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.
by Juie Xie (Sartorio)
On January 27, 2013, I opened my email as usual but was surprised to receive the following unusual message. A "Hello Mr. and Mrs. Sartorio: "My name is Jay Liu and I'm Joanna Liu's father. I get your information from Gomes PTA Directory. Joanna is a 5th grader at Gomes and a decent chess player...
by Joe Lonsdale
Over 5,200 school children from all 50 states competed in National Scholastic Chess Championships in Nashville, Tennessee the weekend of April 6th to 8th.
by Alan Kirshner
The largest rated tournament in the history of chess took place in Nashville, Tennessee from April 5 through April 7. Super Nationals V drew 5335 young players from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
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