This page is for news and recent results of the local chess community. Mostly about the Chess 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

August 17 The first Minnesota State Chess Festival, which serves as the grand opening of our chess season, is around the corner! The field of the first event of the festival, the first ever Minnesota GM Norm Tournament, is all set to go. Come watch the three local IMs and other norm seekers battling the GMs and each other to achieve the prestigious GM and IM title norms! The list of players can be found on chess results.
The  Minnesota State Blitz Championship will be held on September 2nd at 8pm at the Regency Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Plymouth.
All the details are on the Castle front page or the MSCA site.

August 16 Nastassja Matus was featured on KMSP news. Good luck to her in Brazil. She is now rated 2154 USCF. 

August 14 The Twin Ports Open was a huge success. Many liked the new location in Superior. Pictured are : GM Timur Gareyev, GM Vladimar Georgiev, GM Alex Yermolinksy, IM John Bartholomew, the Mayor of Superior, and TD Dane Zagar. 
The Open was won by GM Bryan Smith with 4.5/5. ( His picture did not turnout. ) Three tied for second. In the Reserve Brent Gudowski was perfect with 5/5. Again three tied for second. In the Bantam Ty Kroells was first with 4.5/5. Twin Ports Results
If you were busy playing and wondered how John did in his games here are some links: Timur,Dahl,Hoover,and Twitter,

August 14 IM Andrew Tang was just short on his quest for a GM norm in Riga, Latvia. . He needed some tougher competition to get the performance number. 6.5/9 is usually good enough. When he got the tougher competition in the Blitz he went 10/11 for clear first and a 2733 performance rating. He beat 3 GMs. 
August 7 The Minnesota State Chess Festival events are being finalized. South Dakota is having their Fall tournament on Sept. 16-17th. $20 entry fee and $3500 guaranteed. Details on the calendar. The Minnesota State Senior Championships will be on October 7-8th. Bill will be able to play. Twin Cities Chess League is around the corner. Time to find a team. 

August 2 Wesley So is back in action this week at the Sinquefield Cup. Watch at Chess24. Still time to get in to Twin Ports Open.
Another strong tournament is the Iowa Open Championship in Coralville, near Iowa City. A chance to play Sean Nagle and  3 GMs. 

August 1 Yermo wrote an article for Chessbase about the Senior Open.
July 30 Niki Ringel will be the state's representative in the NGTOC tournament at the US Open. In the Denker it is Justin Ricker. In the Barber Sammy Narayanan is the choice. Good luck to all. US OPEN results.

July 27 Nastassja and Gloria played in the Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational and missed the U.S. Junior in Northfield. I have found the results!!! Nastassja finished clear first!! The field was strong. ( The tournament included top players from North and South America.) Gloria lost to the GM trained Cervantes (2199). Congratulations to both. Champion: Webster University scholarship* (full tuition and fees approximately $26,000 + per year x 4 years) Champion's Cup. 
The scholarships to Webster University must be exercised no later than Fall of 2020. Will she skip high school? :-)  
Nastassja will be at Twin Ports in a couple of weeks. 

July 23 Andre Hortillosa and Wilson Gibbins traveled from the club to Northfield to play each other. Andre held the draw.  GM Yermolinsky was clear first int the U.S. Senior Open with 5.5/6. He beat GM Gurevich in an interesting King and pawn ending and then won a Queen vs Rook ending. Great fighting spirit.  A record 105 players. 
In the U.S. Junior Open Alex Bain was clear first with 5.5/6 in the U21 section. There were 173 Juniors in 4 sections. Jackson Wahl won the Junior-Senior Blitz. The tournament was organized by Glen Panner and ran very well. Yermo is writing an article for Chess Life.

July 19
 IM Andrew Tang just competed in the 2017 US Junior Championships in St. Louis from July 8 to 18. Despite defeating the eventual winner of the tournament GM-Elect Awonder Liang in the second round Andrew had a tough tournament. He finished with 4.5 out of 9 and tied for 6th place. ( He used the London/Tromp to positionally out play Awonder. )

The Blizzard Youth Camp by GM Mitkov from August 7 to 11 at the Castle still has a few spots open. Please contact Patrick Tang at if interested.

July 11 Jackson has made some changes to the upcoming Blitz Sundays. It is still blitz. We have had good turnouts for some of these events. 
July 10 Jackson Wahl won the Dog Day Think. It should be noted that it took an old man bye and holding two old men to draws to secure the victory. Dan Voje was second and rightly deserved it. Daniel Deutsch gained 131 rating points and Alex Moon 160. Lots of one day events are on for the next few weeks as we travel to Northfield and Superior. 

July 7 IM Andrew Tang is competing for the first time in the US Junior Championship in St. Louis. At the lot drawing ceremony today he got his favorite soccer jersey number (10) and will face GM Kayden Troff on Saturday with black. You can follow the games and live commentary at: US Champs.for result or to Watch live.

