CHESS CASTLE OF MINNESOTA
1121 Jackson Street NE, Suite #134, Minneapolis, MN 55413
In the red brick Waterbury building on the NW corner of
Central and Broadway in the Nordeast.
Phone to reach the club - 651.280.5473 or e-mail at
For New Players
Note on the below tournament; we
already have about five masters committed to playing in the
top section. Ahmet Shapiro-E may be looking for one more to
round out the field. Call Dan at 651.280.5473 if you are
interested. As soon as the field is established, we can make
and post the round robing pairings on this site.
We would ideally like to have a couple of more round robin
sections, so if you can commit to playing all five games
this weekend, also give me a call, if you are above 2000 or
so. The balance of the players, including anyone who needs a
bye or two, will be in the swiss section.
20th and 21st
MASTER RR AND CLASSIC SWISS
We are holding a round robin, consisting
of six masters, with a slow time control. The plan is to
have one or two additional six person sections, for
experts and/or Class As, with everyone else in a swiss
All sections: Five games at time control of game in 90
minutes plus 30 second increment. Round times are
Saturday at 10, 3 and 7:30, and Sunday at eleven and
four. Entry fee is $40 for club members, $50 others,
with 60% of the entry fees paid back in prizes. Register
from 9-9:50 am. State (MSCA) and national (USCF)
NO MONDAY NIGHT ACTION
QUADS, NOVEMBER 10TH
The snow isn't as deep as threatened, but my
truck does not do well in ice, so this will be a rare Monday
with no chess at the Castle. I suppose most of the guys got
their fill at this weekend's Bloomington Open.
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.