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 ***

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  Club Schedule updated -- see Events tab

9/10/19  Mark Knerr is the club champion -- he must defend no later than 9/28.

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 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.


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 


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  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 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  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 









































































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