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).
September 24, 2019
October 1, 2019
October 15, 2019
October 22, 2019
October 29, 2019
November 18, 2019
November 26, 2019
January 21, 2020
January 28, 2020
February 4, 2020
February 18, 2020
February 25, 2020
CANCELED (library closed for coronavirus threat): March 24, 2020 (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

13th Annual Philadelphia Metropolitan Grade/HS Chess Championship

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  • History
  • Awards
  • Mission Statement
2017-2018 School Year 2002-2018
Members 39 723
Schools Represented 19 66
Sponsored Tournaments 8 280
Individual Trophies 15 369
Team Trophies 9 115
Additional achievements
  • Pine Road chess players have won 114 individual and 32 team trophies. The school has been a Pennsylvania State Champion two times.
  • Murray Avenue chess players have won 112 individual and 35 team trophies. The school has been a Pennsylvania State Champion four 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 (2006-2017).

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 2020