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 danvoje@chesscastle.com
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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.

queenDecember 20th and 21st
[Chess Castle]
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 section
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) memberships required.


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]
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 members).

GRANDMASTER MAURICIO FLORES ALSO IN THE SKELTON [8/27]
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 sisira@amarasinghe.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.

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 leaders.

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.


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