Our free video of the week (actually, we’re keeping this posted for two weeks) “Awesome State Champions: The Classic Pawn Storm” by LM Dana Mackenzie, honors FIDE Master Curt Brasket, one of the greats in Minnesota chess, who passed away late last month. He won the US Junior Chess Championship in 1952, and went on to win the Minnesota state championship a record 16 times, and in 2013, Curt received the U.S. Chess Federation’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Despite having Parkinson’s disease, he remained active in Minnesota chess tournaments for many years (583 tournaments from 1991 to 2011) and was an inspiration to many. More details about Curt, his life and contributions to chess in Minnesota (and beyond) from the Minnesota StarTribune here. You can watch Dana’s lecture on Curt on our home page or click here.