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.

Northern California Team
Places 2nd in Nation
The yearly National Invitational Tournament of State Champions was held online this year due to the COVID-19 concerns. Each state was allowed to send their individual state champion for K-5, 6-8, High School, Girls and Senior. Typically, we hold separate tournaments to determine our state representatives, but again because of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we selected they highest rated player eligible in each group who would play. Our team of players were again seeded amongst the top players.
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Thomas G. Dorsch 11/3/41 - 4/17/20
      Thomas G. Dorsch, 77, of Beatrice died in his home in Beatrice on April 17, 2020. He was born on November 3, 1942, in Oakland, CA. Tom was an avid chess player. In 1967 he played in the Arms Forces Tournament held in Washington, D.C. He later earned the title of life chess master. He also was an active chess tournament organizer, club (Burlingame) director, and teacher in northern California for several years. He served as President of Calchess for many years and Treasurer of the U.S. Chess Federation for four years. In 2003 Tom moved to Beatrice to be closer to his family.

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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.