The Jack Spence Chess Club meets most Wednesdays from 6:45-9:30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes in Omaha, NE. The club is named for Jack L. Spence (1926-1978), a longtime Omaha chess organizer. Spence is well-known to chess historians and book collectors for his tireless effort to collect and publish important games of his day. In a time before Chessbase and the Internet, it was only through the work of dedicated journalists such as Spence that the history of our beloved game is available to us today.
The Spence CC is, to our knowledge, the only venue providing weekly USCF rated chess events in the Omaha area. The club will also host special events such as lectures and simuls depending on interest and opportunity. Our mission is to serve as the center for serious chess play and culture in Omaha.
Visitors are always welcome. For those who cannot commit to entire tournaments, filler games may be available. Rated matches may be arranged. Players are responsible for providing their own equipment and writing instruments. Scoresheets will be provided.
Smoking is forbidden at the Spence CC. Absolutely no food may be brought to the club, but limited refreshments may be available on-site.
Directions to Our Lady of Lourdes can be found via Google Maps: