Established in 2017, the LA Chess Social was a small gathering with roots in the Pasadena City College Chess Club, Cal State LA Chess Club and the Cal Tech Chess Club. Since then, our club has made a name for itself, having grown dramatically in attendance and professionalism. The Chess Social has carved out a niche in the American chess scene, providing a space for chess players to practice, meet people with similar interests, and to enjoy curated local live music. We are proud to have over a hundred events under our belt, partnerships with over twenty venues and dozens of bands/musicians working with us.
Our high production events are all unique with a high emphasis placed on variety. While most of our attendees drop in to play casual games with others, many also come for our monthly tournaments, chess challenges, unique live music experiences, special event themes, and raffles. With an average of ninety attendees weekly, the Chess Social has become a quintessential community event in Los Angeles.
Thank you for helping us achieve our mission of Promoting Casual and Competitive Chess play in Southern California!
President and Founder Karl Grant
Since the beginning of the Chess Social in 2017, Grant has spent hundreds of hours carefully coordinating each event over five and a half years. Grant has demonstrated both dedication and resolve in his efforts of promoting chess in Southern California. When he isn't working for the Chess Social, you can find Grant buried in his Philosophy and Gender Studies research. Additionally, he has a passion for sailing, the outdoors, and Ultimate Frisbee.
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Art & Media Director
Art & Design Director