2021-2022 Colorado Chess League Season Results with a forward by Vice President Jesse Cohen.

Hello everyone,

The Colorado Chess League, formally the Denver Chess League,
has been around for over 20 years. I was asked by Bruce Galler in 2013 to take over managing the league. While we saw strong numbers, they slowly began to decrease as time went on. In 2020 I turned control of the Colorado Chess League over to the CSCA. I did this with the belief that their nonprofit status and greater sphere of influence would increase the scholastic participation of the league across the state. Funny enough, when I was asked to take over the role of Vice President – the job of managing the league fell back into my lap.

I’m not going to sugarcoat things. This has been a trying
season for the league. Between the pandemic, reluctance from some to transition the league to an online format, and trying to educate parents on how to navigate chess.com; things became frustrating and confusing for many. This was a trial by fire season but the good news is that we learned a lot! One of the biggest things we learned was the importance of finding student leaders at schools to spearhead their chess clubs because, frankly, we don’t have enough parents/staff members stepping up.

All struggles aside – I want to say how proud I am of our board, this league, and the students/staff that stepped up to make the league
happen this year. We ended up with 14 teams that competed in a round-robin format and one playoff game to determine 3rd place.

I am personally putting a request out to all readers. If you, or someone you know, can help increase participation in the league for our 2022-2023 season (beginning Oct 2022) PLEASE LET ME KNOW. Thanks, J.

Here are your final standings for the 2021-2022 Colorado
Chess League:

1st Place – Cherry Creek High School

2nd Place – Chatfield High School Team A

3rd Place – Regis Jesuit High School



White to play.

Answer: Bxf7+!! Kxf7 (if Kf8 Bd5 c6 Nxd4!! Bxd1 Ne6+!) Nxe5+




White has just played Bg5??

Black to Play

Answer: Bxf3!! Bxd8 (if Qxf3 Qxg5 0-1) Bxd1 0-1




White has just played g4 to launch a Kingside assault but has missed something.

Black to Move.

Answer: e5! Bishop moves e4! Winning a piece.




Black to play.

Answer: Qh4!! 0-1

1st Day of the 2022 Colorado Scholastic State Championship!

1st day of the 2022 Colorado Scholastic State Championship.

212 participants (a bit below our typical 240-250+ range but it’s just coming back after the pandemic).

The situation is a bit strange because local statutes regarding mask-wearing have changed dramatically recently in Colorado especially regarding kids in schools (where mask-wearing is essentially gone outside of those kids who still choose to). A lot of the families are choosing to mask, as am I, so hopefully, we’ll see what happens! The good news is that we have kids divided into enough spaced-out pods that I feel confident we’ll be incident-free. I’m the tournament director of a huge K-8 division.

It’s inspiring to watch the fearless chess some of these kids play – putting everything on the line, holding nothing back. It’s a pretty crazy and exciting time. Crazy to see so many new chess players, unrated, playing in a state championship as their first event. Amazing to see all the interesting chess and results due to so many players’ ratings no longer accurately representing their strength from pre-pandemic.

This really is one of my favorite times of the year. I love seeing how far all the students have come, all the familiar faces, catching up on all the fun adventures we’ve had in the last year and so much more.

 The ONLY negative thing I can say is that two of the three food trucks bailed on us. I was SO looking forward to #chueyfu showing up… oh well! 

Took over 15k steps today. 

I think it’s time for a bath.

Until next time my friends,



Day 2: Our students from Campus Middle School took 1st place in the K-8 division making them the newest middle school state champions!!

Check out all the results!

Summit School of Chess Tournament #3 – Chessgiving!

The Thanksgiving break tournament was another huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out to support Colorado chess! We had 65 participants, with special guest National Master Richard Shtivelband playing in the open section and $392 in cash prizes. I couldn’t ask for a better venue than the Denver Marriott West in Golden, CO! The club t-shirts finally arrived and everyone had a great time. Our next tournament is just around the corner on December 8th. Don’t forget to sign up and I look forward to see you all there!!

Summit School of Chess Tournament Series 2018-2019 #1 Huge Success!

Our first chess tournament at the Marriott Denver West had 53 participants. We awarded 32 trophies , 3 touch sensor LED clocks were given out through “clocks for kids” from CAM Investor Solutions and $196 in prizes for the Open section. Kids and parents alike had an amazing time. Summit School of Chess is setting the bar for scholastic chess tournaments and coaching. Please enjoy this photo gallery of some of the exciting moments.