2018 Iowa Girls Chess Championship

Anjali Lodh and Sarah Faith Carson tied in spectacular fashion setting off the second playoff for state champion in the scholastic qualifying tournaments. Last month Arshaq Saleem overcame up and coming Michael Takahashi to claim the spot as Iowa’s Denker Representative to the US Open, and in a day when the chess gods smiled upon him, Owen Fiedorowicz came through as Iowa’s Barber Representative to the US open. In June we plan to hold the Senior Championship for a representative to the US Open. Anjali and Sarah Faith will play two 45 min. games back to back as each white and black, then if still tied, play two 10 min games followed by 2 five min games and then an Armageddon game Black has

Port of Burlington IV

GM Yaroslav Zerabukh thrilled the audience at the Mississippi Manor bed and breakfast with his recounting the story of how two girls rated in the 1200s each (a combined 2512 rating!) almost defeated him in a simul at a chess camp he taught last summer. Yaro took their queen on instinct, as he thought the girls had blundered it but then found himself fighting for his chess life as the girls even had mating chances against him but didn’t see it. Yaro went on to win the 4th Annual Port of Burlington Open with an undefeated 5-0 score! GM Zerabukh is the tenth highest rated player in the United States, perhaps the highest rated player to attend a tournament in Iowa. Despite the cold weather,

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