Rochester Grand Summer Open this weekend!

This weekend

The Rochester Grand Summer Open is this weekend.  The RGSO 2012 event page has more information on the tournament.  So far we have about 30 players pre-registered for the event, including 3-time winner Matt Dahl.  Online registration is probably still available if you sign-up today, otherwise you can still register at the event.  List of past winners.


We are trying  a new tournament format for the scholastic players in town.  The Rochester Scholastic Open will be an unrated event for youth ages 18 and under, with a chance to win a United States Chess Federation membership.  Visit the event page for more information.

There is still time to register for the Rob Newshutz and Jack Fulsom chess camps.  Click the events on the right sidebar for more info.

Chess players are invited to be recognized at the next school board meeting


All RPS chess players who were successful at the state and national tournaments are invited to bring their trophies and “show off” at the Rochester Public Schools board meeting next Tuesday April 24.  Be there by 6:20 as the public comments part of the meeting starts at 6:30 and chess is second on the agenda.

Should be an article in the PB today.  Also here is a link  to the Fox 47 news report which aired Sunday on the success of Rochester players at the national chess tournament:


Rochester Students Make Their Mark at National Chess Tournament

Rochester Students Make Their Mark at National Chess Tournament

                                                                  By Chuck Handlon

Rochester area students took advantage of a unique opportunity to participate in the United States Chess Federation  (USCF) national senior scholastic tournament which was held in Minneapolis this weekend (April 13-15).  Over twenty students from sixth to twelfth grades joined a thousand players from across the country at the Minneapolis Hyatt.  The tournament consisted of seven rounds of play with game time controls of 120 minutes.  Some games lasted close to four hours a round.

Players competed in divisions based on each player’s USCF rating.  The majority of the Rochester players were in the K-12 division of under 1200 rating.  Each player received one point for a win and one half point for a draw.  Team scores were determined by the aggregate of the top four players from one school.  Some divisions such as the under 1200 had over 300 players representing more than 60 teams.

When the final awards were presented it was clear that Rochester players had left an impression on the national level.  Peter Hansel (7th grade Friedell MS) placed first in his class of 1400-1499 in the championship division.  In the under 1200 division the top Rochester finisher was Richard Huang (6th grade Kellogg MS) who placed 19th.  In the same division placing in a tie for 30th (top 10 %) were Ben Jensen (9th grade John Marshall HS), Mikael Paulik (Lourdes HS), and Cheenar Banerjee and Gregory Nathan both 11th graders from Century HS.

In the under 1200 team standings Century HS achieved 19 points which placed them in a tie for 5th/6th place out of 63 teams.  This was the highest finish of a Minnesota school in a rated division.  Other Century team members were senior Henry Newshutz, juniors Enoch Tan and Michael Ekker, sophomore Rory Li and freshmen Ethan Kub and Ted Woolner.

Results may be found on the USCF website ( ) or with this link: Photos may be found on the Rochester Chess website