Author: SGVCC Board Member

Chess Clubs League
Chess Tournament
Clubs League Round 4

San Gabriel Valley Chess Club earned its first victory in Round 4 when Highland High School Chess Club of Gilbert, Arizona forfeited due to lack of players. This Arizona State AIA Competitor arrived with 2 players to our 5 and forfeited all games. A request was made to to not be matched against any High School teams in the future.

Standings After Round 4

# Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Chess Club Zebra W53 W19 W10 W13 4.0
2 Exeter Chess Club W26 W33 W15 W8 4.0
3 Gill Saint Bernard’s Knights W27 W23 W34 W14 4.0
4 The Secret Dark Knight Society W55 W17 W12 W28 4.0
5 Chess Projects Club Milano H— W20 W41 W19 3.5
6 Cercle D’Echecs De Hull L7 W25 W23 W21 3.0
7 Chess Long Island W6 L14 W43 W22 3.0
8 Club Ajedrez Puerta Elvira W16 W30 W9 L2 3.0
9 Club Scacchi Cesena W24 W31 L8 W30 3.0
10 GROP Chess Club W45 W41 L1 W32 3.0
11 Los Angeles Chess Fortress W37 L12 W46 B— 3.0
12 Los Pujamaderas Chess Club W38 W11 L4 W50 3.0
13 Noble Park Chess Club W47 W32 W18 L1 3.0
14 Saint Petersburg CC Florida W50 W7 W28 L3 3.0
15 Stockport Chess Club W44 W43 L2 W33 3.0
16 Circolo Scacchistico Forlivese L8 W49 D39 W40 2.5
17 Coachella Chess Club W46 L4 W50 H— 2.5
18 Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. Aisch W29 H— L13 W39 2.5
19 Aatos Chess Club W49 L1 W47 L5 2.0
20 Airbus Chess Club L41 L5 W24 W45 2.0
21 Billiards Cafe Chess Club L22 W55 W35 L6 2.0
22 Burlington Ambush Chess Club W21 L28 W42 L7 2.0
23 ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.] W25 L3 L6 W35 2.0
24 Club Atletismo Huesca L9 W26 L20 W43 2.0
25 Columbia SC Chess Club L23 L6 W36 W42 2.0
26 Echiquier du Grand Ales L2 L24 W49 W51 2.0
27 Galeria de Xadrez Borba Gato L3 L42 W55 W34 2.0
28 IHOP Chess Club W42 W22 L14 L4 2.0
29 Schaakclub’t Ros Dendermonde L18 W51 L30 X41 U— 2.0
30 SK Povazske Podhradie W51 L8 W29 L9 2.0
31 TJ Bohemians Praha W39 L9 L32 W44 2.0
32 TJ Valasska Bystrice – Sachy W54 L13 W31 L10 2.0
33 Warley Quinborne W40 L2 W48 L15 2.0
34 Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos Aires D35 W36 L3 L27 1.5
35 Club Mariano Moreno D34 W52 L21 L23 1.5
36 Huntsville Chess Club D52 L34 L25 W55 1.5
37 Lincoln High School Chess Club L11 L46 D38 W47 1.5
38 San Gabriel Valley Chess Club L12 L50 D37 W46 1.5
39 Val Parisis Echecs- Franconville L31 W54 D16 L18 1.5
40 Wimbledon Chess Club L33 W45 D44 L16 1.5
41 A.D. Scacchi Foggia W20 L10 L5 F29 U— 1.0
42 Aurora CC 2012 L28 W27 L22 L25 1.0
43 Badgers Brook Chess Club W48 L15 L7 L24 1.0
44 Eagle and Child Chess L15 D48 D40 L31 1.0
45 Hermanus Chess Club L10 L40 W54 L20 1.0
46 Highland High School Chess Club L17 W37 L11 L38 1.0
47 Hobart Chess Club L13 W53 L19 L37 1.0
48 Lycee Francais D’Agadir CC L43 D44 L33 D53 1.0
49 Phoenix Chess Club L19 L16 L26 W54 1.0
50 Reno Chess Club L14 W38 L17 L12 1.0
51 SK Ceska Lipa L30 L29 W53 L26 1.0
52 Jacksonville Chess Club NC D36 L35 U— U— U— 0.5
53 ShahmatKG L1 L47 L51 D48 0.5
54 Gazmag Sakk Szakosztaly L32 L39 L45 L49 0.0
55 Villages Chess Club of Florida L4 L21 L27 L36 0.0
Chess Clubs League
Chess Tournament
Clubs League Round 5

