Southern California Chess Club & Instruction Directory
Where To Play & Learn Chess

The SCCF strives to maintain an up-to-date list of chess clubs, teams, and places to play and get instruction in the southern California area. Submit updates or corrections by emailing us here.

City Activities Contact Dues
ALTADENA San Gabriel Valley Chess Club meets Tuesday nights at the Altadena Community Church, 943 E Altadena Dr, Altadena 91001. The club is open from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and rounds start at 6:45 p.m. John Wright $30/year individuals or $50/year for a family
Closed until further notice. The Arcadia Chess Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays in the Senior Citizens building, 405 S. Santa Anita Ave. Continuous rated tournaments, casual play. Randy Hough
BURBANK A group meets Thursday afternoons at the Joslyn Center, 1301 W. Olive St. (at Griffith Park Drive). Casual play, ages 55 and up only. Call 818.238.5353 Free -
BURBANK A group meets Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in McCambridge Park, 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Casual play, tournaments possible.
tbd Free -
CAMARILLO Meets from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays in the clubhouse at Leisure Village, 200 Leisure Village Drive. Casual play, occasional tournaments, instruction for beginners, relaxed atmosphere. Visitors welcome but must obtain access by calling in advance Ivan Bjel at 805.233.1130.
Ivan Bjel at 805.233.1130 Free
CARLSBAD A group meets 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays in the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. Casual play. Most attendees are over age 50, but younger adults are welcome. Call 760.602.4650 Free -
COLTON A group meets at 9:00 p.m. Friday nights in a private room at Denny’s restaurant, 160 W. Valley Blvd. Casual play, blitz. Call Denny's
909. 824.2132
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ESCONDIDO All adults are invited for casual play Wednesdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Escondido Senior Center, 210 Park Ave. Call 760.839.4688 Free -
FRESNO The Fresno Chess Club meets 6:00 p.m. to midnight Mondays and Fridays in Carl's Jr. restaurant, 3820 N. Cedar Ave. Rated tournaments, non-rated quick chess quads, casual play, lectures, chess library, newsletter. More than 100 members! Bob Rasmussen
$20/year, $10/year for students, women, and those who live outside Fresno County.
The Too Tough Chess Club of Orange County meets from 5:00 p.m. to Midnight Fridays at 603 N. Pomona Ave. #D Fullerton 92832. Casual play. Adults only. John Stoeckel
GARDEN GROVE ChessPalace opens at 3 pm Tuesday-Saturday. Events include weekly rated tournaments (Wed/Sat), open play/casual night (Th/F 5:30-10 pm $10), scholastic tournaments (Sun), classes, lessons, chess camp, lectures, and simuls. Chess books, sets, accessories, gifts, and gift cards are also available for purchase. Call or email us
$50/month for ChessPalace membership or $500/year
GLENDALE The chess park at 227 N. Brand Blvd. is open day and night for casual play. Speed tournaments, occasional weekend tournaments. - Free -
IRVINE A group meets 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at the Rancho Senior Center, 3 Ethel Coplen Way. Casual play, mostly seniors.
Call 949.724.6800 Free -
JOSHUA TREE The Joshua Tree Chess Club meets 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays at Faith Lutheran Church , 6336 Hallee Rd. in Joshua Tree. Casual play, occasional tournaments, some instruction, junior chess program. Mark Muller
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LA PALMA The La Palma Chess Club meets 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fridays in Central Park, 7821 Walker St. Continuous rated tournaments, blitz, casual play, free coffee, boards and sets provided. Time control for rated games is G115; d5. Brian Scanlon 714.523.2550 or Craig Faber 714.600.1453. $57 for three months of rated tournament play, $7 less to La Palma residents.
The Coachella Chess Club meets 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays in the La Quinta Public Library, 78275 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253. Casual play and rated tournaments. Lars Meyer or
Coachella CC
LAGUNA BEACH People gather to play chess at the permanent chess table on the boardwalk. - Free -
LAGUNA HILLS A group meets 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesdays in the Game Master, Suite 1530 of the Laguna Hills Mall. Casual play. Call 949.457.0290 Free -
LAGUNA WOODS The Leisure World Chess Club meets 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the Community Center building in Leisure World. Open to the public. Casual play. Charlie Frasier
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LAKE FOREST A group gathers for speed chess tournaments several times a year. David Zechiel Free -
LANCASTER Antelope Valley Chess Club plays at Panera Bread at 43458 10th St W #101, Lancaster, CA 93534 every Monday starting at 5:00 p.m. 909.717.4799 See
LANCASTER A group meets 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursdays in the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 West Jackman St. Casual play. Email Excell Peoples
Or call the Senior Center at 661.726.4400
Free -
LANCASTER Casual players meet at random times at Starbucks, 44600 Valley Central Way. John Buck
Free -
LAWNDALE (SOUTH BAY) The Alondra Park Chess Club meets 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesdays at 3850 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Rated tournament games start at 6:45 p.m. Richard Meller
LONG BEACH The chess room in Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave., is open for casual play from noon to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays. - Free -
LOS ANGELES A unique club, L.A. Chess Ladder, offers the chance to play opponents at a time and place of your choosing. Free. Rules are posted at the club’s website. Darren Himeles
LOS ANGELES The Santa Monica Bay Chess Club meets 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tuesdays in St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 11555 National Blvd. Variety of rated tournaments, casual play, simuls, over 50 years in business. Pete Savino
$75/year, $40/year for women, free for juniors under 19.
LOS ANGELES Starbuck’s, 5301 W. Centinela Blvd., welcomes chessplayers for casual play, speed chess, bughouse and occasional serious events. Daily until 10 p.m. Call 310.338.1297 Free -
LOS ANGELES LA Chess Club meets Thursdays Thursday 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at 1317 East 16th Street Los Angeles, CA 90021. Casual play. Contact Us $35
LOS ANGELES Los Angeles Chess Social meets at various times and days, see schedule here. Casual play. ?

