Weekly Events in the Austin Area

  1. Sunday Youth Open Play at the Cedar Park Library
  2. Sunday Night Chess at Austin Chess Club
  3. Monday Afternoon Scholastic and Adult Chess at the Laura Bush Library
  4. Monday Night Chess at Dobie Mall
  5. Wednesday Chess Club at the Willie Mae Kirk Library
  6. Wednesday Chess in Georgetown
  7. Wednesday Evenings at Great Hall Games
  8. Wednesday Evenings at the San Marcos Activity Center
  9. Saturday Chess Club at the Spicewood Springs Library
  10. Saturday Scholastic Chess Club at South Austin Mathnasium

Sunday Youth Open Play at the Cedar Park Library

Cedar Park Library
550 Discovery Boulevard
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Youth players in North Austin and Cedar Park have an open play opportunity at the Cedar Park Library. Sunday from 1:30 pm until 3:00 pm for all ages and all levels of players.The group focuses on improving skills through contact with better players. Parents, children, students, and adults who enjoy teaching and playing are welcome. Sets and boards are provided, but you may bring your own equipment. Please bring clocks and notation sheets if you wish to use them.

There is no fee for participation in the group.

Visit the library website for our current schedule!

For more information, please contact Richard Balius, or call the library at (512-401-5600).


Sunday Night Chess at Austin Chess Club

Sponsoring both slow and quick tournaments for the serious chess player. Weekly games begin at 6:30pm every Sunday evening.

Bridge Center of Austin
6700 Middle Fiskville Road
next to Taj Palace
Austin, TX 78752

Looking for a place to meet other chess players? Do you enjoy playing longer, rated games against experienced opponents? Do you want to spar with strong chess players of all ages? Join the Austin Chess Club!

For more information about the Austin Chess Club, click hereLink will open in a new window.


Monday Afternoon Scholastic and Adult Chess at the Laura Bush Library

Westbank Community Library District
Laura Bush Library
9411 Bee Cave Rd.
Austin, TX 78733

Checkmate Kids Chess Club (USCF Affiliate) is a casual come-and-go setting for kids and adults to practice their chess skills. We have chess sets and chess clocks, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them along! All levels of players are welcome, from beginners to expert players. Memberships are completely free. All ages are welcome. Children 8 years old and under need to have a guardian present. We meet Mondays from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.

Checkmate Kids Chess Club offers weekly chess activities led by GM Timur Gareev. Weekly chess activities are grouped by chess skills and levels. Offering multiple groups from the very beginner to expert.

Visit our website for our current schedule!

For more information, please contact Julia Hall, (512-905-9969).


Monday Night Chess at Dobie Mall

Five round unrated G/10 Tournament held every Monday evening at Dobie Mall (food court). Note: NO chess on 12/24 and 12/31.

Dobie Mall
2nd floor, near the movie theater
2021 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78751

Looking for a place to meet other chess players? Try out a new opening without trashing your rating? Spar with strong chess players of all ages? Eat dinner, relax, and play a game? Look no further than Dobie Mall. Centrally located just south of the UT Campus at the intersection of MLK and Guadalupe, Dobie Mall is a great venue for (relatively) casual chess!

Come up to the 2nd floor, near the old movie theater site and you'll find chessboards, clocks, and great chess players.

Check-in begins before 6:45 and the first round begins at 7:00pm. No registration form required! No preregistration necessary. We play a 5 round G/10 unrated swiss tournament of standard chess. Touch move and other USCF rules apply. 3 second delay. Each player contributes $1 to the 'pot', and all money is redistributed at the end of the tournament to 1st place, 2nd place, and one or more 'under' categories. All players establish a 'Dobie rating' with regular play. No USCF membership is necessary. Bring a chess set and clock, if possible.


Wednesday Chess Club at the Willie Mae Kirk Library

Willie Mae Kirk Library
(formerly known as the Oak Springs Branch Library)
3101 Oak Springs Drive
Austin, TX 78702

Join us for chess every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch of the Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Drive. The Willie Mae Kirk Chess Club is open to beginner through advanced level players, adult and youth ages 10 and up.

The Willie Mae Kirk Chess Club is free and open to the public. Boards and sets are provided. For more information please call 512-974-9920 or contact Daniel Huitron.

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Wednesday Chess in Georgetown

Georgetown Public Library
402 W. 8th Street
1-1/2 blocks west of the Williamson County Courthouse
Georgetown, TX 78626

Our chess club meets each Wednesday afternoon at the Georgetown Public Library. We welcome all players interested in chess. Join us! Membership is free but you must be a USCF member to play in the rated events.

We have a group of 15-20 regulars who meet weekly at the Georgetown Public Library, Wednesdays from 5:30-8:00. Most are USCF members and our numbers are slowly increasing. Member strength currently ranges from 600 to 1800.

Our tournament calendar is flexible; however, we will run a monthly rated tournament (USCF membership required) usually a 4SS (one game per meeting for four weeks) at a 60/G control beginning the first Wednesday of each month with a nominal EF $2.

For more information, do not contact the library. Instead, email Vincent VanBuren, organizer.

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Wednesday Evenings at Great Hall Games

Great Hall Games
5501 N Lamar Blvd # A135
South of Half Price Books
Austin, TX 78751

Open Chess Play every Wednesday evening at Great Hall Games.

This loosely organized group meets each Wednesday, beginning between 6pm and 6:30pm, running until approximately 10pm. Come and join us!!!!


Wednesday Evenings at San Marcos Activity Center

San Marcos Activity Center
501 E. Hopkins
San Marcos, TX 78666

Casual chess play with occasional in house tournaments. All ages and all levels of chess skills.

This loosely organized group meets each Wednesday, 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Come and join us!!!!

For more information email Steve Manion.


Saturday Chess Club at the Spicewood Springs Library

Spicewood Springs Branch of the Austin Public Library
8637 Spicewood Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78759

Spicewood Springs Branch of the Austin Public Library sponsors an Open Chess Session on Saturdays from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm for all ages and all levels of players. The club focuses on new learners and improving skills through contact with better players. Parents, children, students, and adults who enjoy teaching and playing are welcome. Sets and boards are provided, but you may bring your own equipment. Please bring clocks and scoresheets if you wish to use them.

For more information contact David Lake regarding chess instruction or Thomas Peebles regarding open chess.

The chess club will not meet when the library is closed. Please refer to the Austin Public Library holiday scheduleLink will open in a new window for exact dates of closure.


Saturday Scholastic Chess Club at South Austin Mathnasium

South Austin Mathnasium
3601 W. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX 78749

We meet on Saturdays from 3-6pm and welcome chess players of all ages. We do focus on youth programming.

Our goal is for the members of the club to have fun through chess. We try to teach as much as we can in conjunction to this. Each week we spend time on at least three of the following activities: solving puzzles, free play, lectures, discuss grandmaster games, analyze our past games as a group, team solitaire chess, simultaneous exhibitions, instruction, team chess, discuss openings, and discuss endings.

For more information, contact The South Austin Mathnasium , or call at 512.275.6522.

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