Many thanks to George Kane for donating four boxes of high quality chess books to our club last Saturday. Much appreciated! And thanks to our club librarian Elijah Tramm for getting them sorted and on our shelves. 

Saturday, March 23
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
Castle Blitz!
Sunday, March 24
USCF Blitz Rated - 14 games, two against each opponent Time Control: of game in five minutes with a three second delay. This event counts on your blitz rating only. We will open at one-thirty, and start playing at two. Entry fee is $12 for club members, $15 others, with a prize fund of 50% of the total entries. Phone to reach the club 651.280.5473 or e-mail at with questions.
Spring Classic
March 29-31
A tournament featuring a serious time control of game in 90 minutes with a thirty second increment, but one that doesn’t require you to play three such games in one day. Three and two-day schedules for Open and Reverse sections…
3 DAY SCHEDULE: Round times are Friday 7:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 and 3:00, and Sunday at 10:00 and 2:30.
2 DAY SCHEDULE: Two games 60 minutes with a five second delay Saturday at 10:00 and 12:30, and then joining the rest of the field for round three, at 3:00.
Entry Fee: $40 for club members, and $50 others until March 28th, and $10 extra for later registrations. USCF rated. Time control: Game in 90 with a 30 second increment for all rounds except the first two Saturday rounds of the two-day schedule, which will be game in 60 minutes with a five second delay. (Or, as always, you can take a first round bye, and avoid both playing Friday night and playing faster chess.) Onsite Registration: from 6:00 to 6:50 Friday night, or 9:00 to 9:50 Saturday morning. Byes: Up to 2 half point byes upon request before round 2.
OPEN SECTION Prize fund (based on 25 participants)
First $300, 2nd $150, under 2200 and 2000 each $120.
RESERVE SECTION: (under 1800 USCF rating):
Prize fund (based on 25 participants)
First $200, 2nd $120, under 1600 and 1400 each $120.
INFORMATION: Contact TD Dan Voje at 651-280-5473 or

2019 Minnesota Closed Championship
May 3-5
Expert Invitational
May 3-5
Open to the top six finishers in the Open section of Minnesota Open 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. Organized by Dan Voje
MSCA Hall of Fame Championship
May 11-12, Bloomington

25th Catfish Days
Friday and Saturday, July 26-27, Franklin, MN

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.

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 phone: 651.276.2007. House players welcome. See Jan Standings, see current Wallchart

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.  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 Feb Standings.  Registered: 14 players, 5 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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