Andrew Tang actually drew a game in the Jackson Wahl's Graduation Blitz. Since it was against Jackson we must assume he felt sorry for him. :-)  15.5/16 !! Andrew Titus was 14.5/16 with only Tang standing in his way. Jackson did manage to win the Linden Li's Birthday blitz with 11/12. Saumik Narayanan was second with 10/12.  Great turnouts for the blitz format. Reed Russell won the Thursday Knighter. Missaka, Dan and Todd Miller tied in the Open. Attention chess punks: Dan has bounced off his floor and is at 2051. 

3rd Annual UMN Golden Gopher Open details are posted on the online registrati on site. This looks to be a great event. Saumik Narayanan is the force behind it. 
The  2017 U.S. Junior and 2017 U.S. Senior are in two weeks and almost 200 are pre-registered. Lots going on that weekend. 
6th Annual Twin Ports Open with 4 GMs. and IM John in Superior is coming up too.  

July 3
Roger Hale and the gang at the World Open. Pictured is the group from Costa Rica.  My wife thanks you for the photo.

June 29 Wesley So placed clear second in the Grand Chess Tour in Belgium. A cool $25,000 for a long weekend of chess. Magnus Carlsen was awesome in Blitz and finished clear first with a $37,500 payday.  You can watch at
If you want to check on any friends at the World Open I like this site. Andrew Tang won his first two games then had to face the top seed:GM Liem Quang Le at 2726. He lost. He also faced the winner of the Open. Tough pairings. He finished at  5.5/9.  ( Pictured at above). American Chess Magazine had a nice article on Andrew. I can not post it but can send it to anyone who is interested. Sammy in the U2200 finished with 6/9.  Other players at World Open are Dr. Oke Iwu, Saumik 4.5/9, Peyton Smith, Linden and Alice Li, Ethan Li, Roger Hale, Missaka W...6/9 , and Saketh.

Andrew Titus 6/9 and 6th place. Nastassja Matus 6/9 and 4th place playing in the Pan American Youth in Costa Rica . Click on the U16A and U18F then standings. Pictures? 
De Knudson announced that the Paul Salem Sioux Falls Open will be Sept. 16-17th. Details in our calendar. 

June 25 The results from the Rochester Open were shocking. On Wednesday the three top seeds lost. Dane Zagar played the fast controls and lost his first two games: to Justin Lim and Isaac Traynor. Jackson Wahl lost to Linden Li. Alice Lee's result was amazing and is now over 1600. Justin Ricker drew two Masters and broke 2000. Congratulations to Joao Demasi who avoided all this and took clear first.  In the Amateur Paul Gabrail from Ohio was the clear winner. Thanks to Matt Jensen and Dennis Mays for another great event. 

In Paris Magnus Carlsen showed why he is the champion, by winning this leg of the Grand Chess Tour. Wesley had a middle of the Elite pack result. Nakamura in a bit of whimsy promoted to a Knight in the Blitz and lost. This cost him a tie for first. 

Linden Li's Birthday Blitz was a huge success for kids of all ages. 
The Minnesota State Chess Festival is taking shape.  
Minnesota GM/IM Norm Tournament August 23 - 27 Crowne Plaza Plymouth. 
Northern Open September 1 - 3 Crowne Plaza Plymouth.  
MN Blitz Championship September 2 Crowne Plaza Plymouth. 
Chess Family Picnic September 10 Minnehaha Park
Twin Cities Chess League Round 1 September 22 Hamline University.
Golden Gopher Open September 23-24 St. Paul Student Center $5000 Projected Prizes.
I will post the official tournament detailed information when I receive it. 
June 18 There was a chess festival with norm chances in Wisconsin. Andrew Titus held his lofty 2300 rating. Sammy gained 27 points on his way to 2200. Ashton gained 25 points and should break 2000 soon. Do not forget Rochester Open. There is an Exerciser Quad at the club. 
IM Andrew Tang scored 7.5 out of 11 at American Continental Championship in Medellin, Colombia from June 10 to June 18. He narrowly missed two GM norm opportunities in round 9 and 10. After a great performance in the first 8 rounds, Andrew only needed a draw in the 9th round to achieve his last GM norm against the second seed GM Axel Bachmann (FIDE 2653) but lost at the very end. He needed a win in round 10 against IM Alejandro Rios but could not break through. He will try again at World Open. Andrew will also compete for the first time in the U.S. Junior Championships in St. Louis from July 8 to 18 (

June 13 The great Danes are bringing GM Timur Gareyev to Duluth ( Actually Superior this year) for the Twin Ports Open. Timur recently set the World Blindfold record in Vegas. This makes 4 GMs entered!! Timur will be doing something special, details to follow. Book your rooms as Duluth will fill.  Barker's Island Inn. Other choices in Superior

June 4 As Dan Voje and Jeff Chandler close in on their 300th battle against each other it seemed only fitting to celebrate this achievement with a tournament. Dan is working up a format that will enhance his chances for victory so check back . The date is June 17th.
Update: Dan has found a format. Daytime slow and Blitz at 7:00 pm.  Check the Calendar. 

GM. Wesley So is featured in an article at Chessbase. He is also playing in Norway this week. Peter Svidler and Daniel King are doing game of the day from the tournament. Check YouTube.  
Nastassja finished tied for 3rd in her section at the 1st World Cadets Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2017 in Minsk a few weeks ago. 

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