Tri-State Chess Club

For chess players in Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southwest New Jersey

Location of Tri-State Chess Club

Tri-State Chess Club

The club is back to playing over the board chess!  We ask everyone to wear a mask and have their temperature checked with our scanner before playing. And of course to use hand sanitizer frequently.

We are back playing on the 1st floor.  New players, just go in the main church entrance and walk up one flight of stairs.  We're in the room immediately at the top of the stairs.

For those who want to play on Tuesdays, we have an online club:  Matches are 30 +10 second increment and we run a three round swiss.

  • To join, the club, you will need to join  You can create a free account and play chess. The free account only gives you two game analyses a day and restricts your use of tactics and access to videos. If such is important to you, you can do a paid account.  Or you can go to and get all the tactics and videos you want for free.
  • Wolf and I encourage all of you to join and the virtual club.   We will hopefully have our first online tournament on April 6th at 7:30.  If you have any trouble, call me at 302-584-1771 or email me at bobflanagan1 @  (don't forget the "1"!)

We play over the board chess Monday from 6:30 to 11 PM at the Ridley Park United Methodist Church, 501 N Swarthmore Ave, Ridley Park, PA.   The following are some typical travel times per Google maps:

  • Springfield, PA or Media PA - 13-15 minutes.
  • Center City Philadelphia 24 minutes
  • West Chester, PA - 26 minutes
  • King of Prussia, PA - 31 minutes
  • NorrisTown, PA - 33 minutes
  • Cherry Hill, NJ - 30 minutes
  • downtown Wilmington, DE - 23 minutes
  • Bear, DE - 33 minutes
  • Hockessin, DE - 37 minutes
  • Newark, DE - 40 minutes

What is nice about our location is almost all traffic is moving away from us, so travel to us is easy.  And, you can time your arrive for 7 or later for easy traffic and still be able to play for several hours!

On a typical Monday night we have from 10 to 20 chess players of all skills. Come in the front door and go up the stairs. We meet in the first room on the right down the left hallway. 

Our club has a chess ladder using a chess rating system like the USCF. Click to see the chess ladder. The chess ladder is free to play and completely optional.

Dues are $3 per night to cover our costs to the church, out tournaments, and our annual banquet. All chess players are welcome. First visit free! You do not need a chess board! We have lots!

Have a question?  Call Bob at 302-584-1771

Looking for local chess tournaments? We have compiled a list of nearby upcoming USCF rated events, including scholastic tournaments. We update several times a month.