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 Chess at the Windsor Park Library
  5. Monday Night Chess at Dobie Mall
  6. Wednesday Chess Club at Oak Springs Branch Library
  7. Wednesday Chess in Georgetown
  8. Wednesday Evenings at Great Hall Games
  9. Wednesday Evenings at San Marcos Activity Center
  10. Thursday Night Chess at the Salvation Army
  11. Friday Scholastic Chess Club at North Austin Mathnasium
  12. Friday Chess at the Northwest YMCA
  13. Friday Night Tournaments
  14. Saturday Chess at the Northwest Rec Center
  15. Saturday Chess Club at the Spicewood Springs Library
  16. 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, GM Elshan Moradiabadi and WIM Luciana Mendoza. 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 Chess at the Windsor Park Library

Windsor Park Branch of the Austin Public Library
5833 Westminster Dr
Austin, TX 78723

Windsor Park welcomes everyone to play, learn and enjoy community chess. We meet every Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Our focus is to get the Eastside Austin Community interested in sharing this fascinating game. We learn as we play: starting from the basic moves and openings, then transitioning into strategic games. These casual games will lead into many challenges and learning opportunities for all chess players.

Open for everyone, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Boards are provided, but you may bring your own.

The chess club takes place in the library’s meeting room, so if the library is closed, we will not meet. Please refer to the Austin Public Library holiday scheduleLink will open in a new window for exact dates of closure. For more information call the library at (512) 974-9840 or contact Gustavo Soto.


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 Oak Springs Branch Library

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 Oak Springs Branch of the Austin Public Library, 3101 Oak Springs Drive. The Oak Springs Chess Club is open to beginner through advanced level players, adult and youth ages 8 and up.

The Oak Springs 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.


Thursday Night Chess at the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army
1001 Cumberland Rd
South Austin near Oltorf
Austin, TX 78704

Open Chess Play every Thursday evening.

This loosely organized group meets each Thursday, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Player strength ranges from 200 to 2000 rating. We provide the boards, you provide the clocks! There is no fee at all and all ages and skills are welcome. Slow & Quick Rated Tournaments Coming Soon!

For more information, email Adrian Diaz, organizer.


Friday Scholastic Chess Club at North Austin Mathnasium

North Austin Mathnasium
10401 Anderson Mill Rd
Austin, TX 78750

Group meets September thru May! Friday Chess Club at North Austin Mathnasium is open from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to all scholastic players -- beginners and experienced! Every month, regular tournament and training exercises are used to help students improve their skills.

For more information, contact Paul Chaplin ,or call North Austin Mathnasium at 512.331.MATH(6284).

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Friday Chess at Northwest YMCA

Northwest Family Branch
5807 McNeil Drive
Austin, TX 78729

Northwest YMCA Friday Chess Club welcomes everyone to play or watch. We meet every Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, but some players stay later or may leave early. The people are very friendly, and the setting is completely informal.

Ask at the front desk at the main entrance, or turn left at the front desk and follow the hallway to the end

Open for everyone. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. We have several small boards and sets, but more advanced players may want to bring their own.

For more information contact Thomas Peebles or Roland, or call the YMCA at (512) 335-9622.


Friday Night Tournaments

Sponsored by the Austin Kids Chess Club
Northwest Austin
Address will be sent out via email on Thur night to pre-registered participants.

USCF quick-rated, 4SS G/20;d/3
One or more sections (dependant on space availability)
Entry fee: $10 early, $15 onsite
Round times: 6:45 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:15 pm, and 9:00 pm
Prizes: (Open section) 1st $50 - 2nd $25 - 3rd $10; (U1000 section)Trophies and medals to top players.
On-site registration: 6:30 pm
Please bring your chess set & clock if possible.

Registration information and a list of pre-registered players can be found online!

For more information, contact Nam Nguyen (512) 786-9242 or registration@austinkidschessclub.com


Saturday Chess at Northwest Rec Center

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Drive
Austin, TX 78757

Saturdays 9 am - 3pm
Free and open to the public.

The Northwest Recreation Center is located near the intersection of MoPac and Northland Drive (aka Koenig, FM 2222). It is located on the South side of Northland: the parking entrance is a right-hand turn at the second light after going under the MoPac underpass heading East. There is plenty of parking on site - parking is also allowed in the large church lot just to the West.

This club will NOT be managed by the recreation center staff. They expect the area chess community to provide structure and direction.

If you are interested in helping in setting up and running this club (e.g., "I can volunteer to help one Saturday a month!"), please contact nwrcchessclub@gmail.com.


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 2:00 pm for all ages and all levels of players. The club is associated with the US Chess Federation. 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.

Spicewood Springs Library Chess Club currently has group chess instruction from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. These follow the club open sessions. There are no fees for either instruction or for open play.

For more information contact David Lake regarding chess instruction or John Morgan 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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