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2021 Iowa Individual Grades Championship

A great turnout and great start to our Iowa Scholastic Championship Series of Tournaments.

In Kindergarden Leviathan Freerksen came out to show he was boss! He scored second in the combined K-1 section and scored the Best Kindergarden score. He has the opportunity to perhaps run the table and win every year until he graduates High School. Josiah Power started strong, but did not come to this years event and his streak was busted.

In first Grade Jason Shen brought his broom and swept the section with a 4-0 perfect score. Great work Jason!

Second Grade, Alexander Song swept his section with a 4-0. Alex I know is looking for some chess lessons to improve his game.

Third Grade was won by Saifan Hashmi in the largest section of the tournament with a 4-0 score.

Fourth Grade was won by another 4-0 score Aarud Ajoykumar.

Fifth grade kept the streak alive with another 4-0 and victory by Kevin Wang.

Sixth Grade John Paul Keufler in his first over the board tournament came out swinging with a viscious 4-0 score. I hope I see John at more touranments as he achieved a 1380 provisional rating!

Seventh Grade good buddies Stan Bujakowski and Nolon Nixon fought to a grandmaster draw and tied the seciton with 3.5 of 4 points.

Eighth grade, was a dogfight with a three way tie for first Aiden Hoovik, Nischolas Schmitz and winning on tiebreaks Lucas Donato.

9th 10th and 12th grades were combined with no representation from the 11th Grade. Ninth was won by Niko Nixon with an undefeated 4-0, In 10th grade with 3 points of 4 was Mihir Maruvada, and in 12th grade about to age out of scholastics coming all the way from Council Bluffs Iowa was Logan Miller.

Overall we had a late start because of a large onsite registration rush and then we had 40+ new chess players to process their US Chess ID Memberships. The enthusiasm was out of this world. I am really looking forward to our future events.

30 December 2021 (Thursday during Break)

the 8th annual Anti Hunder Games

Iowa City

Entry fees go to the Johnson county food bank.

22 January 2022

Iowa Individual Team Championship

Cedar Rapids

This is a fun team event, students do not play other students from thier school and the top four scores are added together to give the school a score.

29 January 2022

Rockefeller/Barber/Denker Qualifier

Iowa City

this tournament decides who gets to represent Iowa in the National Tournament of State Champions. this year to be held in Rancho Mirage California July 30-Aug 2.

5 February 2022

Haring Qualifier


this tournament decides the girl chessplayer who gets to represent Iowa in the National Tournament of State Champions. this year to be held in Rancho Mirage California July 30-Aug 2.

26 February 2022

Iowa Match Team Championship

4 v 4 teams go head to head in this popular scholastic event.

26 March 2022

K-12 Open

Iowa City

Last Championship Tournament of the year.


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