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 Michael Aigner
Around 1000 Bay Area youngsters descended on the Santa Clara Convention Center for the 38th annual CalChess State Scholastic Championships.
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by Tom Langland
CalChess is now accepting formal proposals from chess tournament organizers to coordinate and manage our 2013 State Grade Level Chess Championships usually held in December.
We invite interested organizers to submit a proposal to CalChess by Saturday August 3rd, 2013, for consideration. Read More
by Amanda Mateer
My name is Amanda, co-scholastic coordinator for ChessKid.com, and I'm excited to announce that ChessKid will be hosting the 2nd Annual Online National Chess Championship, June 14th-17th 2013!
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!