OPEN For Business Friday October 30

After a long RED Flu (COVID-19) closures, the City says the club can open for play with the following Rules to adhere to, to contain the spread of RED Flu. 


1.   Require staff and players to wear a face covering when within 6′ of others.

2.   Players should also maintain social distancing when at the site.

3.   Players will be required to self-screen for fever or any COVID-19 symptoms prior to attendance.

4.   Building will be stocked with hand sanitizer and/or soap both in front of the front door and inside.

5.   Building will be sanitized daily — wiped down or fogged with disinfectant.

6.   Adults waiting on children must wait outside the Chess Club building with mask on or socially distant.

7.   There will be no sharing of food (ie; buffet, open snacks on a tray)

These Rules will be followed or the club will close again!

The City Slams The Door On All Clubs!

Pandemic, COVID-19 (Kung Flu II) hits the city of St. Petersburg! We have been notified that Mirror Lake complex is now CLOSED. All classes, activities, lectures, rentals, meetings have been cancelled. This does include Lawn Bowl, Chess Club, Shuffleboard Club, SPIFFS, Bike Co-Op. Thank You, China! For the second time! First time was in 1918.

The year was 1918, the so called “Spanish Flu” began to kill 50 to 100 million people world wide (excluding China where it started, no records) now called “Swine Flu” because they say they “think” it jumped from pigs to humans, it did not. I believe it started from the Chinese eating bats. The world did all the steps we are doing today, and they were fighting a war. The problem happened when the “curve flattened” they thought it was over! the H1N1 (swine flu) virus mutated a little bit and really went on a killing spree, this was called the second wave. Total dead in USA 675,000. Killed more Americans than all the 20th century wars we were in combined. Today, I’m waiting for the second wave to start, God help us!


ST. PETERSBURG QUAD FORMAT CHESS TOURNAMENT WILL BE ON 3/16/2020. Our second Tournament, first one was a HUGE success!
WHAT IS QUAD CHESS TOURNAMENT ?    After all the players have entered, they’re ordered from highest rating to lowest.  Unrated players are placed at the low end.The top four players are placed into their own section (a “quad”), then the next four highest in another section, and so on down the list.  The players in each quad play a round robin, one game against each of the players in their section, for a total of three games each.  If there is not an even multiple of four players, the lowest section (usually) will have the few extra players and play a three round Swiss tournament rather than a round robin. The quad format is popular in one day events, and results in players of the most similar playing strengths being paired together for all three rounds. A Quad Tournament consists of the top four ranked players (#s 1-4) on the Chess Ladder playing each other, then the second top four ranked players (#s 5-8) playing each other, then the third top four ranked players(#s 9-12) playing each other, and so forth. Each group of four chess players is called a Quad.
ADVANTAGES OF QUAD TOURNAMENTS : The advantage of Quad Tournaments, and why players enjoy them so much, is that players of the same strength and experience are able to compete against each other. In addition, the less experienced players in last Quads are able to win the same “First Place” prizes as their more experienced, stronger counterparts in Quad I and II. You have opportunity your rating to go up faster!!!
LOCATION: Saint Petersburg Chess Club 540 4th Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33701 (it is located in between Mirror Lake and the Coliseum, next to the Sunshine Center.)
Registration: 10:00-10:45 a.m. To secure your place we recommend pre-registering or just reply on this E-mail.
Entry Fee: $25.00 if register or pay in advance (just replay on this email, text me on my Cellphone, or call me)
$30 if you come without registration.
USCF membership is required; you may get one on site.
Rounds: Three Rounds, First starts at approx. 11:00 a.m.
PRIZES: $65 for first place at each Quad (if two players tied for 1st place $33 each)
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to space limitation, please reserve ahead of time to guarantee your spot by sending an email to or call (727) 776-5583 after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays for more questions.
Website & Facebook group:  Visit our new website- for more info, pre-registration and prepay. Join Facebook group-

