Prairie Chess Club


2022 Iowa Match Play Team Championships

Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266

February 26th, 2022

Registration: Registration for the Prairie Teams will be managed by James Hodina. Please contact Jim by email at if you are interested in playing on a Prairie Team. Prairie will have multiple teams representing our five Prairie Elementary Schools and Prairie Creek. All students wishing to participate will have the opportunity to do so.

Format: Teams are of 4 students attending the same school; 6th Graders in Middle School may play for former K-5 school. Jr. High and High School teams may have 2 players from feeder schools on their teams but no player 7 years or under. This rule also applies to Prairie's K-4 Schools were up to two players attending a Prairie Elementary School may play with Prairie Creek students on a 4-player team.

Round Times: Rounds for Grades K through 6 will be played with a time control of Game in 30 minutes and a 5 second delay on the chess clock. Round times are scheduled for 10:00 am, 11:15, and 12:45, and then round 4 will start as soon as round 3 is completed. Rounds for grades 7-12 will be played at G/45; d5. If more than 8 teams are registered, then Round starts at 10:00 am, Lunch, Noon, then Round 3 at 1:30 pm and round 4 as soon as round 3 is completed. If 8 teams or less play, the time control will be G/60;d5 and rounds will be announced onsite. The award ceremony will be right after the final round.

Trophies: Trophies and medals will be awarded for

  • K-6 Grade: Trophies for 1st through 6th place K-3 for 1st through 3rd place School trophy and each individual

  • 7-12 Grades: Trophies 1st thru 3rd place team trophy and 4 individual trophies

  • Individual Section will have prizes equal to approx ⅓ or registrants

  • Medals will also be available for those participating in their first chess tournament.

Prairie Chess Excels at Iowa Scholastic Chess Team Championships


The Iowa Scholastic Chess Team Championships were held at Prairie Point on Saturday, January 22. The Prairie Chess Club fielded 21students among all the grade levels. In the Grade K-6 Section, Prairie Creek tied for second place, despite being without their highest-rated player. What may be the most remarkable is the fifth-place finish of Prairie Heights in the same K-6 section, despite not having any of the more experienced 5th grade and 6th grade players many of the other teams had on their roster. Prairie Point players performed well, too, capturing the 3rd place trophy in the Junior High Section.

The High School section was an individual competition rather than a team-based award. Mason Kimm received the individual second-place trophy.

Also participating in the tournament were Prairie Crest’s Ezra Groteluschen and Prairie Ridge’s Jordan Railsback (not pictured). Complete standings of the tournaments may be found online on the US Chess website at

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Prairie Chess Club Newsletters

Please click here to read the newsletters issued for the Prairie Chess Club this 2021-2022 school year (published in Adobe PDF). Activity Report

  • The adjacent report is generated by ChessKid for the Prairie Chess Club members.

  • Students are listed for their ChessKid activity since October 1, 2021.

  • Students not listed have had no activity since October 1, 2021.

  • Shaded results indicated proficiency/achievement met.

Proficiency (Chess Set)

Puzzles Solved = 80

Lessons (Level) = 27 (King 1)

Computer Workout = 10

Achievements (Chess Tokens)

Puzzle Rating (Minimum 20 puzzles completed)

  • 600 and every 100 points thereafter

Fast Chess Rating (Minimum 10 games played)

  • 600 and every 100 points thereafter


  • King 10 and every 10 lessons thereafter.

Report Card - Prairie Chess Club 01-10-2021 to 01-09-2022

Prairie Chess Club Tournament (fall semester Final Standings)

Prairie Chess Club Team Tournament.xlsx