Frequently Asked Questions
The San Diego Chess Club, America's Finest Chess Club is at 2225 6th Ave in beautiful Balboa Park. Thanks to the City of San Diego for making a significant investment in San Diego chess
Where can I learn how to play?
As of now, the club does not have an instructional chess program. Resources for independent study can be found online (chess.com, introductory guides, etc). The club is currently considering plans to start a teaching program, please stay tuned!
My child knows how to play and is interested in learning more about the game. What should I do?
I’m an adult who knows how to play. I’m interested in playing competitive chess in San Diego. How do I start?
How do I join the San Diego Chess Club?
Annual club dues are $72 for adults. Discounts for Military, Youth and Seniors (please check the Membership tab). You must be a club member to play Wednesday nights. If you play Saturdays, club dues are dependent on your tournament success.
I am interested in taking lessons from a local chess coach. Who do I contact?
I just want to play casual chess without joining the United States Chess Federation?
The San Diego Chess Club is primarily setup for competitive tournament play. The club is looking to start an active casual play program in the future; however, as of now, all our tournaments require a USCF membership. If you pay for club membership you are welcome to play casually at the club, but most players will be playing in rated tournaments.
Can I rent space at the San Diego Chess Club?