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Class Schedule for Adults and Advanced Scholastic Players (click links to jump down to information)

Chess Cafe
Dates: Ongoing Mondays
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE for all
Register here.

The Chess Cafe is a meeting place to talk about chess, life, and everything in between. Join a revolving cast of folks from around the country in a fun and casual atmosphere to discuss the latest chess developments and for the pure love of the game. The Chess Cafe is suitable for ALL level of players and FREE for everyone.

Chess Cafe is held every Monday except on major holidays. Register to receive Zoom information to join. Additional details here.

Introduction to Chess Class

Dates: Thursdays, August 1 - September 5, 2024 (six sessions)
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Onsite in the Chess Room
Cost: FREE for Members
Register here.

Join us - beginner or intermediate player - and learn the fundamentals of the Royal Game with Lead Chess Coach Marcie Yang. From the basics of how pieces move and capture, castling, and en passant; to more advanced strategy of checkmating patterns, how to think in the openings, middle-game strategy, and what to do in the endgame. This goal of the class is to open up a new world of fun and joy through the magic and beauty of chess.

Introduction to Chess Class is available for Mechanics' Institute members at no cost. Register to join the class.

Women's, Girls', and Gender Expansive Individuals Online Chess Class
Dates: Ongoing Sundays
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE for all
Register here.

Coached by FIDE Trainer Sophie Adams, this class is for women, girls, and gender expansive individuals looking to develop their chess skills with a community of women. Knowledge of piece movements and mates is expected. Registration is required so we may send the links for players to join. Zoom will be required to participate, and we will include optional links to participate in online platforms like if players would like to play with each other online. Be sure to join the Mechanics' Institute Women's Chess Club on here.

We are proud to offer this opportunity to bring communities together through chess.

Women's, Girls', and Gender Expansive Individuals Online Chess Class is held every Sunday except on major holidays. Register to receive Zoom information to join. Additional details here.

Chess Socials
Dates: First Fridays of the month, every month
Time: 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: Onsite in the Chess Room
Cost: FREE for all
No registration necessary.

Unwind from the week with fellow chess players. We'll have rousing game replays on the big screen, snacks, and lively conversation. Wine available for purchase in the Meeting Room provided before the CinemaLit program. Stick around for CinemaLit at 6 pm!

Additional information here.

Chess in the Community

Dates: Thursdays and Sundays
Time: Thursdays 12:00-1:00, Sundays 11:00-2:00
Location: Thursdays Mechanics' Monument Plaza, Sundays UN Plaza - right by the statue of Simon Bolivar
Cost: FREE for all
No registration necessary.

Mechanics' Institute is bringing chess to the community across San Francisco. Come out and join us throughout every week:


Testimonials about our classes:

" It was fascinating to me and a wonderful challenge. Now I have many directions to follow in my studies, and I am newly interested in the history of many of these World Champions. Paul had obviously done a great deal of research, and I can't believe how much I learned in speeding through so many games. I enjoyed both Part I and Part II very much. I've done more reading about chess and chess history than I have playing chess. " Terri C.
"I continue to be impressed by the level of service the Chess Team provide to chess players. I believe that "The Queen's Gambit" is having an impact comparable to Bobby Fischer in the '70's!" Larry S.