Columbia University Chess Club


News and Results


Lecture & Simul with GM Alex Stripunsky

April 5, 2014


Columbia wins Inter-Ivy League Championship

Feb. 9, 2014


Columbia competes in the 2013 PanAm Championship

Dec. 30, 2013


Columbia wins Match with Imperial College London

Sept. 22, 2013


Columbia Chess Festival Begins!

April 27th, 2013


Columbia Hosts 3rd Annual Ivy League Championship

Feb. 23, 2013


Chess Club Website Redesigned

Feb. 19, 2012


Columbia Ties for First in Inter Ivy-League Chess Championship

Feb. 4, 2012


Columbia University Hosts First Ivy League Chess Tournament

Feb. 4, 2012


Columbia University Accepts Harvard's Challenge!

April 13, 1893


Lecture & Simul with GM Alex Stripunsky


The Columbia University Chess Club hosted a lecture and simul with GM Alex Stripunsky, one of the top players in the country. The strong representatives of our club managed to capture a few wins, and we had a great time learning from and playing against the visiting GM!

Simul pictures


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Columbia wins Inter-Ivy League Championship


Columbia won the 4th Annual Inter-Ivy League Championship. Both Columbia A and B teams scored perfectly, with the A team winning the playoff. Congratulations to the Ivy League Champions Victor Shen, Kyron Griffith, Andrew Ryba, Eigen Wang, and Shaoxiang Wang! Check out the main article on this memorable tournament on the USCF website, as well as the short one featured on BWOG. The official results are also available here.


Tournament pictures


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Columbia competes in the 2013 PanAm Championship


This year Columbia was able to send two teams to the PanAm Championships held in Lubbock, Texas. While we didn't quite make the top four, we weren't too far behind! Full results of the tournament are available on the official website.


Columbia wins Match with Imperial College London


In a colossal match with Imperial College London, Columbia dominated the competition 9-2. Congratulations to our heroic competitors on a great performance!


Columbia Chess Festival Begins!


Columbia was honored to welcome 3-time US Chess Champion Grandmaster Joel Benjamin to campus. He lectured about some of his best games to the club and then gave a simultaneous exhibition. In the end, of the 17 games played, Joel won 15 and drew two to Expert and club Vice-President Jennie Liu and National Master and club Treasurer Eigen Wang. If there was any lesson to be learned from the event, it was that being on the executive board makes you play chess better!


Columbia Hosts 3rd Annual Ivy League Championship


The individual results are on the USCF site. In addition, there is an article covering the event.


Chess Club Website Redesigned


Thanks to Mikey! Here is the old website, stored in the illustrious archives.

Columbia Ties for First in Inter Ivy-League Chess Championship


Columbia and Penn tied for first in the Inter Ivy-League Chess Championship this year. The team results are below.

Standing Team Name Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Score
1 Penn A W4 W5 D2 W3 3.5
1 Columbia A W9 W8 D1 W6 3.5
3 Brown W6 W7 W8 L1 3.0
3 Columbia B L1 W10 W7 W5 3.0
5 Princeton W10 L1 W9 L4 2.0
5 Penn B L3 W12 W11 L2 2.0
5 Harvard W12 L3 L4 W10 2.0
8 Cornell A W11 L2 L3 D9 1.5
8 Yale L2 W11 L5 D8 1.5
10 Cornell B L5 L4 W12 L7 1.0
11 Columbia C L8 L9 L6 W12 1.0
12 Columbia D L7 L6 L10 L11 0.0

Columbia University Hosts First Ivy League Chess Tournament


Columbia University successfully organized and hosted the first inter-Ivy tournament. While the team from UPenn claimed first, you can catch more details of the event right here.

Columbia University Accepts Harvard's Challenge!


In a blast from the past, Columbia University clearly isn't afraid of any challengers. Check out this 1893 letter in which Columbia acknowledges its participation in what was a much earlier inter-Ivy matchup.