|Posted by Paul Anderson on July 3, 2019 at 6:35 PM|
Game Of The Week
One score less eight months ago, our chess clubs brought forth on this state, a new petition, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created to play chess.
IN COLORADO, JULY 4, 2018
The Declaration of the chess clubs of Colorado
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the social bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Chess.
That to secure these rights, suspensions are applied to Players, deriving their just powers from the consent of the clubs,
That whenever any participant becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the Players to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new suspensions, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that suspensions long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such suspension, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Clubs; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former suspension. The history of the present Thanos The Mad Titan is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these Clubs. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Player, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Mad Titan, is unfit to be participant or director of a chess event.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the chess clubs of Colorado, in an open letter, written, appealing to the Colorado State Chess Association for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good Players of these clubs, solemnly publish and declare, That these united clubs are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent Clubs, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to Thanos The Mad Titan, and that all playing privileges and tournament direction between them and Thanos The Mad Titan, is and ought to be totally dissolved (for the period of one year); and that as Free and Independent Clubs, they have full Power to remove players who demonstrate a pattern of poor sportsmanship, dishonesty, and disrespect for the rights of others.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Unfortunately, my draft of the petition was rejected for possible copyright infringement. A committee was assembled to re-write the petition and submit it to the Colorado State Chess Association's (CSCA) official publication, the Colorado Chess Informant.
"I will publish the letter in the July 2018 Informant and let the chips fall where they may, as I see that this has become a serious issue for Colorado chess."
Fred Spell, editor of the Colorado Chess Informant, Sun, Jul 01, 2018 06:02 PM
However, due to some back-door politics, one man put some pressure on Fred and chose to censor the free speech of the abused and the open letter was banned. This Benedict thought he could single-handedly derail the freedom train, but the will of the people would not be subverted and the open letter steam-rolled its way into the hands of the CSCA board.
Now, I present the open letter to the entire cyber world and announce that the enemies of free speech have been defeated and we are surely free!
Oh yeah, here is a chess position.
White to move
See the diagram and answer here:
[Event "December Swiss 90"]
[White "Vispute, Ayush"]
[Black "Herman, Shirley"]
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Bc4 Bf5 5. f3
Nf6 6. fxe4 Nxe4 7. Qf3 Nxc3 8. Bxf7+ Kxf7 9. Qxf5+ Ke8 10. bxc3 Nd7 11. Nf3 h6
12. Qg6# 1-0
This Week In Chess
On July 2nd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the July Quick Six event (6SS, G/24+5).
Standings. July Quick Six
# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize
1 Paul D Anderson 1935 W4 W3 W2 3.0
2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1898 W6 W5 L1 2.0
3 Peter Barlay 1740 W8 L1 W6 2.0
4 Robert Carlson 1569 L1 W8 W5 2.0
5 Clinton Eads 1003 W7 L2 L4 1.0
6 Dean W Brown 1403 L2 W7 L3 1.0
7 Brian Jo Rountree 1652 L5 L6 W8 1.0
8 Kenneth Macrae 1250 L3 L4 L7 0.0
The Banned Shirley Herman Petition
An Open Letter To The Colorado State Chess Association (CSCA),
July 2, 2018
The undersigned members, volunteers, and officers of the various chess clubs in Colorado would like to request the CSCA Board address a problem that has been causing a blight on chess in Colorado for far too long.
We are asking our USCF State Affiliate, whose purpose is to cooperate with chess clubs, schools, and other groups and institutions throughout Colorado to broaden and develop chess, to apply disciplinary action to one of its former members (Shirley Herman, USCF ID 14812654, CSCA membership expired 05-31-2018) by suspending her playing privileges from CSCA organized events for 1 year, including disallowing her to organize or direct CSCA sponsored events. In addition, we are asking that the state organization recommend to all the chess clubs, schools, and other groups and institutions throughout Colorado to support any disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the CSCA Board by following suit and applying the same disciplinary action or actions in their own organizations.
We do not request this course of action lightly or without considerable deliberation. Only because her long train of abuses has grown in intensity and frequency, year after year, over eight years, do we believe state-wide action is warranted. While it is impractical to publish an entire list of our grievances, virtually every USCF Member residing in Colorado knows that this person has violated every area of the USCF's code of ethics in regards to fair play, good sportsmanship, honesty, and respect for others. Consistently and with impunity, she has, through the years, attacked officers, harassed volunteers, and discouraged players from participation.
Hoping to help those new to Colorado chess not be deceived by this person, we would further ask that our State chess organization make public the following facts:
Unfortunately, these local actions have had no effect and her pattern of beguiling and then destroying keeps getting worse. She continues to be an embarrassment to all who wish to see chess become more popular in our State.
Currently, she is emailing the USCF to complain about being banned. Clearly, she has no regard for the myriad of abuses Colorado clubs have overlooked, the generous amount of patience these organizers have exercised, and the light-handed approach these officers have used in order to minimize publicizing her negative behavior.
We are outraged and the time for silence is over. We respectfully request, therefore, that appropriate action be taken by our USCF State Affiliate to mitigate this poisoning of chess in Colorado.
List of signators as of July 4, 2018
Colorado Springs Scholastic Chess Club: Walter Smith
Colorado Springs Chess Club: Paul Anderson (President), Peter Barlay (Vice President), Brian Rountree (Treasurer), Will Wolf, Larry Turner, Tom Richardson, Mike Smith, Alex Torres, Renae Delaware, Jake Schneck, Earle Wikle, Mike Sandau, Joe Pahk, Mark McGough, Dan Rupp
Club Chess!!: Jesse Williams, Josh Williams, Teah Williams, Selah Williams
Brian Wall Chess: NM Gunnar Andersen
Chessmates: NM Zach Bekkedahl, Brad Lundstrom
Summit School Of Chess: NM Jesse Cohen
Independent Players: Rob Hartelt, Byron Williamson, Anthea Carson