San Gabriel Valley was paired against Club Mariano Moreno of Argentina, a strong team. We’ve discovered many Clubs League players are underrated due to results from the prior week. Several games have resulted in large rating swings–as much as 600 points! Do not underestimate your opponent in Clubs League! Five boards were played, and San Gabriel lost by two games. The following is the 2nd game played on Board #1:


Standings after Round 5

# Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 Chess Club Zebra W51 W12 W8 W20 W7 5.0
2 Gill Saint Bernard’s Knights W17 W14 W43 W10 W9 5.0
3 Chess Projects Club Milano H— W27 W47 W12 W15 4.5
4 Cercle D’Echecs De Hull L5 W31 W14 W29 W19 4.0
5 Chess Long Island W4 L10 W42 W13 W18 4.0
6 Club Scacchi Cesena W30 W23 L15 W21 W22 4.0
7 Exeter Chess Club W33 W40 W22 W15 L1 4.0
8 GROP Chess Club W44 W47 L1 W24 W20 4.0
9 The Secret Dark Knight Society W53 W16 W19 W36 L2 4.0
10 Saint Petersburg CC Florida W50 W5 W36 L2 D16 3.5
11 Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. Aisch W39 H— L20 W46 W25 3.5
12 Aatos Chess Club W49 L1 W34 L3 W33 3.0
13 Burlington Ambush Chess Club W29 L36 W28 L5 W31 3.0
14 ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.] W31 L2 L4 W26 X36 3.0
15 Club Ajedrez Puerta Elvira W25 W21 W6 L7 L3 3.0
16 Coachella Chess Club W48 L9 W50 H— D10 3.0
17 Galeria de Xadrez Borba Gato L2 L28 W53 W43 W29 3.0
18 Los Angeles Chess Fortress W37 L19 W48 B— L5 3.0
19 Los Pujamaderas Chess Club W45 W18 L9 W50 L4 3.0
20 Noble Park Chess Club W34 W24 W11 L1 L8 3.0
21 SK Povazske Podhradie W52 L15 W39 L6 W40 3.0
22 Stockport Chess Club W32 W42 L7 W40 L6 3.0
23 TJ Bohemians Praha W46 L6 L24 W32 W30 3.0
24 TJ Valasska Bystrice – Sachy W55 L20 W23 L8 W27 3.0
25 Circolo Scacchistico Forlivese L15 W49 D46 W41 L11 2.5
26 Club Mariano Moreno D43 W54 L29 L14 W45 2.5
27 Airbus Chess Club L47 L3 W30 W44 L24 2.0
28 Aurora CC 2012 L36 W17 L13 L31 W43 2.0
29 Billiards Cafe Chess Club L13 W53 W26 L4 L17 2.0
30 Club Atletismo Huesca L6 W33 L27 W42 L23 2.0
31 Columbia SC Chess Club L14 L4 W35 W28 L13 2.0
32 Eagle and Child Chess L22 D38 D41 L23 W49 2.0
33 Echiquier du Grand Ales L7 L30 W49 W52 L12 2.0
34 Hobart Chess Club L20 W51 L12 L37 W50 2.0
35 Huntsville Chess Club D54 L43 L31 W53 D37 2.0
36 IHOP Chess Club W28 W13 L10 L9 F14 U— 2.0
37 Lincoln High School Chess Club L18 L48 D45 W34 D35 2.0
38 Lycee Francais D’Agadir CC L42 D32 L40 D51 X46 2.0
39 Schaakclub’t Ros Dendermonde L11 W52 L21 X47 U— 2.0
40 Warley Quinborne W41 L7 W38 L22 L21 2.0
41 Wimbledon Chess Club L40 W44 D32 L25 D42 2.0
42 Badgers Brook Chess Club W38 L22 L5 L30 D41 1.5
43 Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos Aires D26 W35 L2 L17 L28 1.5
44 Hermanus Chess Club L8 L41 W55 L27 D51 1.5
45 San Gabriel Valley Chess Club L19 L50 D37 W48 L26 1.5
46 Val Parisis Echecs- Franconville L23 W55 D25 L11 F38 1.5
47 A.D. Scacchi Foggia W27 L8 L3 F39 U— 1.0
48 Highland High School Chess Club L16 W37 L18 L45 U— 1.0
49 Phoenix Chess Club L12 L25 L33 W55 L32 1.0
50 Reno Chess Club L10 W45 L16 L19 L34 1.0
51 ShahmatKG L1 L34 L52 D38 D44 1.0
52 SK Ceska Lipa L21 L39 W51 L33 U— 1.0
53 Villages Chess Club of Florida L9 L29 L17 L35 B— 1.0
54 Jacksonville Chess Club NC D35 L26 U— 0.5
55 Gazmag Sakk Szakosztaly L24 L46 L44 L49 U— 0.0
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SGVCC Holds First Organizational Meeting

