Tomorrow Kicks off the 2019-2020 Iowa Closed Qualification Cycle at Coe College in Cedar Rapids

Tomorrow April 20th, The Coe College Chess Club is sponsoring the first qualifier of the year. With Arshaq Saleem coming off of his victorious 2018-2109 undisputed title, he needs only attend two events. Arshaq doesn't even need to win a single game to get back in. I am sure this will not be the case but it does give him time to concentrate on his studies. Athena Aguiar the president of the Coe College Chess Club is exited to host this event and get her club more involved with US Rated Chess.

Spring Scholastic Chess Tournament results

Western Illinois University hosted the Spring Scholastic Chess Tournament 2019 lastSaturday April 6th. Leathernecks and Illowa chess clubs organized together this event, in which Tony Britton was the referee. Rick Rector and Luis Peralta coordinated the tournament. In the event, 14 students from the Quad Cities competed in four categories. Calum Sommer in K6-K8 from Pleasant Valley Jr. and Lennon Barry West from Moline High School in K9-College dominated their categories by winning all their games. Next scholastic event will be on November 2nd and on May 4th, the 5 de Mayo WIU Chess Tournament will take place at the Riverfront Building at WIU in Moline. Congratulations to all the partic

Southview Scholastic Chess

Ankeny Southview is having a free fun tournament, and would like to invite others to participate. Saturday, April 27th 10am-5pm Register

Arshaq Saleem wins 2019 Iowa Closed

In a nail biting battles of chess, Arshaq Saleem wins the title of the 2019 Iowa Closed Champion. Arshaq will be automatically entered in next years closed with the minimal requirement of attending two qualifying tournaments. On day one Valeriy Kosokin was burning it up going 3-0 defeating last years co champion Joseph Wan in round 1. Valeriy seemed unstoppable until facing Arshaq Saleem in round 4, where Arshaq put out the fire. Cub Noble in his first Closed appearance avoided being shut out with a miraculous three move repetition against Michael Takahashi. I had predicted this may be Cub's tactics prior to the match, and when it transpired I had a laugh with Cub, but congratulated him

Anish Lodh wins the playoff to become Iowa's Barber Champion

Anish Lodh wins a hard fought playoff battle with Anjaneya Rao in the Basement of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. Anjaneya and Anish decided to have a cointoss to determine white and black and who goes first. The playoffs were two games of G60d5 one as white and one as black. Anish won the toss and decided white for game one. A draw ensued. In Game two Mr. Lodh was down to 38 seconds when the clock suddenly reset, causing a delay in play. The clock was reset with Anjaneya with a good position and 12:30 on the clock. Anish went beast mode, became an analyzing machine! And blitzed out a win with only 6 seconds remaining. Anjaneya gave it his all and came up short. Bu

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