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November 27, 2016

posted Jan 3, 2017, 5:58 PM by James Hodina

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Dear Scholastic Families,


My name is Jim Hodina and I am the Scholastic Chair for the Iowa State Chess Association.  As a past participant in scholastic chess in Iowa, I am sending out this email to highlight the many chess tournaments that we have scheduled this school.  Your school chess club may have already started meeting and a few of you might have event played in a tournament this year.  But the bulk of the Scholastic Chess Season is just starting and there is a lot of chess to plan ahead for.


In this Newsletter



How to Find a Chess Tournament 1

2017 Scholastic Chess Calendar 1

How to Register for a Scholastic Chess Tournament 3


How to Find a Chess Tournament

The official posting of all chess tournaments is on the Iowa State Chess Association Website (IASCA) at www.iowa-chess.org.  Chess in Iowa (CII) is a charitable organization recognized by the IRS under Section 501(c)3 of the internal revenue code and organizes and directs many of these scholastic events.  Chess in Iowa also maintains a website at www.chessiniowa.org with additional information including calendars and flyers that you may use and share.


The following Scholastic Chess Calendar provides a listing of the IASCA and Chess in Iowa planned scholastic events for the 2017 school year.  Each tournament includes a hyperlink to the IASCA website with complete tournament details.

2017 Scholastic Chess Calendar


November 19

Iowa City

December 10

Coralville

December 17

Nashville TN

ICPL Kids Tournament


In Memory of

Steve Young


Free Grade 3-6 Tournament at the Iowa City Public Library

Iowa Individual Grades Championship


Individual Sections for Each Grade (K-12)


Northwest Junior High School

U.S. Chess Individual Grades Championship


Individual Sections for Each Grade (K-12)


Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center

January 7

Cedar Rapids

January 14

Des Moines

January 21

Ames

10th Annual Prairie Chess Series  Tournament #1


5 Sections: K-3 Unrated, K-3 Open, K-6 U1000, K-12 U1400, K-12 Open


Prairie Point Middle School

2017 Iowa Individual Play Scholastic Team Championships


3 Sections Elementary, Junior High & High School


Olmsted Center

Drake University

2017 Iowa High School and K-8 State Championships


US Denker & Barber


Qualifying Tournaments

Location to be determined

January 28

Burlington

February 4

Cedar Rapids

February 11

Des Moines

2017 Port of

Burlington RBO


An All-Ages Event

Open to USCF Under 1200


The Loft of Burlington

2017 Iowa Scholastic Match-Play Team Championship


3 Sections Elementary, Junior High & High School


Prairie Point Middle School

2017 Iowa Girls Chess Championship


Qualifier for K-12 National Girls Invitational Tournament


Location to be determined

February 18

Cedar Rapids

February 25

Coralville

March 11

Cedar Rapids

10th Annual Prairie Chess Series  Tournament #2


5 Sections: K-3 Unrated, K-3 Open, K-6 U1000, K-12 U1400, K-12 Open


Prairie Point Middle School

Weber Borlaug 10th Annual Chess Tournament


FREE K-6 Tournament

(Not USCF Rated)


Borlaug Elementary School

10th Annual Prairie Chess Series  Tournament #3


5 Sections: K-3 Unrated, K-3 Open, K-6 U1000, K-12 U1400, K-12 Open


Prairie Point Middle School

April 1

Iowa City

April 29 & 30

Dubuque

May 12-14

Nashville TN

2017 Iowa Scholastic Open Championship


K-12 Open, K-8 Reserve, K-5 Reserve, & K-3 Reserve


Northwest Junior High School

5th Annual Ice Harbor Scholastic Open


6 Sections: K-12 Open, K-6 Open, K-3 Open, K-12 U1200, K-6 U800, K-6 Unrated


Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark

U.S. Chess

SUPERNATIONALS!


High School, Junior High School & Elementary Open & Class Championship


Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center


How to Register for a Scholastic Chess Tournament

Individuals may register in advance online, advance by mail to the Tournament Director, or on-site up to 30 minutes prior to the tournament.  Advanced registration is most helpful for the running of a tournament and is encouraged with a $5 discount to the entry fee.  Details for registering for each event are included in the IASCA Scholastic Tournament web posting.


Chess in Iowa maintains a provider agreement with OnlineRegistration.CC to register and pay for scholastic chess tournaments that we host.  This online service allows for advanced registration and payment.  By registering in advance, you do not need to arrive early to pay or check in.  Payment is processed through PayPal and directly deposited to Chess in Iowa’s non-for-profit PayPal account.  The fees cover the cost of the tournament playing site rental, trophies, and tournament supplies.  All IASCA tournaments are $15 but some CII promotional tournaments may be less ($10) or even free.  At the end of the school year, CII provides a $1,200  to the IASCA for our state scholastic champions to compete at the national US Chess Scholastic Championship events for High School (Grade 9-12), Grade K-8, and Girls held concurrent with the US Open.


USCF ID:  All tournaments sponsored by IASCA (and most by CII) are sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation.  This has historically been abbreviated as USCF but currently goes by US Chess.  When registering, you are usually prompted for your USCF ID.  USCF IDs are issued to all US Chess Members.  Whether your memberships is current or expired, your USCF ID will always be the same.  Current US Chess memberships are required for all sanctioned events, often noted as RATED. Non-sanctioned events are noted as Unrated or UNR, and current US Chess Memberships are not required. If you are new to US Chess and do not have a USCF, type NEW in the requested field.


How to Obtain a USCF ID:  Chess in Iowa has purchased a batch of discounted USCF memberships for scholastic members.  You may purchase these annual memberships from CII in advance or at the tournament for $11.  These are not available with your online registration but must be purchased separately.  US Chess memberships purchased online range from $17 to $24 based on age.


What Else?


This email certainly doesn’t cover everything and you may certainly have other questions.  The CII Website has a FAQ page for scholastic tournament at http://www.chessiniowa.org/faqs.  If this does not answer your questions, you may certainly email the Tournament Directors:



It is very important to know that we are very helpful at the scholastic chess tournament.  While we cannot advise on what the best move might be, we can certainly answer questions about the rules anytime during the tournament.  Questions like “is this checkmate” or “is this move legal” are certainly questions we are well prepared for.


Take care,


Jim


Jim Hodina

Scholastic Chair, IASCA

President, Chess in Iowa


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