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What's New - 9/19/2014


Medrano beats Mueller to take top spot! He plays Mark Flowers in Round 4, but that's not the end - September is a five-week tournament!


Have you read Benjamin Franklin's On the Morals of Chess?


Club now has chess library - members may check out books - please sign them out with Mark Flowers


Club offers free one-year trial memberships to IASCA for eligible club members - club wants to encourage newer players to get out there and play


Dispatch Building Annex is now club's permanent home - 515 18th St., Moline

Does chess do anything for kids? See benefits of chess for kids



Susan Polgar Foundation


If you're interested in chess, make your move now and join us!

Whether you're an old hand at the game or someone just wanting to learn how the pieces move, we hope you'll choose the Illowa Chess Club as the place you exercise your brain!

We're dedicated to promoting chess and it's benefits throughout the Quad City Area and welcome into our clubs anyone who wants to open their mind to all the wonderful things chess has to offer.If you're interested in what might be the benefits of chess for kids, see this. The competitive branch of the club holds tournaments rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) each Tuesday night at 7:00 pm in Rooms 6 & 7 of the Dispatch Building Annex, 515 18th St., Moline.  If you'd like additional information, contact Gary Nordick or any of the club Officers.


We hope you'll join us!



Peralta vs. Keating

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Upcoming Local Tournaments


Oct. 25, 2014 The Quad City Chess Classic 2014, an Illinois Chess Tour Event.  Two sections: Open and Reserve (U1400).  Four round SS, G/65 with 5 second delay.  Where: Augustana College, College Center Chicago Room, 639-38th St. Rock Island, IL 61201.  Reg: Onsite registration begins at 8:30. Rounds: 9:30, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30 (or earlier, by agreement) Entry Fee: $25 if pre-registered by 10-19-2014, $30 onsite.  Cash or checks to Illowa Chess Club.  Prize Info: All entry fees will be returned in prize money after expenses have been deducted, plus trophy to winner of each section.  US Chess Federation (USCF) membership required, available onsite or join at Contact: Gary Nordick ( with questions.  Mail pre-registration with check to: Quad City Chess Classic, c/o Gary Nordick, 13011 28th St. West, Milan, IL 61264.  Include USCF ID and e-mail address for confirmation.

2014 Illinois Open State Chess Championship: August 30 – September 1, 2014 at Crowne Plaza Chicago – Northbrook 2875 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062. $8,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund! An Illinois Chess Tour Event! 50 Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points! Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix! Details and Register Online at In 2 sections, Open and Reserve (U1800). 6 rounds, G/90, 30-second increment. 2-day option 8/31-9/1. $89 room rate if reserved by 8/27 - Free hot breakfast buffet and 25% restaurant discount included in room rate. Free entry to all Illinois GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs, FMs, and WFMs - please pre-register. $5 entry fee discount to ICA members (ICA member dues $15 adult, $10 scholastic - obtain membership at

August 15-17 four-event weekend in Coralville: Iowa Quick Chess Championship (6 round Swiss G/10d2 on August 15), 60th Iowa Open (IASCA Super Grand Prix Qualifier, 6 round Swiss G90+30s on August 16-17), Iowa Reserve Championship (under 1600, 4 round Swiss G/75d5 on August 16), Iowa Rated Beginner's Open (under 1200, 5 round Swiss G/30d5). See the Iowa Chess page on August tournaments for details.