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Welcome to the MU Chess Club!

The MU Chess Club welcomes anyone in the Columbia, Missouri community to participate in our activities. The club was formed in April 1996 by Yves Tan, in response to community interest. It is an officially recognized University of Missouri student organization. Our activities include:

  • Informal play
  • Instruction and discussion of chess tactics
  • Tournaments
  • Teaching and promoting chess in the community
  • Social activities

Anyone is welcome at these events. There is a wide range of skill levels in Columbia, from beginners to chess masters, and it is our goal to meet the needs of all. Membership is open to members of the Columbia community in addition to students, faculty and staff.

Club Activities and Events

During the school year the MU Chess Club meets every Monday night while school is in session starting at 7:00pm in the MU Memorial Union, room S203 (second floor, south side), 518 S. Hitt Street, Columbia.  Meetings for the Fall 2017 semester will continue through December 4.

Speed Chess Tournaments -- Speed chess tournaments are held each month. Time limits are G/5. Each round consists of two games between paired opponents, one as White, one as Black. Normally 5 rounds are played.

Here are the winners in the speed chess tournaments during the Spring 2017 semester:

January 23:  1st place: Leslie Martin; 2nd place: Igor Verbitsky.
February 20:  1st place: Igor Verbitsky; 2nd place: Konstantin Koroliak.
April 24:  1st place: Trecen Peeler; 2nd place: Konstantin Koroliak.
Here are the winners in the speed chess tournaments during the Fall 2016 semester:

August 29:  1st place: Chris Hassett and Zaid Khashram (tie); 3rd place: Konstantin Koroliak.
Sept. 25:  1st place: Zaid Khashram; 2nd place: Chris Hassett.

Tournaments -- These tournaments are played at the Monday night club meetings.

A Quick Chess tournament was played at club meetings on October 2 and 9, 2017 with two rounds played at each meeting with a time control of Game/30 minutes.  The winner was Zaid Khashram with a score of 3-1.  Tied for second with scores of 2.5 were Chris Hassett and Trecen Peeler.

Club Championship

A four-round club championship tournament was played at Monday night club meetings during February and March 2017 with a time control of Game/60 minutes per player.  One round was played at each meeting.  Barry Walker won the championship with a perfect 4-0 score.  In the final round he defeated 2002 and 2013 club champion Igor Verbitsky.  Nineteen players competed in the tournament.

Here is the honor role of club champions:

Igor Verbitsky - 2002 Isaac Naveh - 2003 Bryan Hynek - 2004 Roberto D'Agosto - 2005
Shan Siddiqi - 2006 Javier Cepeda - 2007 Justin Hull - 2008 Steve Brietzke - 2009
Barry Manthe - 2010 Tamas Mizik - 2011 Ed Hollander - 2012 Igor Verbitsky - 2013
Chris Shelton - 2014 Chris Hassett - 2015
Blake Splitter - 2016
Barry Walker - 2017

Simuls -- The club sponsors two simultaneous exhibitions during the each school year, where a strong player takes on all comers. All chess players in the Columbia area are invited to participate.

In the Fall 2016 simul on November 7, 2016, Neil had 11 opponents; he was defeated by Chris Shelton and Konstantin Koroliak but won the other nine games.

In the Spring 2017 simul on April 17, 2017, Neil Fox had 11opponents; he suffered an unusual three losses, to Leslie Martin, Trecen Peeler and Chris Shelton, and conceded draws to Angel Dimov and Caglar Onal.

Community Service -- Each year, club members are involved in helping run the annual Columbia Scholastic Chess Tournament.  The 2017 tournament was held on February 18, 2017 at Lange Middle School. Club members Charlie Ward and Daniel Hawley served as referees, verifying game results and helping the student players during play as needed. There were 117 scholastic players in the tournament.

Future Missouri Chess Events

For information on tournaments scheduled in the next 3-4 months, visit the U.S. Chess Federation Upcoming Tournaments Web page; otherwise see the Tournament Life section of the USCF's Chess Life magazine.

Mailing List

Our electronic mailing list MUCHESS-L is used for notices of upcoming club meetings and occasional other announcements of interest to local chessplayers. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to Leave the Subject line blank. In the body of the message, type:

SUBSCRIBE MUCHESS-L Yourfirstname Yourlastname

You should receive a confirmation message within a few minutes.

If you are already subcribed to MUCHESS-L and would like to UNsubscribe, send the one-line message UNSUBSCRIBE MUCHESS-L to the same address. (SIGNOFF MUCHESS-L also works.)

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For more information, contact:
Club President Trecen Peeler: tlpkwd (at)
Faculty Advisor Steve Brietzke: brietzkes (at)

Send comments or suggestions on this page to Charlie Ward at czar8196 (at)