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You can register for ALL Chess Castle and MSCA events online at onlineregistration.cc! You can also always register in-person - please arrive before the start time.

The Chess Castle is open four nights a week, on Monday-Thursday, and most weekends!


WEEKDAY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE


Monday Action Quads

Action Quads every Monday. For best rate, sign up by end-of-day Sunday.
Format: Quads, Game in 25 with a 10 second increment (G/25;+10), 3 rounds, players grouped by rating.
Round Times: 1st round at 6:30 PM, remaining rounds ASAP.

Entry Fee: $15 for Castle members by Sun, $20 by Mon online, $25 at site, $5 more for non-members.

Prizes: 1st $30 in each quad. If there is a Swiss lower section, then 1st $30 and $15 class prize.

Registration: Online by 6 pm Mon, CLICK HERE! Onsite registration and check-in 6:00-6:20 PM.

Other: USCF membership is required. Games may be broadcast. Most games are done by 10:00 PM.
Questions: Contact TD Dan Voje at danvoje@gmail.com or 651-280-5473. Please call if Mon after 3 PM.
2024 Action Quad Leaderboard


Tuesday Fire & Ice
Every Tuesday. First a Slow Burn; then, an Unrated Blitz Cool Off (Play One or Both).

Fire Format: Open Swiss, G/60 + 5 second increment, each Tuesday for a month. 

Fire Round Time: 6:30 PM Tuesdays, check-in by 6:20 PM or you may not get paired. 

Fire Entry Fee: If 3-days early, $20 CCM members, $30 for non-members, ($5 more if 1 hour - 2 days early, $10 more at site). 

Fire Prizes: Winner and Top Cumulative Upsets get FREE entry next month, split on a tie. 

Fire Registration: Onsite registration 6:00-6:20 PM first or second Tuesday of the month. Online registration before 6:00 PM, SIGN UP CLICK HERE! 

Fire Other: Players must be present or email Jack by 6:20 PM to Check-In. USCF membership is required. Games are done at about 8:30 PM. Up to 2 half point byes may be given before round 3. 

Ice Format: Five Round Swiss, G/3 + 2 second increment. 

Ice Start Time: Starts at 8:50 PM every week, a new event every Tuesday. 

Ice Entry Fee: Only $5 each week if you play the Fire, others $10 onsite only

Ice Prizes: 80% of entry fees returned in prizes, Place & Under prizes. 

Ice Registration: Register online before 6:00 PM, SIGN UP CLICK HERE! Onsite registration is between 8:35-8:45 PM Tuesdays. 

Ice Other: USCF membership NOT required. USCF regular ratings used for pairing/prizes. 

Fire & Ice Questions: Contact TD Jack Bellinger at tuesday@chesscastle.com


Wednesday Casual Night, Game Review & Unrated Blitz

Perfect for new players or returning members to learn about the club, play some friendly games, or join the US Chess Federation.

Casual: 5-7 PM. Unrated chess fun to play friendly games and socialize

Game review/lecture: 7-8 PM. Have your notated game reviewed by a US Chess Expert, Candidate Master, or National Master. $10 per game up to 5 games per night.

Unrated Blitz Format: 6 rounds, G/3+2.
Round Times: 1st round at 8:00 PM, remaining rounds ASAP.

Entry Fee: Entry $10 only $5 for those who paid for Game Review

Prizes 1st $20, 2nd $10, & Free Weekday Tournament Cards to all new Unrated or Provisionally rated players scoring 2 points or more
Questions: Contact TD Dan Voje at danvoje@gmail.com or 651-280-5473


Thursday Knighter Open/Premier

For early bird rate, sign up by end-of-day Tuesday before round 1.

OPEN: Personal chess set & clock optional.

Format: (G/90; +30).
Round Times: 6:30 PM each Thursday, check-in by 6:20 or you may not get paired.

Entry Fee: if 2-days early, $25 for CCM members, $35 for non-members, ($5 more if 1-day to 1-hour early, $10 more at site).  It's good for whole month.  1-day rate is $10 for CCM members, $15 for non-members.

Prizes: Winner and Top Cumulative Upsets get FREE entry next month, split on a tie. 

Registration: Onsite registration 5:45-6:15 PM first Thursday of the monthOnline registration MAY SIGN UP CLICK HERE!

Other: USCF membership is required. Most games are done by 10:00 PM. House player and spectators welcomed.
Questions: Contact TD Norm Myrin at normalcyforever@gmail.com or 612-964-6673


PREMIER: Chess set & clock provided. New Premier Prize Masters Entry! 

Format / Round Times: Same as OPEN section. Excellent opportunity for higher rated players (must be 1700 or higher) with discount incentives.

Entry Fee: if 2-days early and a CCM member (1700-1899 $35), (1900-1999 $30), (2000-2099 $25), (2100-2199 $20), (2200-2299 $15), (2300+ $10), (NE receives $5 off, NM receives $10 off, FM and above FREE), ($5 more if 1-day to 1-hour early, $10 more at site), non-members $10 more.  Entry fee is good for whole month.  One-day rate is same as OPEN.

