"Formed in the spirit of dynamic learning, and the expansion of chess both locally and nationally."

The Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy (CCCSA), 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 CCCSA also has an open library of over 800 books.


The CCCSA serves as an educational hub for chess in the Charlotte area; offering camps, classes, school enrichment programs and lectures year round.


The CCCSA runs weekly and monthly chess events such as weekly rated play, special events, lectures, classes, weekend tournaments. The CCCSA is constantly making efforts to create partnerships with local and national educational programs to further the expansion of chess not only locally but nationally. 

The CCCSA was awarded US Chess 2018  "Chess City of the Year" and 2019 "Chess Club of the Year" 


The Charlotte Chess and Scholastic 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 of chess in Charlotte.  


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


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


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


The CCCSA provides all necessary avenues into the wonderful game of chess!

  • 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.​

  • Work closely with the Charlotte Chess Center Foundation (CCCF) to assist in getting full chess club programs at area Title I schools.

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


10700 Kettering Drive, Unit E , Charlotte, NC 28226


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Tuesday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday: 12:30pm - 4:30pm


For special events on weekdays and weekends see our events calendar.

The CCCSA will add more regular hours and events as time moves on.

Stay tuned!