Blind Chess Copy February 2018

The moment you all have been waiting for is fast approaching.  That one time time of the year you all look forward to.  This highly anticipated, elaborately orchestrated, and magnificently created event that is for you all.  No, I’m not talking about how I tend to get tongue in cheeky political about the power of voting, but keep reading, I will.  No, this is not the time for the John Denver “I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane” homage, that’s next month, by the way.  And no, the weekend event I speak of is not the opening of Black Panther, that was last weekend, but that sure was a delight to see for those who have not done so yet.

The moment I speak of is the Minnesota Open, one of the oldest and consecutively running tournaments in all of US Chess.  125 years, and going strong.  The numbers keep growing, and there is still time to sign up.  CLICK HERE! to register, don’t miss out.  Looks like we will have a record turnout for the Beginners Novice and Unrated/U800 Saturday-only tournament, click HERE for those details.

Board Elections will be taking place, and also two referendum type items that can only be changed via general election.  All MSCA members have the right to vote and make a difference.  How much of a difference you ask?  Over 100,000 votes were cast in the Minneapolis Mayoral 2017 election alone.  If we double that, I am being extremely conservative to say there are 200,000 eligible voters in MN.  There are about 200 MSCA members.  So one’s vote is at least 1,000 times more powerful.  To see the ballot, click here.

For any questions about this weekend, reply back.  Hope to see you at the MN Open.  This has been your Blind Chess Copy, February 2018.  Thank you for your time.

Original post date: 2/22/18

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