Every year, the Pittsburgh Chess Club and the Carnegie Library jointly sponsor an annual series of free chess tournaments known
as the Carnegie Library Chess Tournaments. In recent years, about 40 to 45 branch
libraries throughout Allegheny County participate each year. Beginning in year 2000, the
Pittsburgh Chess Club also started hosted free beginner's chess classes at various libraries in conjunction with the tournaments,
thanks to generous funding from the Frick Educational Fund (of the Buhl Foundation), the Grable
Foundation, and the Heinz Endowments.
The competition at each library is held in two sections: Grades K - 4 and Grades 5 - 8.
The top two finishers in each section at each branch library receive a trophy. All participants who register and complete their games
receive a certificate of participation. The 1st place winner in each division is also invited to participate in the finals competition, where
they compete against the winners in their grade divisions from all the other participating libraries.
See the schedule for 2017: 44th Annual Library Chess Tournaments Schedule.
Look up the Winners from 1996 to date!! Use the links below to look up the names of the winners of the local branch libraries and pictures of the Finals Tournaments from 1996 to date. Sorry, info from previous years is not presently available.
For more info on youth chess activities in Western PA, check our main page: Western PA Youth Chess