Summer Rapid Kickoff Tournament Announced!

Cash prizes are scaled based on 50 participants. Subject to change if fewer show up, but bracketed prizes will definitely occur.

FORMAT: A 5-round Swiss event in two sections. Maximum 50 players. If limited players, sections may be combined.
SCHEDULE: Check-in: 9-9:45am. Rounds (5): 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm. Closing ceremony 3pm or ASAP. Blitz tournament to follow starting at 4 PM!
TIME CONTROL: G/15; +10 sec. increment per move starting from move 1.
BYES: One half-point bye available; request at check-in.
PRIZE FUND: $1000 based on 50 entries. Prizes are subject to change.

1st: $200, 2nd: $120, 3rd: $80, U1700/U1500: $50 each

Reserve (U1500):
1st: $120, $2nd: $80, U1300/U1100/Unrated: $30 each

RATING: US Chess rated Quick. Higher of June 2024 US Chess Regular or Quick rating will be used to determine pairings and prizes.

MEMBERSHIP: US Chess Membership required.

Register for the Summer Rapid Kickoff on June 22nd!


Rapid Quads in Des Moines! 4.11.2024

Twelve players turned out for USCF Rapid Quads on April 11th, 2024! Free entry on Thursdays.


Announcing the Winter Rapid Open!

We are announcing the Winter Rapid Open on Saturday, February 17th, 2024 at Des Moines Gospel Chapel!

This is our first weekend tournament with an entry fee and prize pool – we’re excited to announce it early! Registration will be available early in the new year, but for loyal blog readers, we wanted to get it out to all players.

Block it off on the calendar and we’ll see you there.

2024 Winter Rapid Open at SSCC!
2024 Winter Rapid Open at SSCC!

Veteran’s Day Open : This Week

Be sure to hit up the Veteran’s Day Open on November 11th if you’re over 18 years of age! Register at NWChess and get more information below:

PDF Download: Veterans Day Open


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: