November Events on the Site

We’ve updated the Events Page for November at the Des Moines Gospel Chapel!

Classical this week and blitz the following week. We’re retiring Dual-Rated Games due to lack of interest and we’re taking suggestions on what to replace it with. Shoot us an email – we’re thinking about going with another unrated week, possibly blitz, possibly rapid.

No event on Thanksgiving! 

Events Page: 


Tournament Results: April 20th, 2023 (Rapid Quads, USCF Rated)

Our first USCF tournament was a great success, held on April 20th, 2023 at the Des Moines Gospel Chapel. We had 14 total players, 2 who showed up late, which caused Chief TD Kyle Boddy and Assistant TD Matthew Duran some stress!

However, in the end we figured it all out and ended up with two sections:

  1. Top Quad with 4 players
  2. 2nd Section that started with 6 players for the first round, then added two more for the second and third rounds

Top Quad Results

Quan Luong, the winner of last week’s Unrated Open Blitz tournament, scored a perfect 3.0/3.0 and won the section!

2nd Section Results

Khoi Le scored a perfect 3.0/3.0 and won the section! Khoi found us from this /r/chess reddit post that went unexpectedly viral!

Paul Smith won the puzzle solving drawing, earning a $5 gift card to Marina Mercantile.

The tournament was submitted this morning by Chief TD Kyle Boddy to the USCF for rating, so you should see your rating update in the next few days barring any complications.

Congrats to all of our winners, and we’ll see you next week for Hybrid Mini-Swiss games which are USCF Dual-Rated!

See photos and comments on our Facebook post for this event.



USCF Time Controls – Regular, Quick, Blitz… What are the Differences?

The US Chess Federation website isn’t too clear on the differences in the three time controls that show up on your page:

  • Regular
  • Quick
  • Blitz

For those used to online play and the time control categories there, the USCF time control descriptions map this way:

  • Regular = Classical
  • Quick = Rapid
  • Blitz = Blitz (minimum of 3+2, anything lower cannot be rated)

OK, that’s great. But what specific time controls correspond with these descriptions? Here’s a breakdown of what USCF Regular, Quick, and Blitz mean.


Tournament Results: April 13th, 2023 (Open Blitz, Unrated)

Our first tournament is in the books!

On Thursday, April 13th, 2023, we hosted ten players for an unrated open blitz tournament at Des Moines Gospel Chapel. Quan Luong got clear first with 4.5/5.0 while Max McCall and Matthew Duran shared 2nd with 3.5/5.0.

We had a puzzle on-site which three people solved correctly. From those three, we drew one random winner, and James Senzee got a $5 gift card to our local sponsor, Marina Mercantile!


Chess Events Scheduled for Des Moines in April 2023!

That’s right! South Sound Chess finally has some events on the schedule. Thanks to our new Vice President, Matthew Duran, we have meeting space at the Des Moines Gospel Church on Thursday evenings for USCF and unrated events.

Go check out the Events Page today to see what we’ve got going on Thursday evenings starting mid-April!

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