February 15-17, 2019

NOTE ON THE MINNESOTA CLOSED:  The information on the connection between the Minnesota Open and the Minnesota Closed is fairly sketchy on the official registration sites, but one thing I (Dan Voje) wish to add is that there WILL be an Expert Section in the Minnesota Closed. I took it upon myself to run one two years ago, and although they thought it a good idea back then, it wasn't added last year. So I will take care of it again in 2019. It open to the top six finishers in the Open Section of next weekend's event who are not over 2200, but who weren't able to qualify for the elite top section. You don't have to be an expert to play in this; a Class A playing up in the Minnesota Open would be eligible for this, just as they would for the top Closed Section.

Saturday, March Second


Entry Fee: $12 if early, $15 at site, (members $5 off, FM and above FREE). Prize: One year of FREE Chess Castle club membership to the winner of the most quads at the end of the year (split on a tie). Onsite Registration: 9:30-9:50am Phone to reach the club 651.280.5473 or e-mail at with questions. Schedule: Round 1: 10:00am, Round 2: 1:30pm (approximate), Round 3: ASAP. Byes: None. Other: An inexpensive event for fun and competition, usually done by 6 or 7pm. House players welcome. There is a half hour lunch after round one and a 10-15 minute break after round 2. If you register early, you must still check-in by 9:55am or you may not be paired. The lower section is usually rated youths in grades 4-8. Directed by Dan Voje

A three round-robin format at Game in 30 minutes (Game/30). You play players of comparable strength. Registration from 6:30-7:00 pm, Event is typically done by 10:30 pm. Entry fee is $12 for members, $15 others. Prizes are $25 for 1st in each section. No one is stuck with a bye ever. Phone to reach the club - 612.478.9934 or e-mail at You do not need to be a member to play in any Castle event. Chris Kalina 425-531-0976 

Join us on Tuesdays at 6-10 PM for an evening of casual chess. Coffeehouse chess, speed chess, bughouse, analysis, pick-up games or enjoy one of the books from the clubs extensive library. Open to everyone, beginners welcome.

Entry Fee: $20, members $15 Prizes: Winners get free or reduced entry next month, with participation counting towards invitation to Club Championship. Swiss, Game/100 with +30 bonus. Onsite Registration: 6:30-6:50 PM first Thursday of the month. Rounds: 7:00 PM each Thursday, check-in by 6:55 or you may not get paired, call 612.964.6673. Directed by Norm Myrin. Most games done by 11:00. Questions, contact Mike Svenson phone: 651.276.2007. House players welcome. See Jan Standings, see current Wallchart
Same format as Open.  Excellent opportunity for higher rated players (must be 1700+) with discount incentives.  Minimum of 8 players, otherwise the event merges with the Open.  If the event merges with the Open, you can opt for full refund or use your reduced entry for the Open.  Entry Fee: if early (U1900 $20), (1900-1999 $17), (2000-2099 $14), (2100+ $11), (FM and above FREE), (All $20 at site), members get $5 off.  Byes: one bye if 4-SS, two byes if 5-SS.  Other:  Check-in by 6:55 each Thursday.  Call or text 763-232-9944 if you are running late, or you may not get paired.  Exceptions to minimum rating at TD's discretion.  Directed by Nate Hoover.  TD may require submission of game scores.  Event may be broadcast.  All proceeds go to the Chess Castle.  See Jan Standings.  Registered: 10 players, 4 masters.  See Wallchart.

In the red brick Waterbury building on the NW corner of Central and Broadway in the Nordeast.
Phone to reach the club - 612.478.9934 or e-mail at
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