Virtual Chess

In this time of social distancing, our in-person events have been suspended.

Meanwhile, this is a great time to play online with or  A couple of online groups have been created that you can join.  For players above 1200, sign up at  For those under 1200, go to  Mark Hamel with the Sarasota Youth Chess Club is a USCF-certified tournament director and will be looking into possibly arranging online tournaments. 

National Chess Day - Special Events!

FREE CHESS EVENTS on Saturday October 12 for National Chess Day. This day was designated by President Ford in 1976,  "To give special recognition to a game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for citizens of all ages."  

Celebrate National Chess Day with the Sarasota Youth Chess Club!  Chess Club Officer Mark Hamel will be available to assist aspiring players of all ages.  

Chess Tournament at Charlotte County in August-October, 2019

August 18, September 15, October 20, 2019 12:30pm-5:30pm
$10 entry fee is for advanced, intermediate and beginners who want to play in the non rated sections. $25 entry fee is for USCF rated section. The top 2 finishers in each section will receive Pizza Hut gift cards.
Contact Info:
Paul Burdziakowski
Recreation Specialist
Charlotte County Community Services
Office: 941.627.1074

We have purchased a batch of Gold (full access) memberships that we are able to assign to student members that are interested in using them.  The regular free memberships let you play other kids online, and the gold memberships provide great learning and training material including interactive lessons and videos.

If you have played in one of our tournaments in the past and would like to use the great features that a full ChessKid membership offers, we can set up an account for you.  If you don't use the features that a gold membership includes, we will reassign the gold status to other kids that are interested in actively using them.  Your account will still be active, but just downgraded to the regular player level.  Gold level can be reassigned later.

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