Allentown Center City Chess Club Schedule Page

Allentown Center City Chess Club Basics

Where:      St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102

When:        Saturdays from Noon to approx. 6:15 PM

What:         USCF-rated tournaments every week (see Events & Activities page for cost)

What to bring:  Sets and boards are provided (but feel free to bring yours).  Chess clock (if you have one).  Pen or pencil -- scoresheets are provided.  Proof of USCF membership.    Park in the church lot and enter through the gate. 

Center City Chess Club is an official affiliate of the US Chess Federation ( 

***  NEWS FLASH ***


We are back at our main location at ST LUKE'S CHURCH, 417 N. 7th St. in downtown Allentown as of July 2022.

We thank our friends at our temporary home:

MERCHANT SQUARE MALL  2nd floor 1901 S 12th St Allentown, PA  18103

If our main location is unavailable on a given week -- we may return to our temporary location.  Any such move would be announced in the weekly email blast and on the home page.


Same club hours

Registration Noon to 1:15 PM Firm  Rd 1 starts promptly at 1:30 PM   Events end 6 PM Everyone out 6:15 PM   See EventsTab


4/22/23  Club Schedule Updated into late Summer

4/22/23  Ariv Debmisra is the club champion (as of 4/8)

4/22/23 Tariq Yue added to 2000 Club

4/22/23 Wesley Luo added to 2100 Club 


1/22/23  Alex Dunne Memorial set for March 4th. 

1/22/23  Events Tab updated through mid-April. 

1/22/23  Bob Walters receives his 2022 Glenn Petersen Quad Championship trophy -- and his 2022 Grand Prix prizes for most wins and most games played.


12/21/22 Wesley Luo added to 2000 Club

12/21/22  WESLEY LUO wins 14th David Elliott Memorial Cup

Winners List

Open 1st + trophy  Wesley Luo

Best U2000 Isara Thanakit, Michael Bassil  

Best U1800 Ariv Debmisra

Sherry Elliott Young Achiever Award  Cyrus Grazuilz-Jacob

Reserve U1600 1st + trophy   A. Misra, Luis Vasquez

Book Drawing Winner   Bob Walters

Total 26 names on crosstable 


11/9/22  Date and details set for 14th Annual David Elliott Cup

Dec 17   14th Annual David Elliott Memorial Cup
 4-SS, G/30 d5, 2 sections, OPEN: EF: $20  Prizes $100 + trophy 1st, U2000/UNR $60, U1800 $40  RESERVE (U1600): EF: $15  Prizes $100 + trophy 1st.   REG: Noon to 1:15 PM.  Rounds 1:30-2:45-4-5:15  Playoff 6:30 if needed.  Book drawing after round 3.  One half-point bye for round 1 available.  Bring chess clock.  No advance entries.



9/14/22 Events Tab updated through end of year

9/14/22  *** tentative dates for 14th annual David Elliott Memorial Cup set --- pending discussions with Elliott family (Dec 3 or Dec 17 see Events Tab) ****

9/14/22 Michael Clark added to 2000 Club.

9/14/22  Michael Clark wins the 2022 Joe DeRaymond Memorial Quick Chess Event.   Class prize winners are Zane Collier and Michael Steen.



7/9/22  We shall resume Saturday tournaments at St. Luke's Church, 417 N 7th St. in downtown Allentown on JULY 23


6/30/22 Events tab updated.   

6/30/22  Tentative return date for ST LUKE's CHURCH is July 23 (look for updates) 

5/20/22 Events tab updated -- June Quads rescheduled for June 4

5/20/22 Greg Sulat passes club title to Tyler Ross.  Tyler Ross passes club title to Greg Fink

5/20/22 Chess Club streams its first game LIVE on Facebook -- see our club facebook page (under ALLENTOWN CENTER CiTY CHESS CLUB)

3/24/22  Events Tab updated through mid-June

3/24/22  New Sunday Club for U1400/unrated and non-USCF members.  Tell your friends.  Note: The Sunday group is separate from / in addition to our regular Saturday hours.



Allentown Center City Chess Club presents…

The New Sunday



  • Are you new to chess, or have you only played online?

  • Are you a beginner or intermediate player?

  • Are you looking for a relaxed atmosphere with evenly matched competition?

  • Have you only played casually and want to learn how USCF-rated tournaments work?

  • Are you looking for affordable entry fees to play chess?

  • Are you already playing at another club and looking for even more in-person game time?

We have the club for you!

Two sections: USCF rated (under 1400 only) and non-USCF rated. If you are a USCF member, you must play in the rated section. Players of all ages welcome!

