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Many tournaments are cancelled; Chess Castle now closed

Updated: Mar 18


UPDATE at 9:30 p.m., TUESDAY, MARCH 17: THE CHESS CASTLE HAS NOW ANNOUNCED THAT IT IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. (AN EARLIER VERSION OF THIS STORY, POSTED TUESDAY MORNING, HAD SAID THE CASTLE HAD NOT YET ANNOUNCED ANY PLANS TO CLOSE. THAT HAS NOW CHANGED, AND EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THE CLUB IS NOT OPEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.)


Here’s a run-down of which chess tournaments have been cancelled or postponed, and which are still going on. This update based on the best information available as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 17.


In Minnesota, the Minnesota Closed Championship, which was scheduled for March 20-22, has been postponed to some later date. The event was set to be held at the Chess Castle.


The TCCL (Twin Cities Chess League) has been postponed until further notice.


Nationally, the National High School (K-12) Championship and the National Junior High (K-9) Championship have been cancelled.


The K-12 Championship was slated for April 3-5 in Columbus, Ohio. But Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on March 12 that all gatherings of more than 100 people in the state are banned.


US Chess said that the event would not be rescheduled. For more information, including about refunds, see this US Chess announcement.


The K-9 Championship was to be held April 24-26 in Jacksonville, Florida. But that city is following the recommendation of the CDC to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people. See US Chess for more details.


The National Elementary School (K-6) Championship, is scheduled for May 8-10 in Nashville, Tennessee. US Chess said on Monday (March 16) that the tournament is still currently planned to be held.


The Mid-America Open, which had been planned for March 27-29 in St. Louis, has been cancelled.


Meanwhile, however, the premier chess event in the world – the Candidates Tournaments – started today in Russia. The eight-player, double-round-robin tournament will determine who gets to challenge World Champion Magnus Carlsen for the world title later this year.


There are a number of websites where you can follow all the action live. To name just two, Magnus Carlsen is one of the commentators on Chess24, and Minnesota GM Wesley So is one of the guest commentators on Chess.com.

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