Some three-dozen of Iowa’s best chess players faced off in Grinnell over the weekend in the Iowa State Chess Association tournament. Out of 38 competitors, the winner was Jared Shaw of Coralville who explains his final moves in the championship game to capture the title.
Shaw says he forced a rook trade and took his opponent’s rook for a queen promotion, which ended in a resign. Shaw says he’s been playing the strategy game since he was eight years old and he’s self-taught. He favors the knights for their ability to jump.
Charles Li of Ankeny placed second, Rich Newell of West Des Moines came in third, with Tim Carson of Eldora in fourth.