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.

Team CalChess
are Champions of Champions
Northern California dominated the 2021 National Invitational Tournament of State Champions held in conjunction with the US Open at Cherry Hill, New. Each state was allowed to send their individual state champion for K-5, 6-8, High School, Girls and Senior. Out of the five titles to be awarded, the CalChess representatives won 3 of them as well as the overall State Team Champions!
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CalChess Positions Open!
      CalChess looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:

  • Club List Coordinator
  • College Chess Coordinator
  • State Scholastic Coordinator
  • Scholastic Representatives (3)
  • CalChess Journal Editor

Anyone with interest in any of the above position please contact We look forward to adding new names at our next board meeting!

CalChess Tournament Bidding Open!
      CalChess is opening the bidding for the following CalChess State Championship events:

  • CalChess Senior Championship

CalChess will accept bids to until June 22nd, 2021. CalChess will review and vote on proposals. For guidelines on how to put together a successful bid please review the PDF below:

Regular (Open) Tournament
Quick List

Scholastic Tournament
Quick List

Chess Puzzle of the Day

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.