Sandor Kustar of Murdo successfully defended his title of state champion for other year with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2012 SD State Closed Tournament. Destiny Jorenby of Brookings won her first Junior Championship at the Closed with a record of 3-2.The tournament that was closed to only state residents, and drew 23 players from across South Dakota that played a total of 52 games in five rounds over the weekend of October 13-14.Sandor Kustar at the board searching for his next move.

The South Dakota Chess Association (SDCA) holds the state championship each year to determine the State Champion (best over all performance) and Jr. Champ (best performance of the players age 19 or younger) in a swiss system tournament.

See the cross tables at: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201210148622

Some games have been posted at: http://sdchess.org/chess_games/059-game-of-the-week

Look for more photos at: http://sdchess.org/photos/2012-SD-Closed

Tournament hall at the American Legion Post 15 in Sioux Falls.Check back for more.

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