This page is for news and recent results of the local chess community. Mostly about the  Castle but including the state. If you have some news or an announcement you think local chess players would like to know about send it to Bill at The State chess association has a Facebook page 

January 19 Troy Cavanah went 5/5 in today's tournament to break 2000. Not bad for an eleven year old.  
Sometimes I get E-mails asking about chess lessons and coaching. There is a chess course starting the end of January at Metcalf middle school. Teachers include NM Alex Balandin, Sima Sokolavskaya and Brian Ribnick. The groups are broken down by experience and it looks reasonably priced. There is a flyer at the Castle. You can also download the flyer here: Chess Lessons 2019.pdf
You can contact Alex at  Here is a link to the registration page with more information. 

There is an opportunity for a chess instructor in Mendota Heights.  Four days in April, once a week, as an after school program for elementary children.
This is a paid position. Contact me for details. 

January 15
Dan, Wilson, Chris Kalina and I went to Duluth to show the North guys what real chess looks like. Sadly we were the ones who got schooled. Chris and Wilson were too solid and sensible to take the trophy. With 4 draws they came up just a little short. Dan and Bill were in position to claim glory going into the last round but Dane Mattson and Dr. OK would triumph against our energetic ( unsound) play. This setup a playoff for the title and name on the trophy. After two drawn blitz games, an armageddon was used to finally reach a decision. Dane Mattson, the tall good looking guy in the picture,  was the winner in an exciting game.  The guys were gracious winners and the event was fun. The drive home on Monday was interesting  in the rain and ice. They are working on Twin Ports for this year and I will post if and when details become available. MLK RESULTS 

 January 9 The weather looks good for a trip to Superior to show those Great Danes and friends just how tough we are. The two day MLK tournament is this coming weekend. Details on the calendar. Hopefully Dane Mattson is ready. 
IM John Bartholomew posts his game against GM Ding Liren that was played in the PRO chess league. You can follow the Blizzard if you like.

January 6 34 players competed in the prestigious Castle Club Championship. The tournament had a lot of strong players and upsets were everywhere. Only the co-champions were able to finish without a loss. Drawing each other in round four they had to play hard to the very end to both score 6.5/7. The tense last round saw a possible four way tie. Sammy Narayanan was forced to beat his big brother to keep pace with Andrew Titus who faced Tim Radermacher. Troy Cavanah is one point short of making Expert. He could have quit after two rounds and made it, but the fighter that he is he will have to wait another week or two. Watch out. 
Congratulations to NM Andrew Titus and NM Samrug Narayanan and their support staff. Click on the Tournament Results link above for the crosstable. Another fine directing job by Dan Voje. 
December 30
GM Andrew Tang had the privilege to play the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, in the World Rapid Championships. Though he lost, his performance at the event was incredible. Beating a 2700 and eating 2600 and 2500s for breakfast. A performance of 2660. USCF article.   . results link. 
He did well in the Blitz also. 
Some club members went to Vegas for the North American Open again: the Narayanan twins, Roger Hale , Tim Radermacher, Linden and Alice Lee, Stuart Konezny, and Mr. Bill. Waiting to see how Saumik made out on the money list ($933.00 ).  Luckily none of us had to play each other though we did sit next to each other on ocassion. The rest will leave their results a secret in Vegas. It seemed busier than usual.  The results are coming in and I missed the following:  Atharva Gorantiwar is also from MN. He won $6000 in the U1700 section. He went 6.5 out of 7.
 Dan Voje won the Holiday Classic at the Castle with a round to go after a 4/4 start. 

  December 25 Check out the strong Quick Chess event we held. These will be a once a month event at the club. Alex Richter and Ethan Hunt tied for first-second. 

December 18 The great Danes are holding their annual MLK tournament in Superior this year on January 12-13th. There is a simul with the Blizzard Champion on Friday. If you would like to play some different people this would be an opportunity. A low cost event. Details on our calendar. 

December 17 Our good Doctor from Duluth, OK Iwu, was clear first at the Blizzard Championships with 4.5/5. Giving up a draw to John Talghader. Dan Voje was second. Elijah Tramm and David Gardner tied for first in the Reserve.  
There will be an event on New Year's day at the club. Money Quad this coming Saturday and a Quick Chess event on Sunday. 

December 10 The old men ruled at the weekend Think. Andre Hortillosa was clear first while Dan and Bill were 2-3rd. Sadly Linden Li had the same score though he could only play one day due to school work. He was 4/4. Next weekend is the Annual Blizzard Championships. Named after our Sates chess team for online competition.  
If you are interested in the Alpha Zero games they can be downloaded.

December 2 Dan Voje won his playoff for a spot in the Class A championship. He tied for the chance with Sidarth Gazula at the US Class. On Saturday Troy Cavanah came within three points of the Expert level. Losing to Alice but beating Mr. Bill again. Revenge will hopefully be dished out this week. 
November 26 We had a good turnout for the Quick chess event on Sunday. Wilson Gibbins took first with 6.5/7  giving a draw to Linden Li. These events do not count on your precious regular standard rating. With a 15 minute time control it was a good way to spend a gloomy Sunday afternoon. The Minnesota Blizzard Championship will be December 15-16th. Will you be ready?
GM Andrew Tang was ready and tied for first at the National Chess Congress in Philadelphia over the holiday. Pictured with the shy GM Alex Lenderman whom he drew. A very tough field. 

