The Pittsburgh Chess Club is an educational non-profit organization. We have roots going back to the mid-1800s and remain committed to serving the needs of chess players in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The Club holds some of the nation's longest-running tournaments in the United States. The Club has even helped to organize national championship tournaments going back as far as the 1946 U.S. Open, but also as recently as the 2004 National Elementary and the 2010 U.S. Blind. Our publication, En Passant, regularly wins awards from Chess Journalists of America.

All members receive the following benefits:

  • Personalized Membership card
  • Club stickers (and other fun stuff shipped occasionally)
  • Usage of our club room during open hours — there’s always a Club Steward to play against
  • Access to our library, a huge number of books
  • Access to our WiFi
  • Digital subscription to our publication, En Passant
  • Access to our En Passant Archive (since 1944)
  • Discounted or exclusive invitations to all club activities, including:
    • Free classes for players rated U1000
    • Discounted classes for players rated U1800
    • Summer chess camps
    • Lectures by leading players and instructors
    • Discounted weekly tournaments
    • Simultaneous Exhibitions
    • 10% off our club merchandise
  • A chance to compete for the title of Club Champion
  • Shared learning and camaraderie with other chess players
  • Keeping the chess community thriving in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

Membership Types

Club membership is available in several types based on age.


  • Ages 17 and under
  • One-time $10 initiation fee


  • Ages 65 and over
  • One-time $10 initiation fee


  • Ages 18-64
  • One-time $10 initiation fee

Not sure about yearly membership? We also offer a 3-month Trial Membership for $30/individual. Dues can be transferred to any new yearly membership.


We encourage our members to take advantage of any discounts published below, but please, only one discount.

  • There is a 15% discount for active-duty military personnel, public safety officers and veterans in recognition of their service. Please use discount code SERVICE. Must provide proof of service and/or military ID.
  • There is a 20% discount for residents in counties adjoining Allegheny County: Washington, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette, Lawrence, Greene. Please use discount code ADJOINING-ALLEGHENY-COUNTY at checkout and specify your county in the registration.
  • There is a 35% discount (on Regular Memberships) for students. Must be under 35 years of age, enrolled full-time at an accredited educational institution. Must provide proof of registration and college ID. Please use discount code COLLEGE and specify your college details in the registration.
  • There is a 50% discount for non-residents (living outside counties adjoining Allegheny County). Please use discount code NONRESIDENT at checkout and specify your city/county/state in the registration.
  • There is a 75% discount for FIDE titled players. Please use discount code TITLED at checkout and specify your title in the registration.
  • Ask us about Family discounts.


Contact the Membership Committee with any questions — memberships at