The Arizona Chess Federation, Inc. 

Notice of your right to petition to be on the ballot for the ACFI Board

The candidates nominated for the upcoming ACFI election have been submitted by the Nominating Committee and reaffirmed by the Board. They are: President – Ramie Jimenez Vice President – Will Wharton Secretary – Kiki Huerta Treasurer - Jennifer Shacter Membership Officer – Marty Schneider Region I Representative (2 positions) – Lynn Schucker, Jon Martis Region II Representative (2 positions) - Robby Adamson, Amanda Mateer Region III Representative (2 positions) – Spencer Lower, Jeff Robinson Additional candidates can be added to the ballot through the petition procedure, which is described below. Details can be found in Article IV Section 4 of the Bylaws. This serves as your official notice of your right to petition to be on the ballot. We always welcome new candidates and new ideas.

2010 ACFI Annual Meeting

The minutes of the 2010 ACFI Annual Meeting are attached as a .pdf file.

2009 Arizona State Chess Championship

Congratulations to IM Levon Altounian for winning the 2009 Arizona State Championship, to Leo Martinez for his second place finish, to Pedram Atoufi for finishing third and having the only other plus score. David Adelberg finished with an even score and had the distinction of playing on Board 1 in the final round. Vaishnav Aradhyula also finished with an even score. Thanks to all of the participants, to Pedram Atoufi for hosting the event at his Unity Chess Club, to Joel Johnson for organizing the event and broadcasting the games on ICC, and to Richard Smouse for directing the tournament. Thanks also to the runners and everyone else involved in making this a successful tournament.

Biltmore Chess Club meets Saturdays at the Paradise Bakery in Biltmore Fashion Park.

The Biltmore Chess Club meets on Saturdays from 6 - 9 PM at the Paradise Bakery in Biltmore Fashion Park. The address is 2502 E. Camelback. It is next to Borders Books which originally hosted the club, which also met at the Coffee Plantation for years until it moved. For more information please contact Joe Peck at MAL

Tempe Chess Club, confirmations from other clubs needed

The Tempe Chess Club meets Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:45 PM at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, the westernmost building at the Tempe Community Center complex on the SW corner of Rural and Southern in Tempe. Please contact Myron Lieberman at for more information. Organizers of chess clubs in Arizona are encouraged to provide information about their clubs for posting on this site. To do so, simply send an e-mail to with an indication that the information is for posting to the website. So far we have information confirmed for clubs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Mesa Chess Club offers USCF rated chess on Tuesdays in Gilbert

The Mesa Chess Club is meeting Tuesdays at the Coffee Cove at 528 S. Gilbert Rd. in Gilbert in addition to their Wednesday meetings at the Mesa Borders Bookstore. The Coffee Cove is located just North of Warner on the west side of the street next to the Mathnasium, which is also a chess venue. The Tuesday meetings feature 4 round Swiss System USCF rated tournaments. An announcement is attached. Please contact Rick Smouse at for more information.

Chess Stars For Children

A very special chess event will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at the Fiesta Inn at Priest and Broadway in Tempe. Chess Stars For Children offers chess and fun for everyone. Grandmasters Yuri Shulman and Gregory Kaidanov and IM Ben Finegold will perform separate simultaneous exhibitions, including a Blitz simul by Gregory Kaidanov. Ben Finegold will sign copies of his DVDs and Yuri Shulman will sign copies of his scholastic chess book "Lessons from a Granmaster". The event is in conjunction with the 2009 Summer Chess Academy, where all three chess stars are instructors. Thanks to Alan Anderson and Checkmate Chess Instruction for organizing Chess Stars for Children. It has much of the same appeal and value of the New York Chessathons of the nineties.

Mesa Chess Club Information

The Mesa Chess Club meets at the the Mesa Fiesta Borders Bookstore, 1361 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa, AZ, 85210, each Wednesday evening from 6 to 10 PM. The club, formerly sponsored by and located at the Mesa Bookman's bookstore, is now sponsored by Borders. Please visit the Borders website at Thanks to Justin McClure for starting the Bookman's club originally and to Rick Smouse for continuing and enhancing the club after Justin's relocation. Their current flyer, which describes their Wednesday night tournaments and provides more club information is attached. Please e-mail Rick Smouse at or call (480) 390-9528 for more information.


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