I predict the following in 2018:
1. “Perfect”, by Ed Sheeran by far, will be the most played song at proms, but also weddings. If the anticipated 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 makes a big splash, watch out for a resurgence of Lord Hurons “The Night We Met” as well.
2. Minnesota sports [Vikings] fans will still find something to whine about even if they win Sunday, and also the Big One on Feb 4th.
3. We are in for a pretty good year for Minnesota Chess. It is already off to a great start.
Exciting news tonight, The Minnesota Blizzard won it’s opening match against the St. Louis Archbishops, the defending champs of the PRO Chess League. The commentators on Chess.com were stunned by this too, likening it to last weeks “Minneapolis Miracle.” See that, your Skol-astic Coordinator isn’t the only one who finds ways to tie in chess to current events or pop culture.
As always, the MSCA starts off the first quarter of the year with three of its’ biggest tournaments. The Winter Open is next weekend, and it will be held at the Roseville Skating Oval again. Click here to register.
Those looking for a change of pace, the SCA will have a Double Bug tournament in addition to its usual tournament play. For something with a longer control, the Castle will hold an Exerciser Quad. The Birthday Blitz comes back this Sunday, we honor the Stuarts, Stuart Strack and Stuart Konezny.
There will be more information in the future regarding the MN Open and State Scholastic. A Happy 2018 to everyone. This has been your Blind Chess Copy for January 2018. Thank you for your time.
Original post date: 1/19/18