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Looking to play chess? We would love to have you! Whether you are looking simply for a place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a game or a place to sharpen your skills in competitive play, we are perfect for you! We offer a welcoming and warm environment for anyone of any age to enjoy the game regardless of what they are looking for. Questions? Email us at grandrapidschesscenter@gmail.com.

IMPORTANT: For our members: As of 5/16/2022 we will be charging a $2 nightly fee. This goes toward the charges we incur for using the space on a weekly basis. Our yearly membership supports a member’s access to the rated events, classes, and casual meetings as well as our GRCC Kidz program.

OFF UNTIL JUNE! IMPORTANT: Due to our 4th week being off, and the next week being the day after Memorial Day we will not be meeting until the first week of June! Thank you for understanding! Looking forward to our summer schedule!

Location Meeting Details

Meeting At: Tuesday nights from 6:30-9:00 we meet at 1157 Northlawn St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. In the Northlawn United Methodist Building.

GRCC Updates!

  • New $2 weekly charges are being required due to a cost the Church (where we meet) has asked us to pay. Let us know if you have questions.
  • Our GR Amateur Cup was a big success! Crosstable here!
  • One-Day Event coming in July! Details soon!

Who Are We?

The Grand Rapids Chess Center exists to create a rich chess community that offers enjoyable competition, and playing opportunities in Grand Rapids and the West Michigan area. We welcome players of all ages, backgrounds, skill levels, and experience. We offer a rich variety of opportunity so anyone can enjoy their time at the chess center. We offer casual play for players who are simply looking for a cup of coffee and a relaxed game of chess. It also is a great launching point for rated play. We offer weekly USCF-rated chess of all time controls for the more serious tournament player or someone who wants to get into tournament play. Finally, our GRCC Kidz program is the perfect place for scholastic players to learn the game, enjoy their time, receive coaching, and be taught sportsmanship and chess etiquette. Come join us at our weekly meetings or an upcoming weekend event!

To learn about our structure and how to get involved please CLICK HERE.

Membership and Participation

Members Dixie and Oscar enjoying chess!

We are a member-supported organization. We welcome guests and anyone who wants to stop by and check things out to do so. Guests are allowed two free visits before incurring guest fees. For those who want to continue attending we encourage our highly affordable yearly memberships. This gives free access to our weekly meetings and events. It also gives discounts to any other events the chess center offers. Learn more by clicking on the heading above!

Kids at the Chess Center!

Kids of all ages and backgrounds are learning, playing, and creating friendship!

Do you have kids that are interested in playing and learning the game? We have a place for them! Chess Center coaches can work with your kids and help them improve their game. With a dedicated space and coaches on-site your kids will be given direct ways to improve and compete!

G.R.C.C. Calendar & Events

Check out our events calendar to join a local chess tournament or special event.


Get in Touch

G.R.C.C. President
Michael Brooks

Director of Scholastic Chess
Don Brooks

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