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General Information & Mechanics' Membership


Welcome to the Chess Club at Mechanics' Institute


Whether you are just starting or a titled player, we have something for you!

Please consider becoming a member of Mechanics' Institute and enjoy the many benefit of the institute and the chess club!

Here is a guide to get you started:

  1. Free offerings for Mechanics' Institute members
  2. Tournaments and Classes for Adults & Advanced players
  3. Scholastic Chess: Classes, Camps, Tournaments
  4. Chess for Beginners
  5. Chess for Women sponsored by US Chess Women's Program
  6. Join Mechanics' Chess Club ONLINE!




Benefits to Chess Players in becoming Mechanics' Institute Members

Discounted chess fees and
Access to all the wonderful Mechanics' services and events!

Get a Mechanics' Institute membership today!

$65/year for a student membership
$120/year for a regular membership
$180/year for a family membership

You will save big if you are a regular participant in our tournaments and/or classes!

Here are some of our registration costs and savings you can achieve with membership:

  • Tuesday Night Marathon: $65 member, $95 non-member registration fee
  • Weekend USCF rated events: varies based on tournament - please see tournament schedule for information
  • Weekend Scholastic Tournament Registration Fee: $30 for members, $35 for non-members

Basically, your membership pays for itself if you attend just a few tournaments, classes, or other chess events per year!

Plus you get everything that a Mechanics' Institute membership offers.

Benefits of Mechanics' Institute Membership

  • Discount on most chess events or classes.
  • Full use of the Library and its services, including online databases, ebooks, and more!
  • Free or reduced admission to cultural events, programs, classes, and book groups.
  • Access to the Chess Room and its tournaments and classes.
  • WiFi access throughout the Library, Chess Room, and 4th floor meeting room.
  • Membership access at other membership libraries.

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