Prizes to be determined. USCF memberships will be awarded to winners of the unrated section (if 8 or more players total).

Every 1st and 3rd Sundays from 1:00 PM until approximately 5:30 PM. Complete schedule TBA.

Time controls will vary, starting with 3/SS G/30 D/5 (3 round tournament with 30 minutes each player and a 5-second delay each move). Later will include occasional faster time controls with more rounds. If you own a chess clock, please bring it. Entry fee: $5.



Cedar Church

3419 Broadway, Allentown, PA 18104

Enter front of building. Handicap accessible entrance available on request.

For more information, contact: Greg Fink, Tournament Director.


Cell: (484) 225-3272 (call or text)



 2/11/22 David Locke is the club champion -- he must defend by March Quads

1/15/22  Chase Weiss is the 2021 Glenn Petersen Quad Points Race Champion

1/15/22  Michael Clark is the club champion -- he must defend by 1/22.

1/15/22  Club Schedule updated to end of February 2022

1/15/22  Club will be closed during the 2022 US Amateur Team East (see Events tab)


9/15/21 Karl Dehmelt is the club champion -- he must defend by 9/18.

7/29/21  Michael Romero wins the 2021 Joe DeRaymond Quick Chess event (held July 17th) with a 6-1 score (23 players).  2nd place Chris Giannaras (5.5-1.5)   U1800  Bob Walters (5-2)  U1400 Rohit Balaji (2.5-4.5)    Special THANK YOU to Dr. Andy Unger for helping to sponsor the event!

7/29/21  Roman Goldovsky is the club champion -- he must defend no later than Aug 7.


5/29/21  Antonio Scalzo wins the Boris Privman Memorial with a 6-0 score.  Top U1800 Michael Romero

5/29/21 Jon Xu is the club champion 

4/9/21  BORIS PRIVMAN has died -- see the events tab for the scheduling of a memorial tournament.

4/9/21  Kevin Li is the club champion -- he must defend by April 24.

4/9/21  Club schedule updated through end of May 2021 -- all events are at Merchant Square Mall location until further notice


2/25/21  Club Schedule updated through the April Quads -- see Events tab.

2/25/21  Boris Privman is the club champion -- he must defend his title no later than March 6.

2/25/21  Welcome back (to chess) JOE WOLENSKY -- it has been a long time (over 10 years) 

1/22/21. Club schedule updated through end of February 2021.  Temporary site extended into March 2021. 


12/12/20. ANTONIO SCALZO is the 2020 Quad Champion.  He edged Bob Walters by a half point in the most exciting final round in quad history.  Scalzo finished with 10.5 points (in our pandemic-shortened points race).   Trophy presentation in January.

12/5/20. Greg Nolan wins the Sherry Elliott Memorial held Dec 5 as a 4-SS g/ Merchant Square Mall 2and floor.

Greg also won the club title in the event.


10/31/20 Chess Club Re-OPENS on November 7 !!!!

See the Events tab for more details.

We will be holding events -- temporarily -- at 

MERCHANT SQUARE MALL  2nd floor 1901 S 12th St Allentown, PA  18103

Same club hours.  But to end by 6 PM rather than 6:15 or 6:30 as we are used to doing...our registration cutoff will move back 15 minutes

Registration Noon to 1 PM Firm  Rd 1 starts promptly at 1:15 PM   Events end 6 PM Everyone out 6:15 PM

All players must wear a mask or face guard.  No exceptions.  One warning (yellow card).  Second offense (red card) -- player must leave for the day.   If you need a breather -- go to the restroom...or outside the building.

Other details:

The mall is open 10 AM to 7 PM.  There are many vendors -- check them out!  There is an elevator for those who need it.   For the elevator -- enter through the main mall entrance.  For those who want an entrance right next to our space -- there is a side entrance near a stairway.   Restrooms are right next to our space.  We are sub-letting space from HARVEST RAIN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH.   

All of our entry fees will go up $5 to pay for the space.  No shared food.  No coffee made on site.  Bring your own snacks or drinks.

All of the club chess equipment is still stored at St. Luke's Church -- so bring your own chess set, chess board, chess clock.

The first meeting (Nov 7) is a 3-round G/40 Swiss.  The 2020 Quad race will resume on Nov. 14.


9/30/20  The search for a temporary playing site continues.   We have several options in the works.   Our primary home (St. Luke's Church) is still cautious about using the main fellowship hall during the pandemic. 

Also -- Pastor Lamb passed away last month.  Chess club sent a $100 floral display and I was able to attend the 25-person-limited service early in September.   

