CHESS CASTLE OF MINNESOTA
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This site is for news and recent results of the local chess community. Mostly about the Chess Castle but including the state. If you have some news or an announcement you think local chess players would like to know about send it to Bill at feellikeapawn@comcast.net.
 
           

 










  Benjamin Nagle                                                    
Nastassja breaks 1800                             GM. Artur Jussupow analyzing with Andrew Tang
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July 28. Catfish Days was a one day event this year. Still 19 players braved the corn fields and heat. Nathan Hoover took first. Results.
St. Olaf held their chess camp again this year and along with it a one day tournament. Jesse Kraai was undefeated and finished ahead of 75 campers and friends. Results.
The Castle Chess club held a Classic tournament. With a new format that based class prizes on the size of the class.  I like this. Alex Richter took clear first at 4.5/5. Dane Mattson and Kevin Wasiluk tied for 2nd-3rd.  Results.
The next two big tournaments are Twin Ports August 15-16th  and Region VI on Labor Day weekend. The Skelton is being planned for a later month. Details are in Upcoming Tournaments section and Online Registration site.

July 23.  Andrew Tang continued his winning ways.  He tied for first at the Pan American Junior Under 20 Championships. Taking second on tie break. You can see him in person at the Twin Ports Open in August along with two GMs.

(6/29/2015) UPDATED WITH BIG NEWS
1.
In case you missed it, we now have a calendar. Click the link above or on the schedule page.  July 25-26th A new format 5Rd. Classic tournament.GM. Flores to play.
2. Andrew Tang won the State Blitz Championship.
3. The Monday Quads and Saturday Exerciser Quads are drawing well.  Be on time ( or early ) and join in the fun.
4. It looks like the Class Championships will be held in mid November rather than the usual Thanksgiving weekend. Wisconsin is holding their Martz Memorial on Thanksgiving weekend in Eau Claire this year. The Martz used to draw 100 players but has moved around in the recent past and now draws 30-40. The move might be a good thing for the Class.

 
 
5. GM. Bryan Smith ,GM. Mauricio Flores,  IM. John Bartholomew and IM. Andrew Tang are playing in the Twin Ports Open. Time is running out to get a room as Duluth in August is very popular. You can now register online. GM Smith will give a lecture on Friday Night. New announcement below.
  6. At the World Open Andrew Tang drew three GMs  but still finished out of the money.
Andrew Tang scored a victory against the legendary GM Artur Jussupow who is considered the third highest player after Kasparov and Karpov in the 90s. Above is a picture of his post game analysis with Andrew. This is the most memorable game to Andrew!

Jackson Wahl played in the U2200 and took home $370. Natassja Matus played up in the U2000 scoring 5/9 adding 1900+ rated players to the club. Check out all the Minnesota players here
7. Dennis McGrath sent the following tidbits:
 Perfection at the Thursday Knighter:  The big guns were perfect in the opening round of the July Thursday Knighter (on July 2).  In all 14 games, the higher rated player won.  Not so much as a draw by the bottom feeders.  With 5 rounds in the Thursday Knighter this month, you can jump in for the second round (on July 9) and still get in 4 rounds. Plus, with your half-point bye for the first round, you’ll already be ahead of half the field.

  Minnetonka GM Wesley So continues to prove that he belongs in the world’s top 10.  With a final round victory Sunday (July 5) over former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, Wesley finished in second place at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Germany. ( There is an English translation) ( CHESSBASE)   The tournament included a second-round victory by Wesley over GM Fabiano Caruana, who’s ranked No. 5 in the world.  Wesley currently is ranked No. 8 on the FIDE monthly list, but after the Dortmund result he moves up a notch to No. 7 in the live ratings. Of course he has a Facebook page. His comment on GM. travel:
"Want to know what the life of a chess professional is like? In a recent Facebook post, Wesley So, the Minnetonka grandmaster, gives a glimpse into what a world top-10 player goes through: “Finally home from 22 games in 42 days [in Europe]. This long period of travel and work was fun but completely exhausting. Won the Czech Trophy and placed second in the Dortmund Sparkassen. Played for team Clichy in France and we came in second. Planes, trains, busses, taxis, cars and too many hotel rooms. Connected with old friends and made new ones. I thank God who sustained me through both the good and bad days.” He is scheduled to do a lecture and simul at the St. Olaf Chess camp according to his calendar
8. Sean and Yana are pleased to announce the arrival of a future GM. See above.

9.
MN Blizzard joins US Chess League


 We are proud to announce the Minnesota Blizzard joining the US Chess League! The team will be managed by Patrick Tang with assistance from Eric Bell.
Our team is lead by GM Wesley So (currently #2 in US, #7 in the world and 2014 USCL's MVP), GM Mauricio Flores (board 2 of the Chilean Olympiad team) joined by IM John Bartholomew, IM Sean Nagle, IM Andrew Tang and FM Kevin Wasiluk. It also consists of rapidly rising top junior players in the nation: IM Andrew Tang (#1 in age 15 and MN K-12 Champion), NM Andrew Titus (#16 in age 13 and the youngest master in MN) and Samrug Narayanan (#7 in age 10, MN K-9 Champion and the youngest expert in MN).
More information about the league can be found at http://uschessleague.com/
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(6/1/2015)
It is time to think about our monthly tournaments. Both the Wednesday and Thursday Knighters will be starting soon. They are both 5 round tournaments.
John Bartholomew is taking a break in producing his videos. He has a vacation and an important norm invitational tournament coming up in July. When he returns he will make some changes and is looking for comments and suggestions. Check for details here and here.

There will be a one day tournament in Northfield in conjunction with the Chess Camp on July 25th. The OleChess Summer Open. There is also the camp.
Details for the Jackson U2000 tournament are online.

1.
The details for the Catfish Tournament are listed below. It is a one day tournament this year.
2. The Second Gopher Open was a decent success. Details. GM. Flores took first. Our own mean girl: Gloria Friedman, won the under 1800. Jackson Wahl won a tough Sunday event. GM Muaricio Flores book is great. Chess Structures is the title.
3. Time to get a room reservation for Twin Ports.
4.
Some chess punks are heading south to Chicago to play in US Junior Open from 6/12 to 6/14.
In additional to individual prizes they also represent Chess Castle of Minnesota and will try
to win the top club team prize. This is a rare opportunity for the chess punks to earn glory
for their senior friends. The players are:  U21: Andrew Tang, Jackson Wahl, Andrew Titus, Maor Lacker-Locker, David Floeder and Nastassja Matus
Team: Chess Castle of Minnesota

U15: Aaron Thomson, Josh French, Serena French and Joshua Titus
Team: The Chess At Play Club
UPDATE:
Chess Castle of Minnesota won the top club team award in U21!
Individually Andrew Tang won second place. Maor Locker won 14th place.
Andrew Titus won top U15 prize.
There is an article and the results. Thanks guys!


 5. The Minnesota Blitz Championship will be held at the Roseville Oval on June 28th. Andrew Tang will play.
6.  There will be an Exerciser Quad on Saturday June 27th. Details on the Schedule page.  Back to list.

 (5/4/2015)
A seven round Think event on May 23rd-24th for those not going to Chicago.
1.
The Second Gopher Open is coming up in a few weeks. May 30-31st. Rounds: Saturday 9, 2, 7  Sunday 10:30 and 3:30 This looks to be a great tournament with advance entries that include our GM. Flores.
2. I suggest you book rooms for Twin Ports and Catfish after checking the cancellation policy so as not to be sleeping in your car
3. The start of another month means the monthly tournaments are starting. Check the schedule page for details.
4. Rochester Chess Club has picked the date for their new schedule of big tournaments. October 2-3rd. Should be the same format. I will post the details when I get them
 5. Sean Nagle had to share first place with Kevin Wasiluk in the Second Grand Prix. Both scored 4/5. The format did not draw well enough and there will be some changes made. Thanks to those two and OK Iwu for playing. RESULTS.
6. GM. Flores has written a book on pawn structures that has received great reviews. Chess Structures is the title. John Bartholomew gives a YouTube review of the book on his channel.
7. MSCA has posted their tournament schedule for the coming year. The big change is the TCCL will be at a new location.  The tournament details and the site: Fantasy Flight Game Center.
8. Magnus Carlson talks about how he decides on a move.
9. GM. Flores easily won the Wednesday Knighter with a perfect score. Nathan Hoover did likewise in the Thursday Knighter.
10.
If you are looking for a chess camp for the Summer you will find a great one at the Castle. This will be the third year we have held one. The teachers are Masters:Michael Yang and Kevin Bu. They  have gotten great reviews. You can find the details here.     Back to list.  .

