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We meet at the Cedar Rapids Public Library from 2 pm to 5 pm on the 1st and third Sundays of the month from September - May. We will start off with a group lesson at 2 pm after which we will do an organized chess activity and then finish up with some free time to just play chess.
We are now off for the school year and will return in the fall. Our all-ages club continues to meet from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm at the Seuss Room on Wednesday evening. You are welcome to attend.
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The event is our 11th Annual Cedar Rapids Leather Jackets (an old name someone before me used and we keep running with it. Catchy though, eh?). There are prizes for 1st and 2nd Place overall and class prizes for players rated under USCF 1900, 1700, 1500, 1300, 1100, and Unrated. Prizes for 1st and 2nd $100 and $50 respectively. Class prizes (U####) are $20 each and each prize is accompanied by a very nice crystalline trophy.
This may be a very nice tournament for some of our advancing scholastic players. Those rated 900 or above should be able to compete for one of the class prizes, not to mention the unrated prize. Its also a great way to grab some rating points that are probably hard to come by in a scholastic event. For our 7th grade and older boy school age players, there is not another chess tournament for you in our area until the next Prairie Chess Series tournament, February 16. (IA Girls today, this tourney next weekend, and the Elementary Team on February 9).
Time control is Game in 60 minutes. Four rounds. The first round will start at 10 am and the last round will start at 5:30 pm. So we should be out of there by 8 pm.
Entry fee is $20, $25 on site (onsite registration ends at 9:30 am). Being club members in good standing (at least most of you, anyway) I can take your advanced $20 registration at our Wednesday Club Meeting. USCF membership and Iowa State Chess Association (IASCA) Membership is required, though. IASCA is $15, $10 for juniors.
Saturday, October 13 is National Chess Day. The Cedar Rapids Chess Club is hosting the Iowa Blitz Chess Championship on this day. We will be in the Sendak room. Registration begins at 11 am and ends at noon. The first round begins at 12:30 with subsequent rounds to start 5 minutes after the completion of the last game. The first game is at 1 pm. Entry fee is $10 in advance, $15 on site. Cash prizes are awarded including Top Youth (U14) and class prizes down to U1400.
Congratulations to Amir Farnoud for winning the Cedar Rapids Open on Saturday, May 26. Amir went 4-0 to take clear first. Jim Hodina, Robert Johnson, and Dave Taylor finish in a three way tie for second with a score of 3-1.
Morgan Lu and Daniel Kogan scored 4.5-0.5 to tie for first (tie breaks went in Morgan's favor). Jaeyun Park and Jacob Aspinall each score 4-1 to tie for third and fourth.
A total of 40 players participated in the event hosted by the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
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May 26, 2012
2600 Edgewood Road SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Cedar Rapids Open
This is an Iowa State Chess Association Closed Championship Mini-Qualifier. This event is a 4 Round Swiss tournament with time control of Game in 60 minutes and a 5 second increment. The event will be held at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Seuss Room, Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.
Cedar Rapids Reserve
This is a fun chess tournament for all novice and beginning chess players. This event is a 5 Round Swiss tournament with time control of Game in 30 minutes and a 5 second increment. The event will be held at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Seuss Room, Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.
Simultaneous Exhibition May 7, 1:30 pm
Robert Keating (USCF 2134)
2011 Iowa State Chess Champion
Bob Keating hosted a simultaneous exhibition May 7 at 1:30 pm at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Bob faced 13 players at the same time.
Robert Keating Wins Iowa State Chess Championship
Congratulations to Cedar Rapids resident Robert Keating who won the Iowa Closed Chess Championship April 9-10. Bob went 4-1 finishing a half-point ahead of Marshalltown's Matt Anzis. Third place went to Kushan Tyagi of Ames, fouth (tie) to Jim Hodina of Cedar Rapids and George Eichhorn of Des Moines, and sixth place went to Tom Hesse of Iowa City. The Cedar Rapids Chess Club has invited Bob to host a simul at our club, which is graciously considering. We'll be sure to get more information out as soon as its available. For more information, visit the Iowa State Chess Association website, www.iowachess.org.