Sunday, December 27, 2020

CHESS CAMP Dec 28-31 at the Chess Center!


Call 585-442-2430 for Details and to Register 
Dec 23, 28-31 Christmas / New Year Break

Also: Jan 18 Martin Luther King Day
Feb 15-19 Winter Break
Mar 29 - Apr 2 Spring Break

The Chess Center has developed a plan for Chess Camp with Precautions in place.

Camp is available to students age 5-13 years. All skill levels from beginner to advanced are encouraged to attend. Beginners who arrive without any knowledge of the game will become proficient players from their camp experience; advanced players benefit from sharing classes and experience with some of the top scholastic players in the USA.

Because this is our 30th year of offering camps, our counselors are among the most experienced chess teachers found anywhere. We coordinate daily activities and instruction to expand the student's chess skills. Chess is known to teach logic, problem solving, analysis techniques, and will improve study habits. These skills have obvious carry-over benefits to schooling and career. But, the main reason kids come back to our chess camps year after year is because...


Rochester Chess Center is located near Cobbs Hill Park, at 221 Norris Drive. There will be daily outings to the park for seasonal activities (Frisbee, soccer, hiking)... so dress for outdoor action.

You can call for information or to register by calling the Chess Center at 585-442-2430.  Or just show up in the morning to join the chess camp!

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Dr. Rawle Farley Memorial Monday Night League begins Jan 4th

     Hello everyone and happy holidays (however you celebrate).

Just a quick reminder that the latest season of the Dr. Rawle Farley Memorial Monday Night League will begin its Winter League (season XL) on Monday January 4.  Check out the web site for more information at

If you are interested, please call or e-mail to let us know.  Pre-registration is NOT required  — you can simply show up —  but every little bit of advance information helps. 

Otherwise, chess activities continue.  The Chess Center itself was closed Dec. 24 and 25, and it will be closed Jan. 1 but it is open every weekday.  Wednesday’s the Community Chess Club continues to meet, and Saturday tournaments continue as well.

Also, if you know youths who might be interested, the Chess Center is running chess camps next week (Monday through Thursday (Dec. 28-Dec. 31).

For all Chess Center activities, COVID safety protocols remain in place:  masks, social distancing, disinfecting/sanitation, and a request to self-quarantine if you’ve felt ill. 

If you’d like to be removed from e-mail notices, or you wish to change your e-mail address, please let us know.

Stay safe, be well and we look forward to seeing you soon.

    The Rochester Chess Center

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Online Chess Lessons available now on our club's Youtube channel

No tournaments to play in?  Worried about your chess getting rusty?  Enjoy four online chess lessons produced by the Community Chess Club of Rochester this past summer.  In the four lessons we have about 8 hours of FREE chess instruction with some of the highest rated instructors in upstate New York.  If you missed the online Zoom meeting when we did these lectures live online, you now can enjoy the recorded lessons on our club's Youtube channel.

Instructors: Lev Paciorkowski, Clif Kharroubi & Ken McBride

Lesson 1: Rook Endgames

Lesson 2: Pawn Structures

Lesson 3: Chess Misconceptions

Lesson 4: Grandmaster Blunders & Bonus: Lev demonstrates the Knight's Tour