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Tuesday TownLake Youth Chess Club at the TownLake YMCA

TownLake YMCA Chess CLub
TownLake YMCA
3101 Oak Springs Drive
Austin, TX 78702

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Chess Club is designed to give students an opportunity to learn the game of chess, improve their chess skills, and enjoy challenging their peers, while experiencing healthy competition and team spirit.

This is a volunteer led program along with staff support.

View our Flyer and QR code for quick info and registration!

Registration is free.  Register here! 

For questions, contact

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Tuesday Checkmate Chess Club at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch, APL

Willie Mae Kirk Branch
Austin Public Library
3101 Oak Springs Drive
Austin, TX 78702

Tuesdays, 5pm – 7pm.

Want to learn chess? or improve your chess game? Come play to test your best tactics and strategies against other chess players.

Learn to play chess! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Recommended for ages 10 and up
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Monthly Chess Club for Kids at Twin Oaks Branch, APL

Twin Oaks Branch
Austin Public Library
1800 S. Fifth St
Austin, TX 78704


Last Saturday of each month 1-4pm

On the last Saturday of each month, youth players in Austin have an open play opportunity at the Twin Oaks Branch of the Austin Public Library. Children of all ages and abilities and their accompanying adults are welcome. The group is intended for kids ages 5 and up.  Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Limited instruction is available to help beginners!

There is no fee for participation in the group.

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Sunday Open Play at the Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy

Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy
7801 North Lamar Blvd
Suite A123
Austin, TX 78752
Free parking provided!

Free Open Play every Sunday at the Austin Grandmaster Chess Academy from 12pm to 2pm. Boards and clocks are provided.  Come and join us!

For any questions, please contact us at

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Wednesday Meetup with the San Marcos Chess Club

Weekly meeting (Wednesdays 6:00pm -8:30pm) for all ages and abilities at the San Marcos Public Library.  Sets and clocks provided.

San Marcos Public Library
625 E Hopkins St
San Marcos, TX 78666

Come by the San Marcos chess club for casual play every Wednesday of every month (6:00pm-8:30pm).  We do not charge any fees, and we provide sets and clocks, so just bring yourself! We have players of all ages and skill levels (from beginner to almost master), and we’re always happy to welcome newcomers. We hope to see you at the club! 

Contact Contact Jeremy Lovelace, 512-393-8212, for more information.

Our website:

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Sunday afternoon Chess IRL. Drink and Play Chess!

Sundays at 1:00 – 3:00 pm. All ages welcome!  A community driven club for real chess with real people and real pieces!

Central Machine Works Brewery
4824 E. Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(Parking in back. Gate is on East 5th Street between Spencer Lane and Sprindale Road with signs saying “Central Machine Works”.)

Everyone is welcome! All skill levels, especially beginners & newcomers! This is meant to be a casual, fun, and chill community for all participants.

Chess is for everyone, therefore there will NEVER be any dues or fees required, ever! Donations in the form of communal chess sets & clocks, are welcome and would be very much appreciated. Chess IRL currently has 10 chess sets and 5 clocks. If events exceed that size then we will ask for participants to bring some extra sets.

For more information, please contact Ben Higgins, or better yet, join our Meet Up!

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Sunday Youth Open Play at the Cedar Park Library

Cedar Park Library
550 Discovery Boulevard
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Sundays at 1:30 – 3:00 pm.

Youth players in North Austin and Cedar Park have an open play opportunity at the Cedar Park Library. The group focuses on improving skills through contact with better players. Children of all ages and abilities and their accompanying adults are welcome. Sets and boards are provided, but you may bring your own equipment. Please bring clocks and notation sheets if you wish to use them.

Masks are optional. Players are seated with added spacing and hand sanitizer provided and usage encouraged.

There is no fee for participation in the group.

Visit the library website for our current schedule.

For more information, please contact Sergio Longoria, or call the library at (512-401-5600).

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Monday and Friday Chess at the South Austin Senior Activity Center

In person chess has resumed at the South Austin Senior Activity Center, 10AM to 12PM Monday and Friday.  This is a twice weekly event.

The Senior Center will be closed on May 27th. We will meet at Wheatsville Coop South at 4001 South Lamar  at the usual time!

South Austin Senior Activity Center
3911 Menchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78704

Please bring chess set and board.  Mask not required.

Contact Thomas Peebles, for more information.

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Monday Night Chess at Dobie Mall

Chess at Dobie is back! Come and join us!

Dobie Mall – 2nd floor, Food Court area
2021 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(Parking available on side streets or in garage behind building.)

We are back to our usual schedule.
Monday evenings. The tournament begins at 7:30pm. Arrive early enough to check in. All ages and abilities are welcome! Cost is $1/player (please bring exact change); all entry fees given back as cash prizes.

We play an unrated 5 round standard swiss of G/10, 3 second delay. There is plenty of time for game analysis between rounds.

Bring a set and a clock if possible.

Monday night chess at Dobie Mall has been a hallmark of the Austin chess scene for more than 20 years. we are so glad it’s back!

Organized by Yuri Mirgorodsky, (