47th Snowtorm Special Results

March 6th, 2022

   On Saturday, February 19, 2022, the 47th Snowstorm Special Chess Tournament was held in the Education Building of the Bethel United Methodist Church in downtown Charleston.  The tournament was successful with sixty-one players competing.  This was the highest number of players of any Snowstorm tournament.  Mike Sailer was first on tiebreak, Jacob Allyn was second, and M. Ledford Duncan was third.  These three players were the only ones to win all four of their games.  Eighteen players were unrated by the USCF, thus becoming new tournament players.

  This USCF rated tournament was jointly sponsored by the Beaufort and Charleston Chess clubs.  Corey Burton and Cornell White from the Beaufort Chess Club organized and managed the tournament.  Their experience and expertise were invaluable to the success of the tournament.  The Charleston Chess Club (CCC) provided the venue.  The large Fellowship Hall in Bethel’s Education Building was able to accommodate the high turnout of players and the nearby chapel in the Education Building was used by guests and players to who had finished their games.

Thanks for all the support,

James M. Bickley


Charleston Chess Club 

47th Snowstorm Special

January 15th, 2022

The 47th Snowstorm Chess Tournament will be in the Education Building of Bethel United Methodist Church.  The Education Building is next to the Sanctuary.  Chess players enter the Education Building through one of two doors nearest to Pitt Street.  There are twenty five free parking spaces behind or beside the Education Building.  Most of these spaces are on gravel, but some are paved with white lines.  No parking spaces with yellow lines are available, and Palmetto Parking may boot any vehicle using them since these spaces are leased from Bethel Church.

Recent Status Report from the President of the Charleston Chess Club

December 16th, 2021

The Charleston Chess Club (CCC) meets every Monday at 7:00pm in the education building of Bethel United Methodist Church.  The Bethel Church is located at the corner of Calhoun and Pitt Streets in downtown Charleston, SC.  The address is 57 Pitt Street. The education building is next to the sanctuary.  There are twenty-five free parking spaces on Monday nights behind or beside the education building.  Most of these spaces are on gravel, but some are paved with white lines.  No paved parking spaces marked with yellow lines are available, and Palmetto Parking may boot any vehicle using them since these spaces are leased from Bethel Church.  In the education building, the CCC meets in a small chapel on the first floor.  Bathrooms and drinking fountain are near the chapel.  Chess players enter in the two doors nearest to Pitt Street.

The CCC is open to all ages including children.  Attendance at meetings has ranged from nine to fifteen in recent weeks.  In the past, the CCC has had several children attend its meetings, but none in recent months.  Some players are just learning the game, but most players have extensive experience.  James Bickley is president of the CCC and Gary Firestone is vice-president.  Both are retirees.

James (Jim) M. Bickley


May 13th, 2021

Charleston Chess Club scheduled to meet again on

Monday, May 17, 2021

Due to email outages of web editor, information is limited. See earlier posts for time and place of meetings at the new downtown location. We will update as soon as email is re-established.

CCC Meetings stalemated until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

June 23rd, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, CCC meetings have been suspended until further notice. This crisis has had a major impact on chess activity, but has probably increased the amount of online play. If you have not experienced online play, it is a good time to give it a try. We will post any news about meetings resuming as soon as possible.

New Venue for the Charleston Chess Club and Meeting Night

January 29th, 2020

Jim Bickley has announced that a new venue for the CCC has been procured with a new meeting night on Monday’s. The weekly meetings starting February 24 will be on Monday nights (7:00pm) at the education building of Bethel United Methodist Church in downtown Charleston. Bethel is located at the intersection of Calhoun and Pitt Streets, not far from the College of Charleston. This venue has twenty-five free parking spaces. The last meeting at the Church of the Holy Cross will be on Wednesday, February 12, with the last tournament at that site on Saturday, February 15. See the announcements elsewhere on this site for the tournament details. We thank all at the Church of the Holy Cross for allowing us to utilize the church facilities.

15th Pat Hart Memorial Scholastic, February 15, 2020

January 29th, 2020

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46th Snowstorm Special – February 15, 2020

January 22nd, 2020

Fall 2019 Scholastic and Adult Quads – November 2, 2019

September 29th, 2019

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No Meeting on July 3, 2019

July 2nd, 2019

Due to the Independence Day holiday on Thursday, July 4th, there will be no meeting scheduled for Wednesday night, July 3rd. Many have said they have holiday plans and won’t be able to attend thus no meeting is scheduled that night. Normal Wednesday night meetings will continue on July 10th.