The First Organizational Meeting of the San Gabriel Valley Chess Club was held Monday June 15th, 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to organize the club and determine how it will run, as well as other administrative matters such as the appointment of officers and Corporate Bylaws. The agenda included the appointment of SGVCC Corporate Officers, the approval of Organizational Bylaws and the appointment of a banking institution.

The Club’s primary purpose is the development and broadening of the game of chess as recreation, art, and as a significant element of culture in Southern California. This purpose will be accomplished by providing a physical location where people can play chess together and share in their enjoyment of the game of chess. Activities to promote this purpose shall include the organization of rated chess tournaments, casual play, and free instruction for those new to the game.

Club membership is open without discrimination to all members of the public who complete a valid application and pay annual dues.

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The Board of Directors may appoint committees comprised of Club members in good standing who are not otherwise Board Officers. Such committees will present recommendations to the Board in writing and these recommendations may be adopted by a majority vote of the Board. To volunteer for a committee, please express your interest via the contact form on this site.

To submit suggestions, recommendations and ideas, please use contact any Board Member. The club will hold an Annual Meeting (TBD) and notice shall be given to all members at least 30-days prior to such meeting. Other meetings may be held at the Board’s discretion as necessary to conduct Club affairs.

Any member interested in receiving a copy of the Club Bylaws via request a copy via the contact form on this site or via email to: email as pic


Volunteers are needed for 1-2 hours per week to assist with club duties. This includes the setup and management of club tournaments, assisting with occasional website and e-mail updates, reporting tournament results and other club matters. The club is also seeking submissions of original chess photography and article submissions on Chess960 and Arena Blitz for use on the club website.

Chess Clubs League
Chess Tournament
Clubs League | Round 3

Clubs League Round 3 was played against Lincoln High School of Portland, Oregon June 6th. Lincoln High School was established in 1869 as Portland High School, making it one of the oldest public high schools west of the Mississippi River. Five boards were played and the match was drawn 5 games to 5. NM John Wright, NM Axel Muller, Randy Hough, Johnny Carrido and Laura Nyström played.

