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 

May 20 Hello from Dubuque, Iowa. Dane Mattson and Samrug Narayanan got to play GM Yermolinsky in the Port of Dubuque Open. Sadly they lost. Very nice tournament in a spacious setting. Jovana Milosevic drove up from Rochester to win the top quad on Sunday. Beating Li, Sheehan and Zagar. Now on to Chicago. 

May 13 Troy would've liked to play in this weekend's Hall of Fame tourney but had his hands full down in Nashville.  He finished as the co-champion at the K-6 Blitz with 11/12 points (11-1-0) and finished 8th in the K-5 Championships with 5.5/7 points (4-0-3).

John Thomson has posted the games from the Closed. 
Tang- Nagle   from the closed.
1. d4 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Bg5 a6 5. Nf3 b5 6. a4 b4 7. Nd5 a5 8. Bd3 c6
9. Ne3 Nf6 10. e5 dxe5 11. dxe5 Nd5 12. Nxd5 Qxd5 13. O-O Bg4 14. Re1 Nd7 15.
Be2 Rc8 16. Qc1 c5 17. Qf4 Be6 18. Rad1 Qb7 19. Bb5 h6 20. Bf6 Kf8 21. Bxd7
Bxd7 22. Bxe7+ Kxe7 23. e6 Bxe6 24. Qd6+ Ke8 25. Rxe6+ fxe6 26. Qxe6+ Qe7 27.
Qxc8+ Kf7 28. Qg4 Rd8 29. Qc4+ Kf8 30. Rxd8+ Qxd8 31. Qxc5+ Kg8 32. Qc4+ Kh7
33. h4 Bxb2 34. Qe4 Kg7 35. Qb7+ Kh8 36. Qc6 Kg7 37. g3 Bc3 38. Qb7+ Kh8 39.
Kg2 Qe8 40. h5 gxh5 41. Qb6 Qxa4 42. Qxh6+ Kg8 43. Qg6+ Kf8 44. Ng5 Qd7 45.
Ne6+ Ke7 46. Nf4 a4 47. Qe4+ Kd6 48. Qd3+ Kc7 49. Nd5+ Kb7 50. Nxb4 Qxd3 51.
Nxd3 Kc6 52. Nc1 Kd5 53. g4 hxg4 54. f3 gxf3+ 55. Kxf3 Kc4 56. Na2 Bg7 1/2-1/2

MSCA has updated their calendar and has posted lots of stuff.  

May 12 
IM John Bartholomew and IM Sean Nagle were inducted into the Minnesota Chess Hall of Fame on Sunday. You can read all about them on the link. Previously inducted this year were IM Victor Adler and Brian Ribnick. Tim Radermacher, Joe Longen and Alex Adams headed the committee that put together the celebration and got the awards. There are plaques at the Castle on the Hall of Fame wall recognizing all the inductees. Family and friends were entertained by stories of these guys youth and successes. Pictured are John and his parents Joan and Barney. Also Sean with his plaque. His Mom was busy with Sean and Yana's three children. 
The tournament big upset was Sammy Narayanan beating GM Tang. Of note was Dan swindling Alice in a lost position and Alice then crushing me. Sammy did go on to tie for first with Tim Radermacher. They drew in round four putting pressure on them in the last round. Alice was clear third. Nels Truelson from South Dakota was also one of Sammy's victims. Evgeni Gordeev won the reserve. HoF Crosstable.

May 7 The club will be closed on Saturday May 18th due to the neighborhood celebration: Art-a-Whirl. Exerciser Quad will be on Sunday May 19th.
      May 6 MSCA held their Closed Playoffs this past weekend. GM Andrew Tang was the winner in the open section with 4.5/5 drawing IM Sean Nagle in a tense last round. All the winners can be found here Pictured are some of the open players: Frank Johson, Dr. OK Iwu and Joe Longen. It was a tough tournament for them due to the titled players. At left is Andrew. 
There will be a norm tournament in June and with it the Minnesota Blizzard FIDE Open June 29-30 2019.

April 29 MSCA will be holding the
Minnesota Hall of Fame Championship
tournament and induction ceremony on May 11-12th at the Holiday Inn Minneapolis South in Bloomington. There is free parking and food on site. Many other food choices nearby. The list of nominees can be found here. This will be a good warm-up for those going to the Chicago Open.

  April 27  I have been informed of the following by Pat LaVone: "GameWorks - the entertainment center in the Mall of America - is going to start running Bughouse chess events on Monday nights. For now, twice a month. Noisy, distracting atmosphere - not ideal for slow, deep think chess, but great for the abomination that is Bughouse". Gameworks  
All the details can be found by clicking on the link. Maybe we could get them to sponsor one of our events.  

April 26 If you are going to the Chicago Open, Continental Chess says the Westin is close to being sold out. They suggest: Ramada Plaza Chicago North Shore, 1080 South Milwaukee Ave. (3 miles from Westin), $80 chess rate including free full breakfast, free shuttle to Westin, free parking. For reservations write Sandra at or call 847-763-3090. 

