ANDREW TITUS PLAYING
ONLINE AND IN PERSON [6/05]
The young man is at the Castle all weekend, from where
he is playing in the 2015 ChessKid National Online
Invitational Championship. He is up against other tough,
young chesspunks from around the country. He drew his game
last night (Friday), and has a pairing of games today and
tomorrow. You can follow him online at chess.com, or stop
by the Castle and witness the moves in person.
biggest city tournament for the next few
months will be the Second
Golden Gopher Open, (on bottom right
of linked page) being played on the last
weekend of May at the Crown Plaza in
Plymouth. They're offering three sections in
the main event, and three one-day side
events. Grandmaster Maurico Flores will be
there again, giving a lecture, and giving
you a chance to get his
autograph on a copy of his recently released
book on pawn structures.
STANDINGS FOR BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND TEAMS
For yesterday's 50th Annual Minnesota
Scholastic Championship. Congratulations
to all the winners and thanks to all who
competed, and their coaches. Note that the four
way for first place in the K-12 section will be
resolved by a double round-robin playoff at the
Chess Castle on Sunday, April 18th.
PARKING AT ST KATE'S 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. Take second entrance on
your right, in the middle of the block, turning
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. The road
goes past a modernistic clock tower on the
right. Behind that is a red brick building, and
we are in the tan brick building next to it,
still on your right. There is a large entrance,
back off the road a little bit, capped by a
triangle with vent slots in it.The good parking
is at the end of road. We are up on the third
floor, above the library and the cafeteria.
In the above map, we are in the yellow building,
at number 30.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MINNESOTA'S NEWEST MASTER;
BLOOMINGTON, BRASKET, HS CHESS LEAGUE [10/28]
A number of items...
First, a reminder of the big Bloomington Open
coming up the weekend after next. Five games, two sections
(open and u1800), and two or three day schedules. Register
online at Sisira’s site
by November 3rd to save $10 on the entry fee. You will also
find the tournament details and see a list of players
already registered. The field is headed by the strongest
players in the State: Sean Nagle, John Bartholomew, Andrew
Tang, and three other masters.
Curt Brasket is being honored in his home town of Tracy,
Minnesota, next month. Every year, their High School selects
an accomplished native son to be named Alumni of the Year.
This year the honor goes to the 16 times Minnesota State
Chess Championship. Nice to hear Curt is remembered, and
nice to hear from one of our all-time favorite chess
managers, Rita Brasket.
Jack Mangan and Brian Ribnik are looking to revive the High
School Chess League, and are looking for teams interested in
playing one game a week in the upcoming winter. Call Jack at
612.432.0704 if you are interested.
NEW POLICY FOR THE CASTLE ON TIME FORFEITS [10/07]
This is your official notice of a change in
policy for the Chess Castle concerning people who are late
for the start of their games. We have previously applied the
official one hour rule (13D in the USCF rule book), but are
now are changing that to a half an hour for all our slower
events. We do allow the tournament directors discretion in
this matter. If for example, you are caught in terrible
traffic jam, and call us ahead of time, or have other good
reasons, we can give you extra time. Don't want you crashing
trying to make the cutoff!
NEW BENEFIT FOR THE THURSDAY
NIGHT GUYS [9/02]
GRANDMASTER MAURICIO FLORES
ALSO IN THE SKELTON [8/27]
Norm Myrin has been running the
Thursday Knighter tournament for decades, and draws a
fairly good crowd. Each month is another tournament, with
one game a night, with four or five rounds depending on
the number of Thursdays. A lot of the players are
regulars; players who like the slow time control.
Several of these players have put together a promotion
called the M-V-H Challenge. It is restricted to
those rated 1800 and under, who are able to make a perfect
score any month (i.e. no byes or draws). The prize starts
out at $60, and increases by $20 after each month with no
winner. The September edition starts this Thursday. Just
be at the Castle before seven with $20 ($15 for club
We met this
young man from Chile at the end of last June, when he played
at the Golden Gopher Open, at the Crown Plaza in Plymouth.
His playing in the tournament, and the attached simul,
helped make that tournament a success. Since then, he was in
Tromso, Norway, playing board two for Chile at the Chess
Olympiad. Now he is back here for his graduate work, and has
signed up to for this weekend's Noel Skelton Open, at the
same Crown Plaza. With these two gracious young
grandmasters, Welsey So and Mauricio Flores, along with our
three home-grown IMs, this will be easily the strongest
tournament in Minnesota in many years.
ALONG WITH WESLEY SO, this tournament will
feature, for the first time, three home-grown Minnesota
International Masters. Thats Sean Nagle, John Bartholomew,
and Andrew Tang.
Like last year, there will be a simul at the Castle on
Friday night, the 29th, featuring Grandmaster So. The price
has gone up to $35 because this guy is now the 12th highest
rated player in the world, and cannot be expected to thrash
you for peanuts!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.