Josh Colas has had many successes in his tournament career, but he has had a rough going lately. With two subpar results in the U.S. Junior Closed and the Cadet Championship, he entered the Denker Tournament hoping to make an impact.
Leading late in the tournament with 4.5/5 he faced Christopher Gu in the finale. He explained to The Chess Drum that he went into an ending with two bishops, but after trading one pair he was saddled with the bad bishop and lost a technical ending.
It was a disappointment for Colas who ended up 3rd-5th, but clearly he is back on track. It is also refreshing to know that he has two more chances to win this tournament. His focus appears to be in consistent form to earn GM/IM norms. (Standings)
His father Guy Colas shared the story that Josh had not used any database analysis tools, nor did he have a laptop. During one of the U.S. Chess School meetings, IM Greg Shahade was shocked to discover this. In fact to make 2400 without these tools is a testament in itself.
During his slump, Josh had been wayward with his opening preparation and suffered for it. Now Josh has been outfitted with a new laptop and the latest software tools and thus, his improved performance. We had a chance to chat with Josh before he took the flight out of Orlando.