About the club

Club Highlights

Note: The club's facility in Balboa Park is temporarily closed for repair. Activities continue at alternative locations. Please see the home page for details.
  • San Diego Chess Club maintains its own facility in beautiful and historic Balboa Park
  • One of the largest clubs in the country with about 160 members ranging from beginner to master
  • Tournaments held Wednesday evenings (one round per week, slower time control) and Saturdays (four round rapid event, game in forty-five minutes with five second delay)
  • Children's tournaments hosted quarterly
  • Hosts multiple large annual events including the Southern California Open, SCCF Senior/Junior Open, Dreaming King Open and the San Diego County Championship
  • Meeting place for the Jedi Knights Club, instructional chess for children, meeting Fridays from 6:30 to 9:00


Club Membership (charged at the beginning of the calendar year and is prorated later in the year)
  • Regular $72
  • Seniors, active military $60
  • Juniors $48
  • Entry fees
    • Wednesday Night Tournament (5 or 6 rounds) is $25. (7:00 PM Round)
    • Saturday four round rapid tournament is $25 or $30. Club membership is not required until players win $100 in prizes. (10:00 AM Registration, 10:30 First Round)
  • Please note: USCF Registration is required for all tournament play. Please register for the USCF at the club. USCF dues are for a full year.

Other Amenities

  • Extensive library of instructional books available to club members.
  • Chess equipment available for sale: Chess pieces, boards, bags, chess clocks and score pads.