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.
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.
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 ChessKid.com online chess accounts, chess equipment, and US Chess memberships. In 2019, Chess in Iowa supported Roosevelt Middle School with chess sets and ChessKid.com accounts for a six-week school day enrichment program
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
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
Dr. Robert Keating
Dr. Christine Denison