BCS Alum IM Josiah Stearman is featured in the current issue of American Chess Magazine! Read the article here!

Thanks to the generosity of American Chess Magazine, you can read about IM Josiah Stearman's exploits at the American Continental Chess Championship, where he rose from 31st seed to a place at the World Cup! Read the article here Magazine Article If you would like to order this issue (#34) or subscribe, visit American Chess [...]

September 21st, 2023|Blog, News|0 Comments

Celebrate National Chess Day at the Richmond Chess Festival, Sat, Oct 14th! Fun! Free! But it does Fill Up! Pre-register here

Pre-register for the tournament here. EXPRESS REGISTRATION

September 21st, 2023|Blog, News|0 Comments

In Memoriam: Richard Russell Shorman, Chess Player, Teacher, Writer, Photographer, August 21, 1938 – August 12, 2023. Join us for a Celebration of Richard’s Life on Sunday, September 24th.

Richard Russell Shorman, an incomparable stalwart of the Bay Area Chess Community, passed away at his home in Hayward, California on August 12, 2023. He was 84. At the age of 15, Richard began playing at the Oakland YMCA Chess Club, run by the legendary Grandmaster George Koltanowski. Initially frustrated by the pace of his [...]

September 8th, 2023|Blog, News|0 Comments

BCS Founder and President Elizabeth Shaughnessy will be inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame

And the Honors Keep Coming! BCS Founder and President Elizabeth Shaughnessy will be inducted into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 25th, at an awards ceremony and luncheon at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland.  The Women's Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding women for their achievements and contributions to Alameda County [...]

March 9th, 2023|Blog, News|0 Comments

Great competition at the Berkeley Quads!

Feb 16th we held our Monthly Quads in Berkeley with 32 participants Quad 1 was won by the top seed Tobias Stowell with a perfect 3/3 Best game was won by Yasmine Waharte. There is a famous trap in the Kings Gambit that goes 1)e4 e5 2)f4 Bc5 3)fxe5?? Qh5! and game over Black wins. [...]

February 20th, 2019|Blog, News|0 Comments

Berkeley Chess School students do well at State Championship!

On December 8th and 9th, sixty-two BCS students competed in this year’s CalChess Grade-Level State Championship, held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. In this tournament, players compete within their grade for individual, school, and club prizes.  BCS fielded club teams in every grade (except 9th, 11th, and 12th grades) Our small but mighty [...]

December 12th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments wrote a wonderful article about The Berkeley Chess School

Wonderful article written by  Here is the link!

December 4th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Welcome home, Kevin Walters

Kevin Walters, then and now. 2002 quad in San Leandro, and last week. Kevin Walters was a BCS student and a BCS teacher, before heading to UC Davis. He's returned to the area to continue law school at UC Berkeley, and he played his first game at the new Berkeley Chess Club building last Friday. [...]

November 19th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments

Boo! (Spooky Swiss prizewinners, pictures, an endgame)

40 players haunted the Berkeley Chess School playing hall Oct, 27 for the Spooky Swiss, directed by Bryon Doyle.   b>Prizewinners 800+ 1  Tobias Stowell  4 2-4  Elias Ross  3 2-4  Ethan Rapuano  3 2-4  James Lin  3 5-7  Sam Reynolds  2.5 5-7  Sam Reynolds  2.5 5-7  Sadhana Arivo  >2.5 Under 800 1  Kyle Cambra  3.5 2-4  Christopher Bei  3 2-4  rhianna jane lope  3 2-4  Joseph Kim Fitzgerald  2.5 5  Jacob Gould  2.5 Under 400 1  Justin Wu  3.5 2  Aradhana Arivoli  3 [...]

October 30th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Bishops after knights

In the 6th game of the 1909 Capablanca-Marshall match, Black developed his queen bishop prematurely by 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.c3 Bg4. By pinning the f3-knight, ...Bc8-g4 can help Black pressure a white pawn at d4, but White hadn't committed the d-pawn yet, and 5.d3 left little promise for the g4-bishop. The bishop [...]

October 9th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments
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