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About CCC

Our Roots


The Charlotte Chess Center started as a small chess club, the Queen City Chess Association (QCCA), in 2007, which met at the Asian Herald Library.


Organizers Gary Newsom, Peter Giannatos, and Mike Eberhardinger thought it would be great to introduce a club that was both modern and welcoming. The QCCA later grew into a much larger entity after a few years of running successful tournaments, weekly game nights, and chess camps.


The organizers thought that having a physical location where chess tournaments and instruction could take place would change the overall landscape for chess in Charlotte. 

Our Story


The Charlotte Chess Center, founded in March of 2014, serves as a place where members of all ages and skill levels can congregate and enjoy the royal game of chess. The CCC is as an educational hub for chess in the Charlotte area; offering camps, classes, school enrichment programs and lectures year round.

The CCC runs weekly and monthly chess events such as weekly rated play, special events, lectures, classes, weekend tournaments. The CCC is constantly making efforts to create partnerships with local and national educational programs to further the expansion of chess.


The Future


CCC will continue to offer countless opportunities for members to both learn and play.


CCC will offer classes from beginner to advanced, ages 5 to 105. CCC will offer countless opportunities for members to play in rated and unrated weekly, and monthly tournaments.  


CCC will look to promote chess and all of its benefits throughout the Charlotte Metro area. The CCC prides itself on a professional atmosphere for its members and staff.


CCC provides all necessary avenues into the wonderful game of chess!


Our Goals


To provide Charlotte area chess players of ALL ages and skill levels the chance to compete and develop friendships with other community players.

To promote chess within the Charlotte area, develop methods to bring the game to new people, recruit and retain them as part of our community.

To develop master and internationally titled players from within our ranks.​

To enhance the overall level of professionalism in chess both locally and nationally.

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