Winter Open

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The Sioux Falls Winter Open Chess Tournament Results:

Open Section:

1st Place   NM Nels Truelson - 4 pts

2nd Jerry Casteel  - 3 pts
James Lenz - 3 pts.

4th  Terry Likens - 2.5 pts
Josiah Jorenby - 2.5 pts
Richard Diaz - 2.5 pts
David Raines - 2.5 pts
Frank Pesta - 2.5 pts


The 2011 South Dakota Winter Open Chess Tournament Results:

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The 2011 edition of the Sioux Falls Winter Open was held on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with 120 participants.

The annual USCF-rated tournament included four sections (Open, U1200, U900, and U600), and was sponsored by the Sioux Empire Chess Foundation and the Augustana College Chess Club.
Terry Likens and Serif Suljic finished in first & second place respectively, based on tie breaks, but with both finishing with 3.5/4 points they shared the top two prize amounts with each taking home a check for $200.

In the lower sections, three players were perfect as Jeff Robinson took clear first in the U1200 section with 4.0/4; Shaiv Kittur winning the U900 section with 6.0/6; and Destiny Jorenby winning the U600 section with 6.0/6, but winning her section on tiebreaks over Gabe Fendrich who also had 6.0/6.

Robert Frost Elementary School took first place in the team competition portion of the U600 section; Memorial Middle School was first in the U900 section; and Sioux Center High School was tops in the U1200 section.

GM Alex Yermolinsky served as the Tournament Director for this event, with the help of Assistant TD John Flores.

USCF summary
2006 Winter Open
Press Release and cross table
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Friday 03 March 2006

PRESS RELEASE- The Sioux Empire Chess Foundation sponsored the Winter Open Chess Tournament. The chess tournament was held on January 28,2006 at Sioux Vocational . Seventy one played in the tournament. The following teams and individual won trophies in the tournament. For more information contact Wes Schmidt 605-334-8437

1 Louis Horton,Sioux Falls
1 Jeff Barth,Sioux Falls
B-C Serif Suljic,Sioux Falls
B-C Bruce Brandt,Brookings
D-E James Lenz, Sioux Falls

Reserve Team Standings
1 Pierre Indian Learning Center
2 Elk Point

Reserve Individual Standings,
1 Taryn Gerdes, Sioux Falls O’Gorman
2 Colton Morrell, Parker
3 Ryan Brandt, Elk Point
4 Michael Knudson, Rapid City Grandview Elementary

Beginner Team Standings
1 Rapid City Grand View Elementary
2.Pierre Indian Learning Center

Beginner Individual Standings
1 Trevor Blair, Rapid City Grand View Elementary
2 Zack Poor Bear,.Pierre Indian Learning Center
3 Michael Stocker, Sioux Falls Patrick Henry Middle School
4. Christ Negroni, Pierre Indian Learning Center
5. Nathan Walstrom, Rapid City Grand View Elementary
6. Hanna Matson, Rapid City Grand View Elementary