Joseph Wan Wins Denker Qualifier

Joseph Wan won in a six game round robin with Micheal Takahashi and Owen Fiedorowicz. Each player played the other twice both black and white, but after round 5 Joseph had enough points that the sixth round was unnecessary. The games were played Saturday the 30th of March in the basement of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union on Morman Trek in Iowa City. Sunday the 31st of March the games were played in East Asia Reading Room at the University of Iowa's Main Library. It was a great competition with each player giving their all. I almost wish we could send all three to the Denker tournament and each play two of the 6 rounds in the National Tournament in Orlando Florida. It wou

Anjali Lodh Iowa's National Girls Tournament of Champions Champion

Anjali Lodh went 3.5 of 4 to win the honor of representing Iowa at the National Girls Tournament of Champions to be held in Orlando Florida 3-6 August 2019. Second place was Jenny Zhang, Third Audry Sellon (pictured) Fourth Athena Wu (Pictured) and Fifth Minou Emmad. A big thanks to the University of Iowa Community Credit Union for the use of the basement. At the same time the playoff for the Iowa Denker Champions was being played between Michael Takahashi, Owen Fiedorowicz and Joseph Wan. Joseph led at the end of Saturday with two points.

Pairings for the Iowa Closed

I am happy to announce the pairings for the Iowa Closed tournament to take place in Iowa City On April 6th and 7th. The six finalists were selected randomly by Ming Lodh The IASCA secretary. 1. Valarie Kosokin 2. Joseph Wan 3. Cub Noble 4. Michael Takahashi 5. Arshaq Saleem 6. James Neal Round 1 Noble V Neal Saleem V Takahashi Kosokin V Wan Round 2 Wan V Neal Takahashi V Kosokin Noble V Saleem Round 3 Neal V Saleem Kosokin V Noble Takahashi V Wan Round 4 Neal V Takahashi Saleem V Kosokin Wan V Noble Round 5 Kosokin V Neal Wan V Saleem Noble V Takahashi Congratulations to our top six players and look forward to the great chess match in April. Eric

Barber Denker Senior qualifying Championships

The 2019 qualifying tournament to represent the state of Iowa at the Barber (K-8) and Denker (9-12) tournaments of champions at the U.S. Open in Orlando. A total of 44 K-8 competed in what was a very large Barber section. A small but exceptionally strong group of 6 students competed in the Denker. At the days end, neither tournament had a clear winner. These wonderful pictures of the event are courtesy of Viviane Nixon. The tournament was directed by Eric Vigil, Jess Fiedorowicz, and Melinny Hammes and held again this year at Gloria Dei Lutheran church. Due to the large size, pairings had to be accelerated for the Barber. Believe it or not, with several second round draws, Nathan Chen emerge

Western Illinois University 5 de Mayo Chess Tournament 2019

All chess players are invited to play in three categories: Open, U1400 and Beginners. It does not matter what your chess skills are; just come to play and meet other chess players from Iowa and Illinois. Last year, it was the first edition of this great tournament in which 47 players participated. This year come and help us to overcome that number!

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