LOS ANGELES International Children Education Association (ICEA) meets at the Nolte Community Center 11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Lessons, online events and monthly rated OTB tournaments. ?

MISSION VIEJO Mission Viejo Chess Club - In person play 2nd Saturday each month, patio behind MV Senior Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Ongoing online play on Bill Humphreys Free
MORRO BAY A group meets 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays at the big chess board on Embarcadero at Morro Bay Blvd. Chess pieces may be checked out weekdays from the Parks and Recreation Dept. Eugene Arcamonte
805.528.4079 or
Fred Brown
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NATIONAL CITY The National City Chess Club meets 2:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. daily at 1341 E. 8th St. Casual play, chess videos available, free instruction for scholastic members ages 7 to 12, informal atmosphere. Jorge Balares
619.477.3118 or 619.788.8395
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NORWALK Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to the Norwalk Public Library, 12350 Imperial Highway, on the first Monday of every month for casual play. Chess books and videos available. Call teen librarian Charmetria Marshall at 562.868.0775 Free -
The North County Chess Club meets 7:00 p.m. Thursdays. NCCC is a USCF affiliate open to players of all ages and skill levels. Tournaments typically have over 30 entries. There is a $25 entry fee for a 5-week tournament. The contact form on the website is the best way to contact us Free
The Pisa Chess Club meets every Saturday from 5:00 pm into the evening at the Pasadena Bridge Club (second floor), 649 N. Fair OaksAve., Pasadena CA 91103. Non-rated tournament play at faster time controls. Jim Dipista 626.440.9000 for more information $5 entry fee -
RANCHO CUCAMONGA The Rancho Cucamonga Chess Club meets Saturdays for tournaments and instruction. Taras McKey
$1 per event -
REDLANDS The Joslyn Center Chess Club meets 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays in the Joslyn Senior Center, 21 Grant St. Casual play, non-rated tournaments. Call the
Senior Center at
Free -
RIDGECREST The Ridgecrest Chess Club meets 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays in the Kern County Library (west entrance), 131 E. Las Flores Ave. Casual play, occasional scholastic and club tournaments. Dwight Morgan
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A group meets in-person every Wednesday from 11am-5pm across from the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Cafe near the UCR HUB (Highlander Union Building). Everyone is welcome to come and play, but masks are required. We also hold weekly blitz lichess tournaments every Friday from 5pm-6pm to provide a remote option. Free fb
RIVERSIDE A group meets 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays for casual play and blitz at the Orange Terrace Library, 20010 Orange Terrace Pkwy, Riverside, CA 92508. Bring equipment. Open to all ages. James Williamson
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RIVERSIDE A group meets for casual play and blitz at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evenings in Back to the Grind Café, 3575 University Ave. Bring equipment. Call the Café
SAN DIEGO Downtown Chess meets 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fridays at the new Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. Casual play, quarterly tournaments, blitz tournaments. All ages welcome. Central Library
Free fb
SAN DIEGO The San Diego Chess Club meets at 2225 Sixth Avenue at 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays and at 10:00 a.m. Saturdays. Rated tournaments, casual play, chess library, lessons available. Call the club
619.752-4377 or
email Chuck Ensey
$72/year for adults, $60/year for seniors and active military, $48/year for juniors.
SAN LUIS OBISPO The San Luis Obispo Chess Club meets 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays in Carl’s Jr., 195 N. Santa Rosa St. Casual play, lectures, occasional tournaments. Michael McCreary Free
the Santa Barbara Chess Club meets Wednesday nights at 7:15 p.m. at the Friendship Manor 6647 El Colegio Rd, Goleta CA 93117. About six rated tournaments per year. Free
SANTA MONICA Chess tables are available from sunup to sundown daily at the Santa Monica International Chess Park, on the promenade just south of the Santa Monica pier. Casual chess, blitz, chess bulletin board, large demonstration board, occasional summer tournaments. - Free
TEMECULA The Temecula Chess Club meets most weekdays and Saturdays in Suite 213 of 27403 Santa Ynez Rd. Schedule here. A very active club with a variety of rated tournaments, instruction, lectures and exhibitions. Call or email us
VENTURA The Ventura County Chess Club meet Monday nights at 6:45 at Grace Lutheran Church, 6190 Telephone Road, across from the Ventura County Government Center. Casual chess and USCF Rated Tournament Chess is available at the Club. Jack Cashman
WHITTIER The Whittier Chess Club meets one to three times per month in the library of Whittier High School, 12417 Philadelphia St. Free rated tournaments. Kele Perkins
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Several local businesses offer chess instruction for a fee. The SCCF provides a list of these businesses for your convenience. No endorsement should be implied.

