Five Chess Champions from Colorado

John Donaldson

John Donaldson, born in Denver, Colorado in 1955. He is a strong chess player and chess coach and has been the coach of the US National Team in different occasions, he is also the editor of the chess magazine “The American Chess Journal”

Jennifer Shahade

Jennifer Shahade, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1980, but she has spent some time of her chess career in Colorado. She is a two-time United States Women’s Chess Champion, writer, and commentator.

Alex Shabalov

Alex Shabalov, born in Riga, Latvia in 1967, but raised in Colorado. He is a four-time United States Chess Champion and has been ranked among the top 100 players in the world.

Larry Christiansen

Larry Christiansen, born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1956, but he spent some time of his chess career in Colorado. He is a three-time United States Chess Champion and has been ranked among the top 100 players in the world.

Ben Finegold

Ben Finegold, born in New York, New York in 1969, but raised in Colorado. He is a strong chess player and chess coach, he has been the coach of the US National Team in different occasions, he also has a chess show on the internet called “Ben Finegold’s Chess Show”

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