Featured Game:

Results After Round 3:

# Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
1 Chess Club Zebra W54 W9 W16 3.0
2 Club Ajedrez Puerta Elvira W24 W20 W14 3.0
3 Exeter Chess Club W38 W23 W21 3.0
4 Gill Saint Bernard’s Knights W39 W34 W25 3.0
5 Noble Park Chess Club W42 W22 W27 3.0
6 Saint Petersburg CC Florida W43 W13 W17 3.0
7 The Secret Dark Knight Society W55 W15 W19 3.0
8 Chess Projects Club Milano H— W31 W30 2.5
9 Aatos Chess Club W53 L1 W42 2.0
10 Billiards Cafe Chess Club L11 W55 W26 2.0
11 Burlington Ambush Chess Club W10 L17 W32 2.0
12 Cercle D’Echecs De Hull L13 W36 W34 2.0
13 Chess Long Island W12 L6 W33 2.0
14 Club Scacchi Cesena W35 W46 L2 2.0
15 Coachella Chess Club W41 L7 W43 2.0
16 GROP Chess Club W40 W30 L1 2.0
17 IHOP Chess Club W32 W11 L6 2.0
18 Los Angeles Chess Fortress W49 L19 W41 2.0
19 Los Pujamaderas Chess Club W51 W18 L7 2.0
20 SK Povazske Podhradie W45 L2 W44 2.0
21 Stockport Chess Club W37 W33 L3 2.0
22 TJ Valasska Bystrice – Sachy W52 L5 W46 2.0
23 Warley Quinborne W29 L3 W50 2.0
24 Circolo Scacchistico Forlivese L2 W53 D28 1.5
25 Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos Aires D26 W47 L4 1.5
26 Club Mariano Moreno D25 W48 L10 1.5
27 Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. Aisch W44 H— L5 1.5
28 Val Parisis Echecs- Franconville L46 W52 D24 1.5
29 Wimbledon Chess Club L23 W40 D37 1.5
30 A.D. Scacchi Foggia W31 L16 L8 1.0
31 Airbus Chess Club L30 L8 W35 1.0
32 Aurora CC 2012 L17 W39 L11 1.0
33 Badgers Brook Chess Club W50 L21 L13 1.0
34 ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.] W36 L4 L12 1.0
35 Club Atletismo Huesca L14 W38 L31 1.0
36 Columbia SC Chess Club L34 L12 W47 1.0
37 Eagle and Child Chess L21 D50 D29 1.0
38 Echiquier du Grand Ales L3 L35 W53 1.0
39 Galeria de Xadrez Borba Gato L4 L32 W55 1.0
40 Hermanus Chess Club L16 L29 W52 1.0
41 Highland High School Chess Club L15 W49 L18 1.0
42 Hobart Chess Club L5 W54 L9 1.0
43 Reno Chess Club L6 W51 L15 1.0
44 Schaakclub’t Ros Dendermonde L27 W45 L20 1.0
45 SK Ceska Lipa L20 L44 W54 1.0
46 TJ Bohemians Praha W28 L14 L22 1.0
47 Huntsville Chess Club D48 L25 L36 0.5
48 Jacksonville Chess Club NC D47 L26 U— 0.5
49 Lincoln High School Chess Club L18 L41 D51 0.5
50 Lycee Francais D’Agadir CC L33 D37 L23 0.5
51 San Gabriel Valley Chess Club L19 L43 D49 0.5
52 Gazmag Sakk Szakosztaly L22 L28 L40 0.0
53 Phoenix Chess Club L9 L24 L38 0.0
54 ShahmatKG L1 L42 L45 0.0
55 Villages Chess Club of Florida L7 L10 L39 0.0
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Chess Tournament
Clubs League | Week 2

San Gabriel Valley played Reno Chess Club on 5 boards, losing 8.5-3.5. Our opponents at the Reno Chess Club were very gracious, and there were some strong tactical scholastic players in the fold.

Game of the Match

Any member is welcome to play in Clubs League!

Results after Week 2:

Week 2 Results

To play in Clubs League Week #3, just login to up to one hour before the match.

The Clubs League will also have a Daily Chess component in addition to Rapid Chess. If you enjoy Daily Chess and would like to participate, please leave a comment below.

Chess Clubs League
Chess Tournament
Clubs League | Week 1

San Gabriel Valley Chess Club was paired against Los Pujamaderas of Ensenada, Baja Mexico on Sat. May 23rd at 1pm, in which 5 Boards were played. Los Pujamaderas beat San Gabriel Valley 9-1. Florian Hampe (@Conzane) earned the club’s only point, playing 43 moves with 93% accuracy:

Rankings after Week 1 placed San Gabriel Valley #49 out of 55 clubs in Division B. In the map below, green marks Division B clubs (fewer than 100 members) while red marks Division A clubs (more than 100 members).

