Once again South Dakota has a new Chess Champion. Sandor Kustar from Murdo won the two day five round tournament that was closed to SD residents. The Historic Franklin Hotel in Deadwood was the host to the chess tournament.  Last years defending champ, Nels Truelson, from Sioux Falls needed to win his last round game to tie for first. Instead of trying to win his game with the black pieces against Kustar- Truelson opted for an eight and a half move drawn game by agreement. This isn't the first time these two have played and Truelson has stated that "...winning with the black pieces is grim against an International Master like Kustar".

Returning Junior Chess Champion, Michael Knudson, maintained his title with an outstanding score of 4 out of 5 games won in a field of mostly adults. Check back for more info and games from the tournament.

Final Standings for the 2011 SD Championship (Closed)



# Name ID Rating Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total Prize
1 Sandor Kustar 12812673 2358 W10 W8 W5 W4 D3 4.5 2011 Champ Trophy and free entry into 2012 Championship
2 Michael Knudson 13006972 1546 W17 W7 L4 W5 W12 4.0 2011 Jr. Champ Trophy and free entry into 2012 Championship (C)
3 Nels Truelson 10322022 2200 W11 L5 W9 W7 D1 3.5  
4 Terry Likens 10327776 1816 W12 D9 W2 L1 W10 3.5 Free entry into 2012 Championship (A)
5 Mark Derby 12639326 1644 W14 W3 L1 L2 W13 3.0 Free entry into 2012 Championship (B)
6 Roland Siverling 14669016 621 L8 L13 B--- W14 W15 3.0 Free entry into 2012 Championship (G)
7 Lyle Hanson 10329671 1800 W13 L2 W16 L3 D9 2.5  
8 Greg Waters 12751856 1610 W6 L1 H--- D10 D11 2.5  
9 Brandon Beloskur 13039458 1587 W16 D4 L3 D11 D7 2.5  
10 Sigurd Rydland 12291590 1525 L1 W15 W13 D8 L4 2.5  
11 Jerry John Casteel III 13408545 1432 L3 W14 D15 D9 D8 2.5  
12 Leonard Huneke 14482445 1314 L4 W17 H--- W15 L2 2.5 Free entry into 2012 Championship (D)
13 Likens Jill Way 12122400 1339 L7 W6 L10 W16 L5 2.0  
14 Alan Kingsley 12497609 1248 L5 L11 W17 L6 W16 2.0  
15 Dick Rostrom 10334233 1510 H--- L10 D11 L12 L6 1.0  
16 Emma Siverling 14616082 406 L9 B--- L7 L13 L14 1.0 Free entry into 2012 Championship (H)
17 Kevin Siverling 14669001 unr. L2 L12 L14 B--- U--- 1.0 Free entry into 2012 Championship


More games will be added as they are typed in. See the photos by clicking here. The USCF has processed the ratings and can be viewed at: http://main.uschess.org/assets/msa_joomla/XtblMain.php?201110230561