A chess club for all levels and ages
Grand Opening this Fall
As of September 9th, The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta is officially open! The location is:
2500 Old Alabama Rd.
Roswell, GA 30076
We welcome complete novices, grandmasters, and everyone in between. Here's a glimpse of what we offer:
- Free play during club hours
- Open tournaments
- Scholastic tournaments
- Bughouse and Blitz tournaments
- Lectures by top instructors for all levels
- Camps for children
- One day camps for adults!
- On-site store to purchase books and equipment
- Membership provides discounts, unlimited access to free play hours, and other perks
Meet the Founders
As recent newlyweds, Karen and Ben have co-founded the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta.
Grandmaster and Co-Founder
Grandmaster Ben Finegold learned the rules of chess at age 5 and received his first USCF rating at age 6. It wasn't long -- around his mid-teens -- until he realized he wanted to play chess professionally. GM Finegold's first major tournament win came in 1989 when he finished in a first-place tie at the U.S. Junior Closed Championship. He earned the title of International Master in 1990. The next year GM Finegold won his first major, international, Swiss-paired tournament in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1993, GM Finegold was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship, an award given each year to the most talented chess player in the United States under the age of 26. In 1994, he finished in a six-way tie for first place at the U.S. Open in Chicago, and in 2002 he finished in a first-place tie with eight players at the World Open in Philadelphia where he secured his first GM norm. In 2009, after his 40th birthday, GM Finegold earned his final GM norm at the SPICE Cup in Lubbock, Texas. The “People’s Grandmaster” is one of the most popular chess lecturers, with many of his YouTube lectures receiving over 100,000 views. He is frequently the Resident GM and commentator at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
Karen Boyd became interested in chess when her children, Holden and Archer, began playing chess at an early age. But it wasn’t until 2015, when Archer began playing open tournaments, that she began to study chess and to also play in tournaments. Karen is on the Top Women Aged 50 and Over list and has appeared in ChessLife magazine with her son, Archer. She has a background in programming and is currently writing a chess app for iOS.
Alan Walk will be working part time at the Chess Center helping Ben and Karen with various tasks and also teaching lessons and classes. Alan's chess style has followed his personality through the years and has changed depending on the culture he is surrounded by. He enjoys both tactical melees as well as slow fights for key squares. He started a chess program and taught chess in Seattle and New York City. Alan has spent a number of years traveling and working abroad and has visited over a dozen countries in Asia. He started an international consulting company in China, taught at the college level and performed one-man music and comedy acts for 1000 person audiences. Alan moved to Atlanta in 2016 and is excited to be a part of the local chess community.