Bankers Athletic League Chess Welcome

New York, NY, USA




                              BAL dinner and awards ceremony

     The annual league dinner and awards ceremony will be held this year on Sep. 6th at T. J. Byrnes at 77 Fulton Street in Manhattan


                              BAL Captains meeting

     The annual captains meeting will be held on Thu. 9-20


Welcome to BAL Chess
2018\19 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?        

Want a game?




  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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