City Activities Contact Dues
- Online private lessons or group lessons for kids. Keaton Kiewra
CALABASAS American Chess Academy teaches Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at 5034 Parkway Calabasas. Armen Ambartsoumian 818.640.5974 Call
GARDEN GROVE Chess Palace offers group classes for beginners, Tuesday to Friday, and private lessons for beginners and intermediate students at any age. Call or email us
GLENDALE American Chess Academy teaches Monday through Friday at 209 N. Louise St. Contact Armen Ambartsoumian at (818) 640-5974 or at Website: Armen Ambartsoumian 818.640.5974 Call
IRVINE The Hanley Chess Academy teaches children ages 4-18 in Suite 120 of 2091 Business Center Drive. Classes, USCF-rated tournaments, holiday and summer camps.
Joe Hanley
LANCASTER The AV Chess House offers instruction on Friday afternoons at 3710 Neola Way. Students may join the HomeSchool Chess Club (from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and the AV-Wide K-8 Chess Club (from 4:00 pm. to 5:30 p.m.) for a per-semester fee. Rated and non-rated tournaments on most weekends, newsletter, other events and activities by appointment. 661-917-7628 See
LOS ANGELES International Children Education Association (ICEA) meets at the Nolte Community Center 11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Lessons, online events and monthly rated OTB tournaments. ?

NORTH HOLLYWOOD American Chess Academy teaches noon to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays at 11960 Victory Blvd. Armen Ambartsoumian
RANCHO CUCAMONGA The Rancho Cucamonga Chess Club meets Saturdays for tournaments and instruction. Taras McKey
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RANCHO CUCAMONGA Rhapsody Education
7201 Archibald Ave., #14
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Chess Classes and Lessons Saturday Rated Scholastic tournaments
909.527.4999 ?
SANTA ANA Fundamental Chess Academy offers youth chess classes on Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays at 1740 E Garry Ave #101. Tournaments held biweekly on Fridays. Derek Tan
SIMI VALLEY American Chess Academy teaches Monday and Friday afternoons at 1925 Royal Ave. Armen Ambartsoumian
TEMECULA The Temecula Chess Club meets 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in Suite 213 of 27403 Santa Ynez Rd. Instruction, lectures, exhibitions, rated tournaments and casual play. Call or email us
THOUSAND OAKS American Chess Academy teaches 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays in the Revo Academy building, 1080 E. Janss Rd. Armen Ambartsoumian 818.640.5974 Call

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