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29th Catfish Days 2024

😺🐟️  🏎️🏁

☀️ Fri, Sat & Sun ☀️

July 26, 27 & 28 ☀️

Franklin Community Center

221 Second Ave, Franklin, MN 55333

💰️ $1,500 in prizes projected +

Discounts for highly rated players!

All play in Open section +

MSCA Grand Prix points available! 🏁

Prize Fund 💵

1st $400 🥇 2nd $200 🥈 3rd $150 🥉 Plus $750 in additional Class Prizes for groups of at least 5 players (based on 60 paid entries).

⏺️ Format

7 games, Swiss pairings all in one Open section, USCF membership required

Time Control ⏳️

Games 1-5 ➡️ G60 minutes + 30 second increment

Games 6-7 ➡️ G75 minutes + 30 second increment

⏱️ Forfeits 30 minutes from start of the round.

🗓️ Schedule

🖊️ Onsite Registration is Friday 7/26 noon - 12:45pm

🍲 Potluck 🥘 Friday 4:30pm

⚪️ Rounds

Friday 1pm • 5:30pm 🕐️

Saturday 9:30am • 12:45pm • 3:30pm 🕤️

Sunday 9:30am • 1:30pm 🕤️

💵 Please stay for traditional cash award ceremony after the last round to avoid $10 fee for mailing prize.

Friday Potluck 🥘

4:30pm Please contribute to the potluck. The organizer will supply hotdogs and water, but we need other entrees, side dishes, and snacks. If you don't know what to bring, contact Dane Zagar. 📧

Entry Fee 🎟️

$50 by May 1st$60 by June 1st$70 by July 1st • 

$80 by July 15th$90 until 7pm July 25the day before the event •

$100 onsite 💵

🟣 Players rated 2200 or above receive $30 off.

🟣 Players rated 2000 or above receive $20 off.

Byes: Up to 3 half-point byes allowed for any rounds.

➡️ Advance Entries

Can be made online or mailed:

Dane Zagar
7517 W 110th St.
Bloomington  MN  55438

Checks payable to: Chess Castle; Must be postmarked by July 15th.

Hotels 🏨

Many players stay in one of two hotels near the tournament, Jackpot Junction Casino & Hotel or the Morton Inn. There are also options in Redwood Falls, a short drive away.

🎬️ Tournament Director:

Andy Grube

📧 Tournament Questions:

Contact Dane Zagar at

😺🐟️ Catfish Days is an MSCA supported event; not an official MSCA event.

Additional Details

🟫♟️⏰ Players should bring chess boards, pieces, and clock.

🏞️ Special accommodations can be made available to players as needed. Please let us know how we can help improve your chess experience!

🏁 This tournament is part of the MSCA’s Summer Grand Prix Series. The winners of this multi-event points race will claim $2,500 in guaranteed prize money and 4 State Championship Playoff Qualification spots! 🏆️

🧮 Please see the MSCA Unrated Policy to learn how rating may be determined from USCF live/online or FIDE ratings.

🚨 Published unrated players who possess FIDE ratings MUST disclose their FIDE rating. See the MSCA Unrated Policy.

2023 Catfish Days 😺🐟️ News 📰  Results 🔥

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