Minnesota scored 18.5 points on their way to a 10th place finish at the USCF's National Tournament of State Champions held in Palm Springs, California July 30 - August 2.
The event was 6 rounds and the state point totals represented the combined results of their players in the 5 separate sections. In the Denker for K-12, Linden Lee scored 3.5 points against very tough competition (Linden played 3 of the top 5 finishers in the event). In the Haring for girls K-12 it was Alice Lee posting a team-leading 4.5 points. In the Barber section for K-8 Joshua Rajadurai posted a solid 2.5 points and played competitive chess throughout the week. In the Rockefeller K-5 Alan Xu had an excellent showing by scoring 4.0 points and gaining several rating points. In the Irwin section for 50+ year old seniors it was Tim Radermacher scoring 4.0 points to add to the Minnesota team total. Tim was thrilled to play in the Irwin section after having played in the Denker back in 1986.
Team Minnesota's performance was much improved from 2021 when they scored 10.0 points and took 37th place among the states.