My Thoughts on the 2018 World Chess Championship

The chess world may hate me, but hear it goes. The champion GM Magnus Carlsen had no intention of trying to win classical chess time control. The game plan from day one was to go to the tie breaks (he has done this twice before). He (Maggie) knew that the “Rapid” time control Fabiano Caruana had little chance to win, if any. Maggie (ranked #1) had about 100 points over Fabi (Ranked #10), which is about two classes above Fabi, and the “Blitz” time control, well, Maggie (ranked #1) (Fabi ranked #16) would have had to drop dead to lose. I personally feel this sudden death crap will let Maggie remain Champ until he quits chess. How about starting the next championship duel with the “Rapid” and “Blitz” first, so we don’t have to listen to a bunch of crap of how exciting the draws were. The one plus side was Anish Giri. He had the best commentary of all the people analyzing.

Chess Game Day @ The Dali Museum

Thursday March 29 – Chess Game Day @ The Dali Museum WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

Partners: US Chess Federation, Woman Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade (WGM),

St. Petersburg Chess Club and Acor Chess Academy

 Chess was played from 10 am till 4 pm while lecture on Marcel DuChamp  was given by Jennifer in the theater. There was hula chess demonstrated and kids also hula hooped while playing chess. The USCF was represented by Carol Meyer, Executive Director.  Several hundred people watched and played! At 6 pm we had three presenters, FM Cory Acor, WGM Jennifer Shahade and Antony Gospodinov give a 20 board Simul.  Gave out prizes, including a family yearly pass to the Dali Museum for each of the 20 boards. I had a GREAT time!!

We Need Your Help!

This time of year the Club has some large expenses . For example, Club insurance,  A review of the last few months indicates that it may have slipped some folks minds to pay their dues.  You can look at your membership card and it will tell you what month you are due to pay. Our bank account is critically low after insurance payment was increased by 25%.
Please make your payment this week, so, in order to be able to gather and play the game we love we have to keep the club open independently.
Thanks so much for your cooperation and your timely payment!!!
Gene Randolph

Google Maps

We are now in Google Maps. If you need to locate us, type in Google Maps, St. Petersburg Chess Club, and it will point to the building and address of our Chess Club. We are now on the map!

Remodeled Bathroom

Our restroom was gutted and remodeled. New walls, sink, toilet and floor was the order of the day. Some things were omitted due to cost, for example, urinal and tile for the walls. Due to extreme termite damage in the walls (missing studs or partial studs) that have to be repaired to keep walls from crashing down. Not really pleased with contractor as we have to finish the little things they did not complete. But we have a new and clean restroom! Next, get the floor cleaned and waxed! Want to help? Call me.

Gene Randolph


St. Petersburg Chess Club

Welcome to the newest St. Petersburg Chess Club website!

This is where you can keep up to date with upcoming tournaments, news and interest games presented to you by SPCC.

Memberships are $60.00 per year for adults, $30.00 for students per year or $5.00 per day.

First time visit is free!

Each Member that brings in a NEW member will get $10.00 off his/her next years Dues!

CLICK on the “Tournaments” above for the latest information on upcoming events!

If the Web Site is down, Please check back again soon!


Friday Night Chess

Friday night speed chess, most of the time called “Blitz”, starts about 8:00 pm. But if Blitz is not your “speed”, play with different time controls or without the clock. But play, one on one with an opponent you can see! Online chess is mostly cheaters (using cell phone or computer engine) now days. Sure you might play one game against someone, but some how the next game you play that person plays at 2800 strength! So play with people you can see!! The world is becoming a digital playground, people are not able or want to face their fellow humans today. You see the masses walking in a daze with some kind of digital device in their hands. Do I need to mention spelling or grammar? Studies have been released saying that cell phone are as addicting as level 4 narcotics. Please, put down the cell phone and pick up a pawn.  We are open at 5:30 pm on Fridays and some of the better players (experts or masters) show up around 8 pm. Come on down to the oldest chess club in the nation in the same location. Love to see you, young and old, male or female, well just every body! If you want to learn how to play or learn to play even better, we can help as we have the best chess coaches in Tampa Bay!  The club is open Mondays, Wednesday and Friday from about 1 pm till the last member leaves and locks the door.   It is your move! 1. e4… best by test!

Gene Randolph , President