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 

September 20
Still time to enter the 4th Golden Gopher Open. With 4 GMs and IM Bartholomew. 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

August 6 The results of the US OPEN are now online. GM Timur Gareyev finished as the clear champion with 8/9. GM Andrew Tang finished with 5 others at 7.5/9 for second place. Pictured is Andrew at the start of his victory over GM Alexander Ipatov.  They played a wild game that can be found in USCF's report. Illia Nyzhnyk, sometime guest to our state, also finished with 7.5/9. Andrew Titus had 6.5/9 and OK Iwu , Tim Radermacher and Nastassja Matus all had 6/9. Missing an opportunity for a mixed doubles 2nd place. Alice Lee and Linden Li took the mixed doubles in the brothers and sisters section.  

July 29 If you are looking to check on our friends at the US Open click the link. Another Link.  NM Andrew Titus is our representative in the Denker. NM Nastassja Matus  is in the Barber. Niki Ringel is in the National Girls Tournament Of Champions. NM Wilson Gibbins is in the National Senior Tournament of Champions.  Although none won a title all played well and were great representatives for our State. 
Andrew Titus and Nastassja Matus are playing in the US Masters later in August.
July 26 The 4th Golden Gopher Open has an impressive lineup. 4 GMs and IM Bartholomew. Sept. 21-23rd at the St. Paul Student Center. Click on Online Registration above. 

 July 22 Ashton Jin won the Ole Summer tournament with a perfect 4/4. He defeated Dane Zagar and Linden Li. Will he be our next Master? Andrew and Nastassja strugggled in St. Louis at the Junior Championships. Very tough competition. 

July 17 The USCF has published an article on the recent Minnesota Norm tournament. 
Just a heads up concerning the Jackson Open Super Reserve, which was planned for this August, down on the Iowa border. Sam Smith, who does such a good job on this annual event, is unable to hold it this year.
July 13
The US Junior Championship  and Girls Junior Championships are taking place in St. Louis. GM Andrew Tang and WFM/NM Nastassja Matus are playing. Tang had a bad move in game 2 that cost a point. Nastassja lost a pawn and got ground down in round two.  Very tough competition.  Chess life has two articles:  Girls and Juniors
August 17-19th the Castle will be holding a three day classic tournament. Check the calendar.
Our German friend, Joerg Wilke, is back and playing in the Think. 

July 1
  The Twin Ports Open just gets better and better. GM Illia Nyzhnyk was clear first with 4.5/5. This was the strongest field ever. Adriel Agam was first in the Reserve. Jackson Hillman and William Moe won the Bantam. The local news covered the tournament. 
KBJR  . FOX21  . Friday night lecture was John Bartholomew going over a few of his tactics from previous Twin Ports Opens. The attendance was good for the Simul/Pizza/Lecture. Only 1 draw in the Simul.


Eric Vigil from Iowa was the chief TD. He was entering some game scores, so we should see some games posted. The Superior Mayor played a few rounds.

Dane Mattson reports: The seventh annual Twin Ports Open was a great success, with a surprise appearance of Grandmaster Illia Nyzhnyk adding a fourth Grandmaster to the event. Illia won the event 4.5/5, drawing GM Alex Yermolinsky in the last round to secure outright first place. Adriel Agam won the Reserve section with 4.5/5. Superior Mayor Jim Paine not only made the ceremonial first move on Board One, he also participated in the Bantam section (see attached photo). Our second year in Superior attracted media attention from three different TV stations, and the overall community support was greatly noticed with 13 states represented in this year's event. 

 June 24 The Rochester Open drew a good crowd. Tim McEntee, from Iowa, and Nastassja and Linden Li from the club shared first place with 4/5. Michael Kern won the Amateur. Twin Ports next weekend.

June 19
The Minnesota Norm tournament did produce one GM norm. Evgeny Shtembuliak scored 6.5/9 to acquire a GM norm. It was a tough event as only  GM Tang could finish that high. The players are pictured far left. Thanks to IA Bill Broich and FA David Kuhns for running the event
I received a picture of Nastassja and Garry Kasparov from her training session. With help like this it is no wonder I can not beat her anymore. An article about the training.
June 18   GM. Illia Nyzhnyk, rated 2679,  won the Trinity rapid at the Castle.  Nastassja drew him.  Again. 
GM. Wesley So won the first leg of the Grand Chess Tour
 June 10 The Castle Summer Classic was won by Sai Srinivas Dasari and Henry Hutton. Both scored 4/5.  The sections were combined as not enough players were entered in the lower section. 

  June 8 The Minnesota Norm Tournament will run from Friday evening June 15th  until Tuesday June 19th. 9 rounds, Fri. June 15 6:00 pm, Sat-Tue. 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. The event will be at the Crowne Plaza Plymouth. The cross table is at the bottom of this page. John Bartholomew and Sean Nagle will be trying for GM norms. John may do some updates on his twitter/YouTube sites. GM Andrew Tang is playing. 
There is an Invitation Only side event. Quiet spectators welcome.

June 6
Saumik Narayanan organized the First Gopher Scholastic Championship. It was a huge success with 95 players and a Blitz event. Helping Saumik were Jacob Ritter, Isaac Carter, Kaushal Kalyanasundaram and Ian Moon. Pictured at left.  Dane Zagar and Jiten Patel helped TD.  Main event results and Blitz results. There was food, bowling and John Bartholomew. Congrats to Arvind Thiagarajan, the winner of the K-3 section, Ryan Shiroma, the winner of the 4-6 section, Aiden Finnegan, the winner of the 7-12 section, and Jordan Timm, the winner of the blitz tournament! Overall, we had 95 players in the main tournament, and 20 players in the blitz tournament. Facebook.
The Gopher club is holding another great event in September: 4th Golden Gopher Open, September 21-23, $10,000 Prizes Projected!


May 29
An update from Chicago: Only one of the 
Minnesota group was among the money winners. NM OK Iwu will cash a $400 check.  Zagar played Jin and Li played Murray. The old guys lost. Very sad. I kidded Alice Lee that she should of had me as a doubles partner not knowing I would have to face her brother. Good choice Alice. Several of our players were a half point short of the money. For those on a budget, you could check out the Ramada nearby with a rate of about $70-80 a night.
There is the First Gopher Scholastic Championship tournament this weekend organized by Saumik Narayanan at the University of MN. 
After that is the  Rochester Open  tournament with the first round at the Castle option. 
The 7th Twin Ports Open is looking like a top heavy event once again. The Duluth guys work hard at to make this event special and deserve you support. 
Just posted on the calendar is the 4th Golden Gopher Open in September that looks like it will be great. Grandmasters Alex Yermolinsky, Ashwin Jayaram, Denes Boros, Fidel Corrales, and Timur Gareyev have all confirmed to play!

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