Evanston Chess Club Tournament Terms and Conditions

To play in this tournament, you must EITHER be 14 years old or older OR have an Official Published US Chess Regular Rating of 900 or higher.
Please DO NOT register players who do not meet one of these criteria. They will not be paired.

This is also the rating that is used to determine which section you can play in.

The image below shows the official published US Chess regular rating for August 2015. If Evanston Chess runs a tournament during August 2015, this is the rating we use. Look up your own version of this page at https://www.uschess.org/msa

Other conditions

  • Public health regulations are subject to change, and we will post changes at this site.
  • All registration fees are non-refundable.
  • Players must check in on the pre-registered player list posted in the hallway. Players who do not check in by 9:30 a.m. will be given a half-point bye for Round 1.
  • Players who do not check in by the end of Round 1 will be withdrawn from the tournament.


Weekly Chess for Adults
Wednesdays at Evanston's Levy Center 

NOTE: as of June 15, 2022, masks are NOT required and proof of vaccination will NOT be checked to attend Chess Club. Naturally, this is subject to change as conditions and mandates change. Be a good sport and stay home if you have symptoms or were exposed to COVID. Thanks for your understanding.

Evanston Chess Club meets every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Levy Activity Center, except for the last two Wednesdays of the year when the center is closed.

The club is now a City of Evanston program: There’s now an annual membership fee of $65 for Evanston residents, and $85 for non-residents, good for a full year from the time you sign up. No, it’s not free, but it’s cheap for a weekly activity! Sign up at the Levy Center (300 Dodge Ave., Evanston), or call 847-448-8250.

The club is open to anyone 18 and older. Evanston Chess volunteers continue to run the club. Sets (and some clocks) are supplied. And yes, an optional round-robin blitz tournament will be held the third Wednesday of every month, with inconsequential (usually edible) prizes.

Questions? enter@evanstonchess.org

Chess in Skokie is closed

Due to lack of volunteers and limited attendance, our Tuesday night chess for 55 and up in Skokie has been closed at the request of the Skokie Park District. Please direct any questions or concerns about this to enter@evanstonchess.org. Thanks to the Skokie Park District for their support of this program for almost three years.


Rated Tournaments

Evanston Chess Club runs US Chess-rated tournaments every other month at the Levy Activity Center. These are a separate program from Wednesday night chess. For complete information the the tournaments, see our events calendar here.


NM Todd Freitag vs. Nathan Yamaguchi
Evanston Three x Threel, November 11, 2017, Round 2, Board 1
Photo: Hiro Higuchi


Evanston Chess offers rated play at our Saturday tournaments, and unrated play for adults 18 and over at Wednesday night chess, where beginners are welcome for slow or fast games as they prefer. Our focus is on enjoying chess, not on prize money. Our club includes ages 18 to over 70, and players from beginners to masters.

Evanston Chess, USCF Affiliate A6027684

Tournament History
Active Players

We meet at (map)
Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60202



Open chess every Wednesday from 6:30-9:00 p.m. for players 18 and older. Visit to see if our club is right for you, then sign up for a year membership at $65 for Evanston residents and $85 for non-residents (the entire fee goes to the City of Evanston to pay for our club space). Boards and sets are supplied. The third Wednesday of each month we have a blitz chess round robin for those who want to participate.

We meet at: Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60202.