Rochester Players in Duluth

The first Twin Ports Open was a huge success with over 85 participants!  In the Open section, GM Alex Yermolinsky and IM John Bartholomew tied for first with 4.5/5.  Matt Jensen from Rochester scored 3 points in a tie for 12th place.  Dennis Mays had a strong performance with 2.5 points, scoring 50% in his three games against experts!

In the Reserve section Ben Isbell won first place with a perfect score of 5/5.  Rochester players Maor Leker Locker and Paul Kinion had 3 and 2 points, respectively.

It was a fun event and I hope it becomes an annual tradition.  USCF Crosstable for the event.

RCC Schedule 

Tonight we have an unrated theme tournament at the club.  The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Also coming up is the Rochester Closed Championship on August 24-25.  Win this event and you will find your name on the list of RCC champions!

There is no book drawing for tonight, but going forward we are going to have more books to giveaway.  We plan to enter everyone who attends the club meeting in the drawing next time.



Chess Book Giveaway #2 at the RCC

Tonight at chess club is casual night with a possible tournament.  Schedule link.  This will be the first night that we use the new RCC Club Ladder!  It’s our club’s new rating system that does not affect United States Chess Federation ratings.  As long as you are a club member you can play RCC rated games.

I am also running the second RCC chess book giveaway tonight.  Info on the RCC Facebook page.

Monthly USCF Rated July 28

Dear Chess Enthusiasts,

The Rochester Chess Club will be holding its monthly USCF rated tournament July 28. Any one with a USCF membership is welcome to enter. The tournament
will be a 4 round swiss pairing. All tournament information can be found below. I’d like to thank Dennis Mays, for his help in making this tournament possible.

Tournament Layout:
4 round Swiss pairings, G/60 with a 5 second increment. There will be 4 sections. An Open Section , U1500 Section, U1200 section, and U800 section.

(If a low turn out the tournament director will combined sections Accordingly.)

SITE: Mayo Clinic Harwick Cafeteria, SW corner of 3rd Ave. SW & 2nd St. SW, Rochester, MN. Free street parking or in the Republic Parking Ramp (11
Center Street W, located 5 blocks NE of the Harwick Building). Enter the Harwick building through the east entrance on 3rd Ave SW.

DATE/TIME: July 28, registration 9:00am – 9:45am.

Round Start times:

Round 1, 10:00 am.
Round 2, 1:00 pm.
Round 3, 3:30 pm.
Round 4, 6:00 pm.

EF: $15.00 (Adult) & $10.00 (Youth)

($5.00 off if you are a Rochester Chess Club member)

PRIZES: Will be determined on the number of entries.


You can reserve your place in the Tournament by sending e-mails to confirming your interest to play. Or you can register on site July 28 @ 9:00 – 9:45am.

(Note: When registering please state, whether you intend to play in the Open, U1500, U1200, U800.)

Good Chess,
Jack Fulsom