Wednesday, November 10, 2021


Hello to every chess player in Rhode Island who has been waiting for over-the-board chess to really get started here again in the Ocean State.  The pandemic has caused havoc on almost every area of life and chess clubs were one of the hardest hit. Our new home is located at 855 Waterman Avenue in East Providence.  The Bridgepointe Christian Church at this location has graciously invited us to have a new home in the rear portion of their church building.  

This is a Google Maps link to the location:

This is the front entrance to the main section of the church.  So if you are on Waterman Avenue and cannot find the church it is because it does not look like a typical church building. Bridgepointe Church took over and has rented out the entire commercial building. 
This is our playing room with dimensions of 22' X 45' with plenty of tables so it is quite a bit larger than our old site at Garden City.   Please come by and check us out.  We have a good range of player strengths so you will find players to give you a competitive game.  We meet every Tuesday night and the games start about 7 PM.  This blog will keep you posted on the latest happenings at our club.

Hope to see you soon at the club!

Frank Vogel
Chess Club President                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


Attention all tournament chess players!  There is a new Chess Event sponsored by the Southeast New England Chess Association.  SENECA has procured one of the best chess tournament locations in the state of Rhode Island for the first time in several years.  The 2019 PROVIDENCE WINTER SWISS is scheduled for Saturday February 9, 2019 at Providence College.  With a large ballroom with spacious tables, onsite Dunkin Donuts, a great cafeteria with a huge menu and ample parking, this event promises to be one you will not want to miss.  Here is a pic of what the playing hall looks like:

The prize structure is $1300 Based on 50 players.  Sections are OPEN, U1900, U1500.  There will also be a scholastic section.  For details and registration go to:

Looking forward to seeing you at the event!

Frank Vogel
President SENECA

Friday, August 24, 2018

2018 New England Open

Had to put in a plug for the upcoming 2018 New England Open tournament being held over the Labor Day weekend September 1-3, 2018.  The Southeast New England Chess Association, whom we are affiliated with is the host organization.  This is one of the biggest regional chess tourneys every year and determines the New England Champions for each rating class.  The venue this year is the Boston/Newton Crowne Plaza hotel located at 320 Washington Street in Newton. MA.  The hotel is unique in that highway 90 runs right below the building!

Hope many of our regular players can play in this great event.  There are 2-day and 3-day options to which accommodate people's busy schedules.  For more information and to register go to  Hope to see you there! - Frank Vogel

Friday, June 30, 2017

Independence Day 2017

Due to the holiday there will be no chess at the Cranston Chess Club next Tuesday, July 4 2017.

Enjoy the holiday, see you on July 11.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


No Chess Tonight, March 14th 2017 (Pi Day), at the Cranston Chess Club. Blame Winter Storm Stella. Stay safe, see you next week.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all members of the Cranston Chess Club!

We will be ringing in another new year shortly.  We hope that chess will be a big part of your personal activities in 2017.  We have partnered with the Southeast New England Chess Association (SENECA) to run a series of QUAD Chess Tournaments right here in our local chess club in Garden City!  The dates are February 25, April 8 and June 3, 2017. (all are on Saturdays)  All the quads are in 3RR format where you play 3 games total.  Players are placed in rating order so you are guaranteed 3 games with players near your own playing strength.  Go to for more details.  Hope to see many of you at the quad tournaments.

Lou Giarrusso was recognized by the
US Chess Federation as the oldest active
chess player in the state of Rhode Island.
Congratulations Lou!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016 Boston Chess Congress

Cranston CC members at 2016 Boston Chess Congress!
The weekend of Jan 8-10 saw three Cranston Chess Club members participate in the 2016 Boston Chess Congress held at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Hotel.  Mark Neale, Frank Vogel and Richard Dusza all played in the U1900 section of the tournament.  The tournament was very successful by organizer standards as 252 players in 6 sections came to do battle in the chess wars. Mark, Frank and Richard scored 3.5, 2.0 and 1.5 points respectively.  All three members enjoyed the excellent playing conditions at the hotel.  The picture below is taken from the first 
floor cafe that overlooks Boston Harbor.  The hotel has 15 floors and provides great views of the harbor and airport.  The glass elevator is another nice touch that lets you view the outdoor scenery as you go about your business.  Cranston CC members should try and play at large tournaments on occasion as it adds a different perspective to your chess experience.  Good chess! - Frank Vogel