April 24 Many of us have played Dan in the Dutch. The games are usually chaotic to say the least. John Bartholomew runs into a Dutch online and falls to the chaos. He bravely posts it and analyzes it. The Dutch game. 

April 19 IM John Bartholomew will be doing commentary at the National Junior High Championships on Twitch. Helping him is WGM Sabina Foisor. We can only hope St. Louis notices and replaces Maurice Ashley with John. 
April 15
Troy Cavanah crushed the Spring Think with 6/7 score. 
. Troy was held to draws by Dan and Chris Kalina which could be considered a victory of sorts for the old guys.  Meanwhile Alice Lee was in Chicago at the KCF All Girls National Championships. Beating the top seed in the last round to go 5/6 and clear first in the U18 age group. Picture from USCF. 
GM Andrew Tang finished with 6.5/9 in Reykjavik after his first round slip. More details on the USCF website and Chessbase.   Next up is the Denver Open, the state closed and the Hall of Fame tournament. Pictured at the grave of Bobby Fischer, a must stop in Iceland. 

I received the following request: "My name is Mike Bowman and help oversee youth enrichment opportunities for the St. Paul Public Schools. I am looking at expanding our kids chess class options for the fall of 2019 and was wondering if you or anyone from your organization teaches chess classes for kids in schools, if you would be open to this or if you know anyone who would?" Phone: 651-744-1995 • Office Mainline: 651-487-7383

April 12 Dane Mattson has announced the dates for the 2019 Twin Ports Open. It will be held August 16th - 18th at the University of Wisconsin Superior campus. He is working on the details but wants you to save the date. They have been priced out of many sites due to the popularity of Duluth in the Summer. I will post when I know more.

April 10 If any of you fellow experts wondered how to beat GM Andrew Tang you can watch Lawrence Trent's weekly show on Chessbase.( scroll down and skip the first 10 minutes)  Andrew is playing in Iceland and lost in the first round to an expert. He did bounce back to win the next three and a draw. 

April 7
Jovana Milosevic won the Minnesota State Women's Championship winning three and drawing Alice Lee. Alice gave up a draw to Niki Ringel. Jovana lives in Rochester and has said she is interested in coaching. I do not have more details.
 Alice Lee is the NGIT representative for Minnesota.  
We had 20 for the Exerciser Quad with a fairly strong top quad. Wilson continues to dodge me.  

If you live in St. Paul and are looking for a coffee house chess experience the Coffee Bene at 53 S. Cleveland is an option. They meet on Monday from 5 pm. until 8 pm. Article.

April 3 Sammy Narayanan bounced back to win the Spring Classic at the Castle. Ryan Shiroma won the Reserve. 
Roger Redmond , former MSCA treasurer, is living the good life in Colorado now. He reports that the Denver Chess Club is having a big chess tournament: the Denver Open. April 26-28th. Lots of strong players and a very friendly group. Airfare to Denver can be fairly cheap. 

April 2 Wilson shares some tips on how to maintain a lofty rating without beating higher rated players. Mostly he beats up on old guys on his way to Senior titles. Though to be truthful he did avoid me last year. Article on
March 25
GM Andrew Tang tied for first at the Mid-America Open this past weekend. Defeating GM Shimanov and our friend Sammy. Sammy lost to GM Bruzon Batista finishing with 3/5. Dr. Iwu lost to GM Jayaram finishing with two draws and 3/5.
At the club we had 18 in the Exerciser Quad with Troy Cavanah defeating Tim Radermacher. This coming weekend is the Spring Classic.

March 21 MSCA is holding The 2019 Minnesota Girls and Women's Championship on April 6th-7th. The site is The Woman's Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The titles of Minnesota Women's Champion and Minnesota Girls' Champion are to be decided.  Included are breakfast and lunch for participants. All the details are in the announcement on the online registration site

March 17 The 2019 Rochester Open Chess Tournament information is now posted on the online registration site. They have changed locations and made some other changes. The Castle will have some early rounds at the club like in the past. This has always been a great event and they deserve your support. 

March 14
 The Blizzard made the playoffs after winning the Pacific division. 
A few of our players went to the K-12 Championships in Chicago. You can check results on this site.
Studying the Scandi on vacation. 

Dennis McGrath wrote an article for Chess Life's March issue. Good advice.
He also sent along an article from the StarTribune. 
Time to reset your clocks. One hour ahead. Dan can help those of you who have Chronos clocks. 
If you are going to the Chicago Open, early entry deadline is approaching. If over 65 you get a discount. Check more than one hotel site to get the best rate. 

March 5 If you have time at work there are some interesting videos about AlpaZero's Opening Strategy. GM Matthew Sadler does a good job explaining the process.  

