We are not yet in operation due to COVID-19. Currently working on implementing the following key changes:
#1 ULPA & UV lamp filtration system to clean & sanitize the playing hall
(this is high efficiency and is rated better than even a super HEPA filter commonly used in clean rooms, hospitals, laboratories, etc.)
#2 Mask requirement
#3 Sanitizer provided at each table for use prior to touching pieces
#4 No bystanders and parents, players only within the building
#5 New layout that only seats 8 boards (16 players max)
Depending on how things proceed forward, we may have to limit our event programming, restart part of our operations and the rest at a later date.
Please check back with us on this website or TEXT MSG to 281-698-0068 if you have a specific question. Thank you. *06/02/2020
Anyone interested in rated OTB chess tournaments, please fill out the 5 question survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVSSDV3
Welcome to The Chess Refinery
Drop in to see what we're about. This is the only true full-fledged brick and mortar chess club in Houston. Plus, we're non-profit working on acquiring 501c3 status.
Who We Are
- We organize USCF rated tournaments for all ages. We hope to offer FIDE rated events soon.
- We currently have a free kids learning program that takes place every other Sunday afternoon.
- We refer adults to the right resources for adult beginners who are seeking improvement and private lessons. Just text us with questions.
- We seek out opportunities to bring chess to the Houston community.
- We would love to open daily for casual OTB (over the board) chess, but unfortunately don't have the resources to do so just yet. For a list of where you can play chess in Houston, scroll to the bottom of the FAQ page.
- We would like to be able to offer more learning opportunities for adults. This is a work in progress.
More details to follow. Programs will aid underprivileged kids, senior assisted living communities, etc.
For kids - private lessons available. Free group learning program is every other Sunday afternoon - preregistration required before attending.
Currently looking for volunteers to open the club up more nights to offer Casual OTB (over the board) Play!
Wednesday Monthly Swiss; 360+ Saturdays; Sat Swiss 75; Quick/Blitz; Rated & Unrated Events; see event calendar for dates & times
The Chess Refinery is a Texas nonprofit organization in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status.
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