Rochester Minnesota Hosting Biggest Chess Tournament Since 1958

UPDATE: If you want to play in the novice division, the best bet is to be at the Mayo Civic Center before 9  AM!

The Rochester Chess Club has announced Rochester's biggest chess tourney since the 1958 Chess Open. The Kings and Queens (and their entourages) will hit town Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, 2022.

Did you watch (or better, read) The Queen's Gambit? This is your chance to live out that dream, only you don't need to come from an orphanage or go to the bathroom to think it thru. Well, you can, but you don't have to.

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The 2022 Rochester Chess Open will be at the Mayo Civic Center. This United States Chess Federation-rated event is expected to draw 100 or so players, including some of the top chess masters from Minnesota and across the Midwest competing for $3,000 in prizes.

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Rochester Minnesota Hosting Biggest Chess Tournament Since 1958

The Rochester Chess Club has announced Rochester's biggest chess tourney since the 1958 Chess Open. The Kings and Queens (and their entourages) will hit town Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, 2022.

This led me to Getty Imaged to find a photo from the 1958 Chess Open, but no luck. I did find some really cool images though.

2022 Rochester Open...wanna be in it?

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Why play in the 2022 Rochester Open (from rochesterchess.com)?

1) It will be a great tournament with some of the best players in Minnesota participating.

2) You will be supporting chess in Rochester by playing in a tournament that is a first of its kind.

3) I told you so (to borrow a phrase from Ben Finegold).

2022 Rochester Open's first early discount for registration is Saturday, June, 11, 2022

"If you are planning on playing in the Rochester Open, the first deadline for early online registration ($50) is on June 11. Each week thereafter, registration increases $10 to a maximum of $100. Save money and register early here:  rochesterchess.com/registration

The club meets on most Tuesdays in the Mayo Clinic Harwick Building, South Cafeteria, 201 3rd Avenue SW, Rochester, MN. Park for free on the street after 5 PM on weekdays /  all day on weekends or in a nearby parking ramp. Participants must be free of COVID symptoms and wear a mask. If you have not already done so, please get vaccinated for the safety of all.

As always, if you have a comment, complaint, or concern about something I wrote here, please let me know: james.rabe@townsquaremedia.com

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