We are always looking for new members. There is no restriction whatsoever for joining. Feel free to show up to any of our events or contact us if you have any questions.



University of Pennsylvania


“The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender, and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board.”

 Simon Williams

UPenn Chess Club invites you to our community! Here you will find all kinds of people, ranging from the quantitative trader to the dedicated volunteer at West Philly. Ultimately, we all love this fun and intellectual game, and we wish to share it with the rest of the community.

Whether you have played chess your whole life or have no idea how the pieces move, we encourage you to come to our meetings and events. Anyone is welcome, even non-Penn students.


*Due to COVID-19, we will not be hosting in-person events for the 2020 fall semester*

Competitive Events

Join us for our 21st annual PennApps competition on September 12th! Sign up via the link:

Cash prizes are included!


Weekly meetings are open to anyone - join us on Thursdays from 8-10pm in Houston Hall Bistro!


We host the UPenn Chess Initiative for Talented Youth (UPCITY) every Thursday on our campus from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for children in the West Philadelphia area. If you are interested in joining the program, please contact us via email.

Additionally, we've partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia to teach students chess after school. Our main program is on Wednesdays from 5:45 to 7p.m. Find out more in the volunteering tab.

Check back for updates! We've got big things in store.


Hope this semester is going well! Check back for updates!

Our leadership team is listed on the Executive Board tab.

All events will be updated under the Calendar tab.

If you are interested in volunteering with students in the community, please visit the Volunteering tab

Finally, we are very fortunate to have great sponsors this year! Additional information can be found under the Sponsors tab.

In case of any questions or inquiries, check out the Contact tab.

UPenn Chess Club