If you have the coaching covered but getting funding for the necessary club materials might hold your club back then Chess It Up Iowa is happy to provide provide the chess sets and supplies you may need to run a successful club.

Supporting local clubs and giving kids all over Des Moines the opportunity to learn and play chess is the heart of our organization. If you would like more information or need support to start or grow a chess club in your area, please contact us. Click the button below to answer a few questions about where you are located and what type of support you need, and we will do our best to assist you in organizing a successful chess club. 

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Start A Chess Club

Chess it up Iowa offers support for community members interested in starting and/or improving local chess club. Teaching children how to play chess is an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also be intimidating. Especially if you are also new to the world of chess. 

If you are new to coaching Chess It Up Iowa can provide guidance. One on one meetings can be arranged with experienced coaches to discuss coaching and how to organize your club. If desired a coach can attend club meetings to help you get started.

U.S. Chess Memberships for Scholastic Players


One of the best ways to motivate and connect scholastic players is through competitive rated chess tournaments. Having a rating allows players to measure their skills, set goals, and is motivation to practice more so they can be the top player among their friends or fellow club members. Junior memberships are provided for free to any K-12 player who needs one at all rated Chess It Up Iowa tournaments. Additionally memberships can be purchased at a reduced rate to scholastic chess clubs or players who need them for non Chess It Up Iowa events. 

Girl's Chess Club

Women and girls are greatly under represented in the chess world. This is true both on the National level and in the central Iowa chess community. Chess it up Iowa would like to provide a space where girls can feel comfortable and seek support in learning the game of chess and becoming a major part of the competitive chess community.

Check back for more info. If you would like to be contacted with updates, please email us at ChessitupIowa@gmail.com.

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