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+)

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.

Castle Rock chess

Panera Bread

We're expanding down to Castle Rock! Our newest meetup will be every other week at the Panera Bread there, and once again Dave Westbarn will be the event host. Please bring a board and set so we have enough for everyone, and join us for some casual chess. As always, attendees must be fully vaccinated to come to our meetups.

Thursday night chess in Centennial

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews

Play Socially Competitive Chess in the Centennial, Littleton, Englewood, Greenwood Village, DTC & Lone Tree area. Anyone who would like to play chess, regardless of your level or FIDE or USCF rating, is welcome. David L and Dan are the hosts for this weekly event and we typically have our own section of the restaurant reserved for our group. Remember that vaccinations are mandatory to attend our events.

Denver Chess Club - Thursday night rated chess

Denver Metro Bridge Studio

Denver Chess Club's new event runs every Thursday night in the Glendale area in southeast Denver. They run monthly rated tournaments, where you play one game each week at game/70 + 10 second delay. There are three sections: Premier (open), U1900 and U1500.
Entry fees: DCC members: $25 per month or $7 per round. Non-DCC members: $35 per month or $9 per round. Children under 14 receive a $2.00 discount. For immediate families, the 3rd family member plays for free (note: online registration does support this, and all 3 must register and pay. A refund will be give, upon check in, to the 3rd family member). Note that USCF membership is also required, as this is a rated event.
Prizes: Based on entries (the DCC deducts a set amount to cover expenses, and the remainder is the prize fund) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 2 Upset prizes are awarded in each section.
Register online, or at the door from 6:00 to 6:50 PM. When registering online, players must still check in at the registration table before the close of registration. Potential players appearing after 6:50PM will only be accommodated if it does not disrupt the pairing schedule. Online registration helps speed up checking and help for an on-time start. Rounds begin at 7:05 pm.
For more information, contact DCC at denverchess.com

Past events (1,355)

Denver Chess Club - Tuesday night rated chess

Hope Fellowship Christian Reformed Church