Chess Chatter

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

If you have news send it to, Bill at feellikeapawn@comcast.net

FIDE Premiere & USCF Open Dec. 3-4th 2022 Home page

Hall of Fame Classic Dec. 17th-18th. LINK

November 27 There are 28 entered in the Hall of Fame Classic next month. Remember the limit is for 80 players. FIDE event to use as a warmup on December 3rd-4th at the club.

November 25 This coming Tuesday, Nov. 28th, we debut the new Speedy Tuesday tournament. Game 15+3sec. inc. 4 rounds. Opening night will be free entry. Details on the home page. This will not count on your regular rating.

November 21 Only 12 showed for the Think this past weekend. Vaibhav Kalpaka and Medhat Feshir tied for first.

There are 23 entered in the Hall of Fame Classic next month. Remember the limit is for 80 players.

November 14 The Class Championships was a huge success. With 80 players the advertised max competing for not only money but a spot in the Closed. Sammy Narayanan took time out from his norm hunt to once again qualify for the coveted spot. Tim Radermacher made it a little easier after an upset win against Alice Lee. Needing only a draw when playing Alice in the last round. Alice is now off to continue her norm hunt. Thanks to both of them for playing.

The U2000 spot in the section A playoffs was won by Daniel Garrett. He should soon cross the 2000 barrier. I (Bill) was held back by a draw in the first round and had to only hope there would be some draws. No such luck. There is always the MN. Open. All the results can be viewed here. I feel the new site is working out with more options in between rounds and better conditions for parents and fans. Thanks to Sarah for directing and Tim for organizing.

A Think next weekend. The Hall of Fame will be held here at the Castle with a limit of 80 players. Sign up early. The price of hotel space has risen too high for medium size tournaments and this arrangement helps keep the club in the black.

November 8 Do not E-mail MSCA. The limit has been reached for entry into the MN. Class Championship. . We should have an on time start and prizes should be fully paid. Alice Lee, home from St. Louis, and Samrug Narayanan lead a strong field. Bring sets and clocks just in case we need them.

November 2 NM Matt Jensen won the Rochester Championship pocketing $1,000. He posted a video of his last game. Congratulations.

October 24 From the MSCA site: The 2022 edition of the Senior (50+) State Championship was played at the new Castle Chess Club in Southdale Mall on October 22-23. Andres Hortillosa & Tim Radermacher finished in a tie for 1st place with 3.5 / 4.0 points. There will now be a tiebreaker playoff to determine who represents Minnesota at the Irwin National Tournament of Senior State Champions next summer. Other prize winners included Andres Hortillosa for the U2000 section, Daniel Nenneman for the U1700 section, Scott Carpenter for the U1400 section, and Daniel Voje for the age 65+ category.


October 15 There is another event along side the Senior Championship for those under 50. Check the front page for details. Alice Lee continues to entertain in St. Louis at the US Women's Championship. Her game against GM Irina Krush started slow but check in around move 35 for some amazing chess. Happy Birthday Alice. She finished with 7/13 for a tie for 5th place and a nice check. Amazing for a 13 year old. The games are on Lichess and the commentary on YouTube.

Update A very entertaining playoff for the US Women's Championship. It went to an armageddon playoff. LINK pick it up at 1:06:00.

October 6 NM Eugene Kerkay has passed away. He had recently moved back to MN with his family. I have an E-mail with some information and contact people I can forward if you request it. No obituary yet.

The latest edition of the MCJ has been uploaded to the MSCA site. Thanks to the guys for preserving MN. chess history. MSCA

FM Alice Lee will be in St. Louis for the U.S. Women's Championship. She is an underdog but I know she will do well. You can see the games on Lichess and a little on YouTube. Wild first round game!! Interview with Alice.

The Senior Championship will be held at the Castle this year. A trip to Michigan for the winner along with bragging rights. We must stop Nels Truelson. Also our last chance before the good doctor Iwu turns fifty.

The Castle Chess Club will now be at the Southdale Mall in the basement. Enter at the Hennepin County Service Center entrance off of York and go down the stairs. We are located by the dance studio.

The picture is of the club. With sets and new chairs and good lighting and posters the place looks like a real club. There is more work to do but it is coming along very well.