 (4/19/2015)
1.At the left is Andrew Tang the State Scholastic Champ. He won the playoff with a score of 5.5/6. We wish him well at the Denker.
2.THE SECOND GRAND PRIX WILL BE HELD ON MAY 2nd AND 3rd AT THE CASTLE.
You can enter onlineRound one starts at 9:30. The State champ, Sean Nagle and Kevin Wasiluk and OK Iwu are playing.
3.An article from Dennis McGrath about Wesley So.  Here.
4.
Ganbataar Saikhanzaya ( AKA Sia)  has decided to play in the Women's national tournament and is finalizing details.
5. Wesley So is playing in
the Vugar Gashimov Memorial,  being held in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. He is off to a good start and you can find the details on the Chessbase site.
   The Star Tribune has another article on Wesley So.
6. The Twin Ports information is here. Mark your calendar for August 14th-16th. You can make a hotel reservation and not be charged until you check out.
7. GM. Mauricio Flores easily won the Okoboji tournament. He was able to dodge our Masters from Duluth. 56 players total.
8.Still no word about Catfish Days. I booked a room with a cancellation option and recommend you do the same..
9. There will be another Wednesday Night tournament in May in case you missed the April edition.
10. Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short are playing a match in St. Louis. Day One and Day Two on YouTube.    Back to list.
 

( 3/29/2015)
  1. Again this year the State Scholastic was held at the St. Catherine University campus in St. Paul. The turnout was a little less but the competition was still fierce. In the K-12 we had a four way tie with the characters pictured at the top of the page. Maor Locker, Samarth Chakrasili, Jackson Wahl and Andrew Tang will play a playoff to decide who gets to represent the State in the Denker tournament for national honors and scholarships. Ganbaatar Saikhanzaya, an exchange student, created some excitement on her way to top Girl finish. Being unrated the boys took her lightly for the first four rounds. Now rated 2045 provisional.  They did not make that mistake in the last two rounds. She qualifies for the National Girls Tournament and will decide shortly if she can play in that. There will be a playoff for the second place girls at the club to pick an alternate. Our mean girls ( Nastassja, Gloria and Niki) at the club did well as we expected.
2. Samrug (Sammy) Narayanan won the K-9 championship and will represent the State in the Barber. Sammy plays at the club all the time and slipped by Master Andrew Titus to take clear first.
3. Thanks to Dan Voje and his extended family for once again running a great event. The scholastic would not run so smoothly with out them..
4. Check here when the tournament is rated.  Check back for more updates.
5. You can follow the US Championships and see how our own Wesley So is doing in his first of many attempts to become the US Champ. Scroll down once you get to the  game viewer and replay the games.
6. If you are looking for a chess camp for the Summer you will find a great one at the Castle. This will be the third year we have held one. The teachers are Masters:
Michael Yang and Kevin Bu. They  have gotten great reviews. You can find the details here.
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(3/22/2015).
1.The Rochester Winter Open was a huge success. GM. Flores stopped by to class up the event and give our local Masters some competition. Taking first with 4.5/5 by drawing Jason Drake in the last round. Jason reentered after a sound thrashing by Dan on Thursday. Frank Johnson from up North and Scott Riester from Rochester along with Andrew Titus ( who joined the club) all lost at least one game. Jackson Wahl made it back to 2000 with his 4 wins and shared second with Maor Locker. Ian Stone won the Amateur. RESULTS. ROCHESTER CHESS CLUB. The next one will be in June so check back. Pictured are GM. Mauricio Flores and Matt Jensen.
2. It seems that John Bartholomew has been abducted by YouTube. While most people spend their time watching cat videos and pirated shows John has posted hundreds of chess videos. From commenting on his Bullet games while in progress to some lessons he covers a lot of material. I waste a lot of time watching Danny King's "game of the day" during big international tournaments but with John this has gone to a new level. If only I had known about this when I was working. So check it out.
3. If you want the games from the closed, MSCA has installed a game viewer on their site.

4. There will be a Wednesday night tournament starting in April. Check the schedule page for details.
5. Dennis McGrath has written an article about Wesley So for the StarTribune. You can read it online here. or find it in Wednesday's paper copy
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( 3/8/2015)

MY DAD WON THE FIRST GRAND PRIX AND THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!.

