Ice Harbor Scholastic Open


Friday, April 28, 2017 - Sunday, April 30, 2017
Dubuque, IA,
Scholastic Tournaments


A two-day regional scholastic chess tournament held in the Dubuque Grand River Center Exhibit Hall.  Seven Scholastic Sections: Two Friends and Family Sections, Friday Night Blitz Chess (3 sections) and Saturday Bughouse (2 sections).  Stay at the connecting Grand Harbor Resort and Water Park. Chess rate includes passes to the water park.  Dubuque, Iowa, is located on the Mississippi River at the Iowa-Wisconsin-Illinois boarder, 90 miles from Rockford, 150 miles from Schaumburg, and 200 miles from Bloomington.  Visit for event details and area amenities.

Main Event: 6 Rated Sections and 1 Non-Rated Section.  Over 100 Individual Awards Trophies 50 Team Plaques, and participant medals for all. Chess clubs may form teams in accordance with USCF rules.  Friday Night Blitz Chess (K-12 & K-6 sections and 24 trophies), Saturday Afternoon Bughouse Reserve (U1200 + K-3) and Saturday Night Bughouse Open (All-Ages and 36 trophies).  Friends and Family, rated and non-rated sections.

Playing Hall: Grand River Center, Exhibit Hall A, 500 Bell Street, Dubuque IA 52001.  Hospitality Room and Concessions in Exhibit Hall B.

Hotel:  Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark, 350 Bell Street, Dubuque IA 52001, (866) 690-4006, Group Rate = $119 Waterpark Passes Included, Rate Guaranteed for first 100 rooms until 4.1.2016

Register: Online registration at, By mail to Chess in Iowa, c/o James Hodina, 3411 Blue Pointe Ct SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

Sections: USCF Rated: Master/Expert (FIDE Rated): 4 Rds, G/90 +30 inc, K-12 Open: 5 Rds, G/75 d5, K-12 U1200: 6 Rds, G/45 d5, K-6 Open: 5 Rds, G/75 d5, K-6 U800: 6 Rds, G/45 d5, K-3 Open: 6 Rds, G/45 d5. Non-Rated: Grades K-6: 6 Rds G/45 d5. Friends and Family:  Rated and Non-Rated Sections, both 4 Rds, G/60 d5.  All sections use 5 second delay.

Schedule: Main Event: On-Site Registration; 4/28 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  4/29 8:00 am – 9:30 am. K-12 Open and K-6 Open, G/75, 5 Rounds: Sat: 10-1:30-4:30, Sun: 9-12:30. Remaining Sections (K-12 U1200, K-6 U800, K-3 Open and all Nonrated Sections K-3, 5-6, & 7-12) Sat: 10-12:30-2:30-4:30. Sun: 9-11-1:30. Blitz Chess: Fri 7:00 -10 pm Bughouse Sat: 7:30 – 10:30 pm. Friends and Family: Sat: 1:30-4:30, Sun 9 – 1.

Awards: Over 100 Total Individual Trophies & 50 Team Awards! Master/Expert Section: Awards for 1st – 6th Place: K-12 Open Section: Top 10 individual trophies for top overall scores and six trophies based on rating (e.g. class trophies). K-6 Open, K-3 Open, K-12 U1200, and K-6 U800 Section: Top 6 individual trophies for top overall scores and six trophies based on rating (e.g. class prizes) in each section. K-6 Non-Rated Section: Trophies to top 5 scores overall and top score in each grade (one trophy per player).  Additional Awards: Plaques for each player on Top 3 Teams of each section (school or club).  Top Pairs (players may be from different section):  Top 3 Boy/Girl, Father/Son, Mother/Daughter, and Mixed Double.  Must register in advance of round 1.

Entry Fee: $50 if received by 3/1, $55 by 4/1, $60 after 4/1, $70 on site. Blitz, Bughouse, Friends and Family = $10 per player, advanced or on-site. USCF Membership required for rated sections, available on site. 

Contact Information:  James Hodina: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Website:



Grand Harbor Resort
Dubuque, IA