Marshall Town Center will host a speed chess exhibition from 12 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 with all proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army of Marshalltown.
In the exhibition, 2013 Iowa State Fair speed chess champion Hank Anzis will play all challengers in timed chess games. Anzis will have 60 seconds on his clock while the challengers will have 10 minutes. If either player runs out of time they will lose the game. Any challenger that can win a game against the champ will receive a choice from a selection of chess books that will be on hand. Chess boards will also be set up for casual play.
Adults may play in the exhibition for a $5 donation to the Salvation Army and children under age 16 for a $3 donation. The donation will entitle the challengers to play as many games as time permits. All proceeds will go to the Salvation Army to help with their Christmas outreach programs for underprivileged families.
2013 Iowa Sate Fair speed chess champion Hank Anzis, left, battles Tim Crouse, of Boone. in a speed chess tournament in Des Moines Pioneer Park on July 20, 2013.
Anzis is one of Iowa's top speed chess players. In addition to this years State Fair championship, he is a two-time national class champion at the time limit of game in 30 minutes.
When asked about playing an entire chess game in 60 seconds, Anzis said "I lost five games in last year's exhibition since I can only make 30 to 40 moves in one minute. Anyone who can last more than 40 moves will run me out of time and win a game. Everyone is welcome to spend a few minutes having some fun playing chess and help the Salvation Army help others at the same time."
The Marshalltown Chess Club meets at the Salvation Army at 107 W. State Street every Thursday from 5 to 7 pm. The club is in its 12th year, has no membership fees, and all ages are welcome. Chess instruction, casual games, and nationally rated chess tournaments are available every week.