Chess in Iowa

Welcome Players, Families, and the Chess Community

Chess in Iowa is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the advancement of chess and chess players in our community. Through a staff of volunteers in the chess community, Chess in Iowa develops and promotes chess in our community.


Chess in Iowa has set up two tournaments for Tuesday Nights from November 2 through December 28. Both tournaments are Game/10 +2 sec; one tournament for lichess U1400 and one for lichess 1400+ (all ratings can enter +1400 tournament though.) The tournament is hosted on the Chess in Iowa team. Email or text Jim at 319-432-1459 for access to the team, the tournaments, and the Zoom meeting broadcast.

Tournament Links for Tuesday, November 23, 7:00 pm

Scholastic Chess Clubs for the Prairie School as the College Community School District. Students in Grades 3-12 meet after school weekly when they receive instruction and time for playing chess against other students. Additional opportunities to represent Prairie in scholastic tournaments is also available.

An All-Ages chess club, we meet every Wednesday Night at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm and continues until the library closes at 8 pm. We enjoy casual play, entertain guest lecturers, and host fun tournaments for everyone to compete.

A travelling chess team, the Iowa Pawn Stormers is a program that develops our top young chess talent in the area. Students receive 26 weeks of advanced instruction and travel to major tournaments in the Midwest with their coaches.

Scholastic & All-Ages Tournaments

Chess in Iowa sponsors many chess tournaments throughout the year. Scholastic tournaments include a Midwest regional event, Ice Harbor Scholastic Open, and local events such as the Prairie Fall and Winter Classics. All-ages events hosted by Chess in Iowa include the Cedar Rapids Open and Cedar Rapids Leather Jackets.

An annual five-day experience for scholastic chess players. Held July 19-23, 64 students in grades K-12 participate. Morning lessons are provided by professional chess instructors, who are national and international masters. In the afternoon, students play chess “tournament style" chess games when completed are reviewed individually by the instructors. Chess in Iowa offers financial support to those families who could not otherwise attend the camp

Scholastic Chess Clubs

Chess in Iowa supports a variety of scholastic chess clubs in the Cedar Rapids - Iowa City Corridor. We make group purchases at discounted prices for such items as online chess accounts, chess equipment, and US Chess memberships. In 2019, Chess in Iowa supported Roosevelt Middle School with chess sets and accounts for a six-week school day enrichment program

Chess in Iowa Board of Directors

Biyi Chen

Jess Fiedorowicz

Dr. Robert Keating

Jim White

Eric Vigil

Ming Lodh

Romy Lodh

Peer Saleem

James Hodina

Tony Thompson

Dr. Christine Denison

Shanthi Thangavel


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