Kosokin Wins Des Moines Summer Open

Twenty-three players competed in the Des Moines Summer Open that was held at the Ramada Des Moines Airport Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, July 23, 2016 to Sunday, July 24, 2016. Valeriy Kosokin was awarded $220 for winning the tournament. Joseph Cheng-yue Wan received $184 for 2nd place. John Compton got $148 for 3rd place. Steve Jacobs obtained $110 for winning the Under 1600 section. Abhyudaya Shukla collected $74 for 2nd place Under 1600. Milind Jetty took a free chess book for best upsets. Congratulations to Valeriy Kosokin for being a victor in the tournament, and I want to thank all players for playing in my last tournament. Farewell to everyone, and I wish everyone well. ​ Cro

Class E and Under Championship

Congratulations Jacob Vigil going 5 and 0! The 2016 Class E and Under Iowa Championship was held in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday July 23rd. 15 players went for 5 rounds. Jacob Vigil Placed 1st. Sean T. McCullough was 2nd and Ana Denison swept up third. Jacob had been studying hard at Prairie Chess Camp the previous week and his hard work paid off in a big way.

Happy International Chess Day

Happy International Chess Day. In honor of the 92nd anniversary of FIDE I am providing coffee service at the Des Moines Summer Open on July 23rd and 24th. Such a deal! Show up to the tournament, and get a free cup of hotel coffee! I am also passing along greetings from the FIDE President below: ​ Today, July 20th is the 92nd anniversary of the founding of FIDE in Paris, France in 1924 and the 50th anniversary of the International Chess Day proposed by UNESCO in 1966. Chess is the only sport which has a special worldwide celebration day dedicated to it. It is a unique game that unites people over the globe. Chess is more than just a sport, it is art, culture and science as well. FIDE has 187

Lee County Fair Chess Champion

The 2015 Lee County Fair Chess Champion, Stan Felgar (left) hands the 2016 Champion, Jess VanWinkle (middle) of Morning Sun, IA, the Aulden VanWinkle Traveling Trophy Clock, as Tournament Director Rev. Doug Campbell (right) of Elveston, IL, looks on. At the Lee County Fair's Aulden VanWinkle Chess Tournament, the grandson of Aulden VanWinkle, Jess VanWinkle of Morning Sun, IA, was undefeated, winning the traveling chess trophy clock that has his grandfather's name on it. The tournament was held on July 9, 2016, at the Lee County Fair, in Donnellson, IA. In the first round, VanWinkle beat the 2015 Fair Chess Champion, Stan Felgar of Argyle, IA. In the last round, Van Winkle played his fathe

GMs Akobian and Mikhalevski Share First at the Dream Nutrition Invitational II

GM Victor Mikhalevski, GM Varuzhan Akobian, Mohamed Mohsen, organizer, Bill Broich, IA, NTD, Garuch Manukian and GM Tigran L. Petrosian. Photo: Eddie Akobian. Three GMs, Varuzhan Akobian (2612), Victor Mikhalevski (2533), Tigran L. Petrosian (2593) and a promising FM candidate, Garuch Manukian (2256) competed in a double round robin tournament held June 20-22 at the corporate offices of Dream Nutrition located in Los Angeles, California. This event was organized and sponsored by Dream Nutrition CEO Mohamed Mohsen. Manukian's FIDE rating has been as high as 2311. During 2011-12 he played in 5 IM round robins tournaments. Since then he’s played in some Blitz events but hasn’t been active usin

New Clearinghouse Manager

The IASCA Board has voted to appoint Daniel Carson as our new clearinghouse manager. Welcome Daniel! Many thanks to Mathew Jacob for his diligent efforts during his tenure as manager.


Thank you to John Thompson of Minnesota for re-doing our IASCA logo as a vector graphic (see the top of the page) to increase the image quality.

25th Catfish Days Tournament Cancelled

This year was supposed to be the 25th anniversary for James Kanne's Catfish Derby Days Chess Tournament in Franklin, MN. It is a really special tournament to me and a lot of other people, with lots of great memories of games played and good chess friends who are no longer with us. Anyway, about 2 weeks ago I went on the Chess Castle website for some information and there was an announcement from James that he would not be holding the tournament this year because of scheduling conflicts. Anyway, at both the Jackson Open and Okoboji I encouraged players to come to Franklin this year and now there is no tournament!

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