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This site is intended as a resource for all members of the Sacramento Valley Scholastic Chess League (SVSCL) and all others who are interested in competetive scholastic chess in northern California. 

The SVSCL was begun by Bill Bynum and Cathy Mueller in 2002 in order to provide students in northern California the opportunity to play competitive chess. Today it has evolved into a chess league of students from schools located in Butte, Tehama, Yuba, Plumas, and Sutter Counties. The league recently received recognition from the United States Chess Federation (USCF) as the 9th largest scholastic chess league in the nation! 

Rated chess tournaments are held once a month during the school year at various member schools. 

A combined membership in the SVSCL and USCF (United States Chess Federation) costs $35 and is good for one year. Check with your child’s teacher, school, or school district for potential scholarship options.

Students may participate as members of a school team or as unattached individuals. A group of three or more players constitutes a team. Perpetual team trophies are awarded to the top two teams from each of our three grade categories. These include K-3, 4-6, and 7-12.

The current SVSCL Director is Steven Oberländer. We are always available to answer questions or assisit you in any way! We look forward to hearing from you!

Student Membership Application

Tournament Schedule

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Participating Schools

Cool Chess Links

“Chess Handbook for Parents and Coaches"

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© Steven Oberlander 2014