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Hello everyone, is there a good chess club in Orange County, California area? I live in Irvine and I'm wondering if there are good clubs nearby. I saw this place Chess Palace and also Hanley Chess Academy (website links below) which are more tutorial/rated tournament kind of clubs, but I'm mostly looking to meet people that are interested in chess and loves playing for fun on weekends, with a very club'ish environment. Thanks in advance! :)
Well i know their is a prison in Orange County!
I figure those prisoners have plenty of time why not start up a club?
Looking for a genuine answer. Thanks
There's an Orange County Chess Club on Meet Ups that meets in the Panera Bread in the District in Tustin on Saturday mornings.
Thanks for the reply. Are you talking about the Peet's coffee hustler's meet every other night? :D
Next meeting is Saturday October 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread in the District in Tustin (2467 Park Avenue). We have the large table in the middle.
PS: Hope to see you there!
Thanks for the reply. I went to "Chess Palace" in Garden Grove, a neat little chess club and owned by a family of really nice people. Their membership is $170 per year and they have official USCF tournaments every saturday and wednesday night (1 tournament can go for a month), both these on nearly classic time control and a rapid tournament on Sunday. I haven't become a member yet but I'm seriously considering it.
Btw how many people meet on saturday in panera bread? How often do you guys play there? Is it part of a chess club? Please let me know. Thanks!
It just started last month. About 8-9 people showed up up. We're trying to grow it. Very casual. Google "Orange County Chess Club" and you'll find it easily.
Alright sounds good. Anyone interested in club chess should check out chess palace. It's pretty good.
I'm one of the Peet's hustlers, but what makes me different is that I'm a tournament player. It's a 1400-1900 crowd mostly. Most of them are weak on openings, but have loads of cheapos/traps. Occasionally USCF masters will come by and play.
As for OC tournaments, there's only Chess Palace.
I believe there's a La Palma chess club, but I've never been there.
@Lemmetrix Yeah they have some pretty good players and they are quite passionate about the game which is nice to see! It's just that I would prefer a club like environment and longer games and not just blitz all the time, although blitz chess is fun!
Other than what has been identified earlier, Free Chess in Whittier might be of interest
Also check this link http://www.uschess.org/tlas/upcoming.php?STATE=CA-S it lists LA clubs
yes ChessPalace is a great place and Hanley is good too. Though for adults ChessPalace might be the one!
on Friday nights a group of 8-9 players including myself play at Star Bucks starting at about 8pm. most the players there including myself have above a 1600 rating. The hiest rating is over 2000.
Located at starbucks on state college blvd in fullerton ca.
I figure those prisoners have plenty of time why not start up a club?"
For the record, there is no prison in Orange County. But Arrested Development is still a great show.
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