Visiting a local chess club is a great way to meet and play other chess enthusiasts. Clubs are open to drop-in players and have an informal atmosphere. Some clubs do offer weekly USCF rated tournament-style play along with casual games.
CalChess Club List
With the assistance of Eric De Mund, Calchess maintains a updated list of chess clubs by location. You can view the list by clicking the button below. Eric also has his own site. Any updates can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
It encourages the search of the best move, the best plan, and the most beautiful continuation out of the endless possibilities. It encourages the everlasting aim towards progress, always steering to ignite the flame of victory.
You will make life-long friendships with people you meet through chess.
You can learn to play at any age and in chess, unlike in many other sports, you don't ever have to retire. Age is also not a factor when you're looking for an opponent --young can play old and old can play young.
Chess develops the scientific way of thinking. While playing, you generate numerous variations in your mind. You explore new ideas, try to predict their outcomes and interpret surprising revelations. You decide on a hypothesis, and then you make your move and test it.
Chess is a test of patience, nerves, will power and concentration. It enhances your ability to interact with other people. It tests your sportsmanship in a competitive environment.
There have been numerous studies showing the positive effects of including chess as part of a child's school program.
Below are links to several organizations that offer chess programs in schools (sometimes for a fee):
If your school does not already have an after school program or club, START ONE! Contact one of the above programs and they will assist you.
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- World Chess Fideration (FIDE)
- International Correspondence Chess Federation
- The Chess Federation of Canada
- Fed. Nac. de Ajedrez de Mexico AC
- World Chess Hall of Fame
- U.S. Chess Federation
- United States Chess League
- Chess Journalists of America
- California Chess History
- Hip Hop Chess Federation
- SF Examiner's Chess Articles
- Southern California Chess Federation
- Burlingame Chess Club
- Contra Costa Chess Club
- Fremont Chess Club
- Fresno Chess Club
- Kolty Chess Club
- Mechanic's Chess Club
- Newark Chess Club
- Sacramento Chess Club
- Stanford Chess Club
- Sun Chess Club
- UC Davis Chess Club
- Michael Aigner's Blog
- Dana Mackenzie's Blog
- Chess Diva TV Show for Girls
- Sam Shankland's Website
- Josh Friedel's Website
- Tanuj Vasudeva's Blog
- Vinay Bhat's Blog
Local Blogs, Etc.