CHESS CLUBS IN THE GREATER CAPITAL DISTRICT
** SOME INFORMATION MAY NOT BE ACCURATE ***
Mostly reviewed as of 10/12/2016.
Make the Right Move serves the Greater Capital District area by providing learning, equipment, and FREE tournament play to schools and clubs, parents and coaches. Tournaments are hosted by various schools in the area throughout the school year. This organization provides the option to sign up for newsletters and reminders via their website.
Contact: Brother John McManus, moc.o1495722526nuj@n1495722526hojrb1495722526 and phone 212-729-7060 or at 391 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203.
We meet Wednesdays at 6:30PM. Learn at our weekly classes from 6:30PM until 7PM. Friendly games afterwards. At Sunshine Day Care – across the street from the Greenbush Reformed Church. 14 Hays Rd., East Greenbush, NY 12061. This organization provides the opportunity to sign up for newsletters and reminders via their website.
Contact: Bill at (518) 477-2820. gro.b1495722526ulcss1495722526ehchs1495722526ubnee1495722526rgtsa1495722526e@lli1495722526b1495722526
ALBANY AREA CHESS CLUB
The Albany Area Chess Club meets at the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, 2291 Western Ave, Guilderland, NY on Wednesday nights at 7:30 PM. Annual membership is $30 per year, $20 for Scholastics. The club championship begins in October 26,2016, with an anticipated conclusion by January of 2017. Annual meeting was in early October 2016 where the structure for the 2016 – 2017 championship was decided. Please read the Albany Club’s blog entry for details.
Contact: Jeremy Berman, President, email President, Albany Area Chess Club
SCHENECTADY CHESS CLUB
The Schenectady Chess Club is this area’s oldest chess organization, tracing its roots back nearly a century. Players of all ages and strengths are welcome. We meet Thursday nights at 7:30PM.
Club membership is $36/year. The annual organizational meeting is in mid-September. The Club Championship is a round robin (G/105) one-game-per-week tournament that starts in early October. Club members play for free. Club members also play free in the Amateur Team Tournament (NJ) in February and in the Capital District Chess League tournament in the spring.
Directions: We meet at the Niskayuna Community Center, 2682 Aqueduct Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309, a little over a mile from where Balltown meets Aqueduct, and about the same distance from the Schenectady City Limits, where Aqueduct turns into Van Vranken Avenue. The club is easily reachable from the North, via Balltown Road/Route 146 or from the south via Van Vranken Avenue.Contact: Richard Chu, President, moc.r1495722526r.pac1495722526yn@bu1495722526lcsse1495722526hcyda1495722526tcene1495722526hcs1495722526
GUILDERLAND CHESS CLUB
The chess club meets Fridays from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave (Rte 20), Guilderland, NY. Players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend. Casual chess playing and informal lessons provided. Please bring set and board if you have them.
Contact: Library at 1-518-456-2800
SOUTH OF ALBANY
COXSACKIE SCHOLASTIC CHESS CLUB
During school year on Tuesday & Thursday 3:15 – 5:15 Coxsackie Elementary School, 24 Sunset Blvd. Coxsackie, NY.
Contact: Thomas & Susan Pacuk moc.e1495722526lbach1495722526m@kuc1495722526aps1495722526 518-731-8946
KINGS KNIGHT CHESS CLUB
We are a small group of chessplayers who gather on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Rosendale Cafe (Main Street) south of Kingston. There are all levels, mostly adults, but a few kids from time to time. Lots of casual chess, no formal tournaments at this time. In the summer we organize a chess program for kids at the Kingston Library and meet Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in July and August.
Contact: Ken Evans, moc.l1495722526oa@ss1495722526ehcsn1495722526avE1495722526 , 332 Circle Drive, Hurley, NY 12443, 845-331-8186.
NORTH OF ALBANY
SARATOGA STAUNTON CHESS CLUB
We meet every Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. The club’s annual meeting will be in October. The club championship is an annual round robin (G/105), one-game-per-week tournament that starts in mid-October.
On November 13th, 2016, the club will sponsor a quick tournament. For details, and to enter, please see the Staunton Chess Club Quick Chess Event blog entry.
In the spring, the club schedules team matches with other local clubs in the Capital District Chess League. Play in the League tournament is free to club members. During the spring and summer, lectures are conducted by one of the area’s better players on a specific opening variation. Then a three-round “thematic” tournament is held 1-2 weeks later, where each game starts with the same opening line.
Visitors & New Members: Visitors are always welcome and casual games are usually possible, even during club events. The spring and summer thematic lectures and tournaments are open to members and non-members alike. To become a member, annual dues are just $16.
Directions: From Exit 14 of the Northway (I-87), turn north towards Saratoga, onto Union Ave. At light, turn right onto Henning Rd. Go to Fifth Ave. and the United Methodist Church is on your left.
Contact: Alan LeCours, moc.l1495722526iamto1495722526h@1sr1495722526uocel1495722526a1495722526 518-583-0400
ADIRONDACK CHESS CLUB
We meet every Wednesday and Saturday from noon until 3PM at the Crandall Public Library. Please contact Matt Collins at 518-798-8109 for more information.
GREENWICH CHESS CLUB
We meet Thursday nights in the Community Room of the Greenwich Free Library. Meetings begin at 6:30 PM. Players of all ages and strengths are invited to attend. Remember that the best way to improve is by playing! So come in for a casual game, or a free lesson, or to hear about what is happening in the chess world from the local level to the international level.
Directions: From the Northway (I 87), take Exit 14 off the Northway. Follow signs for Rte. 29 East thru Schuylerville into Greenwich. The library is on the right side of the road at the intersection with Academy St. There is parking behind the building and in the Banknorth Bank lot right next door. (About 30 minutes east of Saratoga.)
Contact: John Hartnett, ten.n1495722526ozire1495722526v@2tr1495722526ahurt1495722526