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Play is open to any member of San Gabriel Valley Chess Club. To join a match, simply login to one hour before the match and join to play.

Chess Clubs League
Chess Tournament
Clubs League’s “Clubs League” is an online league for over-the-board (OTB) clubs seeking competition and online community. It’s a global online league to provides international competition for clubs and their members.

  • Pairings will be issued weekly by the league.
  • Admins will be responsible for scheduling matches on the server and for reporting match results.
  • Players may only compete for one club in a season.

A. Schedule

A1.’s Clubs League 2020 season will be Saturday, May 23 (first match) through Saturday, July 11 (final match).

A2. The league will have weekly matches on eight (8) consecutive Saturdays – May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 4, and July 11.

A3. The suggested default match time is Saturday 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm EDT / 19:00 CEST. See E6 and E7 for rescheduling matches.

A4. The Leagues Administrator will post the club vs club pairings each Tuesday (see D2).

A5. Club admins must report weekly results by Sunday (see E4).

A6. The estimated match time is 1 hour.

B. Divisions

B1. There will be two divisions – Division A and Division B. There is no difference in the divisions besides the minimum number of players per match.

B2. The Leagues Administrator will divide clubs into Division A or B based on size and strength.  Clubs may request to go to the other division, which may or may not be granted.

B3. Division A (large and medium-sized clubs) will have a minimum of 10 boards per match – 10 players per club. Division B (smaller clubs) will have a minimum of 4 boards per match. See F8 and Section G for “extra” players.


C. Club and Player Eligibility

C1. To be eligible for the Clubs League, a club must have an in-person (face-to-face) component, i.e. a physical chess club or academy. Clubs which only operate in an online presence are not permitted. Clubs must also have a club.  League management (see H3) will determine whether each club is eligible or not. Clubs which are found to be ineligible during the season will be removed.

C2. Clubs must apply to enter the league by Monday, May 11.

C3. admins may require club admins to change their club name and/or description at any time.

C4. Clubs may recruit any players to play each specific match.  Clubs do not have to use the same players for each match.

C5. There is no requirement for being a member of the physical club to represent the club in the Clubs League. However, in the spirit of the “clubs” league, clubs which extensively recruit players who have no physical, social, or online connections to the club may be deemed ineligible.

C6. Players may only compete for one club in a season. No exceptions.


D. Pairings, Standings, Scoring, Tiebreaks

D1. For team pairings, the Clubs League will use Swiss pairings, with some clarifications:

D1a. Clubs will not have any team seeding or rating.

D1b. In general, clubs will play other clubs with similar match points.

D1c. When possible, the Leagues Administrator will try to pair clubs in similar time zones.

D2. The Leagues Administrator will post the club vs club pairings each Tuesday. These pairings are tentative (may be changed) until finalized on Wednesday.

D3. In case a club anticipates not being able to participate in a given week, they may request to skip a match, in which they will receive a half-point bye (0.5 match points).  Only one half-point bye may be requested, any future byes are worth zero points.  The bye request deadline is the Monday before each match.

D4. League standings are first based on match points, then the tiebreaks in D5.

D5. Tiebreak 1: Solkoff. Tiebreak 2: Sonneborn-Berger. Tiebreak 3: Cumulative.


E. Club Admin Responsibilities

E1. Club admins must be a Super Admin or Club Admin of their club.  They should also request to join the Clubs League club, which is only for club admins – this is where pairings, announcements, and information will be posted.

E2. It is recommended to have multiple admins who may share the club’s responsibilities; however one admin should be ultimately responsible for their club.

E3. Club admins are responsible for recruiting the appropriate number of players for each match and avoiding forfeits.

E4. All club admins must report weekly results, forfeits, and other issues to the League Administrator by end of day Sunday.

