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2017 Tournament Calendar

Dates Event City
April 1 – 2 82nd Montana Open Missoula
April 29 – 30 Inland Empire Open Spokane
May 6 Western Montana Chess Unrated Missoula
May 20 MIS Scholastic Missoula


2017 Greater Great Falls Open – March 11 – 12

This year’s Great Falls Open, with a smaller than usual field, was very competitive and another entertaining time for the players and spectators. Scott Caldwell, returning after a long break from tournament play, tied for first place with Wilton Strickland with 3.5 points. Third place was a tie between Jim Skovron and Antonius Raelund, each with 3.0 points. Gary Solomon upset the mostest. The cross-table is posted under Tournament results and the Grand Prix points have been updated. Thank you very much to all for their support of this event under difficult lodging circumstances due to the various sporting events in town. The hotel most of the out-of-towners stayed at was a four-star accomodation in spite of that sneaky, deranged, attack-cat…

February – March 2017 MCN Newsletter

The February – March 2017 MT Chess News newsletter is available for members’ viewing.

January 2017 Montana Chess News

The January 2017 MCN Newsletter is available for members’ viewing.

2017 January Drakes’ Thaw – Jan 28 – 29

Nineteen players attended the 2017 January Drakes’ Thaw, in Helena, the last weekend in January, including four individuals playing in their first rated matches. This tournament is named in honor of Mel and Joyce Drake, long-time players and supporters of Montana Chess. Jim Skovron walked away with top honors, posting 4.5 points, followed by Wilton Strickland and last year’s winner Thomas Mostad, each with 3.5 points.  Frank Miller captured the biggest upset prize, with a win over Jacob Copley and a rating differential of 482 points.