A Look Into July 2019

Will chess in Minnesota be the same again, have the shifting seasons and attitudes brought forth a wave of transition that hasn’t been seen before, how will everyone react to all of these changes that are coming our way…Chess being played outside, chess at the Mall of America, and a Scholastic based tournament next month?  Not to mention a tournament that will involve some of the most talented young players in US Chess.

Twin Cities Chess Club has started holding Blitz and Bughouse events at the Mall of America Gameworks (4th Floor) every other Monday, and the next one will be Monday, July 1st at 6pm.  There is no cost, and prizes for top teams/individuals.  Depending on the turnout on the given night(s), there will be some variance on how they will be formatted.

Minneapolis Chess, a 501 c3 foundation has started holding casual outdoor chess from 4-6pm at The Commons, in Minneapolis on Tuesdays.  While geared toward beginners,experienced players that attend are encouraged to mentor those who are starting out.

MN Blizzard Chess will host one of their typical recurring tournaments this weekend, but this one will be played in the presence of those looking to get one step closer to the title of International Master or perhaps Grand Master like Plymouth native Sean Nagle.  Best of luck!

Chess Castle will begin to make a push for more scholastic tournaments this summer with a Game 30 tournament that will include team based awards as well.  There is a plan to increase scholastic engagement, beginning with this one taking place on July 13th, and hope to see this trend continue.  I expect there will be a certain appeal to Tournaments directed at the Chess Castle.

This has been your Look into July, 2019.  Thank you for your time.

Opinions expressed in this communication are solely my own and do not necessarily express the direct views or opinions of the MSCA Board of Directors
Photos are courtesy of Riley Slavics at Minneapolis Chess