Welcome To the Medicine Hat Chess Club
For Both Adult and Junior Players

Like a sport, chess teaches sportsmanship, determination, resourcefulness and stamina. Like art, it teaches creativity, vision and depth of thought. It holds valuable lessons for life: how to develop a plan and carry it out, how to continue in the face of adversity and pull victory from defeat, and how not to count your chickens (or checkmates) before they hatch.

The Medicine Hat Chess Club is a club where chess players of all ages + abilities can come to play competitive and non-competitive chess. Help for a beginner is available. Our aim is to promote chess as an enjoyable pastime in Medicine Hat and surrounding communities.

The Junior Chess Club is a club where junior chess players of all abilities can come to play competitive and non-competitive chess. Help for beginners is available. Our aim is to promote chess as an enjoyable and educational aide for school age children ("juniors") in Medicine Hat and surrounding communities.



Location & Times

The Medicine Hat Chess Club has service to Medicine hat and tot he following areas: Acadia Valley, Bindloss, Bow Island, Brooks, Burdett, Duchess, Dunmore, Elkwater, Etzikom, Foremost, Irvine, Jenner, Manyberries,  Oyen, Ralston, Redcliff, Rosemary, Schuler, Seven Persons. We provide informal chess instruction, access to extensive, current and antique resource chess books (for members only). We also provide resource people for school chess clubs. Anyone with an interest for playing chess may join with an Adult Membership Fee of $20.00

Hours of operation:
Wednesdays, mid-September to mid June: 7:00-10:30pm
Address: Next Step Residential Services Building (Multi-Purpose Room), 402 Maple Avenue SE, T1A 0L3
Contact person: Dr. Bill Taylor
Email:
taylormw@shaw.ca
Service languages: English
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Affiliations: Alberta Chess Association
Annual General Meeting: Late January (Medicine Hat Chess Society)



The Junior Chess Club has service to Medicine hat and tot he following areas: Acadia Valley, Bindloss, Bow Island, Brooks, Burdett, Duchess, Dunmore, Elkwater, Etzikom, Foremost, Irvine, Jenner, Manyberries,  Oyen, Ralston, Redcliff, Rosemary, Schuler, Seven Persons. We provide individual chess instruction, access to extensive resource books during weekly meetings, resource people for school chess clubs. We have a liaison with known key contact people of the active school chess clubs. Any "junior" (18 years of age or younger, or grade school student) with an interest in chess may join with No Membership Fees.

Hours of operation:
Saturdays, end of October to early March: 1:30 - 4 pm
Address:
Next Step Residential Services Building (Multi-Purpose Room), 402 Maple Avenue SE, T1A 0L3
Contact person: Dr. Bill Taylor
Email: taylormw@shaw.ca
Service languages:
English
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Affiliations: Medicine Hat Chess Club








"Chess, Like Love, like music, has the power to make men happy" -Siegbert Tarrasch

The longest tournament chess game (in terms of moves) ever to be played was in Belgrade 1989, which lasted for 269 moves and took 20 hours and 15 minutes to complete a drawn game

The highest Elo rating a player has ever received from FIDE, the World Chess Federation, is 2851, which World Champion Garry Kasparov achieved on the July 1999 and January 2000 rating lists.

On January 11, 2009, nine-year-old Hetul Shah of India became the youngest player to defeat a grandmaster in a tournament game at standard time controls when he beat Grandmaster Nurlan Ibrayev of Kazhakstan at the 7th Parsvnath International Open in New Delhi, India