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๐ŸŒŠ Local Legend Okey Iwu Ties for 1st in Lake Superior Open ๐ŸŒŠ

Updated: Jul 4

Kyler Weatherspoon also scored 4 points in the fiercely contested Premier section. ๐ŸŽ๏ธ All sections featured close races and ties for first place and more ties a half point back. The 2024 Lake Superior Open is in the books! ๐Ÿ“š๏ธ

Following a strong showing in St. Cloud, Okey jumps to an early 59 point lead in the MSCA Summer Grand Prix series. ๐Ÿ Check out the updated scoreboard for standings after two events. 16 people are in the money and four claim pole positions to qualify for the 2025 Closed State Championship Playoffs! ๐Ÿ†๏ธ

84 players and their entourages enjoyed the spacious and comfortable Yellowjacket Union playing hall and common areas, playing 190 rated games, 155 of them decisive, and assembling at least one jigsaw puzzle. ๐Ÿงฉ The author of this post can confirm naps were possible in the cozy chairs. The UW Superior campus had great parking and walking paths.

Driven by strong LSO registration, MSCA membership has grown to 480, with each member possessing undeniably good fashion sense. Thank you!

๐Ÿ›œ Online pairings are continuing to work well. Whether you're at an event or just want to follow along from home, look for pairings and standings to be posted in a Google Spreadsheet here. We'll post QR codes for easy access at the tournament.

Other first place finishes:

๐Ÿฅ‡ U1800: Ethan Harrison, Harry Breheim, Marv Mattson

๐Ÿฅ‡ U1200: Ryan Elling, Joshua Wang

Great performance by Twin Ports chess old-timer, Marv Mattson. Unrated Twin Ports new-timer Gavin Lahti received his first provisional rating of 1139 while winning the Top Unrated prize! ๐Ÿ’ช For those with established ratings, both William Henning and James Johnson saw 100+ rating gains. ๐Ÿ“ˆ

Fantastic job by Chief TD Andy Grube with assistance from Dane Zagar. A huge thank you to Andy and Dane for all they've done for Twin Ports chess over the years. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘ Dane also tied for 3rd in the Premier section, a half point out of first in a five player logjam. ๐Ÿชต

๐Ÿ’ต Prize Winners

๐Ÿ”ฅ USCF Resultsย (official, with new ratings)

๐Ÿงฎ Standings Spreadsheetย (more compact / mobile friendly; scores only)

Next up, Grand Prix #3 in Rochester! ๐ŸŒบ

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