• How it started

    The San Jose Hackers Chess Team was formed in 2016 to compete in the newly formed PRO Chess League to represent Silicon Valley against the world’s best chess players from cities all over the world. The team is composed of the chess coaches and members from Bay Area Chess (BAC), one of the leading providers of chess enrichment programs and tournaments in the United States.

    San Jose Hackers' Mission Statement

    Proudly headquartered in San Jose, we are happy not only to represent the wealth of talented chess players in our area, but also chess as a competitive sport and an art that has many benefits to children and the community. We strongly believe that many of the skills learned through chess such as problem solving, planning, perseverance and preparation are applicable to many areas of a child’s life and will better prepare them for the world ahead.

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    Our Players

    Our team is composed of world reknowned chess players; a former World Rapid Champion and current Rapid world rank #4 and classical world rank #12, the reigning European Blitz Champion, multiple former World Youth Champions, and some of the rising stars in youth chess. Meet each player, and read about their achievements here.


    US PRO Chess League

    The league will have teams representing various cities an countries from around the world, including Norway, Budapest, Delhi, Miami, Atlanta and London just to name a few. Some of the players competing in the league are World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen, U.S. Champion and world rank #2 GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Hikaru Nakamura, and many other of the world’s top players. This will be an exciting league that will be a Wednesday night staple in 2017. This league will excite the world chess community and anyone in the world will be able to follow all the games online through chess.com, which is the platform that will be used to play the games and run the league.

    The format is teams of 4 players with a combined FIDE rating of 2500 or lower play rapid games as a round robin, so all 4 players from the team will play each other G/15. The league has a $60,000 combined prize pool, so sponsorship and interest in the league is very strong.

    Here are some news links regarding the PRO Chess League: