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We are a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization dedicated to chess education and promoting chess in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The Club has roots going back to the mid-1800s and holds some of the nation's longest-running tournaments in the United States. We have helped to organize national championship tournaments including the 1946 U.S. Open and the 2004 National Elementary and the 2010 U.S. Blind. Our newsletter, En Passant, has won awards from Chess Journalists of America.

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2nd Steel City Open Results

By Zack | January 31, 2024

The 2nd Steel City Open held on January 20-21, 2024 was a success with 30 players participating. Benjamin Lin and Zachary Thompson both tied for the top score of 4.0/5.0 in the Championship section, with Benjamin Lin having won the Game 15-min playoff round to earn the 1st place trophy and title of 2nd Steel […]

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25th Fred Sorensen Memorial Winners

By The_Knight_Manager | October 10, 2023

Congratulations to the winners of our 25th Fred Sorensen Memorial: Daniel Hodgson, Sam Timmons, John Vuillemot, Aayansh Samanta, Benjamin Nicholson, Jordhy Ledesma, Constance Robbins, and Cole Risbon.

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45th Pittsburgh Summer Open Winners

By The_Knight_Manager | August 27, 2023

Congratulations to our 45th Pittsburgh Summer Open winners: Championship Section: Zachary Thompson, Engin Katipoglu, Aayansh Samanta, Neelansh Samanta and Peter Lu. Reserve Section: Matt Bradley, Sudarshan Aravind, Arjun Kairi, Felix Zheng, Andrei Balcan, Mokshagnya Chityala and Cory Weeks. Novice Section: Benjamin Nicholson, Cole Risbon, and Lipi Kairi. For the “Comeback Win” trophy, we were looking […]

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August Quick Quads Winners

By The_Knight_Manager | August 22, 2023

Congratulations to our August Quick Quads winners: Maxim Yaskolko, Charles Kiesling, and Trevor Richards.

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Quads in the Park X Winners

By The_Knight_Manager | August 20, 2023

It was great weather and another great weekend of chess in Schenley Park this weekend. Congratulations to the Quads in the Park X winners: Jack Bluebaugh, Justin Glover, Joshua Foster, Siddhartha Senthilkumar, and Benjamin Nicholson. Also, thanks to Pat Barron for directing.

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26th Robert P. Smith Memorial Winners

By The_Knight_Manager | August 15, 2023

Congratulations to the winners of the 26th Robert P. Smith Memorial: Melih Özbek, Franklin Chen, Edward Dean, Robin Steiner, John Vuillemot, Charles Kiesling, Aayansh Samanta, Joshua Schmitt, Andrei Balcan, and Sam Kinkus Also thanks to Tyler Smith for helping with tournament directing.

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July Free-For-Members Winners

By The_Knight_Manager | July 16, 2023

Congratulations to our July Free For Members tournament winners and plus scorers: Zachary Thompson, Peyton Legg, Matt Bradley, Joseph Pleso, Peter Lu, James Shirley, Jack Bluebaugh, Chintala Yashasvi Yadav, Drew Moses, Kitana Olson, Kamila Olson, Isaac Kirby, Andrei Balcan, Avani Bhargava, William Murtha, and Siddhartha Senthilkumar Thank you to Pat Barron for directing and to […]

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Quads in the Park IX Winners

By The_Knight_Manager | July 16, 2023

It was great weather and another great chess this weekend in Schenley Park. Congratulations to our Quads in the Park IX winner: Peyton Legg.

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June Blitz Winners

By The_Knight_Manager | June 27, 2023

Congratulations to our June Blitz winners: GM Bryan Smith, Yaroslav Bezghin, Mark Jeromin, Robin Steiner, Andrei Balcan, Nuno Da Silva Sabino, Alberto Japon, and Aradhya Neema.

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2023 Fred Thompson Memorial Winners

By The_Knight_Manager | June 26, 2023

Congratulations to our 2023 Fred Thompson Memorial Winners: James Flaherty, Z.achary Thompson, Peyton Legg, Oliver Siemer, Oliver Graham, Hardy Gu, Drew Moses, Cortland Nesley, Shaurya Gulati, Arjun Kairi, Brexton Laney, Andrei Balcan, Siddhartha Senthilkumar, and James Shirley. For the “Best Comeback Win” trophy, we were looking for games that met the comeback criteria: “An occurrence […]

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