1.The Castle Chess Club held its first Grand Prix tournament over the weekend. Sean Nagle scored a perfect 5/5 to take first and $250. Mr. Bill won the U2100 and $125. Dennis McGrath was the U1800 winner and took home $125. Roger Hale won $100 not for winning the U1500 but for making Sammy have to think for 52 minutes over one move! Sammy does not take that long for a whole game. Roger sacrificed a Knight to secure a draw in a tough position. Special thanks to all the Masters who showed up and went over their games even when they lost. I will post the details as soon as the date for the  next one is set..
2. The Rochester Grand Winter Open is in one week. March 20-21 depending on your schedule. Lots of schedule choices.  Masters play free.
NM. Frank Johnson has entered! Do you need a ride to Rochester? Dane Zagar will give you a ride. Down and back on Saturday. He is looking for someone to play on Friday in Minneapolis. Contact Dane at
218-409-5678 phone or text and work out the details. Tournament DETAILS.
3.  The round times for the closed are: 7pm Friday, 10 & 4:30 on Sat. Sun. Quiet spectators are welcome.
4. There will be a Wednesday night tournament starting in April. Check the schedule page for details.   ,
5. Sean Nagle repeats as State Champion scoring 4.5/5 in a tough field. Details.
6.
Nate is holding a series of Quads on Saturday the 21st for those not going to Rochester. Check the Schedule page,
7. The University of Minnesota is holding their second Gopher Open  (or here) on May 30-31st. GM Flores and IM Bartholomew will be doing lectures and hanging out to add some extra class to the event. Several sections and a Sunday Game/45 at reduced entry. Dan Voje is directing.
8. I have reached out to James Kanne about Catfish Days, July 24-25th, but have not heard back. I suggest you reserve a room as you can cancel if you decide not to play.  There is the St. Olaf one day chess camp event on that Sat. so no matter what you will be able to play somewhere.
9.The Daily show did a piece on the US buying chess players to compete at the Olympiad. Not real funny. Of course they had the board set up wrong. HERE. The second part.  .   Back to list.  . 
 
 
(2/17/2015)
1.The Minnesota Open was won by John Bartholomew and Kevin Wasiluk with four points each. They will join Wilson Gibbins and Sean Nagle in the closed playoffs along with Andrew Tang and Matt Dahl. RESULTS 3
2.
Time to start planning for the Rochester Grand Winter Open and the State scholastic coming up in March. The club's first Grand Prix is also in March. First round starts at 9:30. 20 players signed up and remember the field is limited to 40.
3.Above is our club members at the Amateur Team tournament in Chicago. Report:
The Uncaptured Gang of Four, the only team from Minnesota attending the 2015 US Amateur Team North this past weekend in Chicago with a record 74 teams, tied for second
with 4 out of 5 and won the top junior team award! Entering as the 15th seed they upset the top seed in round one and only barely lost to an "amateur" team of three GMs in round
two. Above is a picture of the "gang" members Andrew Tang, Andrew Titus, Jackson Wahl and Nastassja Matus in action.
4.An article on Wesley So at Chessbase. Part two has now been posted.
5. The information for this year's Minnesota Scholastic Championship can be found here.
Tournament related questions should be directed to Dan Voje <651.280.5473.
6.The StarTribune wrote an article about Connor Quinn teaching seniors how to play chess
7. If you are looking for some photos of your favorite chess player you are in luck. Riaz has set up a site. It might take a while to load as there are a lot of photos. .
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(1/23/2015)
A new tournament will be starting in March at the Chess Castle. A year long Grand Prix with five tournaments culminating with a championship playoff in December. You can play all or just some of the events. There are prizes and drawings for all. The details are here. or below.The tournaments are limited to 40 players as the club has only so much space.There are twenty players entered and they are strong! Enter early and often. Each event is a great value based on entry to payout and the time controls at Game/90 +30 is one you can actually set on your clock. If you have questions contact Mike Svenson mikesvenson@me.com  or Dan Voje at the club.
The Winter Open was a success with 110 total players. Andrew Tang won the Open with 4.5/5 drawing Sean Nagle. Results I found a weighted Black Queen at the Winter Open. It can be claimed at the Castle on Saturday.
MSCA is holding its yearly election for board members. Details on their site.  . Back to list.
 
