MSCA Board Working Session, Sunday, April 22 5:00 PM | MSCA Board Meeting, Sunday, May 6, 7:00 PM

Sunday, April 22
We have heard the very sad, very unexpected,  news from Ms. Katmerka Tabakovic that her son, Muhamed passed away at his home last weekend. Chess was very important to her boy, and she wanted us to know. More recent members of our chess community might not be familiar with this strong master-level player unless they've played in the Gold Section of the chess league, or in the coffeehouses of south Minneapolis. He had only played several rated tournaments in the last 15 years, but before that, he was quite active at the Chess Castle (mostly at our old, original address in the Midway area of St Paul) since his first tournament in 1993. He was an extremely intense and competitive player, very good at tactics, and willing to play chess at any speed.
Ibro and Katerka Tabakovic will be holding a memorial service for their son at their home at 7021 Wooddale Ave, Edina, from four to seven this Sunday, the 22nd. Muhamed's brother from London will be there.

MSCA Board Working Session
Sunday, April 22 5:00 PM
Volunteers welcome.

12th Annual Okoboji Tournament
Okoboji, Iowa, April 20 to April 22
Chess Castle will be closed this weekend

April 28-29
$1,200 Projected Prize Fund

Saturday, May 5
Quad #5 Entry Fee: $12 if early, $15 at site, (members $5 off, FM and above FREE). ($$ FREE Membership): One year of FREE Chess Castle membership to the winner of the most quads at the end of the year (split on a tie).  Onsite Registration: 9:30-9:50 (phone or text 763-232-9944).  Rounds: 10:00~1:30~ASAP.  Byes: None.  Other: This is an inexpensive event for fun and competition, usually done by 6 or 7. Directed by Nate Hoover. House player welcomed. Round times are estimates. There is a 1/2 hour lunch after round 1 and a 5-10 minute break after round 2. If you register early, you must still check-in by 9:55, or you may not get paired. Lower section is often rated youths grades 4-8. TD may require submission of game scores. All proceeds go to the Chess CastleRegistered: NM Thomas Britt (2200), NM Nathan Hoover (2167), Ron Decker (1660), Gordan Manning (1411), Karthikeyan Sella (unr).
May Think
May 12-13
7 Round Swiss, (4 games on Saturday, 3 games Sunday). Time control: Game in 60+15 second delay. Prize fund: 60% of entries, with several class prizes. Entry Fee: Advance entry $35 for club members, $40 onsite, non-members $40 advance entry $45 onsite. Two half-point byes for any rounds; must be requested when entering. One day Saturday only option $18 in advance, $20 onsite. Onsite Registration: 9-9:50am Saturday. Round Times: Saturday 10-1-3:45-6:45, Sunday noon-2:45-5:15. USCF Membership required. Directed by Dan Voje. Phone to reach the club - 612.478.9934 or e-mail at

MSCA Girl’s & Women’s Tournament
May 12th-13th
Free event with advanced registrations (see event details) NGIT Qualifier Event

2018 U.S. Amateur North Championship
May 19-20
$1,200 Projected Prize Fund
Plymouth, MN

1st Gopher Scholastic Championship, June 2 - REGISTER
Rochester Open, June 22-23 (Friday round Chess Castle option) - REGISTER
7th Annual Twin Ports Open, June 30-July 1 (Friday night pizza party with IM & GM events) - REGISTER
July 28-Aug 5, July 31-Aug 5, or 2-5, Middleton, WI - REGISTER
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.

Join us on Tuesdays 6-10 PM for an evening of casual chess. Coffee house 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 Apr Wallchart, see Mar 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.  Check-in by 6:55 Thursday or you may not get paired, call or text 763-232-9944.  Byes: one bye if 4-SS, two byes if 5-SS.  Other: Directed by Nate Hoover.  TD may require submission of game scores.  All proceeds go to the Chess Castle.  Registered: 10 players see Wallchart.  See Mar 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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