Iowa Open Hotel Deadline Extended

The deadline for the hotel chess block has been extended to August 8. In order to get the lowest rate please sign up by this date. Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 300 E 9th St. (I-80, SE side of Exit 242), Coralville, IA 52241. Chess rate, $128 only until 8/8/15 (THIS INCLUDES PARKING), rates may increase after this date. Pool, restaurant, more restaurants in walking distance. 319-688-4000. The Iowa Open has something for everyone. Quick Chess on Friday night, U1200 Rated Beginner Section on Saturday, Reserve U1600 section on Saturday, and the Open Section on Saturday thru Sunday. Sign up at or send entry to IASCA, c/o Mark Capron, 3123 Juniper Dr., I

Location Correction for Practice Quads

The U.S. Open Practice Quads on July 26 will be held at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St. Coralville, in the Schwab Auditorium in the basement. The address posted as the location before was incorrect. This has been corrected.

Neal Captures Upset-filled 2017 Ames FIDE Open

James Neal scored 4.5 points out of 5 to claim first place at the 2017 Ames FIDE Open. The tournament was held June 3-4, 2017 at the Red Roof Inn in Ames, Iowa. Dan Brashaw finished clear second with four points. Bradshaw and Neal ranked one and two in this event, both are US Chess Masters. WIM Lyuda Mokryak also completed in this five round Swiss tournament. This tournament had an unusual number of upsets. Three upsets occurred in the first round including the largest upset of the tournament when Jose Smokowski (1521) defeated Michael Takahashi (1981). Top seeded Brashaw survived a near upset on board one in the first round when he blundered his queen away for a rook. There were three upset

Lee County Fair Chess Tournament

Doc VanWinkle, the host of the tournament, is on the left. Jesse VanWinkle, the 2016 Fair Champion, hands the Aulden VanWinkle Traveling Clock Trophy to Sam Naylor, the 2017 Champion. Doug Campbell,Tournament Director, stands by Sam. Crosstables:

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