Huntingdon Valley Chess Society Juniors

Founded in 1978

The country's oldest, continuously-operated, community-based, USCF-affiliated, scholastic chess club.



We meet on most Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room of the Huntingdon Valley Library (625 Red Lion Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006).
October 3, 2017
October 17, 2017
October 24, 2017
November 21, 2017
November 28, 2017
December 5, 2017
January 16, 2018
January 23, 2018
January 30, 2018
February 6, 2018
February 20, 2018
February 27, 2018
March 20, 2018 (awards ceremony) canceled due to inclement weather
March 27, 2018 (awards ceremony)


Benefits of club membership

  • US Chess Federation Membership (one year)
  • PA State Chess Federation membership (one year) if necessary
  • Entry fee to at least two local USCF-sponsored tournaments
  • Team T-shirt
  • Participation award
  • Overview of HVCSJ as a PDF


To register, please fill out this Google form. To pay, you can bring a $75.00 check — made out to Huntingdon Valley Chess Society Juniors (HVCSJ) — to one of our meetings. Alternatively, you can pay $78.00 via PayPal with the below form.

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11th Annual Philadelphia Metropolitan Grade/HS Chess Championship

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  • History
  • Awards
  • Mission Statement
2015-2016 Academic Year 2002-2016
Members 45 640
Schools Represented 19 57
Sponsored Tournaments 10 259
Tournament Entries 78 1147
Individual Trophies 17 339
Team Trophies 2 104
Additional achievements
  • Pine Road chess players have won 107 individual and 31 team trophies. The school has been a Pennsylvania State Champion two times.
  • Murray Avenue chess players have won 98 individual and 32 team trophies. The school has been a Pennsylvania State Champion three times.
  • The club has hosted and directed annual Regional Scholastic Chess Championships for all scholastic players in the TriCounty area since the early 1990s, including the last nine Philadelphia Metropolitan Scholastic Championships at Meadowbrook (2006-2015).

The HVCSJ aims to provide students from kindergarten to 12th grade with an opportunity to learn chess, improve their skills, and compete in tournaments against other chess players.

Narrative Description:

For many years, the HVCSJ has provided its members with chess instruction, chess drills, and US Chess Federation-rated chess tournaments. The HVCSJ has also organized teams to participate in local and regional USCF chess tournaments. The chess instruction also included inviting top chess masters to offer lectures to our members.

The HVCSJ now offers its members even more opportunities. In addition to organizing club teams, the HVCSJ now organizes school teams that are eligible for team trophies at local and regional USCF rated tournaments. The HVCSJ encourages its high school members to earn community and school volunteer hours by offering instruction and mentorship to the club’s other members. The club operates an oversized chess set at community fairs and encourages the local community to learn more about chess.

In addition to all its current activities, the HVCSJ plans to organize chess matches against other clubs. The HVCSJ will also monitor the location of national tournaments and send its members to national tournaments whenever possible.

  • Trophy program: The HVCSJ provides goods in the form of trophies to all members at the end of each term as recognition for their participation in the club.
  • Uniform program: The HVCSJ provides goods in the form of team shirts to all members.
  • Instruction program: The HVCSJ provides services in the form of chess instruction to all its members.
  • Activities program: The HVCSJ provides services in the form of organized chess activities at each club meeting.
  • Tournament Entrance Fee program: The HVCSJ provides funds to its members in the form of paying the tournament entrance fee to all USCF tournaments sponsored by the club.
Year Event
1978 Joe Huttlemeyer founds the club at the Huntingdon Valley Library's former location
1979 Sam Vallerio becomes club's director
1990 Club begins running annual USCF-rated regional tournaments
1995 Sam Vallerio retires and John Keir becomes club's director
1996 Club begins meeting in the Huntingdon Valley Firehouse during relocation of the Huntingdon Valley Library
1997 Bruce Fenderson becomes club's director; the club begins meeting in the Huntingdon Valley Library's new location
1998 Robert Lakata becomes club's director
2002 The club becomes affiliated with the HVAA
2005 The club begins running the annual Philadelphia Metropolitan Scholastic Chess Championships at The Meadowbrook School


For more information, contact Robert Lakata at or (215) 947-3485.
© HVCSJ 2017