San Diego Chess Resources

This website is intended to gather information for chess players in the San Diego area. Content is getting added regularly, so stay tuned for more!

There are a number of libraries in both the County of San Diego library system and the City of San Diego library system which host regular chess clubs. Some of them are intended for children (often held only during the school year), and many are all ages. Details of these clubs can be found by searching for “chess” in the event sections of the library websites. The new San Diego Central Library branch located at 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, has launched a growing Downtown Chess Club for casual play every Friday from 3 – 5:30p.

For USCF rated games, there are two options in the San Diego area. The San Diego Chess Club on the west side of Balboa Park on Sixth Avenue, and has games on Wednesday nights and Saturdays. The North County Chess Club plays in Escondido at the North County Bridge Center on S. Centre City Parkway on Thursday nights. There are two options in the Temecula area: Murrieta – Central Park – Chess Club and the Temecula Chess Club. If you’re willing to travel a little farther afield, there is also Chess Palace in Orange County, which has very frequent tournaments. A list of the regular games throughout Southern California can be found at the Southern California Chess Federation’s Chess Club directory.

There are also many cafes all around San Diego county where players gather to play casual games. We’ve tried to gather the ones we could find in the post about local hangouts.

Additionally, a very unofficial schedule of regular local games, including the library clubs, can be found on our calendar page.

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6 Responses to San Diego Chess Resources

  1. Stephen A. Harrison says:

    I am interested in knowing about local chess events in the San Diego area. I am interested in tournaments held regularly in a less than formal setting; what dates, times and locations they are held at. I am not a member of any local chess club yet but I do have a membership with USCF. My main interest is to play chess with others that enjoy playing in a friendly atmosphere who want to play for the enjoyment of the game and learning from their experiences across the board.

    • admin says:

      Great! I’ve tried to compile all of the regular chess games I’ve been able to find in the area into a google calendar, which you can look at from the calendar page here. Let me know if you find other games, or have updates to the calendar.

  2. Irina says:

    Eliza, amazing job collecting chess information on San Diego! Thank you!

  3. Brenda says:

    I am looking for a chess master who would be interested in starting a chess club after school in Ramona. Do you have any ideas?

  4. Grace says:

    I conduct educational programs in many schools in Hong Kong. I am looking for chess instructors who may be interested in teaching children in this part of the world for a year or two.

  5. James Harris says:

    i believe this website is old and out dated. alot of the info is incorrect. there is NO chess at vista libary and or la mesa libary either been to both locations at the correct time and day of week and nothing. i should have called…honestly if you want to play SD chess club on weds night or Saturday or friday afternoon at downtown san diego libary you could get a great game from one of the many homeless (its sad) people we have in this beautiful city and or country for that matter. anyway, that’s about it. i honestly wish there was a coffee shop or something like that where you could get a casual game in any day or night…but i really haven’t seen or heard of this awesome place yet?

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