For 24 years James Kanne, has been running the Catfish Chess Tournament in tiny Franklin MN, as part of annual Catfish Derby Days event on the 4th weekend in July.
It is has been one of my favorite events to attend, and I am sure that all others who have attended will say the same.
The tournament frequently features surprisingly strong attendance - both in terms of total number of attendees and strength of the players. Due to various reasons, the tournament has not been held since 2015.
When I contacted James last yea, he told me that he would no longer be able to hold the event. There were many reasons but the main one was funding.
This made me very sad. How could we let a great tournament like this die out without even chance to say good bye and thank you, especially since this would be 25th edition. Previous editions featured plaques for players who returned for their 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th years.
I have convinced James to run the event for one final time this year.
Let's give a big thanks to James for his contributions to chess, by making the final Catfish Chess Tournament the biggest and best!
Please spread the word!
2015 20 NATHAN HOOVER
2014 31 ALEX RICHTER
2013 40 JUSTIN KLEIST
2012 57 MATTHEW DAHL, NOLAN HENDRICKSON, NATHAN HOOVER
2011 61 FRANK JOHNSON
2010 63 MATTHEW DAHL
2009 54 KEVIN WASILUK, FRANK JOHNSON
2008 65 VICTOR ADLER, NATHAN HOOVER
2007 61 JOHN DONAHUE
2006 48 JASON DRAKE, KEVIN WASILUK
2005 38 SHAWN MIZE
2004 37 VICTOR ADLER
2003 49 STANISLAU SMIATANKIN
2002 36 VICTOR ADLER, JASON DRAKE
2001 21 JESSE KOCH
2000 26 SHUMAN LEE
1999 25 JON HEYER
1998 10 JON HEYER
1997 14 LEONARD JOHNSON, DOUGLAS HARE, JON HEYER, CHAD SCHNEIDER
1996 18 JON HEYER
1995 18 EDWARD CONWAY
1994 22 MARK MILLER
1993 12 MARK MILLER
1992 10 MICHAEL K WANGEN, GLEN T CASKEY
- Eric Vigil
- Karen Cherewatuk
- Nathan Hoover
- Ivan Wijetunge
Saint Paul, MN