Friday, March 30, 2007

Round Four of the Thursday Knighter III

Last night was another good night at the Castle. Rich DuRocher came up to play. The other seven signed up for the month showed, so Rich was added to the mix.

The top two players for the month were Carl and Steve. They drew two weeks ago, and each had a score of 2.5. Steve played Black against Phil, while Carl had the White pieces against Norm. Rich had Black against Roger, while Vinnie had White against Dennis. (I had an unrated game against John.)

I got to watch the beginning of all the games before I started my game. All the games looked interesting, with Phil v Steve and Roger v Rich the most active and complicated games.

When I got finished playing John to a draw, I walked over to Phil and Steve's table. The position had gotten more complicated, in Phil's favor. He had a checkmate threat on its way, so Steve resigned.

Norm was running very low on time against Carl. Norm won an exchange in what was a semi-closed position (a Knight for a Rook), but Carl used his remaining Knight in such an effective way that Norm was not able to hold off all the threats, and Carl won, making him this month's winner at 3.5. Congratulations again, Carl!

Roger has been getting into chess again late last year after a long break from playing. He was lamenting the fact that it was tough, but I encouraged him that it takes just a bit of patience. He didn't have to wait too long. He had a tactical game going with Rich. Rich opened up a weakness in his own position which created a forced mate in two.

I ended up leaving before the end of Vinnie and Dennis' game, which still had up to forty minutes to go. I was tired, but satisfied to have played and witnessed numerous good games.

Friday, March 23, 2007

March Thursday Knighter at the Chess Castle

I haven't had a chance to visit the Chess Castle since I played in January. I heard that last month a dozen participants played. But last night there were just three games going for the six players.

Although there was just a small number, the games were all interesting. Roger Hale, a new member to the club in January, was playing against Norm. Phil Stevenson was playing against Carl, who has been playing on Monday nights. Vinnie was playing against Steve Turmo. Carl told me that last week he and Steve drew. I did not see any of the games conclude in the hour I was there, although all three seemed to be favoring on player over the other. It was enjoyable to check the games out.

Carl encouraged me to show up for some of the Monday events, which needs some more participants.

From the Castle site:

8SS, TL: G/5, Reg: 6:30-7:15pm. Clocks start 7:15pm [done by 10PM]. EF: $10.
Z: 60% entries awarded as prizes, depending on participation.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Minnesota Scholastic report on Susan Polgar's blog

This morning I sent GM Susan Polgar a short report on the Minnesota Scholastic Chess Tournament, which she posted here. In the last week she has received reports on events from Arizona (with more than 600 participants) and Oregon, also with over 600 students.

Monday, March 12, 2007

The Late Winter Think at the Castle

Thanks to Mr. Bill for posting details about this past weekend's event on the Chess Castle website.

Congratulations to Michael Yang for a perfect score!

24--that's a great turnout!

Friday, March 2, 2007

2007 Mn Open Gallery

The images found on the Chess Castle website are now being hosted on the Fiore Chess site. I would like to thank the good folks from the Castle for their fine work.

You may find the gallery in the Forums section under Mn Tournaments: Gallery; or you may access them directly HERE.

2007 Mn Open Results

All the rated sections for the 2007 Mn Open Championships are now being hosted on the Fiore Chess website. They can be found under the forums section or you may go directly by clicking HERE. - John

IMPORTANT: Registration form for the Scholastic event!

The registration form for the 2007 MSCA Scholastic Chess Championship is located here.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

MSCA Board meeting this Saturday

All board meetings are open to any MSCA members. This Saturday we have our first meeting with the new board at 9 o'clock a.m. at

Curran's Restaurant

4201 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409-2014

(612) 822-5327

Please join us for breakfast and discussion. Mr. Bill also has this information on the MSCA link on the Chess Castle website. Thanks again, Mr. Bill.

Do any readers have any updates on play at the Chess Castle?

As I have had such a busy month and have not personally had a chance to play or watch games at the Castle this month, I am writing this to ask those who are playing to provide an update on the Thursday Knighter, the Monday Quads, or any of the weekend events.

Please note that this Saturday is the Beware the Ides of March Quads. The details are:

3 RR. TL: G/60 EF: $20, PZ. $40 each Quad. Reg: 12-12:50, RDs. 1-3:30-6.

Thank you and drive safely!