This is the L.A. Chess Ladder page of useful chess websites.
Here you will find some great places to play, chess organizations you should consider joining, and other helpful chess websites. If you know other useful chess websites, let me know and I’ll add them to this list.
Places to play chess
Carl’s Jr Chess: Carl’s Jr at 6202 Laurel Canyon Blvd in North Hollywood has great chess every Tuesday evening. Several L.A. Chess Ladder players are regulars at this gathering. It’s a fun time to play challenges or play casual chess. It’s informal in that players start coming as early as 6 pm and stay well into the evening. Come for a great night of chess and good food!
Echo Park Chess Club: Meets Mondays from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Stories Books and Cafe located at 1716 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026. This is a great opportunity to meet other ladder players to play challenge matches or to play casual chess. The club is organized by ladder player, Aaron Moore. If you have any questions, please call him at (916)-670-0627.
Mathnasium: This math learning center is owned by ladder player, David DeVandry. It is located at 14452 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Besides math classes, the center also has weekly chess classes and is a common location for L.A. Chess Ladder Events. Check it out and contact David DeVandry for more information.
Santa Monica Chess Park: The Santa Monica Chess Park is a really fun place to play chess. There are lots of friendly people and many chess tables. Check it out! It is right next to the Santa Monica Pier.
Coffee House Chess: The Starbucks at 5301 West Centinela has great chess. Lots of players come every day, especially at night. Chess daily until 10 pm.
Beverly Hills Chess Club: The Beverly Hills Chess Club is located at 8950 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 210. The club offers lectures, private lessons, tournaments, & more for children & adult players. The BHCC has a friendly atmosphere and they are always looking for new members. Check it out!
Los Angeles Chess Club: The Los Angeles Chess Club is located at 11514 Santa Monica Blvd. It’s a great place to play USCF rated tournaments and meet new players. I’ve played several of their tournaments myself and I’m friends with the owner, Mick Bighamian. Check it out!
SCCF: The Southern California Chess Federation has a useful listing of chess clubs and groups. It’s a great way to find places to meet new players. The SCCF also has information about Southern California tournaments, scholastic chess, and links to other useful chess resources. Check it out!
USCF: The United States Chess Federation is an important organization for people who love chess. USCF represents the United States in the World Chess Federation (FIDE). By joining the USCF, you can compete in officially sanctioned tournaments and receive an official chess rating such as B player, A player, & Master. The website also has a great on-line store from which you can buy chess equipment, books, software, DVDs, and more. Check out the USCF website and consider joining.
FIDE: The World Chess Federation is the highest chess governing body. It is also known as the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE). The World Chess Federation awards the highest chess titles of International Master (IM), and Grandmaster (GM). In addition, the World Chess Federation rankings determine who the #1 ranked player in the world is. Visit their website to find current world rankings and read up on recent international competitions.
Chess Equipment and Software
Buy a Chess Clock: This is a link to buy a great chess clock on Amazon. It’s the one I like to use because it’s sturdy and easy to operate.
Purchase a Chess Set: This is a link to buy a tournament style chess set from the USCF online store. It’s the one I like to use. It’s convenient, you can role it up, and it is very durable.
Purchase Chess Software: Fritz is a powerful chess engine that you can use on your computer. Chess engines are fantastic learning tools for improving one’s chess skills. Fritz provides a computer opponent with an adjustable playing skill, the ability to analyse your games in great depth, opening and tactical exercises, and much more. I highly recommend Fritz for anyone who loves chess and really wants to improve his/her game.
Chess.com: Chess.com is a great site for playing chess on-line. You can practice new openings, tactics, and strategy against players from all over the world. It’s a great way to improve your game! Chess.com features a great interface that makes it very easy to use. Personally, I like to practice on chess.com. I feel that it has helped my game considerably. The site also has other features like chess videos, a tactics trainer, and an opening database. Check it out!
Chess Opening Database: One of the best ways to learn and study openings is with an opening database. Chessgames.com has one of the best opening databases around. I’ve studied there opening database for years and I definitely recommend taking a look. It’s free to look around a bit, but there is a fee to view the entire database.
L.A. Tennis Ladder: Chess and tennis are very much alike. Both games rely on tactics, strategy, patience, and concentration. The L.A. Chess Ladder was inspired by The L.A. Tennis Ladder which is owned and operated by Rob Stone. Check it out!