Emporia Chess Society
Emporia, Kansas


The Emporia Chess Society (ECS) is an informal association of chess players and supporters in the Emporia vicinity of east-central Kansas. The society was organized by Emile Darga and Chris Seeman in 2003. The club meets weekly for recreational chess games, informal analysis, instruction, and friendly practice.

People of all ages and levels of chess experience are welcome! Preschool to seniors, beginner to expert players. There is no charge or membership fee. Come every week or just when you are able to play a game of chess. Bring your own chess set, if you have one. ECS meets in conjunction with the ESU Chess Club.

Gravel City Roasters
608 Commercial
Mondays: 5:30-8:00 pm

Granada Coffee Co.
809 Commercial
Thursdays: 8:30-10:30 am

Chess coaches: James Aber and Robert Hossfeld received chess-coach training from the Karpov International School of Chess in Lindsborg, Kansas (see below). They had instruction from GMs Yuri Shulman, Var Akobian, and Timur Gareyev. They are available along with Dusti Howell to help beginning players understand and improve their chess skills.

Sidewalk chess
Photos by A. Spencer.

ECS News


Andrew: I can't believe
you just took my queen!
Charles: Kasparov is
giving me a free rook!

Jim: I should have played
the French defense.

Sketches © J. Schubert.

Left: Street scene outside the Karpov Chess School following the parade. Right: Jim Schubert (left) plays a speed game against Gabriel Purdy, who is the manager/instructor of the chess school.
Young players try a game with the large chess set. Note the Swedish colors, yellow and blue.

Left: preparing for the parade in front of the school. Right: visitors playing chess inside the school.

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This webpage is presented for general public use and enjoyment.
For further information, contact jaber@emporia.edu.
All rights reserved; text and images © J.S. Aber.

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Last update January 2017.