Worldwide Meetup Retrospectacle!

Last weekend, people in local communities all over the world got together to enjoy chess - offline and in person - as we collectively rang in the first-ever worldwide meetup with help from our friends at and a LOT of help from 100s of local organizers!  (Thank you!)

We have since called out for your pics and stories from the event, and we thank you for your submissions.  Here's a little flavor of the chess-fun that was had around the globe...


Columbia, South Carolina USA

Nice venue! Also, apparently very kid-friendly. How many travel chess sets make such a perfect complement to a Dora The Explorer drink-bottle?? Score!


Arlington, Texas USA

"Greetings from Texas. Of the twelve people who RSVP'd, we had nine
show up. J.R. Bentley's was a wonderful host. This local pub has a
great back room, a perfect place for a casual game of chess. The owner
Dana told us we were welcome to return anytime. We arrived at 11:00 AM
and stayed until about 2:30 PM.

Occasionally, a game would get interesting and others would lean over
to see what was happening. The post-mortems became group activities.
Everyone wanted to give their opinion on how a game was won or lost.

We are already making plans for our second meet up." ~ David H


Dover, New Hampshire USA

"The Dover, NH meet up was held at Café On The Corner and 5 members attended.  A good time was had and some good games played." ~ Scott M (aka "Methos1979")


London UK

After a week or two with Toronto, Canada in the lead for largest meetup community, London overtook the #1 spot and never looked back!  Not surprisingly, it's looking like this might mark the beginning of a vibrant new network of chess-friends.


Austin TX USA

The gang at Brainstorm Coworking appreciate a good game of chess!


San Diego CA USA

Healthy crowd of chess enthusiasts in SD!!

(Is it just me, or does that character in the black cap seem a little dodgy...)


Vancouver BC Canada

Chess with a side of some of the city's most colorful characters and best cappuccino!


New Delhi, India

Two works!  (One... not so much.)

"It was a nice first meet, only two people could make it. But I guess
two was the minimum required and therefore we are happy that our first
meet was successful. Myself and Avinash played three interesting games
and had a great time.

We will look forward to the next meet and hopefully the numbers of the
participants will go up next time." ~Saurahb


Sunnyvale CA USA

Without a doubt, one of the more beautiful venues we've seen!  And a giant chessboard to boot!

Too bad about Erik and Jay crashing the party & making everyone play 3-minute bughouse...


Regensburg, Germany

Getting ready to rock in the Stadtpark...


Barcelona, Spain

"Dear friends,

Congratulations on the initiative of MEETUP DAY!

 The Team Catalonia have not failed. We met today in Barcelona and we had a great time. Many people interested in the meeting could not come because in Spain today begin the Easter holiday.

The Bar where we had arranged to meet, was closed for holidays!... So quickly we had to find another place nearby and we found it. This is the poster that we haveclosed the door of the bar:

In the second bar where we went, the owners have been delighted. The women owner of Bar has signed up today at! And their children too! He told us that we can arrange further meetings there." ~Pau P, Admin of Team Catalonia

...And that's just a fraction of the chess that went down in 100s of cities and towns last Saturday.  Frankly, it was so much fun, we've already decided to do it again.  So mark your calendars - the 2nd Worldwide Meetup is set for June 25


Hey, maybe we can play in the park!


  • 5 years ago


    I would like to see that happening in Los Angeles too, if somebody know about a club in L,A please let me know.  It would be a pleasure to be in a tornament, mi cell phone number.  1323 392-7926.  thanks

  • 5 years ago


    amazing! I would want to meet up but is there any age limit?

  • 5 years ago


    i love chess community

  • 6 years ago


    Very cool I wish I could attend one too. I found you guys featured on Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk's also. Very cool. 

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    Family united (':

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    Is it just me, or does the guy in front on the left side of the table in Vancouver, B.C. look like Boris Spassky?  And doesn't that boy on the right side of that same table look just a bit like Ray Robson?

  • 6 years ago


    good idea ... but chess players are shy people ... in general ... not surprised the thing was ill attended.

    however the online experiance over the past 10 or so years has been great ... in a positive way; it expanded chess ... but the computer engines have humbled the community too  ... a doubled edged sword for the interaction on chess and the electronic age.

  • 6 years ago


    it has been a real fun in Russia - some people came but did not recognize each other and no single game was played... It is a chess country... :)) I am the first who is guilty, I did not even come while promised, so I appologize sincerely!!!

  • 6 years ago


    LOL! That's me with my daughter's Dora bottle. Hilarious! They asked me to take a silly picture. I had no idea it would end up circulating around the world. Good thing I don't get embarrassed.

  • 6 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    I enjoyed the nice pictures and smiling players. I did not have time for a meetup beyond my most local chess club, because April 16th conflicted with income tax preparation time pressure. I did have a sign saying, "Will Pay Taxes for Food." I hope to be in San Diego in July for other reasons, but...

  • 6 years ago


    Us San Diego folks had a head start, as we already had a weekly meetup going, but at least 14 of the 30 at the SD meet were folks! Laughing

  • 6 years ago


    I was away on the day so did not meet up but fully intending to take part on June 25th - so anyone from Oxford give me a shout !!

  • 6 years ago


    Perfect timing with that picture; A couple moves later and I'd have Bd3?? on the board.

  • 6 years ago


    Awesome blog. San Diego group was more than 30 chess players + family members.

    Our total number of meetup members is 136 as of today.

    You can view all the pictures from this meetup here:


    Irina (Organiser)

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