(12/19/2014)
A very exciting Club Championship was held over the Jan. 3-4th weekend. Matt Dahl showed up from out of the wilderness, bought a membership and sat down to play. Welcome back! Dr. OK came down from Duluth bringing Dane Zagar and the Judge brought his son Jackson. Along with some hungry Experts and a couple of little girls the stage was set for blood bath. Fast forward to round seven. The three Masters are tied for first with five points but have all played each other. There are five at four points. This sets up a situation where the top three can claim the title with a win and only secure it with a draw if all the others draw. Very sadly all top boards ended in tough draws. We now have three Club Champions. If the Experts had all won we would have had Six Champs! The winners are all great guys and the shared title was well deserved. The two little girls, Gloria and Nastassja, are climbing up to the 1800 level. You have been warned.
There is a nice article on our hometown GM. Wesley So on the Chessbase site and part two. They forgot to mention his wins at the Skelton. Back to list
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There is more than just the Twin Ports Open ( set for August 15-16th, 2015) going on in Duluth-Superior! They have a web page and some other tournaments. Check out the Twin Ports Chess Club.

 (11/24/2014)
The Rochester Chess club has finalized their plans for the Rochester Grand Winter Open. It will be held on March 20-21st with the usual schedules. Read carefully. This is one of the finest tournaments in the state and they deserve your support. Masters play free. The prize fund is huge. Online Registration, Below.
We have a full lineup of chess for the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday season. The Class is a MSCA tournament with a chance to win an entry into the coveted closed playoffs for the Masters and A sections. There is a two day tournament scheduled for December 20-21st. This may be a FIDE event. Then back to back Think format tournaments. The one on January 3-4th is the Club Championship. The winner gets his or her name on the club trophy and will be the envy of all their friends. This is open to club members and club regulars. Check with Dan to see if you qualify.
If you are stumped as to what to get for that special chess player on your list a club membership could be win for everyone. The player gets reduced entry at all club events and you get them out of the house so you can enjoy your self. Players should have this on their list!
The guys from Duluth stuck around for the Rapid Championships. Taking first was the good Dr.
Okechukwu  Iwu. Going undefeated in 14 games giving up three draws. Results. Back to list.
The Class Championships were a hard fought success. Wilson Gibbins, the State Senior Champ, took clear first in the Master/Expert section. He is now seeded into the State Closed Playoffs. In the Class A there was a three way tie and a playoff for the ticket to the Closed will have to be held. Once again Dan Voje did a great job directing.  RESULTS

 
(11/3/2014)
 
John Bartholomew won the Bloomington Open with a 4.5/5 score. Giving up a draw to Sean Nagle. 126 players competed. The under 1800 section had three tied for first: Raghubar Tyagi, Ken Einarsson and the club's own Gloria Friedman. Glenn Panner was the organizer and director and did another fine job. He hopes to do this again next year, maybe in October with three sections. Stay tuned. Andrew Titus won the Blitz with a perfect score. Most of us had fun.
 Many times after a tournament our Moms or wives would ask if we had fun. At the club we joke about: did Carl Eller's Mom ask him if he had fun at the Super Bowl? If you are looking to reduce the stress of tournament chess or play for fun and creativity you can do that at the Castle. Nate Hoover has started a not-rated section in his Saturday Exerciser Quads. The result is not counted on your precious rating. Last week he had four Masters in the quad!  He will be holding another weekend Exerciser Quad in December. Check with him for details and low entry rates.  You can also stop by on Tuesdays for casual chess night. Pickup games and analysis. This is a good time for new players to get information on the Minnesota chess scene.
Check the schedule page for details for Sammy's Birthday Think, the Club Championship, the State Rapid Championship, a FIDE tournament and Exerciser Quads.   Back to list. .


(10/1/2014)

There is a video of the Kasparov - Deep Blue match that is short. It seems so long ago.
The schedule for November has been posted. We have a Think planned  and a game/29 event that will not count on your regular rating.

Wilson Gibbins won the Senior Open held at the Chess Castle Sept. 13-14th. Noel Skelton and R.K. Johnson showed up to play thinking with Mr. Bill in Hawai'i they had a chance. Wilson, who crushed Mr. Bill at the Skelton, proved a solid barrier to their dreams going 4/4. Congratulations to Wilson! Crosstable.
  Another Thursday night event is starting with the new bonus for the under 1800 players. Explained on the home page. Monday nights have been drawing well with the Donahue boys coming back. The TCCL has started with 38 teams and still has room for a few more. Contact Dave Kuhns for details.
The Bloomington Open is just around the corner. Note it will be held at a different hotel.
The Bloomington Open has about 50 players entered with our three IMs leading the field. Enter before Nov. 3rd as rate increases.
Nate has another Exerciser Quad set for November 1st. These are drawing well and are cheap!
MSCA has scheduled the Class Championships for the Thanksgiving weekend again. This year it will be a 5 round tournament. Note the early start on Saturday. For all the
details.   Back to list.



UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Club Calendar

MSCA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE





TWIN PORTS  OPEN AUGUST 15-16th, 2015

Twin Ports Club site


GM BRYAN SMITH & IM JOHN BARTHOLOMEW ARE CONFIRMED TO PLAY!!


Over $3,200 in prizes projected + U1200 back by popular demand!


The Suites Hotel in Canal Park, 325 Lake Avenue S. Duluth, MN 55802


Grandmaster Bryan Smith Lecture!: On Friday August 14, the night before the tournament, a lecture from our featured player entitled, "Attacking Chess with GM Bryan Smith" will be presented from 7:00pm8:00pm on the 1st floor of the Suites Hotel. One audience member will win a free chess lesson with National Master Dane Mattson! Registration for the Lecture is 6:30pm7pm and is only $15 on site.


Open: Entry fee is $60 by 8 August, $70 on site. Prize fund is (based on 40 participants) 1st $1,000, 2nd $500, 3rd $250; U2200 $125; U2000 $125; Scott Kittsley Upset Trophy.
Reserve (U1800): Entry fee is $50 by 8 August, $60 on site. Prize fund is (based on 40 participants) 1st $500 + Anarae Schunk Memorial Trophy, 2nd $250, 3rd $125; U1600 $100; U1400 $100; U1200 Trophy.
Bantam (U1200): Entry fee is $40 by August 8, $50 on site. Prize fund is (based on 15 participants) 1st $120, 2nd $60, 3rd $40 + Medals for the top 1st-3rd elementary students, the top1st-3rd junior high students, and the top 1st-3rd high school students.
All of the above: Five games, Swiss pairings. Time Control (note round 1 different from remaining rounds): Round 1 is game in 60 minutes plus 30 second increment; Rounds 2-5 game in 90 minutes plus 30 second increment. Registration Sat 9:00-10:00am. Rounds: Sat 10:30-2-7; Sun 10-3. USCF membership is required. Advanced entries can be made online at www.onlineregistration.cc or mailed: Dane Zagar 4454 Maki Rd, Brookston, MN 55711. Checks payable to: Twin Ports Open.
Hotel: All Rooms include a full breakfast buffet, served 7:00-10:00am daily, and complete kitchen with dishware. $110 chess rate at the Suites Hotel, contact the hotel directly for reservations. Tel.: (218)-727-4663, ask for the Chess Rate! Our block of rooms is held until July 10. After July 10, it will be hard to find a room, so book early!
Questions: Please contact Dane Zagar with any questions or concerns.
Email: danezagar@gmail.com Phone: (218)-409-5678


 2015Jackson Open U2000

The annual U2000 tournament is back. Click above for details.

 2015 Region 6 Championship

Sep 5-6, 2015

Region 6 Championship

Crowne Plaza, Plymouth, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441. 763-559-6600 www.cpplymouth.com

Premier: EF $60 ($70 at site) by mail $$ b/o 40 $800, $400; U2200 $200; U2000 $100.  Title and trophy to top Region 6 resident (WI, MN, ND, SD). Entry fee refunded to Region 6 State title holders and FIDE GM and IM after completing the final round.

Reserve: (U1700):  EF $50 ($60 at site) $$ b/o 40 $300, $150; U1600 $80; U1400 $70.  

Bantam: (U1200):  EF $40 ($50 at site), $$ b/o 35 $150, $100, U1000 $60, unr $40.  

All: 5-SS G/90 +30. Rds:  9:30-2:30-7; 10-3, REG Sat 8-9, NS, USCF, MSCA (home state ok).  MSCA,  c/o Castle Chess, 1121 Jackson Street NE, Suite 134, Minneapolis, MN  55413.

HR: $80 if registered by Aug 6.  After that it may not be guaranteed. Reservations at: Crowne Plaza, Plymouth, 3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441. 763-559-6600 www.cpplymouth.com

Non-Rated Beginner: Unrated or U800 Saturday; 5SS; G/30 d/5; EF $20; Prizes: USCF and MSCA memberships to players who score 4 points or more. Reg: 10:30-11:00 Saturday; rounds as soon as possible on completion of games 

Sunday Tornado: Open; Sunday; 4ss; G/30 d/5; EF $25; Prizes: 60% of EF returned as prizes. Reg: 10:30-11:00, Approx rounds: 11:30, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30


ROCHESTER GRAND FALL OPEN  OCTOBER 2-3rd, 2015