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 ***

6/21/19   August Quads moved to first week (8/3) not second week (8/10) due to a site scheduling issue.  See Events tab.


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

6/10/19  Bob Walters leads the 2019 Quad Points Race at the half-way mark with 12 out of 18 points. 

5/9/19  TLA submitted for...


July 27The 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.


4/29/19 Mark your calendar -- check July Chess Life -- for 

The Best Chess Tournament In The World -- scheduled for July 27th.  Details to follow. 

4/29/19 Events Tab updated through July

4/29/19  Club title passes from Dan Reinert to Michael Bassil to Lee Stanley at the April Quads. 


4/6/19  Dan Reinert wins the club title from Michael Turcotte on 3/30.  Bob Walters leads the 2019 Quad Points Race.

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

3/18/19   Antonio Scalzo takes first place in a field of 20 in the rated Swiss held March 16th.  Michael Turcotte retains his club title. 

3/5/19  Schedule updated through April -- see Events Tab

2/27/19  25 players competed at the 300th Second Saturday Quads -- Justin Xu leads the 2019 Quad Points Race with 4.5 points.


2/27/19  Center City Chess Club has hosted USCF-rated events for 25 years ... and to celebrate  we are looking for 8 to 10 players for a G/45 d5 round robin...the Tom Heffelfinger Memorial Cup

EF $40.   Prizes $140 1st, $60 2nd  $40 3rd  $20 best game prize.    Playing schedule is flexible.   Send email to if interested...or ask in person at chess club.    Spots remain open until EFs are paid.


2/8/19     Feb 9  300th Second Saturday Quads (TLA often in Chess life), 4-player sections by rating, 3-RR, G/40 d5 Special EF:  $20  Prizes: $40 1st each section

*** Special Celebration for the 300th edition of our Quads -- prizes, guests, souvenirs *** 


2/8/19   Vince Klemm -- former USCF staff person -- has passed away at age 66.   See Events tab for memorial event on March 2nd.


12/17/18  IM Tom Bartell wins the 2018 David Elliott Cup!    Charles Harvell wins the Reserve Section.   A total of 46 players competed.  See the Blog for a full list of winners.

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 


12/4/18   Don't forget -- 11th Annual David Elliott Memorial Cup is Dec 15th (early start -- see December Chess Life or check the events tab) 

 The 11th David Annual Elliott Memorial Cup is scheduled for Dec 15th -- tell your friends!

Here are the details from the TLA (pending for the Dec 2018 issue of Chess Life):

Dec 15  11th 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 through the red gate.  2 Sections.  OPEN: $750 GTD  EF:  $30, U1800/UNR $25, 2400+ free, 2500+ gtd $25 expense stipend (must play all rounds/paid at end).  Prizes (increased again this year):  $400 1st + Elliott Cup, $150 2nd   Top 2099-1800  $100.  Top U1800/UNR  $100.   RESERVE: (U1600/UNR):  $200 GTD   EF:  $20, U1200/UNR  $15.  Prizes (increased again this year):  $150 1st + Reserve Trophy, Top U1200 $50 + award.  Both 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. Visit from SANTA CLAUS prior to round 2.  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

Note:  Elliott family has agreed again this year to provide a free Pizza Lunch to all participants


11/8/18  Dan Reinert (18.5 points) and Greg Sulat (17.5 points) remain as the only players still eligible in the 2018 Quad Points Race Championship

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). 

11/8/18  Ramon Quezada and Antonio Scalzo tie for first in the October Grand Prix

11/8/18  Dan Reilly is the current club champion 


11/8/18  See Events page for details of the 11th David Elliott Memorial Cup 

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


9/24/18  October Grand Prix announced -- special $50 prize for player with most points scored in club events in October.

9/24/18 Kevin Li is the club champion but must defend his title on 9/29.

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


5/10/18  Amogh Kollipara wins the 2018 Tom Volkert Memorial with 3.5 out of 4 -- he wins the trophy, the title and the $100 first prize.   Steve Atlee won the U1400 award. 

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 Pre-orders are being taken for the "Club Chess in Allentown (2000-2015)" booklet, a collection of 124 games played in Allentown.   Cost $10 -- mailed copies $10 plus $2 shipping.

1/16/18  Copies of the Johnson v. Santo match booklet are still available at club for $10 -- mailed copies $10 plus $2 shipping.

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.


11/27/17  Dan Reinert clinches 2017 Quad Points title with one month to spare

11/27/17  IM Thomas Bartell wins 10th David Elliott Cup on Nov. 18th with a score of 4.5 points (out of 5.0).   GM Bryan Smith and NM Peter Minear tie for 2nd place.   Top 2099-1800:  Joe Mucerino, Mauricio Camejo, Greg Nolan.   Top U1800:  Ram Singh, Dan Reilly    RESERVE CHAMPION:  Thomas Fisher   U1200: Chris Humphries 

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).

5/2/17  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.


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 









































































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