Thunderstorm Tournament, August 17, 2024

June 27th, 2024


Registration Link: http://4514

No CCC Meeting on Monday, June 24, 2024

June 13th, 2024

Due to Bethel Church needing the Education Building and adjacent Chip Center for Vacation Bible School, there will be no CCC meeting on that date.  Regular Monday night meetings will continue on the following Monday night.

49th Snowstorm Chess Tournament Results

March 3rd, 2024

On Saturday, February 17, 2024, the 49th Annual Snowstorm Chess Tournament was successful, again, with 80 competitors.  Mike Sailer won the Championship section (1500 plus rating), and Jacob Cowan won the Under 1500 rated section.  Cornell White and Clayton Hansen were the tournament directors.

Click on the following link for the official crosstable:

49th Annual Snowstorm Chess Tournament

December 17th, 2023

February 17th, 2024

Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt Street, Charleston, SC 29401

G/45, +5 sec increment, 4 rounds Swiss, USCF rated

Championship Section: 1500+

U1500 Section

Rounds: 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm

Onsite Registration: 8:00am-9:30am

Early Entry Fee – $30, $40 at site

** Active USCF Membership Required**

One 1/2 point bye available

$1,500 Prize Fund (based on 50 players)

Online registration at

Please bring a chess set and clock, if you have one.

Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi Simultaneous, October 2, 2023

September 28th, 2023

At the October 2nd meeting of the Charleston Chess Club, GM Elshan Moradiabadi will be our special guest and will play a simultaneous chess exhibition in the Bethel UM Church Education Building’s Fellowship Hall, 57 Pitt St, downtown Charleston, 7pm, Monday, Oct. 2, 2023.  The fee will be $10 per board and proceeds will go to the club to purchase needed chess clocks.  We hope you can join us for this fun special event!


Thunderstorm Tournament 2023 Results

September 5th, 2023

The Thunderstorm Tournament held on August 26, 2023, was a great success with 65 players participating.  Jeffrey Rhinesmith won the championship section with a 3.5-.5 score.  Daniel Kubrynski and Terry Chester tied for the U1500 section 4-0 scores.  Cornell White organized and directed the event.  Bethel United Methodist Church permitted the Charleston Chess Club to use its Education Building for the tournament.

Click here for the USCF crosstable.

Thunderstorm Tournament – August 26, 2023

July 10th, 2023

Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt Street, Charleston, SC 29401

G45, d5, 4 Round Swiss Championship

Sections: 1500+, U1500

Round Times:  9:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm

Onsite Registration:  8:00am – 9:30am

Early Entry Fee – $30, $40 at site

** Active USCF Membership Required**

One 1/2 point bye available

$1,000 Prize Pool based on 35 players

For online registration, go to –


48th Annual Snowstorm Tournament Results

February 9th, 2023

The 48th Annual Snowstorm Tournament was successful with 74 participants, which was the highest number for any Snowstorm Chess tournament.  Chess players were divided into two sections: individuals rated USCF1,500 and above, and competitors rated below USCF1,500.  Matthew Rogers won the Top Section, and Corey Burton won the lower section.

Cornell White was instrumental in organizing and directing the tournament.  On the day of the tournament, two other trained tournament directors, Corey Burton and Clayton Hansen, provided invaluable service in managing the tournament.  The Charleston Chess Club appreciates the use of the Education Building of Bethel United Methodist Church.

James M. Bickley

President, Charleston Chess Club

US Chess MSA – Cross Table for 48TH ANNUAL SNOWSTORM TOURNAMENT (Event 202302045102)

48th Annual Snowstorm Chess Tournament February 4, 2023

December 20th, 2022

This is actually the 50th year since the first tournament back in 1973 when it was held as the S.C. Junior Championship during the 1973 snowstorm weather event in Charleston.  In 1974, it was held as an annual tournament commemorating the previous year’s event and only two years were missed due to lack of organizers.  Though it was a weekend five round for many years, organizers found it easier to have as a one-day event, which actually increased the turnout.  Let’s keep up the support for one of the South’s oldest tournaments outside of state championships.


More Info:  The tournament will be played in the Education Building, which is located next to Bethel United Methodist Church.  Free all-day parking is available behind the Education Building and Bethel Church.  Chess players and their guests will enter the Education Building through the door on the south side of the building nearest to Pitt Street, which will be indicated by signs.  On the first floor, players will compete in the Fellowship Hall.  Guests may stay in a small chapel during play.  Bathrooms and a water fountain are nearby.  Additional bathrooms are on the second floor at the top of the steps

Jim Bickley

President, CCC


GM Simul Results

November 13th, 2022

On Monday, November 7, 2022, the Charleston Chess Club held a simultaneous exhibition by Grandmaster Elshan Moradi Abadi. He won all nineteen games. GM Moradi Abadi recently won the 2022 U.S. Chess Open and has a rating of 2627.