ImagesWeekend Clubs


Saturday or Sunday - 4 locations, 6 possible times

Special Events @ our Weekend Clubs
Be there or be square!

Upcoming Special Event:

November 10th @ Cupertino 5-8PM: A Tournament of Variants!
Come enjoy a 4-round nonrated Swiss Tournament where every game features a different Chess Variant, which will be randomized each round! Players will be instructed on how the rules work before each game starts. Learn some fun new variants and have some pizza! Prizes will also be randomized!


  • Emporer's Chess Tournament at Cupertino (Kings have upgraded powers)
  • Hunters Chess at LG (Which is better, a queen or two rooks?)
  • "Mystery-Chess" Puzzle Competition at the Cupertino Club with pizza and prizes!
  • Simul Event with GM Zviad Izoria (USCF 2715), at the Los Gatos Chess Club!
  • "Practice-States" unrated Tournament and training for BAC students at the Milpitas Chess Club
  • Bug-House Chess Round-Robin Tournament: learn and compete in a popular and wacky Team-Chess event
  • The Palo Alto Strategy-Games Club will be hosting the first of many Historical Abstract-Game Tournaments featuring the ancient Viking board game of "Hnefatafl" (rules review for new players and prizes for top-scorers)!
  • "Mate-Craft" Chess-Puzzle Competition with Coach James and crew at the Milpitas Chess Club: Experience the Curiosities of Chess (all ages)

Our Top Instructors on Weekends


  • Coach Jason & Coach Matt @ Milpitas, Saturday 9-11AM
  • Coach Jason & Coach Matt @ Milpitas Strategy-Games, Saturday 11AM - 1PM
  • Coach James @ Palo Alto Strategy-Games, Saturday 1-3PM                       
  • Coach James & Coach Bhuvana & GM Kolev & Coach Natalia @ Palo Alto, Saturday 3-5PM
  • Coach Jason and GM Zierk @ Los Gatos, Saturday 4-6PM
  • Coach Ford & Coach Rich  @ Cupertino, Sunday 5-8PM

 Coach James     zviad



Saturday Afternoon 1PM - 3PM in Palo Alto - Strategy Game Club
Address: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E Meadow Dr, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (map)
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Saturday Afternoon 3PM - 5PM in Palo Alto - Chess Club
Address: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E Meadow Dr, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (map)
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Saturday Afternoon 4PM - 6PM in Los Gatos - Chess Club
Address: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (map)
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Sunday afternoon 5PM - 8PM in Cupertino - Chess Club:
Address: Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 19624 Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014 (map)
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Saturday Morning 9AM - 11AM in Milpitas - Chess Club
Address: 372 Turquoise St, Milpitas CA, 95035 (map)
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Saturday Morning/Early Afternoon 11AM - 1PM in Milpitas - Strategy Game Club
Address: 372 Turquoise St, Milpitas CA, 95035 (map)
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Any Questions?

Email: Club Coordinator James Bethany and/or the Enrichment Team.


Unique Blend of Learning & Fun!

  1. Lessons

  2. Games

  3. Fun Play

  4. Pizza

General Schedule

  • Drop off, casual games, pizza time
  • Instruction time, practice
  • Mini tournaments, paired games and more coaching time

Which Club to choose?

Absolulte Beginners Milpitas, Palo Alto & Los Gatos locations  

This club is ideal for student who would like to learn the basics of chess: pieces, moves, concepts.
We welcome students of age 5 and older.

Beginner Players @  Cupertino, Milpitas, Palo Alto or Los Gatos locations
This club is ideal for students, who know how the pieces move and can play through a game. During this clubs players will be given a 30-45mins lecture, and will be paired with players of similar strength for a game.
We welcome players of age 6 and older. 5 year olds can enroll with special coach/teacher recommendation.

Intermediate Players @ Cupertino, Milpitas, Palo Alto or Los Gatos locations
Intermediate players are players that have tournament experience or are ready to participate in their first tournaments and are prepared to learn advanced concepts of chess such as positional play, endgames, and learning how to use chess based learning tools.
Players aged 6 and older are welcome and players will be matched with others of similar strength.

Advanced Players @ Cupertino, Palo Alto & Los Gatos locations
With our advanced coaches, these clubs are specifically for rising players, who would like to take their game onto the next level. They will be challenged with tactical and strategic problems, as well as paired with other players with similar rating. They are expected to record their games, and our coaches will give personal feedback on their games.


For specific dates and fees, please click the Register for Clubs button.

Palo Alto club     San Jose morning Club    Saturday morning Club

Sample Topics

Study of Selected Openings
Review Tactics Puzzles & Utilizing Tactics
Complicated Checkmates
Pattern Recognition
Skeleton of the Pawns & the Muscle of the Pieces
True Focus Over the Chessboard

Register in advance or Drop-in?

The weekend clubs that BAC offers are focused on fun and casual chess, and hence we ALWAYS welcome drop-ins.
No need to pre-register, you can decide right before the club to bring your child and pay for drop-in on site with cash or check.

You can also purchase drop-in registration online on each clubs' page: enrichment.bayareachess.com/clubs/register-online


How to save $$$?

We are offering a completely new way for parents to save money when registering for weekend clubs:

Purchase a 10 bulk registration - aka "punch-card system": purchase a bulk of 10 club registrations and at the end you will get a FREE club entry (attending the 11th club is free). Note: due to the different prices at different locations, these punch-cards are non-transferable between locations.

Got any questions or comments? Fill our the Contact us form or email to enrich@bayareachess.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!


Discounts & Policies

NUT FREE environment & No Food sharing policy: We keep a nut free environment at all of our classes, and we kindly asking every parent's support to help us with this. Please, do not send any food that contains nuts, and also educate and remind your child(ren) to not share food with other kids.

Sibling Discount: Please note that the sibling discount for the second child is 10% for both the drop-in or the bulk prices. The Sibling Discount will ONLY apply toward ONLINE payments


Cancellation Policy
If you purchased a bulk registration form for any of the clubs, and need to cancel for any reason (including but not limited to time conflict, change in mind, club not a good fit), we'll process your refund for a 10% admin charge. Got any questions or comments? Contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!