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What's New - 7/18/2014


Thanks to all the presenters! Brian gave an excellent guide to time management, Gary Nordick explained the draw - about which there are more rules than one would expect - and Luis Peralta analyzed his winning game against Robert Keating. All very informative and entertaining! Next week, there will be a themed G/20 Swiss tournament based on Peralta's game, which can be seen to the right, using the very snazzy new PGN viewer.


Blitz breaks out at the Illowa Bi-State Chess Club! It rampages through the room for nearly four hours and 116 rated games. We all win when we play this great game. Take a look at the results.

Greetings to Jarl, visiting from England, Benjamin, visiting from France, James, Jim, Erik, and Dan visiting from central Iowa. Good stuff going on in the side room as well as in the tournament area. Drop an e-mail and/or stop by and check us out!


Here's what's coming up for July. Get ready. Grab a friend or two and come on out. We have a fair number of younger players on hand these days. For those of you who prefer the long time control games, consider coming out and maybe doing some teaching/skittles with those high-energy kids. We are going to get as many as possible into the mix. So, kids and chess parents, practice up and get ready!

July 22: G20 themed Swiss
July 29: G20 quads


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

PGN viewer courtesy of ChessTempo

Other games




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