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State Senior Championship 🏆️

🗓️ October 21-22, 2023

Prize Winners 💵  News 📰  Results 🔥

Chess Castle of Minnesota 🏰

10 Southdale Center Suite 910, Edina, MN 55435 (map)


Winner qualifies for Irwin National Tournament of State Senior Champions to be held at beginning of US Open in Norfolk, Virginia starting in late July 2024.

Playoff using MSCA tiebreaker rules will be held if necessary. 🎲

✈️ MSCA provides champion with a $300 stipend to help offset travel costs to national tournament. Stipend is paid in August 2024 after winner submits annotated game from the Irwin.

4 Round Swiss: USCF rated (membership req.)

⌛️ Time Control: G/90 +30s

Rounds: Saturday 10am, 3pm & Sunday 10am, 3pm 🕙️

Byes: max two ½ pt byes, any rounds, declared before R3

For age 50 and above 🍁

🎬️ Tournament Director:

Jack Bellinger

Entry Fees 🎫


🚀 If registered online by Oct 14


🪐 If registered online by Oct 20

or in-person by 9:30am Oct 21

Under 50? The Castle is running a “younger folks” tournament on the same weekend. 🌱

Projected Prizes 💵

🏆️ Champion


Travel Stipend for Irwin Tourney

🔵 Top Age 65+


+ Engraved Traveling Trophy

🟣 Top U2000


🟠 Top U1700


🟢 Top U1400


(based on 25 participants; prize amounts and rating cut-offs may be adjusted based on number of players in each section)

📧 Send email to with any questions.

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! 🏞️

  • Players who have never played a US Chess regular-rated tournament will be considered unrated. Players who have rating history but are published as unrated (due to recency of events) will have their up-to-date US Chess rating used for pairings, prizes, and section eligibility. Published unrated players who possess FIDE ratings MUST disclose their FIDE rating to the tournament directors and will be placed with a converted US Chess rating using the formula US = FIDE + 100. 🧮

  • Forfeit time: A player who has not shown up to their game 30 minutes after the tournament directors start the round will receive a forfeit loss. ⏱️

  • Consistent with the MSCA Prize Distribution Policy, chess players must be MSCA members to receive a cash prize. 💵

Map to Chess Castle at Southdale
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