Our thoughts and prayers go to our St. Luke's Church partners.   We have stressed to them that, as we look for a temporary playing site, St. Luke's Church remains our primary home.

9/30/20 October Quads -- delayed pending site issues

Note:  I have decided that we must be able to run at least two more editions of the 2020 Quads -- or else the existing Quad Points Race will be called "as is" etc.  Time is running short.  More updates to follow. 

9/30/20 September Quads -- Canceled 

9/30/20  August Quads -- Canceled 

7/10/20  Our church site has re-opened for church services.   However, they have not yet re-opened the fellowship hall to outside groups.  Church council meets on July 13 to discuss the revised "Social Distancing Guidelines" we have submitted as part of the process of asking for a firm date when chess club might resume.

July Quads are canceled.

When we have a firm re-opening date -- a new schedule will be posted.  The first few events will be SWISSES so that players may play as few or many rounds as they wish. 

7/10/20  Larry Noone remains club champion 


5/6/20   Our church site has decided to remain closed until JUNE 1 -- therefore, chess club operations remain CLOSED until at least the first week of June.  The May Second Saturday Quads are canceled.

Keep checking here for more updates -- or send email to to be added to our weekly list. 

5/6/20  Congratulations to DENNIS NEWHART for having his game included in GM Alburt's column in the May 2020 Chess Life.   Dennis sent in his win from the 300th Second Saturday Quads last year.  Check it out!



Gov. Wolf extended the stay at home order to May 8th.  Church is closed -- thus, chess club is closed.   We hope that we can have chess club sometime in May.

We will announce the re-opening date when it is available.  See the events tab.   


Chess Club is CLOSED through April 30th.   See the Events tab.



3/11/20  Congratulations to Advaith and Amogh Kollipara for a fantastic result in Gettysburg this past weekend!

Report from their father:    Amogh is PA 6th grade co-champion. Together with Xu brothers, we won 1st place club trophy, 2nd place School trophy too. Attached a pic.


Note - this image was cropped to fit the space 


3/5/20  Events Tab updated through the May 2020 Quads

3/5/20  Get your copy of "Club Chess in Allentown: 1994 to 2019" 2nd edition (132 pages, 193 games) for just $10 at the club -- or $10 + $2 postage for a mailed copy.  For mailed copies, write to


2/14/20  The club title goes from Julio Gonzalez to Mark Knerr to Larry Noone at the February Second Saturday Quads on 2/8/20

1/16/20  Club Schedule Updated -- see Events Tab for schedule through March Quads

1/16/20  Bob Walters receives his 2019 Quad Champion trophy at the January Quads (1/11/20)



Winners from the 2019 DE Memorial Cup held 11-23  (48 players) 


Erick Garcia won 1st place in the OPEN with 4.5 points

Jonathan Miniello and Antonio Scalzo shared 2nd place/Top 2099-1800 with 4 points

Charles Harvell and Jim Strobel shared Top U1800. 

Charles Harvell won the STAN STASIAK upset award in the OPEN 

Tom Fisher won 1st place in the RESERVE with a perfect 5-0 score

Roshan Forde and Dan Pak shared the U1400 prize in the RESERVE

Roshan Forde won the STAN STASIAK upset award in the RESERVE

Harris Bilal won the Challenger Section prize.  No upset prize in the Challenger section. 


11/7/19 See the TLA details for our big event on 11/23

Note: This year's event includes a Challenger's section for beginners rated under 1300 or players who have never been USCF bring your non-member friends!

Pizza lunch provided by the Elliott family between rounds 1 and 2 (all sections) 

Nov 23  2019 David Elliott Memorial Cup -- details below


November 23.  12th Annual David Elliott Memorial Cup, 5-SS, G/30 d5   St Luke's Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102   Park in the lot -- enter thru the red gate    Total Prizes  $840 $$ GTD   3 Sections:    OPEN $550 $$GTD  EF: $30, U1800/UNR $25, 2400+ free.    Prizes:  $250 1st + engraved tray, $120 2nd, Top 2099-1800 $100, Top U1800 $80;  RESERVE (U1600/UNR) $200 $$GTD  EF:  $20, U1400/UNR  $15   Prizes:   $150 1st + engraved tray,  Top U1400 $50 + award;  CHALLENGER (Non-Rated Section -- open to U1300 or players with no USCF membership record) $60 $$GTD  EF:  $15   Prizes:  $60 1st + award     Stan Stasiak Heart-punch Award ($10 + award) for biggest upset in each section.   All Sections:  Registration 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM,  opening ceremony 11 AM   Rounds 11:15-1:30-2:45-4-5:15    Playoff for trophies (if needed)  6:30 PM   Lunch break (meet/greet Elliott family) included after round 1.     Players may request one half-point bye -- none for last round.  No draws by agreement under 15 moves.  Games from top boards collected for possible publication.  No advance entries. Org: Eric C. Johnson  Questions: 484-547-6103.  USCF-rated events every Saturday  -- see  


11/7/19  Charles Harvell won the 11/2 Allentown Upstairs Swiss with a 3-0 score -- and so is now the new club champion.

