Four Players Secure Berths to Closed, Four Others in Contention

With the 2017 Port of Burlington Open in the books, only the Cedar Rapids Leather Jackets tournament remains left to play in the 2016-2017 Qualifying Cycle. Four players have secured berths to the 6-player State Closed Championship. Defending state champion Dan Brashaw secured his automatic berth by playing in two tournaments: the Drake Chess Club Open and the Port of Burlington Open. Among those competing for qualifying points, James Neal II, Valeriy Kosokin, and Joseph Wan can no longer be bumped from the top five and hence have secured berths. Robert Keating and Michael Takahashi are currently in position to take the last two slots. Either one of them still could be bumped by Tom Gaul or

IASCA Secretary

IASCA Board, I will not be a candidate for reelection as IASCA Secretary at the 2017 Annual Meeting, and as William T. Sherman said "If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve." It is time to begin recruiting candidates for the position. I will be happy to discuss the responsibilities and time commitment of the position with any candidates. Ron Nurmi IASCA Secretary 515-491-3626

Iowa Denker Candidates 2017

Arshaq Saleem is the 2017 Iowa Denker Representative I was excited for the opportunity to watch the Iowa Denker/Barber Candidates tournament this year. I drove up with one of my students, Nathan Chen (1780), to support his efforts to become the Iowa Barber Representative for 2017. My goal was to take pictures and watch the battles. This year the Denker section (Grades 9 - 12) was light with only 4 players able to participate. Of those 4 there was Joseph Wan (2240), Arshaq Saleem (2220), Sarah Carson (1571) and Mason (580). Well, its safe to say the deciding match in this section would be between Joseph and Arshaq. The first round had Arshaq playing white against Joseph. I began to pay closer

Chess Night at Iowa Children's Museum

Dear Chess Players and Families, We have a great opportunity next week to show our community how awesome scholastic chess in Iowa is. Next Friday, January 27, during Coral Ridge Mall's Family Free night, a simultaneous exhibition and beginner lessons will be held in the Iowa Children's Museum. As experienced players, you will be able to be a part of a simultaneous exhibition against Iowa newest Chess Master, Arshaq Saleem, a student at Iowa City West High School. We will also have an instructional event to teach new chess players our wonderful game. You may help by either participating or referring friend or family to this event, Friday, January 27th. Arshaq Saleem passed the 2200 rating

GM William Lombardy to Give Chess Lecture in Burlington, IA

Chess Legend GM William Lombardy will be giving a talk and book signing at the Mississippi Manor Bed and Breakfast 809 N 4th St, Burlington, IA 52601 at 7 pm on Friday January 27th. William James Lombardy is an American chess grandmaster, chess writer, teacher. He was one of the leading American chess players during the 1950s and 1960s, and a contemporary of Bobby Fischer, whom he coached from the time Fischer was 11½ years old. In 1954, at the age of 16, he became the youngest player ever to win the New York State Championship. Still in his teens, he became the first American to win the World Junior Chess Championship. His 11-0 record in his 1957 title run still stands today. He followed up

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