The Club Championship will be held October 2nd-3rd
September 8 The Northern Open was well run and 60+ players had a good time. It was good to be back at the Oval. Ashton Jin and John Talghader tied for first with 4 points. There were a lot of draws due to the heavy participation of Masters. Those guys are hard to beat. In the U1900 section Harry Breheim was clear first with 4.5/5. In the U1400 Gurulakshimi Kaliappan and Luke Schroeder were tied for first. Jackson Wahl won the Blitz. Northern Open results. Blitz results
The Club Championship will be held October 2nd-3rd. The State Senior Championship will be Oct. 23rd-24th.
August 15 IM Eric Santarious won the Minnesota Masters invitational with 7/9. Andrew Titus was 2nd with 6/9. More details.
As reported in Chess Life by Dennis McGrath the Castle Chess Club is back. We have several membership options. You get a discount on events and free entry into the prestigious club championship. Membership encourages you to play more and helps support the club. Many masters are playing and new beginners to OTB play. Check the links above.
August 9 NM Ashton Jin won the FIDE Classic with 4.5/5. Drawing Alice and beating Linden on his way to first. Alice ( after crushing me) and Linden and Aditya Gupta from Illinois all tied for 2nd-4th. Aditya quit after he crossed the 2200 mid tournament. He dropped down at the Des Moines Open but he will be back. Thanks to Dane Zagar for directing.
August 1 We sent some club members to the invitationals at the U.S. OPEN. Sammy Narayanan is competing in the Denker and won his first game. Troy Cavanah is in the Barber and also won. Ahmed Ilyasov1 drew in the Rockafeller. The tragic news is Senior Champ Dan Voje had to play Wilson Gibbins. He lost. Links for all here.
Results: Troy Cavanah 3.5/5, Ahmed Ilyasov1.5/5, Sammy Narayanan 3/5, Dan Voje 1.5/5, Wilson Gibbins 4/5
Recent attendance: Monday Quads... 28, Wednesday...23, Thursday...15, Think... 30, Exerciser Quad...20
Andrew Titus was clear first at the Summertime Think with 6/7. Iwu and Radermacher were tied for 2nd with 5/7.
NM SAMRUG MARAYANAN
NM TROY CAVANAH
Dan Voje and our old friend Wilson Gibbins. Sadly Wilson won.
Pictures credit to Arun Narayanan.
Dan Voje was the winner of the Catfish Day's tournament. Winning his first six games and then playing one their few draws with Mr. Bill. He gained 74 rating points and is again back in the Expert range. It was heavily attended with Castle members. Nathan Hoover finished 2nd with 6/7 and Andre Hotillosa was 3rd with 5/7.
Dan will represent MN. in the States Senior Championship in Cherry Hill. I am sure he will do us proud. Link above for results.
The catfish float with the fish winners and the mascot.
Alice Lee just finished playing in St. Louis at the Junior Girls Championship. As the youngest she performed well and after a win the stunned Yasser Seirawan interviewed her. Although around the club she is quiet, she did great and even plugged the Castle. She has started a site: FunMasterMike and Alice's Pawn Palace. It has a ton of content with puzzles, videos and more.
We had a good group that went to Chicago. Pictured are Andrew 3/5, Saumik 3/5,Sammy3/5, Stuart 2.5/5 and Ashton 1.5. Not photo ready were Tim Radermacher 2.5/5, Dane Zagar 3/5, Nastassja Matus 1.5/5 and Bill 3/5. Some played up facing tougher opponents. Of special note is Ksenija Matus who is now 7 scored 1 point. All are much bigger after a year's absence.
Dan Voje is once again the State's Senior Champ. Beating Tim Radermacher in a Rook and pawn ending. Scoring 3.5/4. Congratulations to Dan. You can see him in person at the upcoming Catfish Day's Tournament. Seniors pictured.