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🏆️ State Championship Playoffs 🏆️

The Stenberg Cup

March 22-24, 2024 🗓️

Who will be Minnesota’s next state champion?!

Chess Castle of Minnesota 🏰

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

▶️ Rounds


🕕️ 6pm


🕙️ 10am  🕓️ 4pm


🕙️ 10am  🕓️ 4pm

* Players must have at least 1 hour between games. Evening round time may be adjusted.

⌛️ Time Control

40/90,  SD/30,  +30s increment

USCF rated. Top 2 sections also FIDE rated.

No online registration: This is a closed tournament with free entry, by invitation only! Players must commit to playing in all five rounds.

🎬️ Tournament Director:

Four 6-Player Round-Robin Tournaments

🟠 Premier (FIDE rated)

🥇 $300 + Engraved Trophy Cup 🏆️

Samrug Narayanan (defending champion)

Jackson Wahl (grand prix winner)

Alex Richter (class champ playoff winner)

➕ 3 qualifiers TBD from MN Open

🟡 Expert: U2200

🥇 $250

Ionatan Giurgiu (defending champion)

➕ 5 qualifiers TBD from MN Open

(FIDE rated)

🔴 Amateur: U2000

🥇 $250

Eddie Wasserman (defending champion)

John Blomer (class champ & grand prix winner)

➕ 4 qualifiers TBD from MN Open

🔵 Reserve: U1700

🥇 $200

Ibrahim Bukhari (grand prix winner)

➕ 5 qualifiers TBD from MN Open

↔️ Out-of-state players are eligible to play in this event and win prizes, trophies, and titles.

🎲 Playoff using MSCA tiebreaker will be held if necessary for the premier section, to determine the state champion.

🛜 Selected games may be broadcast live.

👀 See MSCA Policy: Qualification for the State Closed Championships to find out how you can qualify for the 2025 Playoff!

🏛️ Funding for the Minnesota State Championship provided by the Stenberg Trust, generously sponsored by 2023 Minnesota Chess Hall of Fame inductee Warren Stenberg.

Map to Chess Castle at Southdale
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