Memphis Chess Club

Coming soon to the ground floor of Pressbox at 195 Madison Avenue

The Concept:

We want to turn the Memphis Chess Club into a premier chess organization that has an official, full-time location for hosting chess tournaments, seminars, simuls and other chess events. The sign above the door will read "Memphis Chess Club", and will have a casual coffee house feel that serves food and beverages to the general public. It will be a place where one can come during the day to grab a cup of coffee or a sandwich and play a game of chess. It will also be the location where serious chess tournaments are played. We will showcase the history of the Memphis Chess Club whenever possible throughout the space, thus making the game of chess and its unique history here in Memphis its chief identity.

Given the historic nature of the Pressbox (click here to read about the building's history), we envision the club having an upscale and "old-school" feel. See the photos of the actual space as well as conceptual images below:

The Space:

Conceptual Imagery:

Next Steps:


If you are a current paying member of the MCC, we need you to vote yes now! If 75% of current paid members vote yes, this will become a reality. We will begin the construction process immediately once the votes are in with the goal of opening by winter of 2018. We hope you will support the growth of the Memphis Chess Club during this exciting time. 

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195 Madison Avenue | Suite 104 | Memphis, TN  38103 | (901) 334-1849