Iowa Pawn Stomers Strike US Class Championships

Iowa Pawn Stomers Strike US Class Championships

The Iowa Pawn Stormers, a scholastic chess team from the CR/IC Corridor, made lightning and thunder at the 2018 US Class Championships in Minnesota last weekend. Fifteen players participated in the 150 player field capturing 6 individual prizes in total.

  • Anish Lodh went 5-0 winning the US Class A Championship

  • AJ Kozich went 5-0 winning the US Class B Championship

  • Kian Thompson, 3-1-1, tieing for 3rd in the US Class B Championship

  • Aadarsh Kumar, Audrey Sellon, and Cameron Gilbertson, each going 4-1 and tieing for 2nd-4th, in the US Class E Championship.

The team on whole brought over 200 US Chess rating points back to Iowa. When not considering Pawn Stormer head-to-head matchups, the players scored over 60% in their games.

The Iowa Pawn Stormers are a team of scholastic players from the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor. The team meets weekly for practice, has weekly home-study challenges, and travels as a team across the Midwest with coaches Dan Brashaw and Jim Hodina. Arshaq Saleem and Jim White also volunteer their time with the weekly practices and traveling to the tournaments.

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