Hosted at the Drangon's Den

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Jackson Geerts wins the SF April Chess Tournament with a perfect 5-0 score. The chess tournament was held at the Drangon's Den on April 26th. Samuel Hindbjorgen came in second place at 4-1 and Derek Allen Eleeson took third with a score of 3.5-1.5. See the details of the USCF rating adjustments and crosstables.


The Jackrabbit Open was held on the campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU) on February 7th in Brookings. The local chess club hosted the event that was rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and offered free and clear of any entry fee.  The tournament was directed by Chet Marks.
There were 53 players in attendance and 4 schools were represented in the scholastic sections: Pierre Indian Learning Center (PILC), New Life Fellowship (NLF) Baptist of Batesland, SD, and Robert Frost and Rosa Parks elementary schools from Sioux Falls.
The kindergarten though third grade (K-3) champion was Josiah Cuevas of PILC, second place was captured by Joanna Marks of NLF Baptist and Nicholas Drapeau of PILC took third. The K-3 team champion was PILC.
In the K-5 division it was a hard fought battle that ended up with Jackson Geerts of Robert Frost School and Hannah Marks of NLF Baptist finishing with 4.5 points each, only giving up a draw to each other. Hannah took first on tie breaks, Jackson took second while fellow teammate Samuel Hindbjorgen of Robert Frost  took third with 4 points.
The battle for the K-5 team trophy was very close. Robert Frost took second with 11.5 points with only three players while PILC took first with 12.5 points scored by their top four players.

Nathaniel Flynn makes a move

The rated crosstable can be viewed at the USCF website location: www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201202115562.0

The games are still being typed in and can be viewed at: sdchess.org/chess_games/042-game-of-the-week

The photos are at: sdchess.org/photos/2012-Big-Heart Hopefully more will be submitted soon.

See the crosstables at: http://main.uschess.org/assets/msa_joomla/XtblMain.php?201203104742.0



The “Big Dog” Mini-Scholastic Chess Extravaganza was held in Rapid City at South Canyon Elementary on January 21st. The 3 round mini tournament was part of a series of Rapid City scholastic tournaments organized by Randy Christensen.  There were twenty-nine chess players and all games were rated by the US Chess Federation.In the K-12 section Keanan Richter of South Middle School won with a perfect score of three in three games. On tie breaks Connor Bernard won second and Brian Updike took third both with a score of two. Savannan Reiss and Nick Lust also had a fine tournament winning two out of three of their games.
In the K-5 section Isaiah Morin-Baxter won all three of his games for the clear first place win. Dalton Eckman won second place and Alexis Crumb won third on tie breaks both with a score of two. Nathan Eldridge and Nate Allen also won two out of three of their games.
In the K-3 section Dylan Chase from South Canyon takes first place on tie breaks with a score of 2.5 of 3 games. Leo Flynn of Corral Elementary took second place by drawing his first game with Dylan Chase and winning the other two. Jocelyn Konechne of South Cannon Elementary won third place and Pedro de la Rosa also of South Cannon won forth.
The tournament was directed by Mark Derby.  Jerry John Casteel assisted with setting up and directing.
To see some photos <click here> If you took photos please forward them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Games can be seen at: www.sdchess.org/chess_games/039_game_of_the_week/index.htm