March 3 
The State Scholastic Championships are finished. To no surprise NM Andrew Titus won the K -12 section with 5.5/6 drawing second place NM Ashton Jin. In the K-8 section NM Samrug Narayanan was perfect with 6/6. Alice Lee, Jordan Timm and Harry Breheim were a point behind. Yusuf Khan won the K-5 and Aarti Kannan won the K-3. 239 youngsters took part. I think Niki Ringel was top girl. The Metcalf team with coaches Brian Ribnick and Mike Fellman.
February 18
The Minnesota Open drew 196 players in six sections. After six rounds GM Andrew Tang and IM Sean Nagle were on top. With Sean losing to Andrew and Andrew giving up two draws the last round saw them both needing wins. As usual they came through when the win was needed. Scoring 5/6 they are Open Co-champions. It looks like four of the following are qualified for the closed: Johnson, Iwu, Jin, Gibbins and Longen. When official I will update. There was a six way tie for the Class A title at 4.5/6: Gazula, Talghader, Li-Yang Tu, Traynor, Cannon and Nathe. Five of these will join Dan Voje who qualified from the Class Championships. Kevin Landman easily won the Reserve with 5.5/6, gaining 100 rating points. James Jaffe won the Sophmore. Thanks to MSCA and Dave Kuhns and Jiten Patel for a great job directing. 
The election results are as follows: David Kuhns, Chris Kalina, Saumik Narayanan and Dana Litman were elected to the board. Pictured are Dave, Sean, Andrew and Jiten on the left photo. In the middle is Vince Wisniewski playing Wes Cannon. On the right are Paul Keyworth and Todd Partington. The last picture is of Castle regulars: Charles,Andrew, Dan ,Bill, Eric and Daniel. 
The State Scholastic is early this year: March 2-3rd at DoubleTree by Hilton 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN.

February 17 I talked to James Kanne at the Open. He has scheduled the Catfish Days Chess Tournament for July 26-27th [REGISTER]. Remember this is Friday-Saturday. Check our calendar for details. 

February 13 On our front page Dan Voje has posted some important information. 
NOTE ON THE MINNESOTA CLOSED:  The information on the connection between the Minnesota Open and the Minnesota Closed is fairly sketchy on the official registration sites, but one thing I (Dan Voje) wish to add is that there WILL be an Expert Section in the Minnesota Closed. I took it upon myself to run one two years ago, and although they thought it a good idea back then, it wasn't added last year. So I will take care of it again in 2019. It is open to the top six finishers in the Open Section of next weekend's 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 player playing up in the Minnesota Open would be eligible for this, just as they would for the top Closed Section.

February 12 If you followed the news about Alpha Zero and wanted to know more, Matthew Sadler has written a book on the subject. Since I am trying to control my book buying I ordered it from the Hennepin County Library. 
Those of you can not wait can watch an introductory video from John Bartholomew. His Chessable site has the book on the Chessable platform. I believe it is interactive.  You may see him at the MN Open.  
February 11 If you are thinking of going to the Chicago Open another option for lodging is Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Chicago North Shore. It is down the road a ways but cheaper and though not as nice as the Westin it may make the trip affordable. I Stayed there and found it to be fine. No guarantees. 

 February 10 It appears Ashton Jin has made Master. He beat Dan on Saturday in the first round of the Exerciser Quad. Landing at exactly 2200. Now when I play him at the Open I will not feel quite as bad when I lose to him, again. 
Stuart Konezny had another good day at Blitz. Beating up Jeff and Dan on his way to gaining 109 points. 
An interesting look at money in chess was posted.  It does not include appearance fees, book deals, free lodging, ETC.  They did not include America's Grand Prix circuit in the list. It is hard to say what a top Grandmaster makes. We will have to wait for Carlsen to release his tax returns.  
It is election time for the MSCA board. With four seats open seven choices it is important to vote. The details can be found on the MSCA website. The ballot is here
2019 Inductees Announced by MN Chess Hall of Fame Committee, Ceremony to be held May 12, 2019 in Bloomington, MN
Tim Radermacher is heading up the Minnesota Hall of Fame induction committee. They have picked four inductees: IM John Bartholomew, IM Sean Nagle, IM Victor Adler and Brian Ribnick. They have been documenting some of Minnesota's chess history. The display of past inductees can be seen at the Castle Chess Club. The biography of the inductees is  posted . 

 February 3 Charles Wynn who took a three year break from tournament chess has come back with a vengeance. Scoring 11 wins and one loss, to GM Tang, in two tournaments he is now Minnesota's newest Master.  Watch for him at the MN Open.  

January 27
GM Andrew Tang won the Winter Open. Andrew went 5/5 . Ashton Jin crushed me to take second place with 4.5/5.  Ashton is 4 points shy of a Master title. Mathur and Wynn were 3-4th with 4 /5.  42 players entered the strong Open section. In the Reserve section Daniel Nenneman was perfect with 5/5 above a crowd of 40.  Amar Dani and Jason Carlson won the Bantam with 4.5/5. The Bantam is popular with young players and newbies and with 50 the future looks good.  137 players in all, a record.  We may have outgrown the site. Thanks to Dave and Jiten for a smooth event.  Pictured are Tang and Wynn and Mike Trettel. Tournament chess is exhausting.  Winter Open results.

If you are interested in the Alpha Zero games they can be downloaded. 


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