What we're about

This group offers something for every current and future chess player, regardless of skill level. We welcome everyone of all ages, from beginner to grandmaster!

For those new to the game, wanting to return to it, or who want their children to learn the game, I offer group instruction at the rate of $5 per person per lesson. Through a series of 3 three-hour lessons, I take you through all the basics on an interactive wall demonstration board (you do not need to bring your own board and set, but you are welcome to if it helps you learn better) and provide accompanying handouts for each lesson. Lessons are offered at our Saturday afternoon meetups, which happen once or twice per month at Fluid Coffee Bar (501 E. 19th Avenue). Please check the "Upcoming events" section on our main page for the schedule, as these meetups are posted a few weeks in advance. Each lesson builds off of the previous one, so new members need to take the three lessons in sequence to get the most out of my instruction. Please arrive promptly so we can get started on time. In addition to beginners' lessons, we feature open play at these Saturday meetups, where more experienced players can play friendly games while I am teaching the newer players. Members play both blitz and untimed games here, though we do not offer USCF-rated games.

We also have an online home (https://lichess.org/team/learn-to-play-chess-meetup-denver-co), as well as several other recurring in-person meetups on our calendar in all different parts of the metro area and on various days of the week, so there should be a meetup that works for you. Lessons are not offered at any of these other events, but many players are willing to help and analyze during games. We have players ranging from beginner to USCF Master in the group, so there will always be people at a similar level to you. If possible, please bring a board and set (and clock if desired, though one is not necessary) so that we have enough for everyone.

IMPORTANT: you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend any of our events. Information about mask policies at each individual venue can be found on the event listings.

Whether you are new to the game, played it long ago, or have been playing for years, chess can be a lifelong hobby. I have taught chess for over 25 years here in Colorado and I am willing to discuss further individual lessons as well. Come join us for a game - it's your move!

Upcoming events (4+)

Sunday chess


Sunday chess is back! Marven will be hosting these events once again.
Come to the Starbucks near Belmar in Lakewood and play some games, regular or blitz. This is a huge location with plenty of room both inside and outside, and with lots of parking as well. Note that Starbucks has a mask-optional policy for vaccinated customers.

Monday night chess - Looking For a New Brick and Mortar Home

NEW ONLINE CLUB SITE: https://lichess.org/team/learn-to-play-chess-meetup-denver-co

Our Monday night venues keep closing, so whenever we can get back to playing again, we'll find a new place. There are many strong players that attend this weekly event, some of whom are not in our group, so you can meet some more new players at this meetup. So come and join them for some blitz or untimed chess and test your skills!

Tuesday Casual Chess at Panera in Parker

Panera Bread

Let's meet up at Panera Bread in Parker, CO for some chess! These will be casual games, timed or untimed, whatever you prefer.

Please bring a chess board if you have one, and a clock if you'd like to use one.

Panera no longer requires masks. They told me they prefer that non-vaccinated people wear masks, but they will not ask if you're vaccinated or not.

All ages and skill levels are welcome. However, per meetup.com guidelines, any attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

4th Wednesday chess

Long Table Brewhouse

Join us for our newest meetup! There are plenty of long tables, hence the name, both inside and outside at this Park Hill neighborhood brewery. Come out and play some casual games, timed, untimed, whatever you prefer! Ian will be the host for these events. The venue requests that customers wear masks inside the establishment but masks are optional once at your table and also on the outdoor patio.

Past events (745)

Thursday Night Chess North Jeffco Chess Club WE'RE B-A-A-C-K!!!

The Grandview Tavern and Grill

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