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GEORGE TIERS, Requiescat in Pace
Just heard from Rita Brasket, the widow of our 16 times Minnesota Chess Champion Curt Brasket, that George Tiers has passed away. If you go all the way back to the sixties in Minnesota chess, you remember George well, for all he did then for the MSCA, and for his exciting attacking chess. In this century, you may have played him at TCCL. Very sad news.

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR CLASS?
In a little a week, one of the premier annual Minnesota chess tournaments will be held, the MSCA Class Championship. This event is unique, in that you are not allowed to play up to a higher section. But you can use your up-to-date rating to determine your section. And you will have two more chances at the Castle to boost your class.

Say your November published rating is 1795, but you would really like to compete in the Class A Section. Well, just show up for the one-day Rapid Tournament on Saturday the 16th. Or, if you are not intimidated by faster time controls, try the next Monday Action Quad. They offer, respectively, five and three rated games and a good chance for you to go bigger!  A little practice should also put you in good stead. 

THIS DOESN'T WORK THE OTHER WAY... that is you can't use your live rating to play down a section. 
  

Saturday, November 16th
RAPID CHESS (note later than usual start time to accommodate the guys playing TCCL the night before, and I have updated the round times to reflect that).

Five games, swiss pairings, at a time control of game in 30 minutes with a ten second increment. We will open at ten, and start playing at 11 AM. Entry fee is $20 for club members, $25 others. Round times are 11, 12:30, 2:45, 4:15 and 6:00. Prize fund is 60% of the total entries, and will include at least one class prize. USCF rated on regular and quick. Phone to reach the club 651.280.5473 or e-mail at danvoje@gmail.com with questions.

Sunday, November 17th
QUICK CHESS

Even if you dislike blitz chess, give this a try! This format doesn’t require you keep a scoresheet and does not affect your regular rating. But there is enough time for the occasional deep think, and you can ambush the kiddies who think it’s just like blitz, and they can just out-move you.

Seven games, swiss pairings, quick rated. Time control: game in ten minutes with a ten second increment. Entry Fee: $12 (club members $5 off). Prize fund: 50% of entries, with at least one class prize. Registration: 1:30-1:50pm. Phone to reach the club 651.280.5473 or e-mail at danvoje@gmail.com with questions. Schedule: Round one at two, short break at halfway point.  Dan Voje is the TD.

 Minnesota Class Championship


MSCA November Scholastic
Saturday, November 23
REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE MSCA NOVEMBER SCHOLASTIC

Black Friday Blitz!
Friday, November 29
Details coming.


Saturday, November 30
Quad #16 The players are divided into groups of four by rating and play three games in a round-robin. Entry fee: $12 if early, $15 at the site, with club members getting $5 off (FM and above play for 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: 9:30-9:50 AM. Phone to reach club 651.280.5473 or e-mail at danvoje@gmail.com with questions. Schedule: round one - 10:00 AM, round two - 1:30 (approximate), round three starts 10-15 minutes after the last game of round two. No byes allowed. An inexpensive event for fun and competition, usually done by 6 or 7 PM. House players welcomed. If you register early, you must still check-in by 9:55 or you may not be paired. The lower section is usually rated youths in grades 4-8.





Sunday Rapid
Sunday, December 1

December Think
December 7-8

MSCA December Scholastic
Saturday, December 14

Winter Classic
December 20-22


Saturday, December 28
Quad #17 The players are divided into groups of four by rating and play three games in a round-robin. Entry fee: $12 if early, $15 at the site, with club members getting $5 off (FM and above play for 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: 9:30-9:50 AM. Phone to reach club 651.280.5473 or e-mail at danvoje@gmail.com with questions. Schedule: round one - 10:00 AM, round two - 1:30 (approximate), round three starts 10-15 minutes after the last game of round two. No byes allowed. An inexpensive event for fun and competition, usually done by 6 or 7 PM. House players welcomed. If you register early, you must still check-in by 9:55 or you may not be paired. The lower section is usually rated youths in grades 4-8.

Chess Castle Club Championship
January 4-5

MSCA January Scholastic
Saturday, January 11


Saturday, January 18
Quad #1 The players are divided into groups of four by rating and play three games in a round-robin. Entry fee: $12 if early, $15 at the site, with club members getting $5 off (FM and above play for 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: 9:30-9:50 AM. Phone to reach club 651.280.5473 or e-mail at danvoje@gmail.com with questions. Schedule: round one - 10:00 AM, round two - 1:30 (approximate), round three starts 10-15 minutes after the last game of round two. No byes allowed. An inexpensive event for fun and competition, usually done by 6 or 7 PM. House players welcomed. If you register early, you must still check-in by 9:55 or you may not be paired. The lower section is usually rated youths in grades 4-8.

Winter Open
MSCA February Scholastic
Saturday, February 1
Rapid Tournament
Saturday, February 8
Blitz Event
Sunday, February 9
Minnesota Open
February 14-16
Saturday, February 22
Quad #2 The players are divided into groups of four by rating and play three games in a round-robin. Entry fee: $12 if early, $15 at the site, with club members getting $5 off (FM and above play for 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: 9:30-9:50 AM. Phone to reach club 651.280.5473 or e-mail at danvoje@gmail.com with questions. Schedule: round one - 10:00 AM, round two - 1:30 (approximate), round three starts 10-15 minutes after the last game of round two. No byes allowed. An inexpensive event for fun and competition, usually done by 6 or 7 PM. House players welcomed. If you register early, you must still check-in by 9:55 or you may not be paired. The lower section is usually rated youths in grades 4-8.
Blitz Event
Sunday, February 23
February Think
February 29-March 1


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. The 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 - 651.280.5473 or e-mail at danvoje@gmail.com.  You do not need to be a member to play in any Castle event.  

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.





Thursday Knighter Open
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 mikesvenson@me.com phone: 651.276.2007. House players welcome. See Oct Standings, see current Wallchart
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Thursday Knighter Premier
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, 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.  See Oct Standings.  Registered: 16 players, 5 masters.  See Wallchart.




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