The American Continental Championship is being held in Montevideo, Uruguay, May 15 - 24.

Yermo in Round One (Photo by Albert Sliver) Among the field of 153 players from 13 countries, there are 23 Grandmasters, four of them from the USA (Kaidanov, Lenderman, Shabalov, and South Dakota's own Alexie Yermolinsky) and 16 International Masters from the US are going after some norms.  Players are competing for a share of the $20,000 prize fund, with $5,000 going to the winner.  There are also four spots to the FIDE World Cup to be awarded. Yermo's been hanging tough after a loss in round three. 

 You can reply Yermo's games and see Stockfish's annotation just by <clicking here>.

Cam Starr 1936-2014

Cameron Leonard Starr was born on July 11, 1936, in Mitchell, SD. Cameron Starr played in eleven rated events since 1992 held in North or South Dakota and one in Moorhead Minnesota. The USCF rating graph shows that Cam's rating was 1818 in 1992 and steadily declined to his floor of 1600 after the Sioux Falls Winter Open in 2013. Cam played d4 as white and the center-counter defense with the black pieces. Please forward your photos or games with Cam to info (at) sdchess.org to be added to Cameron Starr's game page. Any games forwarded in .pgn format within the next two weeks will be added to his game page.


Sioux Empire Chess Foundation Sunday Tournament

Sioux Falls, SD

February 11th

12:30pm to 6:00pm at Dragon's Den

See details here.

Northern Plains Open

Pierre, SD

February 24th

See details here.

Sioux Empire Chess Foundation Sunday Tournament

Sioux Falls, SD
March 18th 12:30pm to 6:00pm at Dragon's Den

See details here.


SD State Scholastic Championship

Sioux Falls, SD

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Augustana University, Froiland Science Center, Mikkelson Auditorium

Building #23 on this map

See details here.




Okoboji Open

April 20-22th, 2018

Okoboji, IA

Arrowwood Resort & Hotel

Make reservations and see details are here.




SD State Team Championship & Blitz Championship

Pierre, SD

July 21 & 22, 2018

Details coming




119th Annual U.S. Open

Middleton, WI

July 28 - Aug 5, 2018

See more details here.

Denker High School Championship

July 28-31

See details here.

Barber K-8 Championship

July 28-31

See details here.


July 28-31

See details here.

Paul Salem Sioux Falls Open

Sept. 15-16

Sioux Falls Ramkota Inn

$4000  Guaranteed Prizes

Details coming soon.


SD State Championship

October 27th-28th

Sioux Falls (tentatively)

Check back for details.


Jackrabbit Open and Scholastic Tournament

November 10th-11th


Check back for details.



Online events:

See the SD group page at: www.chess.com/groups/view/south-dakota-chess for continuous activities

2016 SD Online Championship

2015 SD Online Championship

2014 SD Online Championship


Dick has run out of time

C. Richard Rostrom (1923 - 2013)

C. Richard Rostrom passed away at 90 years of age. Dick was a dedicated chess player and advocate of the game. Dick led the Sioux Falls chess club for the past decade and was missed at the SD teams this year. Dick always played in the team championship and was known for putting together a strong team. Dick had a long chess career and was written about in the Chicago Tribune when he was ten and seemed to be a promising chess prodigy. Dick's last tournament was the South Dakota State Championship Oct. 2012 were he won his round 3 and lost most others on time. The most recent tournament victory was when Dick won his last round in Fargo thus winning the traveling trophy for Team South Dakota in 2011. The trophy was created in the eighties to settle the chess border dispute between ND and SD. Dick had a distinguished military career in the Air Force as a bombardier. He was awarded the flying cross for his thirty plus missions flown over German in WW II. Dick enjoyed the Philidor or Modern Defense as black and played c4 (the English) as white to avoid the Sicilian. Dick would have several chess boards set up around the house with different positions and always read his Chess Life and New in Chess magazines each month. Dick's flag had dropped for the final time on July 14th in Sioux Falls. If you would like to share your photos or games of Dick then please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See Dick's game archive at:sdchess.org/chess-games/dick-rostrom

Very few chess players in SD knew Father Francis "Frank" Sieh but there are a few around who still remember him.