Thursday Chess in West Chester, PA

SPECIAL CHESS EVENT:  On Thursday June 9th, the club will be holding a USCF rated Quad!   Games will be game 30 minutes with a delay of 5 seconds.   Quads allow you to play against players of similar strength.  Each player will play 3 games in this one evening event!  An active USCF ID is required, along will proof of full vaccination.  Please show up by 7:15 to register.  Play will begin at 7:30.

Great News:  The West Chester Chess Club is back playing OTB chess on Thursdays!   Please arrive no later than 7:15PM to register.  

Every Thursday the West Chester Chess Club runs a USCF rated swiss tournament.  You can start play in the Swiss at any time, and play as many nights as you can make.  The swiss tournaments run for 5 weeks, then a new one begins the following Thursday!   You can join a swiss at any round. You do not have to start play in round 1.
  • Please arrive by 7:15 at the latest to register. Pairings are then set and play begins at 7:30.  
  • Games are 1 hour and 40 minutes, delay 5

Club dues are $20 a year and are pro-rated depending on when you join. First visit free!

We play at the First Presbyterian Church, 130 West Miner St, West Chester, PA.  

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Just walk in the door indicated above.  Depending on church activities, we may be downstairs in the basement (it's a great large room) or upstairs on the 2nd floor. We're easy to find!.

The best (and FREE) place to park is just a block or two away at the free (after 5PM) parking garage at 220 Market Street.  It is a 5 minute walk from the church.  However, the parking spots are limited in the garage and we have seen on many occasions that the garage is full.  Arrive at least 30 minutes early and waiting for a spot almost always works.  

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Or park in the metered lot just behind the garage (exit right vs left to get to it). They do have an phone app that lets you add time if you park in the metered lot.  Matches can last from an hour to over three hours! In the worst case, find a spot off the main roads and pay the parking meter.  If you use a parking meter, you run the risk of a ticket as the meter maids are very likely to ticket you if your meter expires.   For more information on other parking garages, visit this page.  The garages listed are all within about 10 minutes walking time.