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.

CalChess 2017 Annual General Meeting Date Set
by Tom Langland
The CalChess Board of Directors has selected Saturday November 4th, 2017 as the date of the next CalChess Annual General Meeting. The meeting will start at 1:00pm at the Biltmore Hotel and Suites Santa Clara Hotel, located at 2151 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95054. This will be in conjunction with the annual North American All Girls Championships held in Santa Clara.
Vote for your favorite Board Member
During this meeting, the elections for the CalChess Board of Directors will take place. If you are interested in being a candidate for one of the 4 open positions on the Board, please send an e-mail to President Tom Langland at   If you need to check your membership status, please view the CalChess Membership List.
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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.