Save the Date for State

Congrats to all of those who competed in the MN Open last weekend.  Congrats to all of those who realized this one very thing:  There is still work to do before the State Scholastic.  The Red Queen from Alice, Through the Looking Glass reminds us that we have to run as fast as we can just to stay where we are, and an evaluation of a tournament like this one reminds us that there is some work to do before March 19-20.  Don’t be late [be late], for this very important date.

Online registration and information will be up by the end of this weekend.  Bear in mind that this is the one true State K-3, K-6, K-9, and K-12 Tournament.  There is a lot of chess to be played until then.  As I have always told my students, make your mistakes now–get ready for State.

Tomorrow will be the SCA’s second biggest tournament, the Grade Level Championship at Metcalf.  This is one of the largest scholastic chess events in the State, with team trophies as well.  Those looking for rated play, the Chess Castle has an offering on the docket.  Being billed as the Triple Threat, there is a round of long chess, some  rounds of quick chess, followed by some more rounds of blitz.  I am calling it a Triathlon, and those interested can go to the Chess Castle site for more info.

The Chess Castle is also holding a big tournament with a generous prize fund—$1200!  This is the Minneapolis Open, and it will be March 5-6.  Entries are limited to the first 60 people and we are getting close to a quarter of the way there already.

As noted, emails will be coming a little more frequently between now and the State Scholastic.  This has been your Save the Date for State, for February, 2016.  Thank you for your time.

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