Prizes: Winner gets free entry to play a weekend Quad with 3 Masters! Top Cumulative Upsets get FREE entry next month, split on a tie. 

Byes: one bye if 4-SS, two byes if 5-SS, exceptions at TD's discretion.

Registration: Same as OPEN.

Other: Exceptions to minimum rating at TD's discretion. TD may require submission of game scores.  Games may be broadcast. House player welcomed.
Questions: Contact TD Nathan Hoover at nathanhoover@msn.com or 763-232-9944

Wallchart 2024 Thursday Knighter Leaderboard, 2024 Upset Leaders


WEEKEND TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE


ChessKids at the Castle May 19th

For best rate, sign up by end-of-day Friday.
Format: 4 rounds, (G/25)
Entry fee: $25 by 5/17, $30 by 5/19 3:30 pm online. SIGN UP CLICK HERE!  (Current Registrations)

Rounds: 4:10, 5:00, 6:20, 7:10. (break after rd 2)

Onsite: Club will be open at 3:15 PM. Registration closes at 3:50 PM.  EF is $35 at site.

Prizes: Trophies for the leaders and medals for all others.

Other: Unrated tournament play and game analysis if time permits.  No USCF needed.

Questions: Contact TD Nathan Hoover, 763-232-9944, nathanhoover@msn.com or Igor Rybakov at igorchess@gmail.com


Exerciser Quads May 25th

Format: Three Rounds Game in 60 with a 30 second increment, USCF membership is required. Players are grouped based on ratings.

Entry fee: $5 for Castle members, $15 for others. SIGN UP CLICK HERE! Please register before 9:30 AM online.

Onsite registration: $5 more ends at 9:50 AM. Castle opens at 9:30 AM and games start at 10:00 AM.

Round Times: 10:00 AM, 1:30 PM, and ASAP.  

Questions: E-mail Dan Voje danvoje@gmail.com or 651-280-5473.


Speedy Saturday (Quick and Blitz!) June 1st

For best rate, sign up by end-of-day Thursday.
Format: Quick event in morning, blitz in afternoon. Quick is 4 round swiss, game in 15 w/ 3 increment. Blitz is 6 double rounds, game in 3 w/ 2 increment.

Entry fee: $20 for Castle members, $30 for non-members online. -$10 for just 1 event. SIGN UP CLICK HERE!

Rounds: Quick is 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15. Blitz is 2:00, 2:25, 2:50, 3:15, 3:40, and 4:05.

Onsite: Club will be open at 9:30 AM. Registration closes at 9:50 AM for Quick, registration closes at 1:45 for Blitz. $5 more for all.

Prizes: $80 for each quick and blitz ($160 total) (based on 16). 1st and 2 Class prizes, may add more depending on entries.

Other: Up to 2 half point byes by request for rapid, up to 3 half point byes by request for blitz. USCF Quick and Blitz rated. Using regular ratings for pairings and prizes.

Questions: Contact TD Dane Zagar at danezagar@gmail.com.


Rapid June 8th

For best rate, sign up by end-of-day Thursday.
Format: 5 rounds, G/30 with 5 second delay.

Entry fee: $25 for Castle members, $35 for non-members online. SIGN UP CLICK HERE!

Rounds: 10:00, 11:30, 1:30, 2:45, 4:00. 

Onsite: Club will be open at 9:30 AM. Registration closes at 9:50 AM $5 more for all.

Prizes: $200 total (based on 16). Often 2 Places and 2 Class prizes.

Other: Up to 2 half point byes by request. USCF Regular and Quick rated. 

Questions: Contact TD Jackson Wahl at rapid@chesscastle.com.


Monthly Master Quads June 15th New Event!

Info: The top Quad of this event has 3 Masters who are invited in advance and the winner from the previous month's Thursday Knighter Premiere! 

Masters Rules: If rated over 2100, please contact Dane Zagar to gain free entry to future Master Quads. INFO CLICK HERE! 

Format: Three Rounds Game in 60 with a 30 second increment, USCF membership is required. Players are grouped based on ratings.
For best rate, sign up by end-of-day Thursday.

Non- Masters Entry: $10 for Castle members, $20 for others. SIGN UP CLICK HERE! Please register before 9:30 AM online.

Onsite registration: $5 more ends at 9:50 AM. Castle opens at 9:30 AM and games start at 10:00 AM.

Round Times: 10:00 AM, 1:30 PM, and ASAP.  

Questions: E-mail Dane Zagar danezagar@gmail.com or 612-805-3958


Foolish Tornado Sunday June 16th

For best rate, sign up by end-of-day Friday.
Format: 4 rounds swiss, G/45 with 5 second delay.

Online Entry: $25 for Castle members, $35 for non-members. SIGN UP CLICK HERE!

Onsite entry: $5 more ends at 9:50AM.

Rounds: 10:00, 12:15, 2:00, and 4:00.

Prizes (based on 16): 1st $60, 2nd $30, bottom half and quarter prizes each $30.

Other: Up to two half point byes if requested before round 3.

