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 ***

10/5/17   Note -- club will be CLOSED on Oct 7th and will re-open for Quads on Oct 14th.  See the Events & Activities tab.


9/21/17  Events Page updated -- club is open 9/23 and closed on 9/30.

9/21/17  Date for 10th Annual David Elliott Cup is NOVEMBER 18th -- see TLA in NOV Chess Life and details on Events Page

9/21/17  Isara Thanakit is the club champion -- he defeated Richard Lunenfeld at the Sept Quads ... and he must defend his title by Oct 7.

Mark your calendars...

Oct 21  STAN STASIAK HEART-PUNCH OPEN,  4-SS, G/30  EF: $12 ($2 less if you tape up  your right hand)   Prizes:  $44 + trophy to 1st,  $30 U1800 / unrated, $9 biggest upset prize (round 1 only).  One section.  TLA in Oct Chess Life  Stan Stasiak won the WWWF title on Dec 1, 1973 and held it for 9 days

8/22/17 Richard Lunenfeld is the current club champion -- he must defend no later than the Sept 9 Quads

8/22/17  Event schedule updated -- we play UPSTAIRS on 8/26 for a 4-round tornado (in the A/C)

8/22/17  Matt O'Brien wins the A-group of the 2017 Joe DeRaymond Memorial QC Event.   Other winners: Eric Mark (B-group), C-group (Chris Giannaras )   27 players competed

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

5/19/17  $100 donation received for 2017 Joe DeRaymond Memorial QC Event -- to be held in August (date announcement pending).

5/19/17  Johnson v Santo match update -- likely site is the Allentown Public Library, Thursday nights from 5:30 PM to 8 PM.   Match contracts to be signed soon.  Start date may be June 8th.   Pledge total now $370 ($400 final tally) and rising -- pledges accepted until Game One and must be paid no later than Game Two.  All persons pledging $5 or more receive a copy of the match booklet after the match.

5/2/17  Kevin Santo successfully defends his club title -- he draws his last round game with Eric C. Johnson and both players finish tied for first place (2.5 pts) at the 4/29 club event.

5/2/17  The club title goes from Eric C. Johnson to Ramon Quezada to Kevin Santo at the 4/15 club event.

3/13/17  Boris Privman wins the club title by going 4-0 at the March 4th tournament 

2/13/17   Booklet of games from the 2016 David Elliott Cup goes to the printer this week -- available at club by 2/25.  Special $5 cover price.


12/29/16   Dan Reinert is the 2016 Quad Champion -- see Dan receive his trophy at the Jan 14th event. 

12/29/16   In a wild year-end finish, the club title goes from Greg Nolan to Mark Knerr to Chuck Kent to Isara Thanakit over the last few events of the year.  Isara must defend his title no later than the Jan 21st Tornado (see Events page) 

12/29/16   GM Bryan Smith wins the 2016 David Elliott Cup held November 19th.   Ram Singh wins the Reserve section.   A record 59 players compete in the event.

9/26/16  Winners from the 2016 Joe DeRaymond QC Event:  A:  Peter Minear  B:  Ramon Quezada C:  Michael Clark

8/12/16   "What Do I Play" openings booklet now back from the printer -- get your copy at the club for $10 or mailed copy for $10 + $2. 

6/7/16  Mark Knerr wins the 2016 Tom Volkert trophy


12/28/15  Larry Noone and Rick Kuhn are the 2015 Quad Co-Champions.  They finished the year with 21.0 points.

12/28/15   Kevin Santo wins the 2015 Elliott Cup! 

9/23/15   Antonio Scalzo and Larry Noone are big winners at the 2015 Joe DeRaymond Memorial QC Event held 8/29.


6/2/15  Jim Strobel wins the 2015 Tom Volkert Memorial title and trophy 

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