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Come play chess! Beginners as well as experienced players are welcome.

***Please note change in hours: Now starting at 3:00 PM and ending at 7:00 PM***

This is the initial announcement for our adult chess-playing meetup.  Adult includes high school age.  Players younger than that are welcome, but should be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Look for an announcement soon regarding youth chess classes and play on Wednesday afternoons.

There is no fee for playing, but donations to help the store defray the expense of the playing space are much appreciated.

Don't know how to play yet?  We're happy to teach new players the basics, but it's a lot easier if you look at a tutorial first.  There are quite a few available on line, but this site has a good one.

We are hoping for a casual, friendly playing atmosphere.  More serious play is fine too, but please be sure to bring your own clock for that.  We have a number of sets available, but would appreciate it if players bring their own to make sure we have enough to go around.

Please note that this 3-7:00 PM Sunday time is for hosted play, and that the store's large open playing space is available for folks to come in and play chess or any of over a hundred other open-box games any time the store is open (10:00 AM-7:00 PM Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday).

In addition, every Friday night from 7:00 PM-midnight is Open Game Night at the store, a great time to find other people to play all kinds of games, chess included.

We look forward to seeing you!

-- Steve Bloom, host



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  • Laurence C.

    Gerl Jenkins and I will be reviewing our tactical melee from Friday night's Berkeley tournament.

    March 29, 2014

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