Branch 8

Make Friends for Life


The SIR Chess sessions are held semi-monthly on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.  We play from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Game Room in the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 92523. 

Have you been following the world of chess?  Magnus Carlsen retained his individual title as World Chess Champion.  The Russians won the International Team Championship.  The US team finished fifth.  In March, the US National High School Championships were held in Schaumberg, IL.  Over 1700 players competed for team and individual honors.  Clearly, chess is becoming more popular!
The SIR Chess group is playing twice per month, and trying to learn from the excellent play in these world and national tournaments.  
Please join us to have fun with chess.  Regardless of your knowledge and skill, we look forward to seeing you.  Each month, we have two great opportunities to challenge our brains and improve our knowledge of this great game.
The PH Senior Center serves lunch beginning at 11:30 am. 
Lunch is only $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents.
Upcoming dates:
April 12  and  Friday, April 26

Friday, May 10 and Friday, May 24 

Feel free to bring a friend. Beginners are welcome!  We share chess tips as part of our group learning of the game. Remember to bring your chess boards!

Chess is a wonderful board game of strategy and skill that has been played worldwide for centuries. The SIR Chess group will gather semi-monthly to continue this tradition by pairing off for several games each session. 

The Chess play sessions will be conducted in collaboration with SIR Branch 146 of Walnut Creek.  Members may bring guests, and other seniors may occasionally drop in and play.  As the chess group grows in popularity, we may hold special branch tournaments, and perhaps travel to play other SIR branches.

For more information, contact Steve Schramm (

The costs are minimal.  Sirs do not have to join the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, but may choose to do so. You may also choose to purchase their own chess sets. Similarly, some members may choose to purchase books on chess.

As an option, members may purchase lunch at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center prior to the Friday play event. Lunch is served for seniors beginning at 11:30 am for a modest cost of $7.00.

Contact Steve Schramm if you would like to play (  If you own a chess set, please bring it to our events.  See you there!  

3/25/2019  DLS