E5. Club admins from both teams are responsible for setting up each Live Chess match with the opposing club. The Leagues Administrator will post the club vs club pairings each Tuesday, but the club admins are responsible for creating the match with each other.  The title format for each live chess match should be: “Club League: Club A vs Club B – Week 1”

E6. Matches should be played on Saturdays whenever possible, preferable at the suggested match time mentioned in A3. Matches may be played on Friday and Sunday also, however the reporting submission in E4 applies to all matches. Playing a league match on any other day requires the advance permission of the Leagues Administrator.

E7. Admins of both clubs should contact each other to first determine if they would like to play at the suggested match time in A3. If one club does not agree, club admins should negotiate potential match times by offering a few time slots which may be acceptable.  Club admins are expected to be able to compromise regarding match time negotiation, as the highest priority is to have the match played.

E8. There is no prior lineup submission required. Admins are responsible to ensure their club members are logged into Live Chess at the match time.


F. Match format / Player recruitment

F1. Each match is a club vs club (team vs team) match. Players must be in their club to represent their club in league matches.

F2. Each player will play 2 games against the same opponent (white/black).

F3. The time control is 15 minutes plus 2 second increment. All league games and matches are to be rapid rated.

F4. In each match, the club with the most game points wins the match.  Each player plays 2 games, so in a 10 vs 10 match, the maximum game point score for a club is 20 points.

F5. Clubs may recruit any players for a match. There is no rating minimum or maximum. See C6.

F6. Matches will be played based on Rapid Ratings at the time of the match – Board 1 vs Board 1, Board 2 vs Board 2, etc.

F7. It is not permitted for clubs or players to alter the match format of a specific match, even if both players/admins/clubs agree.  All games and matches should be played with the same conditions.

F8. See the division board capacities in B3. However, clubs may bring more than the minimum number of players.



G. Forfeits, Withdrawals, Disqualifications

G1. Forfeits only occur when a club does not bring the required number of players to a match. The forfeits will automatically occur on the bottom boards.

G2. Example: in a Division A match (10 vs 10), if only 8 players show up for Club C and 10 players show up for Club D, then Club D receives 4 game points by forfeit (2 games * 2 missing players = 4 points)

G3. Example: in a Division A match (10 vs 10), if 14 players show up for Club E and 12 players show up for Club F,  the match will automatically be played 12 vs 12, but there will not be any forfeit points awarded, since both clubs brought more players than the minimum required.  In this case, the lowest 2 rated players, by rapid rating for Club E would not be paired.

G4. Clubs with many forfeits may be moved to Division B or removed from the League for future rounds.

G5.  Any club may withdraw from the league at any time. The Leagues Administrator, in cooperation with the Board of Directors, may remove any club from the league at any time.

G6. If it is found that a player has played for multiple clubs (see C6), the player will be disqualified from the League for the current season.  The results of the player’s most recent matches will almost certainly be changed for forfeits for the purposes of scoring. If a player, after playing for one team, then plays multiple games for another team, then the scores will be adjusted as if the multi team player lost all games, for all teams he has played for.

G7. If two teams are not able to schedule a match, the Leagues Administrator may declare the match an unplayed draw, or a forfeit loss for one or both teams if either or both teams have not made a fair effort to schedule the match.


H. League Management / Appeals

H1. Leagues Administrator: Grant Oen,, @GrantOen

H2. Board of Directors

H3. “League management” refers to the Leagues Administrator, in cooperation with the Board of Directors.

H4. The official language of communication to and from League management is English.

H5. League management may give the following penalties to any player or club: warning, match score adjustment, game point adjustment, match result adjustment, disqualification.

H6. A club wishing to appeal a game, result, ruling, or other league issue should have a club admin submit the appeal via email to the Leagues Administrator, who will distribute it to the board.  No appeals should be submitted directly to board members. Any game/match-related appeals must be submitted within 24 hours of the match.

H7. League management has full discretion regarding issues which are not clearly defined by the rules and may make an exception to the rules or edit these rules at any time.

