Due to concerns related to the spreading of the Covid-19 virus, and with the well-being of its members in mind, the BAL has decided to suspend the Chess tournement at this time.  No matches should be played until futher notice (perhaps we can resume in 4 to 6 weeks, but that will depend on the situation at that time).  Watch here and for email notifications from your captain for more information as the situation develops.


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Welcome to BAL Chess
2019\20 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.




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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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