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Area schools, players, chess clubs and teams

All are invited to play in the first area-wide USCF scholastic chess tournament in Jacksonville in almost a decade. 

Part of our mission is to expand chess in North Florida and we are a breath away from seeing this happen. We're excited and interest is growing quickly. Our website alone received almost 100 visits and the scholastic page drew a large portion of the hits. We have also reached out to Principals in Duval and Clay this week as well as connections with home schoolers network. We fully expect to see more players as our series continues.

New to youth chess tournaments?

Here is a great article on USCF (the official sanctioning body for chess our country) tournaments and what every parent/player should know about them Parent's Guide to Scholastic Tournaments. It is an excellent introduction to the chess tournament world.

Three Rated Sections

Rated sections require all players to use a chess clock. Everyone player should have the following:  1) tournament board, 2) tournament chess set  3) their own chess clock 4) scorepad/notebook for notation  5) pen or mechanical pencil. These are the basics. All completed games will be submitted to the United States Chess Federation and each player will receive an official chess rating. Trophies will be awarded for the first three places in each of the three sections.

Non-rated Option (K-6)

We want your beginners too! If your student knows how play, but may not be ready for a rating, have them participate in our non-rated section of the event. This will be a more relaxed section, but wins will count.  Trophies will be awarded for the first three places in this section too.

Visitors and the curious are welcomed

Round one will began immediately after registration is complete (for those who have not pre-registered).  All four rounds should be completed by mid-afternoon, so there is plenty of time to stop by the San Jose Church of Christ venue. The address is 6233 San Jose Blvd. Just south of University Blvd and north of the Bolles School.

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United States Chess Federation (U.S.C.F.) sanctioned Scholastic events  have returned to North Florida.

We are happy to announce that USCF Rated chess tournaments for scholastic players (Grade levels K through 12) have returned to the North Florida area. These tournaments will require all players follow the established tournament format that characterizes the major events held in other parts of the state and around the country. This series will offer one event every month and group them together in a quarterly series format.  Go to our events tab for more information for our 2015 Fall Series.

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JAXCC Scholastic Series

Email Us with any questions about the series


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Urban Bean Coffeehouse @ 6:30pm.                       Entry Fee: $1   Time Controls: G/20;d5. Must be U.S.C.F. member to play (join/renew on site for $17 - $40, depending on age). JAXCC membership not required to play.  Orange Park (Park at Kingsley - across from the Winn-Dixie).

Here is your chance to get in a couple or rated games during the week. Last week we got in three rounds. Six players were in attendance. If you do not want to play rated come out and get in a game with other players. This location is perfect for those who are on the Westside, Fleming Island or Green Cove. We play until 9pm.

Join Hleb Kharkov, Anthony Coleman,  Kevin Pryor and others for a few spirited games.

Memberships to the JAXCC will be accepted on site as well. USCF membership is required to play in any rated games.


Area Players! We have a couple new offerings to promote in the JAX, FL area.

In addition to our regular Sunday Avenues Mall (1-5pm) and Book-A-Million (JTB & A1A) 5:30 - 9 pm), here are two more locations.



6325374 We have added a second location on Sundays.

San Jose Church of Christ located on 6233 San Jose Blvd. Has agreed to let us meet there Sundays from 1:30 to 4:00pm, but we sometimes continue beyond that time. This will be non-rated play, but will include training for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. We have small three round competitive play and spend time reviewing games with Hleb Kharkov who is rated 2302 USCF.


IMG_20150326_134222This Tuesday, we play in Orange Park At Urban Bean Coffee House 2023 Park Ave, Orange Park, FL. This will be a rated Quad format event starting at 6:30 pm,  we would like to invite local players to join us. Remember that any rated play requires a participant to have an active USCF membership. This is not a JAXCC club requirement, but USCF - the governing body for chess in our country. All games are Quick Rated and have time controls of 20 minutes with a 5 second delay (G/20;d5 in USCF shorthand). Bring your own board, set and clock. None will be provided. Cost for entry is $1 to cover the submission of the games to the USCF. Renew/join USCF on site before game starts or join others who come to play non-rated games on the side.


We are now open to take memberships right here on our website. Just click the "Join Us" on the header to start the process. We are accepting all major credit cards. For those who wish to pay by mail, go the contact us and send an email to receive our mailing address. Welcome to the Jacksonville Chess Club!

We're back on the web!

The Jacksonville Chess Club (JAXCC) is one of the oldest clubs in the state of Florida. We serve Northeast Florida and host rated chess tournaments quarterly.

We have had a proud history of having been nationally recognized by United States Chess Federation (USCF) to host of the US Open in 1990. We are a current affiliate of the USCF #A5006333 and the Florida Chess Association.

The club currently meets Sundays 1-5p @ Avenues Mall Food Court & Thursday 5-9p @Books-A-Million Marsh Landing.

The club infrastructure is being retooled after being dormant since 2012. If you remember the club's glory days and want to see it return, please contact us.

Check back as we will continue to add content regularly and quickly.

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