Do you have what it takes to match wits with one of the most successful speed chess players in the state?
Hank Anzis is taking all comers in a special fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Town Center. For a $5 donation to the Salvation Army, players can take on Anzis who will play a match with one minute of his own time and his opponents get 10 minutes. Those under 16 years of age are asked to make a $3 donation to play Anzis.
Anzis said he honed his chess skill while playing for money at Washington Park in New York City in his 20s and he has made the top three spots the past three years in the Iowa State Fair speed chess tournament.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Hank Anzis poses with a chess set Thursday at the Marshalltown Chess Club meeting Thursday at the Salvation Army. Anzis will hold a speed chess exhibition from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Town Center.
"It gets my heart going," he said of playing speed chess. "It's a good rush."
Anzis can make 30 to 40 moves in one minute. Anyone that outlasts him or beats him will take home a tournament quality chess set from the chess club. Chess sets will also be set up for casual play at the mall Saturday during the event.
Anzis also hopes the event promotes the Marshalltown Chess Club, which meets from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at The Salvation Army on 107 W. State St.
If you go ...
WHAT: Speed chess exhibition
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15, noon to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Marshall Town Center
"It's to help raise the profile of our chess club, but more importantly it's to raise money for the Salvation Army," he said.
Anzis said he loves the games of chess for the logic he uses and the new strategies he finds. He will again head back to the Iowa State Fair next year for the annual competition.
"I still have hopes of winning," he said.