MN Scholastic Results

A quick reminder tomorrow night is our first USCF Blitz tournament at the club.  This is a new USCF rating category for games between 5 and 10 minutes!  Free for members and we’ll start at 7 PM.

Below is a recap of the scholastic tournament by Chuck Handlon.  Dennis Mays annotated a nice game by George Berg which is posted on the Games page.

Photos of State from Century Coach Chuck Handlon.

Rochester Chess Players Find Some Success at 2013 State Tournament

Rochester area students were challenged in the Minnesota State Chess Association 2013 state scholastic chess tournament held at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul March 23 & 24.  Over 200 students grades K-12 competed in six rounds of games, some of them over three hours in length.  The tournament was divided into K-9 and 9-12 divisions.  About 30 middle and high school teams were represented.

Several Rochester players had success breaking the “top twenty” of the tournament, all with records of 4-2.  Various tiebreakers were used for the overall place.  In the K-9 division Peter Hansel (Friedell MS) finished 17th while Richard Huang (Kellogg) was 20th.  Zhengdao Lin a Willow Creek 8th grader followed at 23rd. The best high school finishes were Maor Locker (Century) who was 20th and Daniel Frieburger (Lourdes) who was 22nd and named the “top twelfth grader”.

Team scores are based on the best four team players’ scores.  Willow Creek Middle School received the Second Place Middle School trophy.  This was an excellent finish for a team that had never participated in a tournament.  The team was coached by Jim Huerter a paraprofessional in the RPS middle school Newcomers program at Willow Creek.  The team consisted of eight boys and two girls who are English Speakers Other Languages in the program including some who have only recently come to the United States.

Rochester Lourdes High School coached by Dennis Mays achieved 9th on tiebreakers with 12.5 points.  Century High School coached by Chuck Handlon was 14th with 9 points.

Individual and team results of this tournament may be found on the Minnesota Chess Castle website

                                                                  Chuck Handlon

                                                                  Rochester Area Scholastic Chess League

Chess Camps Next Week!

The Rochester Chess Club will be holding two chess camps next week.  Both camps run from Monday through Friday 6:00PM-8:30PM.  If you cannot make the full week accommodations can be made for you.  Jack Fulsom is running a camp that will cover  basic chess principles and chess theory, which are then needed fundamentals of all chess players.  This camp is intended for most students and parents are encouraged to participate.  Rob Newshutz is running a camp that will cover tactics in-depth.  This camp is highly recommended for more experienced players, and will definitely improve your tactical eye.

Both of these coaches have a lot of experience teaching, and are very knowledgeable!  If you have not signed up yet and are interested you can send an email to Dennis Mays (dennis_mays<at> or Jack Fulsom (jfulsom<at>  You can also arrive onsite any of the days to join.  The camp pages below have more information as well as the registration forms.  Hope to see you there!

Jack Fulsom Camp Page

Rob Newshutz Camp Page

Tuesday night we will still be meeting for casual chess and possibly an unrated tournament.  I encourage parents or siblings of camp attendees to come play some chess with other members.  There is no cost to play and the site is well air conditioned!


Rochester Scholastic Open 2012 Results

The Rochester Scholastic Open 2012 tournament was a success!  We had eight participants in total, four of them already USCF members.  Mikael Paulik had significant tournament experience so he was not eligible for the USCF membership prizes.  Thanks goes out to Dennis Mays and Jack Fulsom for their help organizing.  George Paulik was very generous and donated some chess books as prizes.  Here are the final standings:

1st – Mikael Paulik | 4.0 | (Won a 1 tournament RCC credit)

2nd – Michael Kern | 3.0 |  (Won a 1-year extension on his USCF membership)

3rd – Charlie Liu | 2.0 | (Won a 1-year extension on his USCF membership)

4th – Ben Lee | 2.0 | (Won a chess book donated by George Paulik)

5th – Logan Slavin | 2.0 | (Won a chess book donated by George Paulik)

6th – Cory Li | 2.0 | (Won a chess book donated by George Paulik)

7th – Richard Xiong | 1.0 |

8th – Ian Kern | 0.5 |