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The Bloomington Indiana Scholastic Chess Club (BISCC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization for young chess enthusiasts who are interested in competitive chess and skill building. In addition to chess skills, we also emphasize good citizenship, sportsmanship and leadership. BISCC is a USCF Affiliate.

BISCC operates two chapters. The Library chapter meets at the Monroe County Public Library on alternate Sundays and is open to all children in grades K-12. The University chapter meets at University Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the academic year and is open to University Elementary students only.

Library Chapter

When: 1:30 – 3:30 pm, two Sundays of each month during the school year and once a month during the summer months.

Upcoming meeting dates (2018): 

  • February 25;
  • March 11 & 25;
  • April 8 & 22;
  • May 6 & 20.

While our meetings are almost always held in the same place, the location is subject to change (Members will be notified of location changes in advance by email; changes will also be published on this website). Families can attend one club meeting for free to determine if it is right for you.

Where: We meet at Rooms 1B and 1C at the Monroe County Public Library, located at 303 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408 Phone : (812) 349-3050

Activities for meetings:

  • Lessons taught by experienced local and out-of-town chess coaches
  • Competitive chess ladder games and games with skilled guest players from the Bloomington chess community
  • Information and preparation for upcoming tournaments

Parents must leave a contact phone number for any participating child; Library chapter participants 3rd grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult. To ensure that we provide an enjoyable and learning environment for everyone, we may request players that do not exhibit appropriate behavior to leave a meeting.

To ensure coherence among players, membership with a reasonable fee amount is required for participation beginning in October. Scholarships are available based on need. The membership fee for the academic year is $120 or $70 for one semester. Discounts are available for siblings.

About the Instructor

John Illg (USCF #15702954) is a software engineer by trade. He has a USCF rating of 1513 and has taught at Marlin Elementary for a few months. He was the Class E state champion last year.

The club has a few chess sets that are available for all to use. However, please consider purchasing your personal set and bring it to the meeting. BISCC has a few chess sets and clocks for sale.

For more information, send email to: BtownScholasticChess@gmail.com

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