Congrats to NM James Neal!

This past Iowa Open was probably the strongest Iowa has ever had. With the participation of IM Sean Nagle, GM Alex Yermolinsky, IM Angelo Young, IM Michael Brooks, and WGM Camilla Baginskaite, I was out of the top five boards and played James Hodina on board 6 in the first round. NM James Neal Jim played a little weirdly in the opening, allowing me to gain some time. However, he fought back and created weaknesses in my position, namely my backwards "d" pawn. However, a wrong capture of a pawn led to a dangerous attack for me and I soon won a rook, prompting resignation. My second round was against a girl named Aria Hoesley, rated 1808. I looked her up on USCF and saw that just a few years ag

Photos from Iowa Open 2016

For photos from the Iowa Open, please see: ​ Iowa Open & Reserve 2016 Album - 154 photos by B. & C. Carson 2016 Iowa Rated Beginners Open - 97 photos by Chrissy Vigil Have photos to share? Email iowachessassociation@gmail.com, and I'll link to your album here. ​ Directed and organized by Mark Capron.

Update on Hotels for Iowa Open

Sorry that some of you have not been able to find any rooms in Coralville/Iowa City. I was just informed one person was able to get a room at the Marriott today so you might want to keep calling. There are other rooms available within about a 15-20 min drive in Cedar Rapids, IA. ​ Rooms Available now Super 8 in Cedar Rapids on 33rd Ave. 844-266-7147 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cedar Rapids Airport, IA 9100 Atlantic Drive SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 1-855-873-6557 5 Rooms available Right now Clarion Inn 525 33rd Avenue, SW, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52404, US Phone: (319) 366-8671 There are other hotels around the Cedar Rapids Airport that have rooms. Again this is only about 15-20 min drive to the Mar

Iowans at the US Open - Part 3

Several Iowans and former Iowans competed in the 2016 US Open in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here is part 3 of their games, photos, and thoughts about the tournament. Dan Vasto Dan Vasto, rated 2036, finished the tournament with 5.5. Chessboard photo courtesy of Wix.com Dan Vasto says: I played the 6 round version of the US Open, and I took the 3 allowed byes because I wanted time to spend with friends and family in Indianapolis. I won my first game against an A-rated player from Indiana. I then proceeded to lose two games: One to a master from Texas and the second to an A-rated player from Florida. I was not playing well. I continued with inconsistent play and although I won my last 3 games, it

Iowans at the US Open - Part 2

Several Iowans and former Iowans competed in the 2016 US Open in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here is part 2 of their games, photos, and thoughts about the tournament. Christine Denison Christine Denison of Ames, rated 1317, finished the tournament with 3.0. Christine Denison, Dubuque, May 2016 Christine Denison says: This was my first US Open, and I enjoyed the experience thoroughly. I learned that the traditional schedule is not for me, because I play VERY poorly in the evening. Next time, I'll do the four-day schedule. This time, luckily, I won a quad, which offset my terrible performance in the Open. I also served as Iowa's delegate; it was both interesting and eye-opening to get a glimpse o

Hotels for Iowa Open

I have called around and found the following: Homewood Suites by Hilton Coralville - Iowa River Landing Rooms available on August 26th Hotel & Motel · $$ · 467 on TripAdvisor 921 E 2nd Ave, Coralville, IA · (319) 338-3410 ​ ​Heartland Inn - Coralville Rooms available on August 26th Hotel & Motel · $$ · 180 on TripAdvisor 87 2nd St, Coralville, IA · (319) 351-8132 ​Baymont Inn & Suites Coralville Rooms available on August 26th Hotel & Motel · $$ · 8 on Yahoo · 694 on TripAdvisor 200 6th St, Coralville, IA · (319) 337-9797 ​ ​Hampton Inn Iowa City / Coralville Rooms available on August 26th Hotel & Motel · $$ · 336 on TripAdvisor 1200 1st Ave, Coralville, IA · (319) 351-6600 ​Super 8 Iowa Cit

Millstream Iowa Open Fundraiser

Dan Brashaw repeats as Iowa's Millstream Beer and Blitz Champion with 10 points of 12. James Hodina was nipping his heels with 9.5 points. Arshaq Saleem hit third with 9 points. Mr. John Trunnell came out from under a rock and won 4th place. Where in the state of Iowa did this guy come from? Not only did John do great at the tournament, he brought a friend who signed up with US Chess. Rounding out the top 5 was Mr. James White, who with his good buddy James Hodina stayed at the brewery after the tournament to enjoy the polka band, knock back some more of Millstream's wares and play some more blitz, but on a little more friendly terms. Morgan Lu won the upset prize of the day, defeating Mr.Da

Iowans at the 2016 US Open - Part 1

Several Iowans and former Iowans competed in the 2016 US Open in Indianapolis, Indiana. I asked them to share their games, photos, and thoughts about the tournament here. NM Petros Karagianis NM Pete Karagianis, rated 2281, finished the 9-round tournament with 6.0. His only loss was to GM Illia Nyzhnyk. Karagianis currently resides in Illinois, but many will remember attending his chess club in Ames. U.S. Open photo courtesy of Pete Karagianis. Credit: Anne Buskirk Pete Karagianis says: I enjoyed the US Open. Despite playing the six-day schedule, I still managed to play only one game per day for three days, which was a much more relaxed schedule than your typical American tournament. The

Iowa Open - Hotel List

Here is a list of additional hotels in Coralville/Iowa City for people to consult if Marriott is sold out. The rate for the block at the Marriott was extended till August 12, but there are not very many rooms left. Please get your room as soon as possible to get the chess rate. Let me know if you have any questions. Mcapron243@mchsi.com ____ Hotel List ____ Homewood Suites by Hilton Coralville - Iowa River Landing Hotel & Motel · $$ · 467 on TripAdvisor 921 E 2nd Ave, Coralville, IA · (319) 338-3410 ​ ​Holiday Inn Express & Suites Coralville Hotel & Lodging · $$ · Open · 201 on TripAdvisor 970 25th Ave, Coralville, IA · (319) 625-5000 ​ ​Heartland Inn - Coralville Hotel & Motel · $$ ·

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