GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez to give lecture on Jan 31 in Iowa City, Iowa and Feb 1st in Burlington, Io

GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez will be giving two 1 hour lectures in Iowa. The first will be in Iowa City at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Iowa City at 6:30 PM to be followed by a 6 round FIDE rated Blitz chess tournament. G5 d2 entry fee $5 no prizes. (lecture is free). Then Friday evening he will be giving a lecture at the Evans' Holly Grove Inn Bed and Breakfast 616 Columbia St. in Burlington Iowa at 7pm. Following he will be playing in the 5th Annual Port of Burlington Open on Saturday and Sunday. Birthday Cake will be served.

Thunder Kings Capture 2018 Des Moines Fall Classic Open

Twenty-nine players competed in the 2018 Des Moines Fall Classic Open held at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines, Iowa on October 27-28. Reserve and RBO sections were held in conjunction with the main event. Fifteen players competed in the reserve section and 31 played in the RBO section. Open Michael Takahashi and Nathan Chen scored 4 of a possible 5 points in the open section to tie for first place. Takahashi and Chen are members of the Thunder Kings from the Iowa City area. The Thunder Kings are a group of young talented players taught by NM James Neal. Ironically Neal withdrew from the tournament after a third-round loss. The students out-performed their teacher! Four players, V

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