Weekly Events in the Austin Area
- Sunday Afternoon Chess at Cafe Express
- Sunday Youth Open Play at the Cedar Park Library
- Sunday Night Chess at Austin Chess Club
- Monday Chess at the Faulk Library
- Monday Afternoon Scholastic and Adult Chess at the Laura Bush Library
- Monday Chess at the Cepeda Park Library
- Monday Night Chess at Dobie Mall
- Tuesday Night Chess at Dragon's Lair
- Wednesday Chess Club at the Willie Mae Kirk Library
- Wednesday Chess in Georgetown
- Wednesday Evenings at Northwest Rec Center
- Wednesday Evenings at the San Marcos Activity Center
- Saturday Chess Club at the Spicewood Springs Library
- Saturday Scholastic Chess Club at South Austin Mathnasium
Sunday Afternoon Chess at Cafe Express
3418 N Lamar
Austin, TX 78705
Austin Causal Chess, a meetup most Sundays, currently at Cafe Express.
Enjoy playing chess in a casual setting with a friendly group of fellow players or would-be players? Let's get together for informal games, usually in cafes, coffeehouses or bars. Players of all strengths and experience levels welcome. The organizer has only one set, so please bring your own. Clocks optional for those who like speed chess.
RSVP through MeetUp.com.
Bring equipment if you can. Event organizer: Robert Atlas, (512) 364-3479
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. Children and their accompanying adults 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 Sergio Longoria, 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 here.
Monday Chess at the Faulk Branch of the Austin Public Library
Faulk Branch, Austin Public Library
Austin, TX 78701
Know how to play chess? Want to learn? Come to the Faulk Library’s FREE weekly, open-play family program. We provide boards and basic instructions. Snacks provided. And we have a GIANT CHESS SET! Mondays, September 12-November 28 from 3:30-7:30pm. For ages 5-12. This program makes a great school chess club outing. Pass on the invitation and invite your friends!
For more information, please contact Suzan Nyfeler, Youth Services Librarian, or call 512-974-7347(office), 512-974-7410 (reference desk).
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 Chess at the Cepeda Branch of the Austin Public Library
Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library
651 N Pleasant Valley Rd.
Austin, TX 78702
Join us for chess every Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cepeda Branch of the Austin Public Library. We welcome all players, from beginner through advanced level- adults, youth, and children. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The Cepeda Chess Club is free and open to the public. Boards and sets are provided. But you can bring your own. There is no fee for participation in the group.
For more information, please contact Gustavo Soto, or call 512-974-7372.
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.
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.
Tuesday Night Chess at Dragon's Lair
opposite Northcross Mall
2438 West Anderson Ln, Ste B.
Austin, TX 78757
“North Austin Chess” open play, Every Tuesday 7PM. to 12AM. at Dragons Lair located off Anderson Lane, opposite Northcross Mall. Bring chess equipment.
Questions? Contact Joe at 512-915-5411
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.
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.
Wednesday Evenings at Northwest Rec Center
City of Austin Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Drive
Austin, TX 78757
Open Chess Play every Wednesday evening at Northwest Rec Center.
This loosely organized group meets each Wednesday, beginning at 6pm and running until 9pm. Come and join us!!!!
If you have chess equipment please bring it. The center is closed on certain holidays so it is a good idea to verify that it will be open.
Northwest Rec Center.
Call Bill for more details at: EightThree2-46Five-o33six and leave a message.
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.
The chess club will not meet when the library is closed. Please refer to the Austin Public Library holiday schedule 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.