Arlington Chess Club provides a place for youth and adults to play and learn about chess. We meet every Thursday and host 12 to 15 tournaments each year.
Anyone of any age or playing level is welcome. We are dedicated to helping novices and absolute beginners learn the basics of chess. Many of our players will be kids in elementary and middle school, and there are adults playing. If you know nothing about chess, come on by we will teach you. If you know a little and want to learn more, come on by. If you are looking for a game, come on by.
We really want to grow competitive chess among kids in Arlington, so if you know someone that would like to learn to play, learn to play better, or just need better competition than they are seeing at school - send them over.
Attendance and participation at our meetings is free. We consider you a member if you just show up for a meeting or tournament. All USCF-rated tournaments require an entry fee.
We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Some things that happen regularly at our meetings include:
It is not unusual for someone to walk into any chess club and say something like "I’m learning chess, can anyone help me out?”" Someone will be there to give some free advice. We provide some free lessons, and if you want a professional coach, we can direct you to a few masters in the area that coach.
Does your child beat all of his classmates? If your child is beating everyone at his school, needs better competition, and you are looking for that next level, we are an ideal place to start. We can provide the competition, introduce you to competitive tournaments, provide free chess lessons, and direct you to professional master-level coaches.
Begining in August, we will meet every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30pm. If you are looking for a game around Arlington, join us or check out these other places:
We organize a monthly tournament sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation and assist in some non-rated chess events. See our tournaments page.
Beginning August 10, we will meet every Thursday at the Social Bakehouse Cafe at 546 Lincoln Square (Map).
Tournaments are usually held at other locations.
Starting August 10, we'll have a new location, where we will meet every week. No purchase required, but the cafe has great cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, sandwiches, coffee, and tea.