Decorah Chess Club

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Decorah Chess Enthusiasts Unite!

One evening, not long ago, I sat alone at the bar at T-Bock’s for a drink and dinner. To my left was a stranger playing a chess computer on Since I also played chess, I thought I would introduce myself. It was through this chance encounter, that a Decorah Chess Club idea was born.

Regardless of your level, whether you are interested in just now learning how to play or are already an expert and looking for games and/or to impart your wisdom on those thirsty for more chess tactics and strategies, the Decorah Chess Club will welcome you.

Currently, we are informally meeting at 6:00pm on Wednesdays at Convergence Ciderworks and 2:00pm on Saturdays at Impact Coffee (check posts just in case – a smaller group attends thesee). Check the latest posts for any changes and developments.

Our current goal is to grow our membership to a size in which we can become a more formal club. Sign up at the bottom of our page to stay informed of our events.

Latest Posts

A Mate in the Middle

I ran across the following mate-in-4 puzzle for white reading 1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners by Masetti and Messa and had a difficult time with the analysis. As always, I encourage you to find the solution before reading on. The discovered check move 1. c7+ forces black to take the bishop with his rook 1 … Continue reading A Mate in the Middle

Tournament Experience

There is an upcoming chess tournament at Iowa State University in Ames, IA that I would like to encourage you to attend. It is the 2022 Iowa Open Reserve (U1600). While it spans 3 days from Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, you have many options to participate however you would like. Let’s say … Continue reading Tournament Experience


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