NM Gabriel Bick Wins DGT Giveaway

Congratulations to NM Gabriel Bick of California, who was randomly chosen as the winner of our DGT Annotated Games Chess Clock Giveaway! Bick submitted two annotated games, which are featured below. Games were also submitted by Iowa's NM Joseph Wan. These will be featured in a subsequent post. All other entries were free entries or gained by following or liking DGT's social media pages. Bick's second game is against Jeffrey Tao in the 2014 US. Class Championships. Once again, thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway, and many thanks to DGT for sponsoring! Be sure to like DGT on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

James Neal Scores a Perfect 4-0 to Win the 2016 Cedar Rapids Open

The Cedar Rapids Chess Club hosted the 2016 Cedar Rapids Open and Scholastic Championship on Saturday, October 22. Thirty eight chess players competed in the Open Section with another ten scholastic players participating in the K-6 Cedar Rapids Scholastic Championship. The event was held at the Cedar Rapids Clarion Hotel and directed by Senior TD, Jim Hodina. James Neal scored a perfect 4-0, defeating past Iowa Champion Robert Keating (2.5) in the final round of play. Seth Koenig followed with 3.5 points to take clear second. Five players tied for third with 3.0 points. These five individuals also collected their respective class prizes: Ben Darr (U1900), Matthew Pham (U1700), Michael Takaha

Iowa Chess Goes Social

A week ago, former webmaster Matt Nemmers, who recently has returned to Iowa chess, wrote suggesting that the IASCA should have a Facebook page. The board had a brief discussion about social media. Scholastic Director James Hodina offered the Iowa Scholastic Chess page for expansion to cover all of Iowa Chess on Facebook. Assistant Webmaster Daniel Carson agreed to run our Twitter, and I set up Google+. You can now follow Iowa Chess everywhere! Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @IowaChess Follow us on Google+

Thunder Quick VI

Nathan Chen wins clear first followed by Owen Fiedorowicz and Aman Reddy for 2nd and 3rd. There were 18 participants in the Thunder Quick VI tournament, usually held on Saturdays but was held on Friday due to school not being in session. There were quite a few new participants to the mix: Dahye, Kyla, Dillon and Catherine (who had an impressive showing). This was the key matchup in Round 4 where the expressions were based on Nathan being called out on the touch move rule. He dropped a clean bishop because of it, and somewhere late in the game Owen gave back the piece and later the game in a tense Rook and pawns ending. Final round matchup was Kyros versus Nathan where Kyros was supposed to a

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