Rated events are played with a chess clock. The time for each player varies with the event ranging from 5 minutes to several hours for the whole game. The number of games per event varies from 1-20 games a day. Some events are completed in one day and others go for days or even one game a week for a month. In all events you play every round win, lose or draw. We primarily use two tournament systems: "Round Robin" (everyone plays everyone) and "Swiss" where winners are paired with winners and losers with losers to try to generate a clear winner.
There has never been a better time to be involved in a chess club. Modern chess books are released constantly and are now computer checked for accuracy and many are available in e-book format. Advanced chess engines and databases both paid and free are available which adds to the richness of resources available to the modern player. There are endless YouTube videos and thousands of chess players play online 24 hours a day around the world on mobile devices and computers. You can follow live commentary and games of major chess events around the world online. Coaching is available in person and online. The club can help guide you with recommendations. One thing hasn't changed, there is no substitute for a great chess club to help navigate the modern world of chess.
Ready to start? Tuesday night “casual chess” at the Chess Castle is from 6pm until at least 11pm. People just come and go during the evening, pickup games, and chat about whatever (roughly 98.5% about chess, however). It is free the first time around but $3 per evening after that for non-members of the Chess Castle (annual membership is $120 which gives you a discount, normally $5 in every tournament you play in). If you have played tournament chess before, you will be very familiar with the routine, just check our event schedule. Tuesday evening games are not tournament, rated games… strictly casual. If you have not played tournament chess before, remember, most players start as beginners. You will quickly find out how exciting, challenging and fun the game of chess can be. We hope to see you soon!
If you have questions or want more information, please contact Bill Murray: firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you are interested in lessons we have several fine coaches in the area. They can get you started or improve your chess. They teach all ages and skill levels. Feel free to e-mail them to get the particulars and prices.
1121 Jackson Street NE, Suite #134, Minneapolis, MN 55413
In the red brick Waterbury building on the NW corner of Central and Broadway in the Nordeast.