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Other Local Chess Activities

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Other Local Chess Activities

The listings below may be out of date.   If you are aware of changes, please let us know at victoriachessclub@gmail.com



Unfortunately, there tends to be not much available in Victoria.   The listing below suggest places to try but my be out of date.


Cook St. Village Activity Center  small program was offered  fall 2018 but has since stopped.   (last updated March. 2019)


Clubs and Casual Play:


Victoria Chess Club: Our Club! www.victoriachessclub.pbworks.com


Sidney Chess Club:  Since 2018 (last update Jan. 2020).  Meet every Tuesday in the small board room 2nd floor of the Shoal Center Sidney on Resthaven Drive.  (right across from the Sidney Public Library)  Weekly, Tuesdays 1- 4pm.  Casual chess, drop ins welcome.  Approximately 7 active members, looking for more.  We bring our own boards and hope for a good turnout.  Play all year around but maybe a little less during the summer by agreement of those in attendance.  Usually pay $2 per person for the room.  Adults and youth players welcome. Contact Jim 778-426-1941 or Mark 250-884-9389. 


Oak Bay Senior's Chess Club (50+):  at Monterey Recreation Centre 1442 Monterey Ave, 250 370 7300   www.recreation.oakbay.ca   Thursday 3:00pm-6:00pm.   No fee for occasional drop in players, regular players need a Monterey Membership ($45/yr) [last update March 2018]


Esquimalt Chess Club:  We have unconfirmed reports that the Esquimalt Chess club is meeting again (update Nov. 2013 -Tuesdays 1:00-3:00)  Try http://www.esquimalt.ca/recreation for more information.   Modest drop in fee.


Esquimalt Chess Classes: Classes for novices (adult and junior) have been offered in the past.   Our understanding is that in the future, some instruction can be found at the Esquimalt Chess Club.  Try http://www.esquimalt.ca/recreation for more information.


Duncan Chess Club: Wood Sense Chess Club, Time/Place: Mondays 6:00 PM to 7:50 PM, Vancouver Island Regional Library, 2687 James Street, Duncan BC V9L 2X5, Contact: Nigel at 250-701-1767 Email: Exclam.online@gmail.com weblog: http://gwyddbwyll.blogspot.ca/ VIRL link: http://virl.bc.ca/event/chess-club


Willows Beach: Seasonal play on Willows beach, Summer Saturdays 10:00am-noon.  See Victoria Junior Chess for current information


CRD Square:  Seasonal play at CRD Square (Fisgard and Government), Sundays noon-4:00.   See Victoria Junior Chess for current information


First Met Chess Club  (seasonal)  Held at First Metropolitan Church   932 Balmoral  (near Quadra and Balmoral).  Contact:  Kat Rainsberry  rainsberry at shaw dot ca 


Emmanuel Baptist Church  Start from 7:00pm to 9:300pm Monday Chess Night (Kids’ Centre) during the school year.  Chess for advanced, intermediate and novice players.  Contact Li Geng at gengli@yahoo.com

Emmanuel Baptist Church 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 2R6 | 250.592.2418  http://www.ebcvictoria.ca/

(last updated Aug. 2018)


Chess In the Library (1):  At time of writing (Sept., 2010), a pilot program for chess in the library is being run at the Juan de Fuca Branch.  More information (and if that link doesn't work, try the Victoria Junior Chess website)


Chess in the Library (2):  as of time of writing  (updated Nov. 2013) casual chess at the downtown branch on Broughton St.  Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm Wednesdays 9:30am-11:30am.   Some sets available behind the desk. 


Chess in the Library (3):  A chess set is set up for play in the Bruce Hutchinson branch at Commonwealth Place on Elk Lake Dr.  [last update Aug. 2018]


Casual play (1): at the Starbucks at the corner of Shelbourne & Feltham, Sunday afternoons starting around noon (last updated March 2018)


Casual play (2):  at the QV cafe, corner of Fisgard & Government, Sunday evening starting around 6:30. (last updated Aug. 2018) (the night might change from time to time)..





Victoria Junior Chess Society:  Hosts junior events, junior tournaments throughout the school year,  as well as WIllows Beach and CRD Square activity.




Grand Pacific Open: The main weekend event of the year:  A 6 round FIDE and CFC rated event at Easter.


Jack Taylor Memorial: A 5 round event in  November or late October.  Watch the Victoria Chess Club webpage for updates.


Victoria Open:  A 5 round event in January and held in conjunction with BC vs WA match.


Other events as posted on the main page of the Victoria Chess Club website.


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