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Purdue University Chess Club

Meetings are on Mondays from 6:30-8:00 in STEW. Normally in room 313, but that is subject to change. Purdue Chess Club offers great opportunity for students to learn and practice chess!!!


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Chess Socials:
We plan to organize one or two chess socials as soon as we can find a venue. The plan for such an event would be to get a bunch of people together and bring some chess boards, at some venue such as Panera or Hotbox, and play as much chess as possible!!!


Unrated tournaments:
It was brought to my attention that many people do not want to pay for the USCF membership in order to participate in our rated tournaments. So this semester we will be hosting casual unrated tournaments. These tournaments will happen once a month (1st Saturday or Sunday of each month) and will be short blitz 5 round tournaments. We will have a $5 entry fee for non members and a $3 entry fee for members and there will be a small ~$15 prize for 1st place!!!


Rated Tournaments:
As always we will have 2 rated tournaments this semester. More information about these tournaments will come out later but currently the tentative dates are March 8th or 15th and April 26th.


Intercollegiate Tournaments:
We hope to either host or attend some intercollegiate tournaments this semester. I have gotten in touch with some colleges around the mid-West and we are working on organizing a few tourneys this semester!

Goshen Winter Tournament

21Jan 2014. If you were to draw up a list of indispensable names in the chess history of Indiana, Joe Riegsecker would be on any version you might care to produce. The number of chess players helped along by his knack for skilled tournament organization must easily number in the hundreds – the author of these lines fondly remembers his monthly Joepye tournaments in Middlebury and how much they benefitted a young chess player ravenous for opportunity.


Joe has created yet another fixture on the calendars of northern Indiana chess players – his yearly Goshen winter tourney has become a destination for chess enthusiasts seeking competition and a warm distraction from the wintry outdoors. And as this is consistently held at the beginning of December in northern Indiana, you can imagine what a welcome distraction it must be!


This tournament, held at Goshen High School in their spacious lunch room and gymnasium, brings both experienced old buzzards (like myself) and unrated  young scamps together in a seamlessly well run and cordial atmosphere. But there’s certainly no cordiality when the pieces start moving…


This year’s version brought 175 players into action – fifteen battle tested veterans in the Open section, 31 up and comers in the Reserve section, and a whopping 129 players in the unrated scholastic sections that dominated the main part of the gymnasium. The Open section featured four games at G/45, while the Reserve and unrated sections had five rounds of G/30.


After a long tournament of wild and wooly action, the author of these lines proved victorious by winning four hard fought games. Local experts Les Kistler, Mat Leach and Jon Gotz all tied for 2nd-4th with 3-1. The Reserve section was captured by Alex Ramirez with a perfect 5-0 score. See the full crosstable. I know I can speak for many other chess players in this neck of the woods when I say that I’m already looking forward to the next edition of this tournament!

  • Avon, IN
    • Every Tuesday evening at Avon-Washington Township Public Library. 498 North State Road 267. Ph. (317)272-4818.  6:00pm - 7:30pm downstairs in Room A.

  • Bloomington, IN -- Bloomington Chess Club
  • Elkhart IN -- Elkhart County Chess Club
    • Meets Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m., First Congregational Church, 3rd & Marion St.,  Elkhart, Indiana.

  • Evansville, IN - Evansville and Southwestern Indiana Chess Club
    • Meets Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m., McDonald's, 1148 Washington Ave, (corner Washington Ave & Hwy. 41) Evansville, Indiana

  • Gary, IN
    • Meets last Tuesday of the month. 5:00pm - 7:30pm at the Gary Public Library -- 220 W. 5th Avenue. No membership requirements.
      Email: Phone: (219)886-2484 x335
  •  Indianapolis, IN
    • The Bishops of Cappuccino
      • We are a very informal chess group that meets every Saturday morning from 8:00 - 10:30 to play casual chess. Mostly adults, occasionally kids, ratings from 800 - 1900 (mostly 1400+), sometimes timed, usually not, lots of joking, fun, and chess discussion.
      • We started in 2006 and there's always someone there on any given Saturday (typically 4-6 players), so there's always a game.
        No charge, no RSVPs.
      • No membership requirements, just a willingness to travel to Hubbard & Cravens (4930 Pennsylvania Ave, Indy) sometime between 8 AM and 10:30 AM any Saturday morning to play chess, talk, and drink and eat. Any age, any skill level. Details at; 317-727-4186.
    • East Side Chess Club
      • 8714 E. 21st ST. 46229, First Choice Breakfast and Bakery. Playing times
      • are 8-12pm. SAT-SUN. All levels are welcome. Contact: Victor D. Johnson e-mail:
  •  Muncie, IN
    • Meets after 1pm on Saturdays at the Wendy’s located at 2624 W. Jackson Street, Muncie, IN
    • Muncie Public Library
      • MUNPL Chess Club meets at the Kennedy Library meeting room every other Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome, for details please contact Kennedy Public Library at (765)747-8209 or email Anthony Orzula at
  • Logansport, IN
    • Donley Chess Center
      • Tuesday nights at the Cass County Family Y, 905 E Broadway ,46947. 6-9pm
  • South Bend, IN
    • Meets Thursdays 7-10pm at the Meijer store, 5020 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN
  • Terre Haute, IN
    • Terre Haute Adult Chess Club
      • Meets at 6:30pm every Wednesday in the Deming Center basement located at the intersection of 6th and Cherry Streets near the ISU campus. For more information on how to locate the club see their website at