The Hart House Chess Club is the official chess club of The University of Toronto. Going on 122 years, it is one of the University’s oldest, most successful and highest profile clubs.

The Hart House Chess Club offers a friendly, cheerful, lively gathering place for chess players of all skill levels. We meet for casual play every Friday night from 4:00pm to 11:00pm in The Reading Room of Hart House. Players are always welcome to drop in anytime during the evening, learn a thing or two about chess and meet some new chess friends.

An annual Hart House Chess Club membership can be purchased by undergraduates or graduate students for $25 at The Hart House Hub. Members of The Hart House Chess Club are eligible to participate in our regular competitions and are given free entry in all special events that we hold including lectures and simultaneous chess exhibitions by some of Canada’s leading players. We also organize tournaments, beginner workshops, movie and pizza nights, a weekend of chess at The Hart House Farm and other exciting events.

Student members who are eligible will have the opportunity to qualify to represent The University of Toronto at The Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships held each year at the end of December. We also compete every year at the Canadian University Chess Championship.

In 2017-18 we are focusing on opening up our chess club to new chess friends and beginners. To this end, we will be offering weekly chess lessons to novice players who want to learn chess or improve their game. Come, check us out and learn about the exciting world of chess!