Tournament Reports

"Venio, Video, and Vinco!" claim the top 2 players of South Dakota (Alex Yermolinsky and Sandor Kustar) as they returned from their road trip out west into the deep southern parts of Wyoming with Mark Derby. In the first wild west chess tournament at the Saratoga Resort. Alex and Sandor had major competition from a strong IM from Texas (Jacek Stopa) with a rating of 2554.


Sandor Kustar and Alex Yermolinsky

Stopa had a draw with Kustar in the third round and a draw with Yermo in the forth so Alex and Sandor tied for first and second with 3.5 points and Jacek taking solo third place with 3 points in the open section. Sandor had a finish with the Colorado state champ in round four with a cramped space for the King. To see the games with Rypka comments go to:

The other SoDak in the tournament, Mark Derby, scored 2.5 points in the under 1800 section to finish just out of reach from third place. Unfortunately South Dakota with seriously under represented in the lower sections on the tournament which hopefully will be remedied in the years to come. Next years Wild West Chess tournament is scheduled for July 16-17, 2011 with a simul on the 15th.

The 2009-2010 Rapid City Scholastic Chess season kicked-off Saturday with the K-12 “Big Turkey” Chess Classic.  The tournament was held at the Rapid City Public Library on November 21st with teams from South Canyon, Corral Drive and Grandview Elementary, Southwest and South Middle School, and Rapid City Home School. The tournament was hosted by Randy Christensen and Aaron Knudson.

Sioux Empire Chess Foundation


2009 SECF Scholastic Grand Prix

Eight Tournaments will be held monthly (January-August)
in various locations throughout the Sioux Falls area.

Players compete in one section: K-5, with class prizes available for K-3 and girls.

Grand Prix Scoring System.

In every individual event





1st Place




2nd Place




3rd Place




4th Place



5th Place



Players out of top places get 1 point simply for participation.

No tie-breaks are used for Grand Prix scoring.

In case of a tie the points are shared equally among the players.

Points won in a single tournament cannot be combined. A player gets the most point score available.
If a player eligible for Class points (K-3 or Girls) wins more points in overall contest, then the next highest finisher in that class group wins the Class points.

Team Score is the combined score of top three players representing the same school. Top schools win awards in single tournaments only. There’s no Team Grand Prix contest.

Prizes for Grand Prix winners will be announced shortly.

 USCF report