North Dakota Chess Association

Letter to Fargo Forum


Arthur W. Bayley November 10, 1925 - July 15, 2016

RIO RANCHO, NM - Arthur W. Bayley, 90, Rio Rancho, died July 15, in Brookdale Assisted Living Home.
The memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at
Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Rugby, ND.

Mr. Bayley started playing tournament chess in Montana in the 1960's. He retired in 1990 and moved to Fargo, North Dakota. For several years, he was president of the Fargo-Moorhead Chess Association which started chess clubs in two or three dozen area schools. Fargo North High School was the North Dakota State Co-Champion the first year Mr. Bayley coached there. The Fargo-Moorhead Chess Association also conducted scholastic tournaments in towns across the state and at one time was the most active Chess Association in North Dakota. Mr. Bayley was elected to the North Dakota Chess Hall of Fame in 2000. He also coached chess in Albuquerque schools. Monte Vista elementary school won third in the Albuquerque competition the year he coached there.

Howard Johnson Inn Which Hosted Several Chess Tournaments in Fargo Demolished

Some of you may remember the Howard Johnson Inn in Fargo where we had a few North Dakota State Chess Championships held. Recently, it was demolished to make way for the downtown Fargo flood wall. Here are the before and after pictures of the Howard Johnson Inn in Fargo.

Howard Johnson Inn Before Demolishment

Howard Johnson Inn After Demolishment May 24, 2016

Todd Wolf and NDCA Win Membership Awards from USCF

Todd Wolf (President of the NDCA) and the NDCA have won membership awards from the USCF for increasing the number of USCF members in the state of North Dakota. The full award letters can be seen at: NDCA Membership Award Letters

The John Leitel Birthday Open Played Today

Eight players attended the John Leitel Birthday Open at the Family Fare Community Room in Moorhead, MN today. Below are John's birthday cake and John playing during the tournament.