Make Your Move: Chess Clubs in Columbia, SC

Find a club that fits your skills whether you’re looking to compete or learn the classic game of chess.

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Players compete in the 2023 SC Rapid and Blitz Championship from the Top of Carolina in the Capstone Building. | Photo via Columbia Chess Club

Whether you’re looking to learn or training to be the next Bobby Fischer, the Columbia Chess Club and local chess enthusiasts offer a diverse range of clubs with ample opportunities for players of all levels to engage in the classic game.

From libraries and coffee shops to dedicated gaming centers, there’s a chess gathterings for everyone.

Here’s a roundup of places to play chess with meeting times + locations:

  • Columbia Chess Club at Richland Library | Mondays at 6 p.m. | Richland County Library, 2916 Broad River Rd. | Alll skill levels are welcome to watch, play, and learn at this gathering. Enjoy the quiet and comfortable atmosphere while refining your strategy.
  • Starbucks Chess Club | Tuesdays at 2 p.m. | Starbucks, 2807 Rosewood Dr. | Looking for a casual setting to play chess and meet new people? Drop by the Starbucks on Rosewood Drive to test your skills.
  • Columbia Chess Club at Firefly Games | Thursdays at 5-9 p.m. | Firefly Games, 536c St. Andrews Rd. | Pay $5 for tournament play or play casually and learn for free. Next week, Grandmaster Bryan Smith will be performing a clock Simul for the Columbia Chess Club.
  • Think Move Chess Academy | Fridays from 5-7 p.m. | Behind 1st Church of the Nazarene, 901 St. Andrews Rd. | Serious about improving your chess skills? The Think Move Chess Academy offers a focused and supportive environment for players of all ages. Learn from experienced coaches and enhance your game.
  • Chess at Dire Wolf Games | Sundays at 10 a.m. | Barnyard Flea Market, R-12, 4414 Augusta Rd. | If you’re looking to learn or seeking opponents, check out the Dire Wolf Games Chess Club at the Barnyard Flea Market for a Sunday morning session.

Now, you’re on the clock.