H8. Appeals decisions made by League Management are final.

I. Fair Play

I1. will monitor and review Clubs League games and matches for fair play.

I2. If an account is closed for Fair Play, the result of those games will generally be amended as if the closed account had lost 0-2. This may be the case even if the Fair Play Violations did not occur in a league match.

I3.  Even after their conclusion, game and match results are subject to being overturned based on findings from the Fair Play team.

I4. Players and clubs may face penalties for fair play violations, including match point/game point adjustment and disqualification from the league.

I5. Club admins may submit specific fair play complaints, which will be reviewed by the Fair Play team.


J. Prizes

J1. Prizes will be based on standings/scoring/tiebreaks in section D.

J2. The prizes will be several premium memberships. Details coming later…

Contact us here to join the league!

TOCC Match
Chess Tournament
Thousand Oaks Chess Club Battles SGV Chess Club in Tournament of Chess Clubs Match I

There are lots of fun ways to play chess online and one fun way is when Clubs can play against other clubs.

A club match is different than a tournament, because instead of one person winning, the whole team wins or loses based on how all the players on that team did.

When one Club challenges another Club, the members who choose to join the fight will be matched against members of the opposing club based on their rank.


TOCC Boards

Each pair will play two games, one as black and one as white. Wins are 1 point and draws ½, just like tournaments. After all the games are played, the points are counted up and the Club with the most points wins the match!

This is different than a tournament because the Club gets the win, not any one player. There are no rounds or groups. Each player will only play two games against their opponent, and then the match is over and points are assigned to the winning Club.

Each team’s cumulative score will be added up and compared to decide who wins the match. The winner of the Club Match gets points based on the following:

  • Win: 5 points
  • Draw: 2 points for each Club
  • Lose: 0 points

Those points are then multiplied by the total number of players in the match to get the total match value. The more matches a Club wins, the higher it will rank on the Club Match Leaderboard!

To follow the match, just use this link: 

March 27 Arena Blitz Awards
Chess Club News
5m Arena Blitz Results

10 Players competed in the SGV Chess Club’s Arena Blitz tournament Friday night on In Arena-format tournaments, players earn points by winning or drawing, and score bonus points for winning streaks.

Full Results March 27 2020

Players can join or leave anytime. When the time is up, all games end. It’s a convenient format because there is no waiting time between games, and players can drop in or out at any time.

Soon we’ll be starting the Daily Tournament for the month of April. Match will begin once 12 players register at:

We will also continue Live Chess on Fridays at 7pm at our Club Page: 

San Gabriel Chess Online
San Gabriel Valley Chess Club Virtual Club Meetup

Join us on (and this Friday at 7pm for online play.

You’ll need to create a free user account and navigate to: Note: These games will NOT be USCF rated. has Privacy settings, including “Safe Mode” which prevents social interactions and disables chat, messages and comments. But for parents and members who desire an even safer online experience, we have created the ChessKids scholastic group for members at: There is no contact with strangers and parents can manage their child’s access and friendships online plus monitor all of their activity. If we have members at ChessKids who want to play members, then the member will need to join the ChessKids Club.

San Gabriel Valley Chess Kids

We also want you to know that if you find yourself unable (or advised not to) go out of your house, you have a support network here for you. If you need groceries or medicine or supplies, even if “it’s not that big a deal”, please consider this an offer. We have several members who don’t mind driving, especially since it’s a nice drive and the traffic is sooo light nowadays.

Really, if you need help, this is an opportunity for us, not a burden.

Even if you already have a support network, many club members have reached out to be another node on that network. More to the point, maybe there are other chess players that momentarily are not as well-connected, especially for those over the age of 65+. So although we might not know who you are, connect with us and let us know. We want to get the message out.

If you need something straightforward and you’re not sure who to call, we can help you. We have members in Glendale, Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, Monrovia and surrounding areas who can assist. Even if you never use it, know that you can contact us and get help when you need it.

In the meantime, join our email newsletter and find us on (and We will be hosting a Live tournament if enough members join.