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Coachella Chess Club Welcomes You

Welcome to our site!   We are always planning something new and exciting, and hope you’ll join us!

*NOTE*   Some features on the CCC website are best viewed on a Desktop or Laptop computer - especially the Game Breakdown column as Diagrams are a bit "skewed" on the mobile version.


About Us

The Coachella Chess Club (CCC) was founded in 2019 and is dedicated to sharing a passion with others and promoting USCF (US Chess) Rated events as well as casual play.  We are a USCF Affiliate and conduct Rated as well as Unrated events on a regular basis. 


Based in Coachella, CA, CCC is representative of all the desert cities in the Coachella Valley.   We are an active and enthusiastic Chess Club with events and activities taking place year-round. We like to keep up the energy and excitement, always welcoming new members to take part. Simply put, we love getting together to do what we love.

 Players of all ages and skill level are welcome.  Currently, CCC meets every Thursday from 4pm - 6:45pm at the La Quinta Public Library where we host Rated Tournaments, Exhibitions and casual play on a regular basis.

Due to lack of regular attendance on Saturdays and Sundays, the Thursday meetings at the Library will be CCC's only formal meeting time and place.

Please contact us for more information.

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It's great to see so many new and enthusiastic players visit us each week and soo many talented youth, incredible!  Thank you!

Check out the Gallery for more Club Pics!

Coachella Chess Club is now a Club Affiliate of .  Be on the lookout for cool prizes and incentives for Club members in conjunction with our partnership with them (such as Diamond Memberships, Chessable lessons and more!).  If you haven't already, check out and join our Club Page!


--Join us September 28th, for casual play and matches and also to observe the first two rounds of the USCF Rated G/20 Tournament (a Club Championship Qualifying Event!).  

Tournament Pairings and Results can be found here. 


The Game in 20 (G/20 ; d0) USCF Rated Qualifier will be 4-rounds and take place over two club meetings:  Thursday, 9/28 and Thursday 10/5.  Please note that registration for the Game 20 is CLOSED. No day-of entries allowed, See below for more information on how to qualify for a Championship event.  Current USCF membership required to participate in Club Championship and Qualifier events.

Approximately 80% of paid entries returned as tiered prizes.  A portion of entries will go toward honorific prizes for the Club and Reserve Championships!  Again, entry to Qualifier events MUST be received at least 1-week prior to their respective start dates.   Entries can be paid in cash at the Club OR via Zelle/PayPal --contact us via email for more info.

Current Club Championship Qualifiers:

Premier Group --   Axel & Elias

Reserve Group --  Ken & Dominik

Who will qualify at the Game in 20?  Come to the club and find out!!


All Qualifier Tournaments are USCF Rated with prizes based on entries.  Current USCF Membership is required.  

The Game in 5 Qualifier  (the FINAL Club Championship Qualifying Tournament) will take place on Thursday, October 26th!  Entry for the USCF Rated Blitz Qualifier is $10 and MUST be received at least one week prior to the start of the event.  Again, ALL entries for the Game 5 Blitz MUST be received no later than 10/19.  No day-of entries allowed.  .

-Spectators and casual play are always welcome and encouraged! :-)

--Upcoming events:  The 2023 Coachella Chess Club Championship will take place in November!!  Club Championship participants will play a Round Robin in their respective Groups (Premier & Reserve) over the course of 3 Thursdays in November:  11/9, 11/16 and the Final round on 11/30


   Mark your Calendars and reserve your spot --  Chess author and International Master, Vince McCambridge will be conducting a Simultaneous Exhibition open to approximately 20 participants on Thursday, October 19th!  Entry to the Simul is only $10.  Anyone that manages to win (or earn a draw) against the International Master will receive a Free-Entry to a future USCF Rated Tournament at the Club (up to $25).  This is YOUR chance to meet in person and test your skills against an International Master.  Proceeds from this event benefit the CCC and future Club projects and promotions!  See us at the Club or email us for more information at



--Want to play a USCF Rated Match or Quad against other CCC members?   We can have them as often as we'd like, so let us know at the Club!   :)

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Chess Lessons 

FM Lars Meyer is available for individual and group lessons.   Be sure to check out his monthly "Game Breakdown" -where Lars dissects Member submitted games in instructive fashion! 


Click the "Coach Lars" button or visit the Club Store for more info and FM Meyer's personal bio!

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