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.

San Antonio Pawn Storm

Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27

  • Hornbeak Bldg., 3rd, Flr., 4450 Medical Dr., 78259
  • 4SS
  • Rds. 1-4 G/120 d0
  • Open $350 1st, $125 2nd. Under 1800 $350 1st, $125 2nd, $950 prizes based on 40 players 2/3 gtd. Option play for 1/2 prizes: $23 by 7/23, $28 later and at site
  • EF $40 in two sections. JrU19 entry $20 if rcv’d by 6/23. Entries count 2/3 "based on 40 players."
  • Pay online using PayPal. Click on "Buy", then "Make a Payment". Enter your email address. For "Their email", enter "sanantoniochessclub@gmail.com". Enter appropriate entry fee in "Amount".
  • Reg.: 8:15-8:45 am
  • Swap and shop used books, equip.: 8:15-8:45 am
  • Rds.: 9-2, 9-2.
  • half pt bye any 1 rd., notice before Rd.2 is paired
  • Entries: make checks out to SACC, mail PO Box 690576, San Antonio, TX 78269-0576, info: sanantoniochess.com, 210-383-4997 lhrlouis@yahoo.com

San Antonio Blitz Championship

Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29

    LI>Hornbeak Bldg., 3rd, Flr., 4450 Medical Dr.,78259
  • 9SS
  • Rds., 1 and 2: G/90 d5, Rds. 3-5: G/120 d5
  • $$(1050 b/40, 2/3 gtd.) $300 1st, $125 2nd; U2100 $125; U2000 $125; U1800 $125; U1600 $100; U1400 $75; Unr $75.
  • EF: $45 if rc'd by 6/22, $50 at site. Option play for 1/2 prizes: $23 by 6/25, $28 later and at site: EF Jr U19 entry $20 if rcv'd by 6/22 or $25 at site. Option play and U19(junior) entries count 2/3 toward "based on".
  • Pay online using PayPal. Click on "Buy", then "Make a Payment". Enter your email address. For "Their email", enter "sanantoniochessclub@gmail.com". Enter appropriate entry fee in "Amount".
  • Trophy to top Bexar County Resident.
  • Reg.: 8:30-9:30 am.
  • Rds.: 10-2-6; 9-2 half pt bye any 1 rd. notice before Rd.2 is paired.
  • Swap and shop used books, equip.: 8:30-9:30 am.
  • Entries: SACC, PO BOX 690576, San Antonio, TX 78269-0576, contact info: Web: sanantoniochess.com, Ph: 210-384- 4997, E-mail: lhrlouis@yahoo.com Hornbeak Bldg., 3rd, Flr., 4450 Medical Dr., 78259. 9SS, G/5 d0 (9 games). Prizes $900 based on 40 players, 2/3 gtd. In two sections, Open Section: $300 1st, $150 2nd, Under 1800 $300 1st, $150 2nd. No unrated can win over $100. Trophy to top Bexar/ San Antonio Resident. Entry Fee: $40 if rec’d by 8/20, $45 at site no checks. Reg.: 1:15-1:45pm, RDS. 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6. Half pt bye any 1 rd., notice before rd. 2 is paired. Swap and shop used books, equip.: 1:15-1:pm. Entries: make check to SACC, Mail PO 690576, San Antonio, TX 78269-0576. Contact Info: sanantoniochess.com, 210-384-4997, lhrlouis@yahoo.com.

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.)