ABOUT ANDOVER CHESS CLUB
The Andover Chess Club was founded in January 2015 by Mike Henroid and Xiaolin Jiang to provide a club for players in the Merrimack Valley and surrounding areas the opportunity to learn and play chess. Beginning with the 2019-2020 season, the club is coordinated by Melissa Thatcher and International Master, David Vigorito.
The club is open to players of all abilities, age 6 and up.
The club runs casual games, as well as monthly quick chess quad tournaments. Special events like Master Simuls, blitz chess and rated tournaments are also offered.
The ACC is an affiliate member of the United States Chess Federation (USCF).
The ACC meets Friday evenings at 7pm in St. Rita's Hall (basement of St. Augustine's Church), located at 35 Essex Street, Andover, MA
Annual membership fee $30 per individual, $40 per family, which fee goes toward the cost of tournament trophies, website expenses, and space donation.
St. Augustine's Church kindly allows the ACC to use its facilities at no charge. At the end of each season, the ACC makes a donation from remaining ACC funds to the church in appreciation.
OUR ACC TEAM
David has been consistently ranked in the top 100 chess players in the United States. When he is not competing in tournaments, David runs the chess programs at Sanborn, High Plain and South elementary schools in Andover and at Milton Academy and Milton public schools. David also teaches chess for the Russian School of Mathematics at its Andover and Lexington locations.
Robb has been an active tournament chess player for 35 years and is a US Chess certified Local Tournament Director. Robb has also taught scholastic chess for the past eight years, both in group settings and on an individual basis. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chess Association and directed the Girls State Championship this past year. Robb lives in Melrose with his wife and daughter.
Melissa manages the membership activities and website of Andover Chess Club. She is also an attorney and parent of ACC members, Gentry and Elena.