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A Look Into August 2018

For over three quarters of my life, I have been heavily involved in a game where the Queen is the most powerful piece on the board, so you will need to try much harder to emasculate me.  Am I a

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A Look Into July 2018

Hope everyone had a good 4th.  I will not light any sparklers to the “inconvenience” of a holiday being on a Wednesday, as I can think back to days I have had to be up from dawns early light until

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Fabi Fabi Fabi, Oi! Oi! Oi!

Did someone get a hold of Miley Cyrus, because there is a Party in the USA!  It has been one week since the Candidates Match in Berlin, but 46 years since an American will be challenging for the World Championship.  His

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A Look Into February 2018

Yes it’s below zero again, and you can’t wish it away.  Yes it snowed again recently and you hope you don’t have to shovel it.  You can’t sleep this one off, its Minnesota, the Dream Academy won’t be there to

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A Look Into November, 2017

The ice scraper never leaves my car, but this is the time of the year where it simply moves from the backseat to the front seat.  The fluffy stuff that came down didn’t last too long here, but I am

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A Look Into October 2017

Did you miss out on the Rapid format tournament last Saturday at the Castle last Saturday?  The suggestion by Aleh Matus was a good one, and we hope to offer it up again at the Castle at some point in

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A Look Into August, 2017

Jay Cutler is back in the league, and the Twin Ports Open will be held in Packer Country this year.  I know, that is a lot to take in, at least the Lions will find a way to mess something

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  • 4th GOLDEN GOPHER OPEN September 21, 2018 – September 23, 2018 St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN 55108, USA The Chess Club at the University of Minnesota invites you to play in the 4th Golden Gopher Open! In response to the great turnout last year, we have doubled the projected prize fund from last year to $10,000! nSite: The tournament will take place at the St. Paul Student Center: 2017 Buford Ave, St. Paul,…
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