10/15/19  Phil Rizzo wins the club championship from Mark Knerr

10/15/19  Bob Walters leads Quad Points Race -- 6 players remain eligible

1. Bob Walters  18.5 points; 2. Mark Knerr  17.0 points; 3. Lee Stanley  15.0 points;  4.- 5. Dan Reinert, Jim Strobel  13.0 points;  6. Greg Sulat  12. 5 points 


9/13/19  Club Schedule updated again -- see Events Tab

9/13/19   2019 David Elliott Cup date set -- Nov. 23rd.    Details to post soon



9/10/19   2019 David Elliott Memorial Cup -- date to be announced shortly. 


8/15/19  Bob Walters leads the 2019 Quad Points Race with 16.5 points -- Mark Knerr in second place (13.5 points)


8/7/19  Dan Reilly wins THE BEST CHESS TOURNAMENT IN THE WORLD on 7/27 with a 4-0 sweep!

6/10/19   JON XU added to the 2000 Club!

5/9/19  TLA submitted for...


July 27, The Best Chess Tournament In The World

4-SS,G/30 d5. Prizes ($$200 GTD): $1001st, $60 U1800/Unrated, $40 U1400. EF: $20. Site: St. Luke's Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102. Park in the lot enter via the red gate. Registration: Noon to 1:30 PM. Rounds: 1:45 PM, 3 PM, 4:15 PM, 5:30 PM. Golden Ticket pairings  rounds 1,2,3. Under Golden Ticket Pairings, two players from the lower half  (by rating not score) are selected randomly each round -- they play for an immediate $20 prize to the winner (no prize if game is drawn). Golden Ticket results count toward next round pairings. FREE coffee. FREE donuts. FREE Game Analysis -- a strong player will be available to tell you how weak your moves really are! FREE tournament souvenir to each player. BEST opening ceremony of any chess event in history. BEST announcements. BEST playing site. BEST players. FREE player autograph hand-out. One half-point bye available--round 1 only.TD/organizer:Eric C. Johnson. Questions; 484-547-6103. No advance entries. See for more information. Weekly chess events at same site.


3/18/19   Tom Fang added to 2100 level of the "2000 Club"  


12/17/18 Dan Reinert is the 2018 Quad Champion -- a three-peat!   (2016, 2017, 2018).

12/17/18   EF prices are changing effective 1-1-2019.  Our 4-round Tornado EFs are going up $2   (3-SS $10, 4-SS, $12, Quads $15)

12/17/18  300th Quad Event -- February 2019 


11/8/18  Pre-orders are being taken for the new booklet "20 Games and their Stories" -- by Eric C. Johnson.  $10 (plus $2 shipping). 


9/24/18 11th David Elliott Memorial Cup date announced as DEC 15th -- including possible visit by SANTA CLAUS

9/24/18  Dan Simboli and Dan Reilly join the "2000 Club" -- congratulations! 

9/24/18  Jim Strobel reaches 1,000 wins -- has cake celebration on 9/22

2/22/18 ALLENTOWN ZERO (Erick Garcia, Eric C. Johnson, Michael Turcotte, Geoff Clark, Lee Stanley) crushes opponents at 2018 USATE -- scoring 4-2 in matches and 15.5 out of 24 game points.


1/16/18  Yes -- you can still buy the club t-shirt at and save $1 per week on your EFs!  See bottom of column.

8/22/17  Kevin Santo wins Johnson v Santo match 7-3 (5-1 in decisive games).  Booklet available soon.

3/27/15  15-move draw-by-agreement policy now in effect for all events -- see Schedule Page

9/10/14  Blog updated with games from the Johnson-Kleinfeld match 


11/6/12 THANK YOU Mr. Touchdown -- for visiting our club on 10/27 as part of the WIF (Wrestling Is Fun) promotion.   You are now an honorary ACCC member!

7/7/12  Want to save $1 on every club entry fee?  Buy the club t-shirt at (and wear it to club events).  Many colors available.

7/28/11 If you like to sing, then check out the new web site