About Us

The Vassar-Chadwick Chess Club meets Monday evenings at 7PM for registration (excluding holidays).  Play normally commences at 7:30. The current club has dated back to 1979 after being mostly dormant for nearly two decades.  We host a simultaneous exhibition annually – usually with a grandmaster – and have weekly USCF rated tournaments that cover a variety of time controls.  Current USCF membership is mandatory to play in tournaments!  We strive each week to bring affordable competitive-class chess to the Hudson Valley.

From Labor Day to Memorial Day the club meets in rooms 101 and 104 of Rockefeller Hall on Vassar College Campus.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day the club meets in room 112 at Donnelly Hall on the beautiful Marist College campus. Circumstances or special events may adjust these meeting places and times, so see the Schedule page for specific event details.

Google map for Rockefeller Hall, Vassar College.

2017-2018 Club Officers

President: Chris Brooks

Vice President: Craig Fisher

Treasurer: Michael O’Connor

Secretary: Ernie Johnson

Social Media Directors: Scott Strattner, Chris Brooks

Questions? Please contact us at chess@vassar-chadwick.com 

Stanley Chadwick (1870-1943) founded our club in 1930s, after moving to Poughkeepsie following the passing of his wife.  Previously, he helped found the Correspondence Chess League of Greater NY in 1909, and later was involved with merging the league with two others into the current Correspondence Chess League of America in 1917.  He was also an architect by trade and at one point secretary of the Brooklyn Chess Club.