IM Shtembuliak Earns Second GM Norm

The 2018 Minnesota GM Norm Tournament was held at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth, Minnesota, USA. This is the second edition of the norm tournament and only the second norm tournament held in Minnesota. The ten-player round robin event began Friday, June 15th and concluded on June 19th. The field consisted of three Grand Masters, five International Masters, two FIDE Masters, and four federations were represented: Macedonia, Ukraine, India, and United States. A GM norm required 6.5 points and an IM norm required 4.5 points. There were three prizes of $1500, $1000, and $500. IA Bill Broich and FA David Kuhns were the arbiters. Shtembuliak Earns GM Norm IM Evgeny Shtembuliak

The Return of the Des Moines Open

The 2018 Des Moines Open was held July 7-8 at the Holiday Inn in Des Moines, Iowa. The five round Swiss System tournament was the third Des Moines Open since the turn of the century. The last Des Moines Open listed on the US Chess website was held August 4, 2007. Five years prior, the event was held June 29-30, 2002. This tournament was the last two-day Des Moines Open as the 2007 tournament was a four round G/60; d5 event. The time control of the 2018 Des Moines Open was a G/90;+30. Of the six Des Moines Opens listed on the US Chess website, the 2018 event had the largest field of participants, thirty-five. Chess players from seven states competed in this event: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa

Aulden Van Winkle Chess Tournament

The Aulden Van Winkle Chess Tournament will be held at the Lee County Fair, in the Learning Center,on Saturday, July 14th, in Donnellson, IA. This is a free non-rated tournament and is open to the public, to all ages, and to all levels of play. Depending on participation,the tournament will have a youth section and an adult section.The Van Winkle Family and the Tri-State Chess Club hosts the tournament. Rev. Doug Campbell of Carthage, IL will be the Tournament Director. Registration will start at 9:00 AM, and the games will start at 10:00 AM. The tournament will be a 4 round Swiss System Tournament. The games will be G/30 with ne delay, which means each player has 30 minutes to complete the

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