Congratulations to:

Division A MVP Redentor Cerilo of Team Wu (Pi) who scored 6.5 out of 8

Division B MVP Pavel Genkin of Stuytown who scored 7.5 out of 10

Best rating improvement by Gary Bacchus of Bryant Park BAL: +140 points; 10.31% gain; in 8 games played



Division Winners Playoff Winners
A Team Wu (Pi) Team Wu (Pi)



B Stuytown Stuytown

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.




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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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