Welcome to the San Antonio Chess Club

Thanks for stopping by the San Antonio Chess Club web site. Founded in 1888 at the historic Menger Hotel near the Alamo, the San Antonio Chess Club is the oldest chess club in Texas.

We meet Thursday evenings 6-10 p.m. (except holidays) at the Lions Field Recreation Center, 2809 Broadway near Mulberry - see map (phone: 826-9041). This is a City of San Antonio facility and visitors, including minors are welcome. Please bring chess sets, boards & clocks if you have them - they are not provided at site. Every week: casual skittles, blitz tourney begins 8 p.m. We also organize several weekend tournaments at other locations; see future events.

Membership/Newsletter: Club members receive a newsletter that covers local chess news, upcoming tournaments and games by local players. Membership is $10 per year ($5 junior, family $15, and life $200). See one of our recent newletters here.

Join SACC on Facebook - New Group

San Antonio Chess Club is on Facebook now - if you have a facebook account - join us here to get latest updates about the club acivities including upcoming tournaments.

5th Annual Austin Chess Club Championship

Friday to Sunday, January 2nd-4th

  • Austin Bridge Center, 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin, Texas 78752 (next to Taj Palace)
  • 5SS
  • Time controls: 3-day schedule: G/90, 60 sec increment per move (2-day option: Rd 1 G/90 d5 then merges in Rd 2)
  • Prizes: $3350 guaranteed
  • Three sections with multiple prizes
  • Championship Section (1800+): $600-400-200, U2200 $250-100, U2000 $250-100
  • Reserve Section (1400-1799): $400-200; U1600 $200-100;
  • Novice Section (U1400): $250-100, U1200: $100-50, U1000 $50;
  • Entry Fees: Championship - $50 if mailed by 12/15, $60 thereafter/site; Reserve: $45, $55 therafter/site; Novice - $40, $50 thereafter/site
  • Re-entry $25, all sections
  • Pay online at Austin Chess Tournaments.
  • Registration - 3-day: Friday, 6:00-7:00 PM; 2-day: 01/03 8:00-8:40 AM
  • Rounds - 3-day: 01/02 7:30 PM; 01/03 1pm and 7pm; 01/04 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM; 2-day: Round 1 9:00 am and then merge with 3 day.
  • One half-point bye allowed per player. Must request before the end of round 2.
  • Entries: Lori Balkum, P.O. Box 1386, Round Rock, TX 78680. (Make checks payable to AustinChessTournaments.com), contact info: Web: austinchesstournaments.com, Ph: 512-417-9008, E-mail: Lori.Balkum@AustinChessTournaments.com
  • Refund Policy: Full refunds available until round 1 begins OR we reach 150 registrants. If you withdraw after 150 registrations have been reached and we are able to replace you with someone on the waiting list, you're are also eligible for a full refund.

We are on twitter now!!!

SACC is on twitter now - follow SAChessClub to get all the updates and tournament announcements on your twitter account/phone. You are welcome to tweet your suggestions about SACC activities too.

Chess at San Pedro Library

If you are looking to play chess in San Antonio, there is a new addition:
A group of chessplayers meets at the San Pedro Library across from San Antonio College every Tuesday at 6:00pm. This is a good place to meet for chessplayers that live or work close to downtown. The man in charge for this event is Librarian Monty. Monty's phone number at the Library is 210-733-1454.

Book Sale

Used books in excellent/very good condition on sale. Click here for a full listing and contact details.

More bang for your buck (and more bucks for your stuff-literally!!)

Now, San Antonio Chess Club members can utilize the website for posting their "sell"(or "buy") ads for new or used chess material - boards, chess sets, books, CD/DVDs etc etc. This would ensure that while you get a wider audience and good price for your stuff, it would also provide more opportunities for you to explore options for good deals - maybe getting that wooden chess set you were planning to buy for long.
Follow the four easy steps to do this:
 1. Think of a title for your ad (Example - For sale: Analysis wooden chess set for $20)
2. Provide description of the stuff (age, condition, size, author etc.) - the more the better. And of course include your contact information (how, when, where)
3. Snap some pictures (optional but recommended) - ensure that it is clear enough if not of very high quality
4. Drop a mail with the above to sanantoniochessclub@gmail.com

This service is manual right now-and only for SACC members. Non-members can not post the ads right now- though anybody can access the ads.As it is experimental right now, further development would depend upon the response.

***You can access the current ads here.***

Calendar updates and local tournaments....

If you want to organize a local chess tournament, and want this site to post about the same, please send us a mail at linkedlist@gmail.com . Here are some tips:
1. Please check the upcoming events calendar to see if the proposed tournament dates clash with any existing ones-it could be important for the number of participants.
2. Post/mail us well in advance so that interested players could plan for the same.
3. Give as much details as possible-while having a mail contact ID is good, most of the players tend to check the site for details.
4. Do include a clear route/directions section, if the intended location is a public place (like which section/floor/room etc.)