Sunday, July 26, 2009


Cyfair Chess Club

Houston's newest chess club, the Cyfair Chess Club is now open! The club web site is Cyfair Chess Club and they also have Cyfair Chess Club Blog.

For other places to play chess in the Houston area click the Venue label.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Coffee Oasis

Dear Glenn,

I would like to let you know that we have just opened our Chess room, known as The Arena, at Coffee Oasis in Seabrook. It is getting rave reviews from our customers. Rather than describing it, I have attached some pictures which I think will give you the feel of the place.

I do not believe you will find a more welcoming, comfortable, or encouraging environment for your games, lessons, tournaments, or gatherings. We invite you to come by and see for yourself. We are located at 4650 NASA Parkway in Seabrook, Texas. (The intersection of NASA Parkway and Kirby.) We would love to host your events and invite you and your friends to come and play.

In addition to this chess friendly environment, we have all the beverages you would want to find at a first rate coffeehouse with locally roasted coffees, a full menu for snacks and meals, and free wireless internet.

Please feel free to share this information and the photos with the the people on your friends, the people on your website, and anyone else you think might be interested.

We look forward to seeing you at Coffee Oasis.

H. C. "Rusty" Cates
Coffee Oasis
4650 NASA Parkway
Seabrook, TX 77586
rusty at coffee-oasis dot com
Fax: 281/532-2970


Sunday, April 06, 2008


Where to Play Chess in Houston?

We get email. From Joe:
Is there any public place in Houston where chess players hang out? I'd like to find a park or something where I can play pickup games.

The heat and rain in Houston makes chess a mostly indoor activity for much of the year.

First, it's worth checking out the Houston Chess Club but that sounds a more formal than Joe is looking for.

Then there is the Houston Chess Meetup and our next meetup is April 21. I have vague plans to start attending the existing meetup and to start a new meetup on the west side of town now that I expect to have some free time on my hands.

There is also the T-House but I don't have any additional information since that old post.

Jim Liptrap maintains a list of places where people get together for casual chess in town. I think this may be what Joe is looking for.

If you know of places where chess players congregate in Houston please tell us about it in the comments.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Houston Chess Meetup

I have been wanting to make it to one of the Houston Chess Meetups for quite a while and was finally able to make it last night. The location was the West Gray Cafe at 415 West Gray, Houston, TX 77019.

From this Chess Meetup link you can find other Chess Meetups around the world.

My wife and I got there early so we could eat dinner first. The food and service was quite good. I'd go back just for the food, nevermind the chess.

Around seven the other chess players started showing up and the games began. We left early, as planned, but had a good time and met some new Houston chess players.

I like the idea of the Chess Meetups and this one is perfect. Except for the location. And the time. The location is not exactly close to home and 7pm is already close to my bedtime (yes, I know I am pathetic). So, I am toying with starting one on the west side of town (near say Hwy 6 and I-10) on Saturday mornings. If you'd be interested drop me a line or leave a comment.


Thursday, August 16, 2007


The "T-House"

A new comment in an old post about chess meetups:

The "T-House," 10826 Grant Rd., Houston, 77070 has extended an invitation to [orderly] chess players to meet there to play. Bring your own equipment. It's a small place, enough for perhaps 8 boards, but very pleasant.

They make sandwiches, tea, coffee, smoothies, and various interesting beverages like milk tapioca tea, etc..

[I suggest that if you take advantage of these nice people's hospitality, you buy your beverages and food there at the time.]

Wednesdays and sometimes on Mondays, play testers for board games in the making meet there, and the T-House has stayed open late to facilitate their play.

The phone number is 281-970-4434, in case you'd like to check with them. However, unless many are going, just showing up is probably OK.

Happy chess playing!

Loy Nunn

Thanks Loy!


Saturday, July 14, 2007


Houston Area Chess Events

The USCF Tournament Life lists their events in Texas. This year the Houston Open is July 20-22.

Jim Liptrap has a nice list of Houston Area Weekly Chess Events. He also maintains a list of 2007-2008 Houston Area Scholastic Events (scroll down on that link to see the scholastic events).


Monday, July 05, 2004


Space City Chess Club Has Moved

The Space City Chess Club has moved to a new web address.

They are now at:


Tuesday, February 10, 2004


New Houston Chess Web Sites

Some new (to me) Houston Web Sites I'll be adding to the sidebar soon include: Around Town, Space City Chess Club, Huntsville Chess Club, Klein Chess and Houston Chess Association.


Thursday, December 11, 2003


International Chess Meetup Day

The International Chess Meetup Day is the 3rd Monday at 8pm of every month. That's Monday December 15th this month. This meshes nicely with the Sugar Land meetings which are on Mondays. The "official" Meetup site for this month in Houston is West Gray Cafe, 425 W. Gray, Houston, TX. For more information click the Chess Meetup Icon on the sidebar.

I noticed at least two people on the Chess Meetup site looking for a place to play chess in the Sugar Land area -- hopefully they will see my posts there or this web site and find out about the Monday meetings in Sugar Land. Maybe next month that would be a good location for the Chess Meetup? Of course, Houston is a big area geographically, and there is plenty of room and a need for more than one chess location. I see the Chess Meetup web site as a good way to introduce folks to the chess activities already going on in Houston. And, if you are aware of more, please let us know.

From Laura at

This is Laura from Meetup. I recently received your request for a link from us and I wanted to tell you it's now live. You can see your link here:

Also, we have just added some new features on our links page that we thought you might be interested in: This access to Meetup info is also free to use and benefits users by drawing attention to the fact that other chess players around the world are participating in group gatherings based on this common interest.

Generally Meetups are better when more people go. You can help spread the word here:

Thanks for linking to us and I hope you enjoy your Meetup!


Saturday, December 06, 2003


Chess Meetup

I've added the Chess Meetup graphic/link at the left. Has anyone attended a Houston Chess Meetup?


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