Tech Center and know this hotel well).
What is nice about this particular event is that it only spans two days, which leaves Monday, Labor Day, as a day off to enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rockies! I would suggest a day trip which starts with a drive from Denver, through Boulder Colorado, up to Estes Park and stop for breakfast (which has wonderful art exhibits, shopping, and resturants) and then proceed to drive through Rocky Mountain National Park to enjoy the wildlife (Moose, Deer, Elk, etc.) which will take you to the top of the Continental divide (they have a resturant for lunch and museum there) and then come down the other side, stopping in Winter Park for dinner and perhaps rent some mountain bikes to run down the ski slopes of Mary Jane!
South of Denver is Colorado Springs, with the Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods park, Cave of the Winds, the US Olympic Village, and Pike's Peak!
Some of the key Colorado players that will likely be competing in the Open section include:
1. GM Dashzeveg Sharavdorj
2. IM Michael Mulyar
and my coach
3. SM Brian Wall
4. Philipp Ponomarev
Some other notable players that are likely to compete in the Open section include:
DAOUD ZUPA winner of the recent Monument Open
RANDY C CANNEY
RENARD W ANDERSON (recent winner of the Pikes Peak Open)
TYLER B HUGHES (maybe assuming he is already not on campus in Texas)
DUWAYNE LYNN LANGSETH
PAUL DOUGLAS ANDERSON
M PAUL COVINGTON
JEFFREY J CSIMA
SHAUN T MACMILLAN
and last but certianly not least young and upcoming superstar DANIEL Y ZHOU
See some of their games here:
We have many more other talented players, so many in fact I do not have space to list them here. Needless to say, this will be a fun and competitive event. There is a lower section of play which should also be exciting to watch.
2009 Colorado Open, September 5 - 6, 2009
5 round Swiss system tournament.
Time Control: Rd 1: G/90, Rds 2-5 40/90 G/60
Site: Indigo Room, Double Tree Hotel, 7801 E. Orchard Rd. Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Open: Open to all USCF members
Reserve: Open to U1600 and unrated players
Entry fee: $45, $10 less for Jr/Sr/Unrated, $5 less if rec'd by 9/2
Prizes: $2000 b/80 (72 players last year). Open section: $300-$180-$120. U2000/U1800 $120-$60. U1600 section: $240-$160-$120. U1400/U1200 $120-$60. U1000 $80, Unrated $80
Registration: Saturday 8:00-9:00, Rounds: Sat: 9, 12:30, 6 Sun: 9:30, 4 (membership meeting at 3).
Entries: Richard Buchanan 1 Sutherland Rd. Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Double Tree Phone # 1-303-779-6161. Ask for chess rate ($69).
First CO Tour event of 2009-2010!
CSCA membership req'd ($15, if rec'd by $10), OSA.