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.

SAVE THE DATE: JULY 10-14, 2023

An annual five-day experience for scholastic chess players in grades K-12 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.

Click to view 2023 Prairie Chess Camp and Registration

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.

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. 

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. 

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.


Hosted by the Cedar Rapids Chess Club

December 28, 2022

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Cedar Rapids Public Library, Beams Auditorium

Register onsite, 4:30 - 5:15 pm, or online at

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.

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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