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Northern California is home to one of the most plentiful chess regions in the United States.   We are one of the top five states* in membership in the U.S. Chess Federation.  


We have dozens of local chess clubs in our club list that you can drop in and enjoy a casual game.   The Mechanic's Institute Chess Club   in downtown San Francisco is in fact the oldest chess club in the U.S.   If you are serious about some competition, look at our tournament page as there is a chess tournament for almost every weekend in the year.   We have several of the top scholastic players in the United States and a few of them are even World Champion caliber for their age group.

* USCF considers Northern and Southern California two different states.

Bids being accepted for 2018 CalChess State Champ Events
by Tom Langland
CalChess is at this time, accepting formal bids from chess tournament organizers to coordinate and manage our various 2018 CalChess State Chess Championships events. We invite interested organizers to submit individual proposals to CalChess by Sunday, November 26th, 2017 for consideration.
Send Your Proposal by 11/26/17
Proposals are expected to cover the specifics requested in the CalChess Bidding Guidelines. Proposals can include multi-year agreements, and should be prepared as to not conflict with other major events.During this meeting, the elections for the CalChess Board of Directors will take place.
CalChess will evaluate all proposals at our next board meeting on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center after the award ceremony of our Grade Level Championship (JV sections) at approximately 6:00pm. You can give an in-person presentation highlighting the specifics of your submission at this time. After reviewing all submitted plans, the CalChess Board of Directors will vote to select the individual event organizers. Please submit your electronic response to tom@calchess.org by Sunday, November 26th, 2017.
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Re-Birth of the CCJ
The CalChess Board of Directors has voted to start publishing the California Chess Journal again. In March, Eric Schiller created a Winter 2009 issue ( see back issues), later we had well-known writer Frisco Del Rosario create a Summer 2010, up to January 2011 issue. Next we had the young and talented Aditya Kumar as editor for two issues in 2012. Scott Mason took over for a few issues, Until October 2014. After a dry spell we have the award winning Frisco Del Rosario back with the lastest issue see below. With your support, we are hoping to continue publishing an electronic version on a more regular basis. Once we get this established, issues will be FREE and emailed to all current CalChess members.

If you are interested in receiving a copy, make sure your membership is up-to-date, by checking for your name on the Membership List. We will also publish back issues on the website.