The Grand Open Think had only 21 players. Vaibhav Kalpaka, a new player, won the event with 6/7. Medhat Feshir, whom we have not seen in a long while and Eddie Wasserman finished tied for 2nd-3rd. It has been rated. The pizza drew a crowd and Mrs. Dahl brought homemade cookies. Monday drew 10.

Our Thursday night events drew 27 between the two sections.

September 21 Ashton Jin is off at UCLA and still playing chess. He recently competed in the Collegiate Chess League on chess.com. Playing some very strong young titled players he scored 6/6. More details on chess.com

Andrew Titus is running the Minnesotan Team for the States Chess Cup. This league was started by Saumik Narayanan as an online competition on chess.com. He needs team members. Scroll down just a little to see the details.

September 20 The Northern Open was a huge success. 98 players spread over 4 sections and a blitz on Sunday. Tim Radermacher organized it at the Roseville Oval. Jackson and Sarah did another great job directing. Alice Lee was perfect in the open as she prepares to play in the U.S. Championships in October. Okey Iwu and Josiah Jorenby, from SD. were 2nd-3rd with 4/5. Hunt ,Shemesh and Murray took the Expert prize with 3.5/4. Nathan Kangas was clear first in the U1800 and Rohan Shanbhag clear first in the U1200. Northern

Thursday regular Terry Louie has passed away. There will be a Celebration of Terry’s Life, sponsored by professional friends and colleagues on Thursday, September 22, 2022, 4:30pm, at the Minnehaha Falls Park, Wabun Picnic Area, 4655 46th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN.

September 12 MSCA has posted their fall schedule: the Senior, Class and Hall of Fame. Again note early entry discount and limited entries due to space. They are trying to keep the price of tournaments down and help the Castle. Wisconsin and Iowa are also ramping up their fall season.

September 8 NM Matt Jensen, from Rochester, has a chess improvement channel with some interesting content.

September 7 I just returned from Illinois where Caveman Chess put on the State Championship. With boards, pieces and clocks for all boards and results online it was a very well held event. Quite different from the usual Chicago tournament we attend. In a tie for 6th-14th I cashed $262. Losing to FM Yesuntumur 2455 on board 2 in the last (7) round was a thrill.

September 1 Andy Grube from Twin Ports Chess is announcing a monthly chess tournament. Sunday Sept. 25th. Game 60, 5 sec delay. Here is the link to their Facebook page.

The States Chess Cup is an online league that takes place on chess.com, originally started by Saumik Narayanan. This year, there are two divisions: U2200 and U1800. Each week (Tuesday evenings), we submit two teams of 4 with average ratings below 2200 and 1800. Players play a 15+2 game against each member of the opposing team. We will have a large enough roster where you don't have to commit to every Tuesday.


The league should start in October and run until around January. If you are interested in playing and ~1400+ USCF, please let Andrew Titus (imandrew6@gmail.com) know. Even if you are not 1400+, if you mostly play online and those ratings are more accurate, there may be a spot on the roster anyways! We've been a playoff team in both seasons so far and hope to continue our streak this year!


August 22 The rumor that the USA Olympic team is playing in this year's Twin Cities Chess League is false. Now you have no reason not to find your teammates and get ready for the 2022-2023 season. Starting on Friday October 14th at the Roseville Oval. All the details. If you need a team or want to play just one Friday come early as they always need subs and ringers. You could also let the TDs at the Castle know that you are available and they will help you find a team.

August 25 The MN. Chess Festival has been rated and results can be found at USCF.

August 15 If looking for something to watch on YouTube check this out: Chess. Troy Cavanah finished 2nd-3rd at the Des Moines Open this past weekend.

August 14 The State Blitz Championship was a huge success. With 58 players. Some old favorites: Radermacher, Longen, Voje, and Leonard Johnson and a lot of new players fresh off the internet. Jackson Wahl was the clear winner with 14/18. Alice Lee was clear second showing that her recent travels have not affected her speed play. Linden Lee and Ashton Jin were close behind with 13/18. The site was very nice and after lunch Tim rented more space and Sarah put the pairings on the huge video monitor which I think should be mandatory for all events. The prize fund was increased. There was some conversation about the 5 min. no increment time control and some of the games got more than a little comic/ stupid. Thanks to Sarah and Jackson for directing and Tim Radermacher for organizing the event.

August 6 I was sent the following from Brian Ribnick:

JOB OPENING: CHESS COACH at Burnsville High school...minimum rating 2000. For questions/details contact Brian Ribnick (bribnick@isd191.org)


August 1 Eddie Wasserman continues his winning ways finishing clear first in the last think at our temporary site. I will update about the new site as soon as I know. Until then give Mom and Dad some needed rest.


July 31 I got tired of looking at the ugly catfish. This is for Dan who secretly loves turtles.


July 26 Our best players are in California to play in the National events. I will try to give updates. There are some very strong players entered. Main site. Chess life has some articles on the Invitationals and the US Open on their site.


Senior-Tim Radermacher 4/6

High School-Linden Lee 3.5/6

Girls High School- Alice Lee 4.5/6

Grade 6-8 - Joshua Rajadurai 2.5/6

Grade K-5 - Alan Xu 4/6


As a team they finished 10th. A good result.



July 24 While we wait for results from Catfish Days I found this article. Have you ever wanted to hit your opponents hand for taking your unguarded piece? This chess playing robot did just that.


Just back from Catfish Days in Franklin, MN. Some of the games are available on the club games broadcast site. Eddie Wasserman and Dane Zagar tied for first after a very well played tournament. Four club members at 5/7 with John Blomer gaining 120 points. Your welcome John. Thanks to James Kanne for holding the tournament once again. 37 players total. It has been rated.


The Northern Open scheduled for September 17th-18th at the Oval is posted for entry and details. Early entry goes until August 30.


Alice Lee finished strong at the US Girls Championship but the others played way over their normal level. Details on the St. Louis Chess Club site. Recap articles.


The MN. Blitz Championship is coming up on August 13th. It will be held at the Plymouth Community Center. This is a new site and should be great for a Summer tournament. MAP Hopefully a chance to see some of our top players in action.

July 12 The Rochester Open was a huge success. NM Andrew Titus and Michael Takahashi from Iowa were co-winners with 4/5. Iwu, Jensen and Matus were close behind with 3.5/5. George Paulik won the Amateur with 4.5/5. In the Reserve Jake Schoenbauer, Charles Johnson and Zhongyu Zhang shared the top spot. My doubles partner Ksenija gained over 200 rating points!! Great to see the Rochester chess club back in action. 81 players total.

July 8 FM Alice Lee is in St. Louis for the US Girls Championship. There is play by play on You Tube and the game score on chess.com. Alice played one of the favorites Jennifer Yu and after a good start ran into trouble. Short on time Jennifer could not find the winning move and Alice was able to draw. Check it out.

Sammy Narayanan had a good tournament at the World Open and brought home some money.

June 27 The U.S. Amateur was a huge success. The site was well located in Bloomington with free parking and good food. A very nice hotel. The tournament has been rated. Peyton Smith coming off a layoff was clear first with 4.5/5 good for $800. Four were bunched at 4/5: Radermacher, Murray, Vanory and new player Schabert. In the Reserve Mikhail Dossenko of North Dakota, another new player, was clear first with 4.5/5.In the Bantam, Brandon Welter still another new player was perfect with5/5. In the Masters NM Ashton Jin broke 2300 by scoring 4/5 in a strong field. 163 players in all filled out the field. Thanks to Dane Zagar for bringing a National tournament to Minnesota. Thanks too to Bill Broich from coming in from Iowa to chief TD.

The May issue of the Minnesota Chess Journal is now posted on the MSCA site.

Games from the Closed Playoffs

Games from Nagle -Narayanan tie break.

Chess Castle Championship 2021

The club held our yearly championship this past weekend. Not bitter cold or covid could keep 22 brave souls from the competition. Going into the last round winner NM Troy Cavanah was being chased by Jackson Wahl and John Talghader both a half point behind his 5/6. They had all played so a win was needed for Troy to clinch the title. This he did by beating the fast playing Jordan Timm. This pushed him back over 2200 where I am sure he has found a home. Congratulations.

If you want to see some games from the Winter Open: DGT games.

The next MCJ is now available on the MSCA site.

If you would like to follow the State Playoff Championship

the games are on Lichess and the pairings on Google.

Games download.