To Enter the Castle, go to the WEST SIDE back right door and call the TD. 
 Make sure to call the right number for your event!!!!

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Bring your own Chess Set & Clock; Free Parking
The Castle Chess Club re-opened Feb. 1st, 2021!
New Location: 7800 Metro Parkway Bloomington MN 55425

For those who take the bus, good news!  It's just a 27 minute train ride from downtown Minneapolis, and a 31 minute bus ride from downtown St Paul.  In Minneapolis, catch the Blue Line, get off at American Blvd & 34th Ave, and it's just a 1/2 mile walk.  In St Paul, catch Route 54 LTD Stop, get off at American Blvd & Metro Dr E, and it's just a 1/4 mile walk.  Walkers can use the Front Entrance, just let the TD know you are at the Front.

The Chess Castle will be open three nights a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and two weekends per month.

Exerciser Quad Saturday March 13
Castle opens at 9:30am and games start at 10:00am.  Rounds, 10:00am, 1:30pm, and 4:30pm.
Format: Three Rounds Game in 60 with a 30 second increment, USCF Membership is required. Players are grouped based on ratings. Entry fee: FREE for Castle Members, $25 for others. Please register before 9:30am online, CLICK HERE! Max of 24 players, so sign up now!

Mondays Casual Knight & Knight Action Quads 
Bring Chess set & Clock! Doors ALWAYS LOCKED call TD Enter: 612-877-1534
Every Monday the Castle will open at 5:30pm for some unrated chess fun. This is a great time for new players or returning members to learn about the club, play some friendly games, or join the US Chess Federation.
Casual Chess Ends at 7pm when the Action Quads start.
Action Quads Format: Three Rounds Game in 30 with a 5 second delay, USCF Membership is required. Players are grouped based on ratings. Prizes: $5 of each Action Quad entry goes into a prize pool! At the end of 2021, the players who have won the most sections in Action Quads win the pool: 1st = 40%, 2nd = 30%, 3rd = 20%, and 4th = 10%. PRIZE POOL UPDATED WEEKLY! The pool can be as much as $4,000! Entry fee: $15 for Castle Members, $20 for others. Questions go to Please register before 6:30PM online, SIGN UP CLICK HERE! 
Max of 24 players, so sign up now! 

Wednesday Knighter Open
Bring Chess set & Clock! Doors ALWAYS LOCKED call TD Enter: 612-964-6673
Entry Fee: $35, members $25 Prizes: Winners get 50% off next month.  Swiss, Game/100 with +30 bonus. Onsite Registration: 6:30-6:50 PM first Wednesday of the month.  Rounds: 7:00 PM each Wednesday, check-in by 6:55 or you may not get paired, call 612.964.6673.  Other: Directed by Norm Myrin. Most games done by 11:00.  House player welcomed.  Questions, contact Norm Myrin at, phone: 612.964.6673.  SIGN UP CLICK HERE!  Max of 24 players, so sign up now!  Wallchart

Thursday Knighter Premier
Bring Chess set & Clock! Doors ALWAYS LOCKED call TD Enter: 763-232-9944
Same format as Wednesday Knighter Open (Swiss, Game/100 with +30 bonus).  Excellent opportunity for higher rated players (must be 1700 or higher) with discount incentives.  Entry Fee: if early (U1900 $35), (1900-1999 $30), (2000-2099 $25), (2100-2199 $20), (2200+ $15), (NMs receive $5 off, FM and above FREE), (All $35 at site), members get $10 off.  Byes: one bye if 4-SS, two byes if 5-SS, exceptions at TD's discretion.  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.  House player welcomed.  Questions contact Nathan Hoover, phone: 763-232-9944.  SIGN UP CLICK HERE!  Max of 24 players, so sign up now!  Wallchart

Castle FIDE Premiere & Open 24-25 April 2021

      $1,000 in Prizes Projected & $500 Guaranteed!
Bring Chess set & Clock! Doors ALWAYS LOCKED!Call TD Enter: 612-877-1534

  OTB Site: Chess Castle of Minnesota (7800 Metro Parkway Bloomington MN 55425).

Premiere: Players in this section must be above 1800 USCF or 1700 FIDE. FIDE & USCF rated. Entry fee is $60 for Castle Members by 15 April, $70 on site (Non-Members an additional $10). Prize fund is 1st $200, 2nd $150; U2200 $120; U2000 $120 (based on 10 players).

Open: FIDE & USCF rated. Open to all. Entry fee for Castle Members is $50 by 15 April, $60 on site (Non-Members an additional $10). Prize fund is 1st $150, 2nd $100; U1600 $80; U1400 $80 (based on 10 players).

All of the above: Five games, Swiss pairings. Time Control game in 90 minutes plus 30 second increment. Onsite Registration Sat 9:15- 9:45am. Rounds: Sat 10:00-2:00-6:30; Sun 10-3. USCF membership is required. Advanced entries can be made online at or mailed: Dane Zagar 7517 W 110th Street, Bloomington MN, 55438. Checks payable to: Chess Castle of Minnesota. Due to Covid-19, registration is limited to 24 players. So, sign up early! Face coverings required for all.

Questions: Please contact Dane Zagar with any questions or concerns.

Email:                       Phone: (612)-805-3958

7800 Metro Parkway Bloomington MN

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