Almaden Chess Club


Our Mission

We are residents of Almaden Valley in San Jose, California and this is an USCF affiliated, non-profit boutique Chess Club to serve the neighborhood. We hope to build a community of chess players of all ages and skills in the Almaden Valley.

While there are larger chess clubs in Bay Area, our goal is to promote the beautiful sport of chess and organize chess events in our neighborhood.

This club will act as a local spot for chess enthusiasts in the Almaden Valley to meet for casual games. Based on community interests and participation, we will conduct both rated and unrated tournaments as well.

Our ultimate mission is to make Chess fun, accessible and useful to the next generation.

What does the Club Offer ?

  • Organizes weekly Chess meet (on Monday evenings) for Chess enthusiasts to enjoy an evening of casual or rated Chess.
    (RSVP required for every meet)

  • Conducts structured Chess Lessons for Beginner and Intermediate level players. Requires separate registration.

  • Hosts and Organizes USCF certified rated and unrated Chess Tournaments. Requires separate registration.

Why Chess ?

The language of chess is Universal. It is one of the few sports that is all-inclusive.
It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender and socioeconomic background.

More importantly, chess is one of the most powerful educational tools available, to strengthen a child’s mind.

  • Enhances concentration, patience, and perseverance

  • Develops creativity, intuition, memory

  • Builds the ability to analyze, apply logic, and solve problems flexibly

Beyond the academic benefits, chess also teaches positive behavioral attitudes and social attributes.
Chess is an especially effective tool to teach children :

  • The importance of planning and the consequences of decisions.

  • To win and lose gracefully.

  • To make tough and abstract decisions.

It’s fairly easy to learn and play. Most six or seven year olds can follow the basic rules.
Like language or music, an early start can help a child become more proficient.

Only a focused, patient and persistent child will maintain steady results - characteristics that are equally valuable for performing well at school and Life in general.

Interested ?