BAL Captains meeting

     The annual captains meeting will be held on Fri. 9-22 at 6:00pm  5 Bryant Park  40th St. btw 6th and Broadway

Welcome to BAL Chess
2017\18 season

     The Bankers Athletic League is New York City’s premier recreational chess league.  We play chess using a team format, on alternate Thursday evenings from October through May.   After two rounds of play-offs, trophies are awarded at a league dinner.




Watch live 5-minute chess with commentary by a high-rated player.






Want a game?        

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  Join us for exciting Chess

      Thursday nights in the BAL

In Memoriam: Robert James Fischer
3/9/1943 - 1/17/2008


  • Attained IM rank and won the U.S. Championship at age 14
  • Attained Grandmaster rank at age 15
  • Eight-Time U.S. Champion (including an 11-0 score in 1963-64)
  • Won the quarter-final and semi-final matches for the world championship by scores of 6-0
  • Eleventh World Chess Champion, 1972-75
  • Lifetime Tournament and Match Score: +439 -88 =250 (72.6%)


Who was better?     Some information and games here.


GM Robert Fischer
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