November 12
GM Andrew Tang was the winner of the US Class Championship scoring 5/5.  NM Aura Salazar was second with 4/5.  Anish Lodh, from Iowa,  was the Class A winner with 5/5 easily beating me. Dan and Bill met in round four. Pictured at left. A rare draw due to neither one playing well enough to win. Game 196 between us.   Andrew Kozich, also from Iowa, won the Class B with 5/5.
The club has a full schedule for the Thanksgiving weekend starting on Friday. Dan is now directing the Exerciser Quads. 

November 10 If you have a half hour to spare at work or between games at the US Class you can catch IM John Bartholomew's recap of game one of the World Chess Championship. I watched parts on Chess 24 with Peter Svidler.  6 hours is a long time to watch, I took a nap, so the recap is a good idea.  

November 5 Dan Voje was almost perfect this past weekend at the Return of Medhat Think. Named after Medhat Feshir a long time state player that showed up to play. Dan was cruising at 6/6 and only lost to Jeff Chandler in the last round. 
Alice Lee is featured in Chess Life Online as she earned her Expert rating.  They show a game she played against Dan. 

Sammy Narayanan earned the title of FIDE Candidate Master at the Spice Cup. That is a 2200 rating. With so many players with low FIDE ratings this is quite an accomplishment.  

November 1 New in Chess has a free PDF on the World Championship Match.  Remember to set you clocks back this weekend. 

October 29 NM Wilson Gibbins won the Senior Championship with 3.5/4. Holding a draw against Tim Radermacher in the last round. He's going to Disney World.  He will be the state representative in the National Championship. 

  October 18 The US Class Championship will be held here in Minnesota on November 9th -11th. Entry fee break down: Classes M/EX, A, B, & C: Entry $95 by 10/20/18, $105 by 11/8/18, $120 thereafter and at site. Classes D, E, & Unr: Entry $65 by 10/20/18, $75 by 11/8/18, $90 thereafter and at site.

October 15 Dr. OK Iwu and Ashton Jin tied for first in the Blizzard Open with 4/5. Troy Cavanah is following Alice's example and closing in on the Expert rating by beating old men. There were only 5 in the Reserve section. Morgan Bozeman and Elijah Tramm were tied for first. 

October 9
Ashton Jin easily took the Birthday Blitz. Scoring 12.5/14. Linden li was second with 10.5/14.  Alice shared her birthday cake with all. I am looking forward to the Senior Open where I will have a chance. The kids will have their own section. 

September 25 Alice Lee is looking for some top tier victims. The Li family has raised the prize fund of Alice's Birthday Blitz by $100. Set aside October 7th to help celebrate Alice's Birthday. 
Her proud parents report: Thank you for playing in the exerciser quad with Alice. ( I was held to a draw by some fine play by her.) She reached 2000 for the first time. She is the 2nd youngest female in the US to reach expert rating, bettering the previous record holder Carrisa Yip. The youngest is Texas’s Rachael Li, who reached 2000 the evening before Alice did.  

Occasionally I receive E-mails from people or groups looking for coaches or instructors. This is one: "I was wondering if you had any recommendations for people who coach chess in the area that might be interested in teaching some of our programs in the area. We are looking for more instructors - and would appreciate any referrals. Thank you so much!   Dylan Quercia, Metropolitan Chess Inc.. (323) 639-3318 " 

September 23
GM Timur Gareyev and  GM Ashwin Jayaram tied for first at the Golden Gopher Open with 4.5/5. GMs Tang and Jimenez were 3-4th with 4/5. Daniel Deutsch and Atharva Gorantiwar tied for first in the U1800 with 4/5. There were 164 players total. Thanks to Dave Kuhns, Jiten Patel and Saumik Narayanan for running a great event. 

September 20
Still time to enter the 4th Golden Gopher Open. With 4 GMs . Great prize fund and a chance for a great memory. Vacation picture taken by guide. Click on picture to get the best effect.

September 13 We have filled in events for the end of September. The Autumnal Equinox Quick Chess event is a game in 10 with 3 second delay. You do not need to keep score and it counts on your quick chess rating not your regular classic rating.

September 3 NM Andrew Titus and Dane Zagar tied for first at the Northern Open. The new Holiday Inn site was good with a Green Mill on site and other food choices nearby. The next big tournament is the 4th Golden Gopher Open with an impressive high rated entries. 

August 27 GM Timur Gareyev won the Iowa Open with a perfect score of 5/5. Of note was Wilson Gibbins tie for second with 3 others. Losing only to Timur. Several of our players also made the trip.

 August 20  Dan and Mr. Bill's suspect play was rewarded with a tie for first place in the Castle Classic. Of note was Dan's lack of faith in his Dutch after about 100 games against Mr. Bill. The fact that I can not win a won game not with standing. Daniel Duetsch won the Reserve section.  MSCA has finalized some of their tournaments and they are posted on their new website.  The Northern Open will be held at the Holiday Inn on 94th Ave. South.

   August 8 Linden Li was perfect at the Dog Days Think going 7/7. Even beating his little sister. The Castle will be holding a Three day classic tournament next weekend.
MSCA is replacing their website. Check there for more information on their tournaments.  The Senior Championships Will be October 27th-28th. . TCCL is posted on the Online Registration page. Play dates are:  Fridays 7:00 pm Round 1: Oct 5, Round 2: Nov 2 Round 3: Nov 30 Round 4: Dec 21 Round 5: Jan 18, 2019 Round 6: Feb 22 Round 7: Mar 22

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