Come and join us to play chess, analyze and kibitz in a relaxed atmosphere. The usual time controls are G/20 and G/15, but there's also a few blitz lovers among us.

The Bloomington Chess Club meets every Tuesday starting at 7:00 p.m. in BuffaLouie's (114 South Indiana Avenue next to Startbuck's) [see map].

Players of every kind are welcome; from beginners to grandmasters. Membership is not required.

Come out and play!


Ben Harris Spring Chess Tournament

Spread over four sections, 33 players descended on St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Bloomington on May 24 for a fun-filled day of chess. In the Open section, expert Aaron Dean swept the field with a perfect 4-0 score, winning his section by a full two points.

In the 6th grade and under section, kindergartener Ben Webb bested a field of older players with his own perfect score, picking up well over 100 rating points in the process. Ben is now the 12th-ranked player in the United States age 6 and under.

In the 3rd/under section, there was a three-way tie going into the final round, but when the dust settled, only Rawden Harris emerged victorious from the list of contenders, earning himself sole possession of first place. Rawden also gained more than 100 rating points for the day.

Finally, in the 1st/under section, Gabriel Cohen made an impressive tournament debut with a perfect 4-0 score against his peers. You can find the official crosstable at