Updated: Feb 21
Mike Wangen has passed away after an illness. Mike last played in 2013. Due to his job in theater lighting he was unable to be an active player. Article on Mikes life.
George Van Dyke Tiers Ph.D. 1927-2019, Former MSCA Board Member, MCJ Editor and organizer of countless MSCA events has passed away. (link)
Jeff Prentiss, former MSCA board member, and tournament director passed away in September. Jeff was the longtime co-owner of Beyond 2000 and Beyond, Coon Rapids.
NM Robert K Johnson 1945-2018 National Master Robert "Bob" K. Johnson, Jr., age 72, of Robbinsdale, passed away on May 20, 2018. U.S. Army Veteran. Preceded in death by parents, Robert Sr., and Inga. He will be missed by his sister, Jan (Ron) Buster; nieces, Amee (Chad) Hubbard and Trisha Buster; great-nephew, Trevor; great-niece, Angela; many relatives and good friends.
More recent members of our chess community might not be familiar with this strong master-level player unless they've played in the gold section of the Twin Cities Chess League, or in the coffeehouses of south Minneapolis. He had only played several rated tournaments in the last 15 years, but before that, he was quite active at the Chess Castle (mostly at our old, original address in the Midway area of St Paul) since his first tournament in 1993. He was an extremely intense and competitive player, very good at tactics, and willing to play chess at any speed.