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Our mission is to provide a destination for chess enthusiasts to learn, compete, and connect, thereby creating a growing and connected community of players. Our unique dedicated location at the Crossings at Siesta Key mall, coupled with the scope of our chess offerings, allows us to serve as a chess community hub for Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. The Manasota Chess Center has more than 100 members, and continues to grow. We are the only active US Chess Federation affiliate in the Sarasota metro area and one of only fourteen US Chess Federation Gold-level affiliates nationwide.

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“Every chess master was once a beginner.” – Irving Chernev


The Manasota Chess Center offers numerous learning opportunities for children and adults, including:

  • Private lessons

  • Group lectures

  • Tournament game analysis

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The Manasota Chess Center offers competition opportunities for everybody, regardless of skill level:

  • USCF rated Swiss, Quad, and Blitz tournaments

  • Chess Ladder

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The Manasota Chess Center enjoys hosting social events. Join our mailing list to learn about social connect events, such as:

  • Bagels & Blitz

  • Pizza & Play

  • Ladies Knight