Minnesota GM Norm Tournament

Support Minnesota International Masters to achieve Grandmaster titles!

Minnesota State Chess Association (MSCA) and the Minnesota Blizzard Team are organizing the first Grandmaster norm tournament in Minnesota from August 23 to 27 at Plymouth Crowne Plaza to provide opportunities for the three local International Masters to achieve the three Grandmaster norms required to become Grandmasters. As you all know norm tournaments need substantial financial resources and we are calling for donations from the chess community, families/relatives and friends. No matter what the amount is, your donation will make a huge difference and is greatly appreciated.

International Master Andrew Tang is the current Minnesota State Champion, Minnesota State K-12 Champion, and 2016 and 2017 National High School Co-Champion. He won clear first at 2014 North American Junior (U20) Championship and tied for first at 2015 Pan American Junior (U20) Championship. He has two Grandmaster norms and is striving to achieve the last one required for the Grandmaster title. Andrew moved to Minnesota when he was 8 years old and is an incoming senior at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota.

International Master John Bartholomew is a chess coach, YouTuber, and co-founder of the educational website Chessable.com. A Minnesota native, John won the National Junior High Championship in 2001 and the National High School Championship in 2002. He is 3-time Minnesota State Champion and currently has one Grandmaster norm.

A Plymouth, Minnesota native and resident, International Master Sean Nagle is a former MN High School State Champion (1[phone redacted]) and 8-time MN State Champion (2[phone redacted]). Having secured his IM title in 2014, the father-of-two and corporate attorney is now pursuing his first GM norm.


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  • Rich Diaz 
    • $25 
    • 42 mos
  • Dennis McGrath 
    • $50 
    • 42 mos
  • Linden, Alice L 
    • $50 
    • 42 mos
  • Ashton Jin 
    • $50 
    • 42 mos
  • Bob Klein 
    • $100 
    • 42 mos
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