Chess in Iowa

Welcome Chess 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.

If you are a student in the College Community School District and would like to join the Prairie Chess Club, please register. We will start on Monday, October 5, but you can join anytime.

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.

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 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

An annual five-day experience for scholastic chess players. Held the third week of July, over 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

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

Amazon Smile

There are no additional fees. Simply make your normal purchase through Amazon Smile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the sale to Chess in Iowa

Chess Equipment

Chess in Iowa's receives a donation of 10% of your total purchase of chess equipment, books, and supplies through this link to Wholesale Chess.

Make a charitable donation to Chess in Iowa, a 501(c)3 charitable organization


While the Iowa State Chess Association is organizing online chess tournaments during the pandemic, you may be interested in these online tournaments from our friends and partners.

Wisconsin Chess Academy and International Academy of Chess (visit link for registration details)

  • A scholastic tournament with K-6 & K-12 Section played on
  • Arena Tournament format with a time control of 10 minutes + 5 second delay.
  • Every Saturday from 10 am to Noon.
  • $20 entry fee with trophies mailed to your doorstep.

US Chess Online: These events are rated with the new US Chess online rating systems (does not affect over-the-board ratings.)