Saturday, July 26th
RAPID CHESS SWISS
swiss pairings, with a time control of game in 45 minutes.
Entry fee is for $20 club members, others $25. Prize fund is
65% of entries, with at least one class prize. Register from
9-9:50 am. Round times are 10-11:40-1:40-3:20-5:00. State
and national membership required.
Sunday, July 27th
SUNDAY QUICK CHESS
Ten games, swiss
pairings. Counts on your quick chess rating, not your
regular rating. Time control is game in 8 minutes + 3
second delay. Entry fee is $10 for club members, $15
other. Prize fund is half of all entry fees paid back out.
Register from 11 to 11:50 AM. You play two games against
each opponent, with a five minute break before the next
match-up (20 minute break after six games). State (MSCA) and
national (USCF) memberships required.
CHESS CAMP AT THE
CASTLE FOR THREE WEEKS THIS SUMMER
here for details. First camp starts Monday, June
30th. LOOKING FOR
ANOTHER SET OF TOUGH GUYS [6/10]
Dr Sisira has already put together two sections of six
players for this FIDE round robin this coming weekend. We
know of several more players that were interested in that
event. If we can find a few more, a third section is
possible. Let us know at email@example.com if that
describes you. The other option is to play in the USCF rated
event listed below.
YET EVEN MORE STRONG PLAYERS
FOR THE GOPHER
Along with the two foreign headliners, and our current
state championship, we now add Prashantha Amarasinghe,
Zach Tverstol, Jackson Wahl, Ahmet Shapiro and Dane Zagar.
There are not a huge number of entrants yet, which makes
this an especially strong event, ideal for anyone looking
for some hard battles.
If you can only play Sunday, come for the simul at one.
The charge for the GM is only $15, and the WIM only $10.
here for details, and list
Grandmaster Mauricio Flores is not only doing a
simul during the Gopher Open this weekend; he is
now committed to also play in the tournament,
along with his lady friend, WIM Aura Salazar. So
here is your chance to play a real GM without
having to leave the state and paying a bundle.
This challenge has inspired our current Minnesota
State Champion Sean Nagle to also register
PLAY QUICK CHESS THIS SUNDAY!
A word of encouragement for
you to try something new, this coming Sunday. It is
inexpensive and fun, and there are no scoresheets to haunt
you until the day you die. This is NOT blitz chess, and
there will be time for a few big thinks. A chance to get
in touch with your intuition, and forgo all of the endless
calculations. Play like man and not a machine! With ten
games, and no effect on your regular rating, it's a good
chance to try out a new opening.
13 PLAYERS AT SMART CHESS THINK
The field is lead by Andrey Chernov and Andrew Titus.
You can still get in today (Saturday) with a bye at
one, or two byes at 3:45. As is the case with any of our
events, if you show up and we have an odd number, you can
get a game or more as a houseman.
Tomorrow, the Gashimov Memorial will feature Nakamura vs
Carlsen. Our boy only needs a half a point to join the
ANOTHER STRONG EVENT IN OKOBOJI
To register, or to see who is already registered, go to
Our own John Bartholomew will be leading Dr. Iwu, Kevin
Wasiluk and Jason Drake down to northern Iowa to do battle
with Chess Life cover boy, Awonder Liang. Good luck with
that. For those not fortunate to be joining them,
there will be a local two day event at the Castle.
UPDATE: The pairings for round one.
(note that if you have registered era
IF YOU FIND ANY MISTAKE, CALL DAN AT 651.280.5473. Feel free
to call up to midnight, so I can fix any problems early.
Last year I had several people walk up at the end of
registration to inform me that one of the EARLY, ALREADY
PAIRED, players was not showing up. Don't wait until then;
tell me now. If you should be listed, but are missing, also
(Deb Floeder has already scored first by pointing out the
duplicates on board 66 and 67.)
These pairings are for everyone who registered early.
You can still get into the tournament tomorrow morning, by
showing up before nine o'clock at St Kates. But be sure to
allow time to drive into the campus and get up to our site.
Note the parking site I give directions to below may fill up
earlier, and you might have to park in the O'Shaughnessy
PARKING AT ST KATES THIS WEEKEND
The site for this weekend's Scholastic Championship is the
best one I have ever seen in my ten plus years of directing
this tournament Be forewarned that the staff and I
will be very insistent on players behaving themselves;
picking up their trash, and treating our space gently. We
definitely want to leave and good impression, so as to
return next year.
St. Catherine University is in the west side of St Paul,
south of I-94. You can exit the freeway at Cretin or
Snelling, and head for Fairview Avenue which is in between
the two. Take Fairview south, cross Randolph, and the campus
is on your right. In the middle of the block, turn
right into entrance number four. The O'Shaughnessy parking
lot is on the left, but there is a closer lot to our site
that should be big enough for our guys. So go pass that lot,
and swing left around the water tower. There is a red brick
building with a large, white clock above it. Continue past
that, and we are in the tan brick building on the right. The
good parking is at the end of road. We are up on the third
floor, above the library and the cafeteria.
Pairings for the first round will be posted at this site
tomorrow noon, for all who have registered online by today.
Those registering later, or at the site, will be paired in a
separate section. Both will be combined at round two. This
is a good time to go to www.onlineregistration.cc to see the
list of 249 players already signed up. All of the mail in
entries should be there. Call Dan Voje at 651.280.5473 if
you see any problems.
CITIES CHESS LEAGUE IS CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT,
This is your chance to score significant Significant
Other points. Just tell her " Gosh, dear, I just
couldn't leave you on a day like today - I guess my
teammates will just have to do without me!" Then
cash in those points to play at the Castle this
weekend. Or let them mature, into two day size, and
turn 'em in for next weekend's Think!
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.