Contact: E-mail TD Jackson Wahl at rapid@chesscastle.com


USCF Minor & Major G/75+25 June 22-23rd
Format: 5 games, Swiss pairings. G/75 plus 25 second increment. SIGN UP CLICK HERE!

Entry fee: $35 for Castle members, 1-week early online, otherwise; 6-1 days early is $45 for Castle members. Non-Members $10 more, onsite registration $5 more than latest price. 

Rounds: Saturday 10:00AM-2:15PM-6:30PM; Sunday 10AM-2:15PM. 

Onsite Registration: Sat 9:15- 9:45 AM. Club opens at 9:15am.

Other: Up to two half point byes by request before round 3 is paired! 

Major (1600+): Players in this section must be at least 1600 USCF Live or Monthly. 

Prizes: 1st $140, 2nd $100; 2 Class Prizes $70; (based on 15 players). 

Minor (U1800): Players in this section must be below 1800 USCF. 

Prizes: 1st $120, 2nd $80; 2 Class Prizes $60 each (based on 15 players).
Advanced entries: Made online at www.onlineregistration.cc or mailed: Dane Zagar 7517 W110th Street, Bloomington MN, 55438. Checks payable to: Chess Castle of Minnesota. USCF membership is required.
Questions: email danezagar@gmail.com or text 612-805-3958


Exerciser Quads June 29th

For best rate, sign up by end-of-day Thursday.
Format: Three Rounds Game in 60 with a 30 second increment, USCF membership is required. Players are grouped based on ratings.

Entry fee: $5 for Castle members, $15 for others. SIGN UP CLICK HERE! Please register before 9:30 AM online.

Onsite registration: $5 more ends at 9:50 AM. Castle opens at 9:30 AM and games start at 10:00 AM.

Round Times: 10:00 AM, 1:30 PM, and ASAP.  

Questions: E-mail Dan Voje danvoje@gmail.com or 651-280-5473.


Roger Hale Chess Celebration August 9th-11th

Over $3,800 in prizes projected + U800 with trophy & cash prizes! Friday Master Simul + MSCA Grand Prix points available! Discounts for 2000, 2100, & 2200+ Players! Extra playing rooms rented at the Chess Castle for this event!

Friday Night (August 9th) Chess Castle Tandem Master Simul + Free Game Analysis: Test your skills against USCF’s finest! All challengers will face Masters who will alternate turns on your board. Winners will receive a special prize! After your game, analyze it for FREE with Chess Expert Dane Zagar. Registration online at www.onlineregistration.cc or onsite at 5:30 pm and games will start at 6:00pm. Support the Chess Castle and battle the Chess Stars only $15 for Chess Castle Members $30 for others. 

The Voje Section: Entry fee: $55 by June 15th, $65 by July 1st, $75 by July 15th; $85 by August 1st, $95 by August 9th,  $110 onsite before 9:30am. Discounts: 2000+ $10 off 2100+ $20 off, 2200+ $30 off, and FMs, IMs, & GMs FREE after 3 rounds played. Prize fund: 1st $800 + Dan Voje Trophy, 2nd $400, 3rd $200; U2200 $160; U2000 $160; U1800 $160  (based on 45 paid entries).

The Roger Section (U1600): Entry fee: $45 by June 15th, $55 by July 1st, $65 by July 15th; $75 by August 1st, $85 by August 9th, $100 onsite before 9:30am. Prize fund: 1st $400 + Roger Hale Trophy, 2nd $200, 3rd $160, U1400 $120, U1200 $120, U1000 $120 (based on 45 paid entries).

The Future Section (U800): Entry fee: $35 by June 15th, $45 by July 1st, $55 by July 15th; $65 by August 1st, $75 by August 9th, $90 onsite before 9:30am. Prize Fund: 1st $300, 2nd $150, 3rd $120; U600 1st $100, 2nd $60; Unrated/U400 1st $100, 2nd $60 + Scholastic Trophies for the top 1st - 3rd K-5 students, 1st - 3rd 6th - 8th grade students, and 1st - 3rd 9th - 12th grade students (based upon 45 paid entries). Policy for New/Unrateds.

All Sections: Five games, Swiss pairings. USCF membership required and MSCA optional. Time Control: All games in 75 minutes plus 25 second increment. Schedule: Saturday 10:00AM-2:15PM- 6:30PM; Sunday 10AM-2:15PM. Onsite Registration: Saturday 8:30am - 9:30am. Advanced entries can be made online at www.onlineregistration.cc or mailed: Dane Zagar 7517 W 110th St, Bloomington Minnesota, 55438. Checks payable to: Chess Castle; Must be postmarked by August 1st. Byes up to 2 half-point byes.  Forfeit Time: 30 minutes. 

Why the Roger Hale Chess Celebration? The Chess Castle has a rich history beginning after Fischer’s 1972 World Championship. Roger Hale’s leadership and contributions with the help of TDs like Dan Voje have kept the Chess Castle alive and thriving well into the 21st century!
Tournament Questions: Contact Dane Zagar: danezagar@gmail.com or (612) 805-3958