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St. Louis's non-profit home for independent interscholastic chess since 1965.

Come out and play!


Our mission is to provide a fun and welcoming environment for young people to play chess, and to organize and host high-quality scholastic tournaments throughout the St. Louis region. We believe that chess can have a transformative impact on young people, teaching valuable life skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and sportsmanship. We are committed to promoting the game of chess as a powerful tool for personal growth and community building, and to fostering a supportive and inclusive community of chess players of all skill levels and backgrounds.

As a giving person, we hope you'll consider our organization this year:

Chess Tournament
Chess Board

Are you (or your child) new to competitive chess?

It's easy to get started, so find out more about playing in your first in-person scholastic chess tournament. 

Playing Chess Together

Coaches' Corner

Whether you run an existing public or private scholastic chess club, or you're looking to start one, visit the Coaches' Corner to find out more about joining our league and getting your students to compete in our leagues and tournaments. 

Non-discrimination Policy

Gateway Chess League does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, gender, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its policies, governance, or participation in any of its sponsored programs or events.

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