Lots of casual Chess players haunt the booths and tables at Coffee Time, evenings and weekends (Saturday nights in particular). Likely the most popular café for chess in Portland, most evenings you will find players and observers hanging about. If noone is open, lay out your own board and someone will likely come around for a game. Blitz is popular, but there are leisurely players too.
Other great places to play for Portland Chess:
Pioneer Courthouse Square
NW corner of Morrision & Broadwayoutside Starbucks. Lunch till evenings during nice weather.
The new Director Park, downtown, has a BIG Chess set. The staff brings the pieces out daily at 2pm.
The Portland Chess Club (photos)
8205 SW 24th Ave. 503/246-2978 The Portland Chess Club now meets Tue, Thur at 7:30 PM and Saturdays at 2:00 PM. Serious chess - Tuesday QUADs - Tuesdays at 7:30 PM USCF Rated tournament 40/90 G/60 - Game/60 - Last Saturday of the month USCF rated - See web for details Blitz tournament - Every Thursday at 7:30 PM - All levels welcome Causal Play - First and third Saturdays 2:00 PM Kid's - Scholastic tournaments monthly - See web for details
Backspace Cafe 115 NW 5th Ave.
Lucky Laborador - Mondays 7pm - 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
For the really hard core player, NWchess.com has listing of gen-u-[w]ine Oregon/Washington chess clubs. You may also want to post your favorite venue here.
710 NW 21st Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97209