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.
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, and if CalChess has the financial resources, you may see some printed issues you can pick up (for free) at your local tournament!