Saturday, March 8th
CAPABLANCA MEMORIAL ACTION
Our most dashing world champion died on this date in
Six games, swiss pairings. Time control is game in 30
minutes with a 10 second delay. Prize fund is 65% of
entries, including at least one class prize. Entry fee
is $20 for club members, $25 others. Register from 9:00 to
9:50 AM. Round times are 10 - 11:15 - 1:15 - 2:30 - 4 -
5:30. State (MSCA) and national (USCF) memberships are
Sunday, March 9th
BOBBY FISCHER B'DAY QUICK CHESS
games, swiss pairings. Time control is game in 8
minutes with a 3 second delay. Quick chess rated;
does not affect your regular rating. Prize fund is
65% of entries, including at least one class
prize. Entry fee is $20 for club members, $25
others. Club opens at 12:30 PM, so the parking
should be easy. Pairings made at one. Bigger break
after six games, shorter one after ten, rest played
ASAP. State (MSCA) and national (USCF) memberships
During tomorrow's rapid
tournament, the three guys who shared second place in the
Masters/Experts Cup from last November will be playing their
tiebreak match to see who gets a spot in the Closed. They
are Kevin Wasiluk, Leonard Johnson and Samarth Chakrasali.
They will also be playing game in 25 minutes with a ten
second delay, in two games against each opponent. Come and
play, or spectate. UPDATE: Leonard Johnson has his ticket
punched to the Closed, but it took him four rapid games, two
blitz games, and an Armageddon to do it.
YES, WE ARE OPEN IN THE COLD!
Inasmuch as our manager harkens back to a long-ago era
when schools would never have thought to close for mere
low temperatures, the Castle will be open for the usual
Monday night Action Quads, and Tuesday Casual Chess.
Andrew Tang has won his first five games in this weekend's
club championship, and it looks like he is destined for
his third title in a row. Another impressive,
JACKSON WAHL MAKES HIS MASTER RATING [12/17]
Congratulations to Minnesota's newly-minted Master! After
two weekend events at the Castle, he stands at 2202, and
just in time for the January supplement. This should put him
in the top ten for 14 year-olds nationwide. Chris Kalina and
him are the Minneapolis City Chess Champions, having tied
with four out of five.
JOHN BARTHOLOMEW TO LECTURE AT CASTLE [12/02]
On Wednesday, the 18th of December, we are hosting the young
international master, starting at 7:15. The subject will be
the World Championship match in Chennai, and perhaps a look at
his latest effort in St Louis, where John made a Grandmaster
norm. This will be free for club members, $20 for adults, and
$10 for juniors.
JACKSON OPEN STARTS THIS FRIDAY
PLAY THE TOUGH GUYS!!!
If you are looking for serious chess, with slow time
controls and strong opposition, come to the Castle
this weekend and work on your international rating!
Leonard Johnson, Dr Iwu, Prashantha Amarasinghe, Kyler
Weatherspoon and a number of up-and-comers are already
registered. Old Man Voje, the human full-point bye
will also be playing, to give you a break amid the
the club is open Labor Day evening for the usual
Monday night Action Quads.
YOU AND CHESS HISTORY?
I think we have all seen the famous video of a very
young Bobby Fischer, playing a chess simul, in a plaid
shirt. It was featured at the start of the Searching For
Bobby Fischer movie. The chance to play future world
champion in such an event is not to be missed. And, who
knows, Wesley So might end up making that cut. After all,
the world's strongest junior player is playing Anand for the
title later this year, and our guest for this weekend's
simul and tournament is next in line as the second strongest
junior. His signature on your scoresheet alone could be
worth the $20 fee for tomorrows simul at the Castle. We open
at six, a will start at seven, so don't wait until the last
minute to get your spot.
WESLEY SO SIMUL IS THIS THURSDAY NIGHT
The young man is flying up here to play in the Noel
Skelton Open , and is coming on Thursday to the Castle for a
simul. The cost is a mere $20, quite the bargin to play one
of the top Grandmasters in the world. We will be open at six
in the evening, with the simul starting at seven, so get
here early. Among players under twenty-one years of age,
only Magnus Carlson is rated higher.
IF YOU STILL NEED A HOTEL ROOM, the $69 rate is still
available at the Crowne Plaza, but you will have to call the
desk directly at 763.559.6600.
A great opportunity for under 2000 players looking for a
nice chess road trip. Hosted by the great Sam Smith, they
play one game Friday night, and three Saturday. Details and
registration is at https://onlineregistration.cc,
or you can click on the above Chess Chatter link for
particulars. Nestled in the Des Moines river valley, the
last chess outpost of Minnesota before South Dakota and
Iowa. Eric Bell, Dane Zagar, Dan Voje and Riaz Khan are all
committed to playing in this fine tournament. NOTE that the entire $750 prize
fund is guarenteed!!!
the area: Econo Lodge Jackson (507.847.3110),
Super 8 Jackson (507.847.3498), and Prairie Wind
NOEL SKELTON IS THE FOLLOWING (LABOR DAY) WEEKEND, and
is also listed on Dr. Sisira's online site.
WESLEY SO IN THE WORLD CUP
128 of the top players in the world started this knock-out
tournament in Tromso, Norway, and half have already been
eliminated. Wesley So, our Grandmaster guest for this year's
Noel Skelton Open, survived the first round, as is paired
against the Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky in round two. You can
fine details at the chessbase.com site.
BIGGEST CHESS EVENTS COMING UP
In the past, winter was our main chess season, with the
Winter Open and the Minnesota Open being our largest and
most prestigious chess tournaments. That seems to be
changing, and from now until Labor Day, there will be a
series of great events. Perhaps none of them with be as
large as the state open, but several will feature
Grandmaster opponents, and fine sites. That is not even
including this year’s US Open being played in nearby
Madison, Wisconsin, starting next Saturday.
First up is the Catfish Days in Franklin,
Minnesota this Friday and Saturday. Two weekends after
that, the guys up in Duluth are hosting the second edition
of the Twin Ports Open. And two weeks later,
Labor Day Weekend is the second edition of the Noel
Skelton Open at the Crown Plaza in Plymouth. The
guest star of this event is world class player,
Grandmaster Wesley So. We are looking to have a simul at
the Castle the Thursday before, so you can be assured of
All of these tournaments can be found at
https://onlineregistration.cc/, Dr Sisira’s site for
early registration for events all over the country. You
can find the tournament details there, see who is
pre-registered, and sign up yourself.
Also note there is an excellent room rate for the Noel
Skelton of $69 a night, a figure you’ll find hard to top
for such fine lodging.
SEAN NAGLE WINS MINI-MATCH FOR CLEAR STATE TITLE [7/08]
This year, the Minnesota State Chess Association tried
something new with respect to tied top scores in the
prestigious Closed Playoff. Before, we called such players
co-champions, and seeded them both into next year's
tournament. But we just started giving a spot in the playoffs
to the winner of the Minnesota Class Championship (for the top
two sections), which is held in November, and there was the
feeling that too many tickets were being punched to the big
event, before the Minnesota Open was even started. Now only
one spot is reserved for last year's champion, and we are
requiring the co-champions to play a one day match for the
Last March, both Sean Nagle and Kevin Wasiluk finished with
four out of five, and Saturday at the Castle was the day for
clear first. They played two slow games, and split those.
Then followed two quick chess games (game in 15
minutes), also divided evenly. The last contest was a five
minute Armageddon game, with victory, the match and the title
going to Nagle.
ANOTHER BIG TURNOUT FOR THE ACTION QUADS [6/18]
For the third straight Monday, we get 16 players,
enough for four quads. Robert Plunkett dropped in to headline
and win the top quad. Jackson Wahl, like Robert, won all
three games in the second section, with the Narayanan brothers
taking the bottom two. A welcome to Thorne Peter Dosdall, who
played his first rated tournament.
Thanks to Tom Fischer, who dropped off two grocery bags
of chess books on Saturday, including several of the very fine
opening surveys from New In Chess. We appreciate the
contribution to our library. In the same vein, our good friend
Mike Trettel mailed us the last three copies of New In Chess
BIG TURNOUT FOR THE ACTION QUADS [6/12]
On each of the last two Monday's, we had 16 players
show up for Action Chess. This gives us four quads,
ranging from a top one of all experts, to a bottom quad
featuring beginners and lower rated players. Very nice to
see so many chess players, including an expert visitor
from Massachusetts, a father and son pair, and someone
playing in their first rated event. Only $12 for non-club
Michael Yang, Kevin Bu and Tremayne Talbot are planning a
chess camp at the Castle this summer. Look for details
soon. It is a rookie effort for them, but you can hardly
go wrong with such a fine group.
Wesley So, the young Grandmaster who is the featured
attraction at the next Noel Skelton Open, has a posting on
the front page of the USCF website. A big plus for this
Labor Day Weekend tournament is the excellent room rate
that Riaz Khan has gotten us, and mere $69 a night for the
Crown Plaza in Plymouth.