Blind Chess Copy October 2021

There have been many notable returns in recent memory.  The 80s brought us Return of the Jedi, the 90s brought us Return of the Mack, the 2000s had Return of the King, and thousands of years ago, there was even the Return of the Prodigal Son.  This past weekend however was the return of SCA Chess in person tournaments, and their next one is a Grade Level on November 6th.  Be safe and be mindful of COVID practices… Keep your distance, though, Chewie, but don’t look like you’re trying to keep your distance.

The Minnesota Chess Journal has returned as well, for those who have not seen it yet.  Originally, the MCJ ran from 1964-2011 where and there were paper copies delivered by mail to MSCA members only.  Now, the Journal will be offered digitally, and open to the public, and I will happily share them when they come out.  Thanks to Tim Radermacher, Joe Longen Nels Truelson for their time and efforts in putting this together.

The overall return of Over the Board (OTB) chess has been welcomed by many, and we have seen the following successes as of late:

Congrats to International Master Sean Nagle on winning his 10th Minnesota State Championship!
Congrats to Alice Lee on becoming the youngest ever Women International Master!
Congrats to Sammy Narayanan earning the title of FIDE Master!
Congrats to Troy Cavanah earning the title of National Master!

Hoping for many happy returns to all of you in these times.  Just as every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end, all returns mark the end of a departure.  Not all returns are positive, not all departures are negative.  Not all who returned were welcomed, not all who departed seek a return.  What I told you was true, from a certain point of view.  It’s all a matter of perspective.  

This has been your Blind Chess Copy for October.  Thank you for your time.

Jiten Patel
School Chess Association
Minnesota Chess Journal V2
Minnesota Chess Journal V1