The July Check Is in the Mail


Somnath Mukherjee has won the 2016 Colorado State Championship with a perfect 5-0 score.  Although he was unrated at the beginning of the tournament, he defeated two Masters along the way.  An indication of the fighting quality of the championship this year is the lack of any draws, peaceful or otherwise.


Trigger Warning:  This is a violent game filled with unexpected twists as Black consistently hunts down the White forces using his superior development.  This game is not for the faint of heart who might root for the White pieces.

2017 Colorado Correspondence Championship
Mukherjee 0000 1 1 1 1 1 5-0
Baffo 2274 0 1 1 1 1 4-1
Kovats 2236 0 0 1 1 1 3-2
Sutton 2149 0 0 0 1 1 2-3
Cacas 0000 0 0 0 0 1 1-4
Johnson 1654 0 0 0 0 0 0-5



Walter Muir

Edward Schweikert   16W25   4-2

    Inoel Cardenas       16W25   4-2

John Collins 

      Robert Eldridge      16C14   6-0

              Bruce Elkins     15C10   4 ½- 1 ½

                Philip Lewis     15C10    4 ½- 1 ½

       Robert Eldridge     17C02   6-0

Trophy Quad

       Scott Sensiba          15Q02   6-0

       Chris Salmon          16Q05   6-0

       Ronald Sanders        16Q02   6-0

Swift Quad

     Vernon Young         16SQ06  6-0

Palciauskas Tournament

            Paul Castle      15P02         5 ½-½


Thomas Jobe of Maryville, TN, born July 10, 1945, died March 28, 2017.

Arnold Panciera of Somers, CT, born January 9, 1943, died May 5, 2017.

Philip Maclin of Bartlett, TN  born August 31, 1937 has died.

“Some players raise the objection that it takes too long to play by mail; but the correspondence player finds that the sense of time disappears entirely as the game progresses, and especially so when a number of games are being played instead of just one or two.”

– Walter James


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The battle is a very close one for fifty-one moves, but on the fifty-second…

The Battle of the Pinned Bishops

When White fails to solve his back rank problems, Black scores the point.

Twice in this game White learns of the power of a Rook to deflect a White Queen from its duties.

Black tries a different approach than in Baffo-Mukherjee with a different result.

Black shows it is possible to surround an active Queen in order to exchange it off.


  1. Thanks Alex for the nice write-up and for the analysis of the game from 2016 Colorado Correspondence Championship. It’s an honor to be featured in this article. It’s super inspiring and means a lot to me.

    Colorado Correspondence Championship indeed features fierce battle among highly motivated players. I’m lucky and honored to be part of this awesome chess community. My special thanks to Jeffrey Baffo for introducing me to the world of Correspondence Chess.


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