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It’s Never Too Late (Or Too Early) To Take Up Chess

Randy Fath
It's a great time to dust off that old chess set and try this game of strategy.

The game of chess is more than 1,000 years old, but it’s a game that continues to evolve and fascinate.

Right now, chess seems to be having a moment. More than 62 million people have watched the chess-themed Netflix show, “The Queen’s Gambit,” and sets of the game flew off the shelves during the holiday season.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, a look at the strategy, sportsmanship and phenomena of chess in Iowa.


  • Heidi Pierce, women and girls coordinator for the Iowa Chess Association and psychology professor at Kirkwood Community College
  • Eric Vigil, Iowa Chess Association president
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa