Rochester Students Return from SuperNationals

Upcoming Events

Free tournaments: A quick note about our upcoming USCF tournaments;  They are all free for members unless an entry fee is listed.  We hope everyone enjoys the chance to play rated games for free!

Tuesday Night: We will be having a USCF rated Quick chess tournament starting at 7 PM.  Free for members.

May G/90:  We are up to 15 players signed up for the May G/90.  Please let Matt know in the next couple of weeks if you’d like to play.  Registration list.

Previous Events

Press release on SuperNationals from Century Coach Chuck Handlon:

For public release:

Several Rochester area students competed in the United States Chess Federation K-12 SuperNationals V tournament April 5-7 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The tournament consisted of seven matches over three days, some of them four hours in length.  Players competed as individuals and teams (top four scores from one school were counted as the team score) receiving one point for a win and one half point for a draw.  Competition was divided into divisions based on the players United States Chess Federation rating.

George Berg (11th grader from Lourdes) finished with a score of 3.5 which was good for second place in the Under 1500 group.  The Century chess club team placed 21st of 73 teams and 400 players in the Under 1200 rating division.  The team was led by senior Enoch Tan who had 4.5 points (94th), followed by seniors Michael Ekker with 4.0 points, Gregory Nathan 3.0 and sophomore Ethan Kub who had 3.0 points.

Century freshman Maor Locker finished with 3.0 points in the K-12 championship division.  This was good for 20th place among all 9th graders in that division.

Chuck Handlon,

Secretary Rochester Area Scholastic Chess League

March G/90 Best Game Prize: The Best Game prize has been awarded to Dennis Mays for the March G/90.  Great job Dennis!

World Festival: There are some great pictures of the World Festival on our Facebook page.

Recent USCF Results:  All RCC rated events

  • April 12, Winter Never Ends:  
    • 1st – Larry Jasperson
    • U1400 1st  – Richard Huang
  • April 9, Dual Rated Tournament:  
    • Group 1 1st – Rob Newshutz
    • Group 2 1st – Richard Huang
    • Group 3 1st – Ben Schimke
  • April 2, Blitz Tournament:
    • 1st (tie) – Scott Riester and Matt Jensen

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!