Cherry Chess is based in the Traverse City, Michigan area - the "cherry capital of the world" - and we organize USCF-rated chess tournaments as an affiliate of the US Chess Federation.

** FREEROLL tournament to be held May 18 **

Posted on April 5, 2019 by Mike Williams

Join us at the AMVETS Post 120 in Mesick for a special tournament: the FIVE YEAR FREEROLL on Saturday, May 18.
$400 in guaranteed prizes and FREE ENTRY for any player who has competed in at least one Cherry Chess tournament in the last 5 years. All others pay $10 entry fee. USCF membership required. Details available at

2018 Michigan Open to be held in Cadillac!

Posted on July 16, 2018 by Mike Williams

A rare opportunity! The 2018 Michigan Open will be in Cadillac this year, Aug 31 - Sep 3, at the Evergreen Resort. More details on the MCA tournament listings website. $3,150 total prize fund.

Chess at Friday Night Live! on August 11

Posted on July 16, 2017 by Mike Williams

Local master Dave Sprenkle will be doing a free simultaneous exhibition, playing all comers, from 5:30 - 9:00pm on Friday, August 11, 2017 in front of Horizon Books as part of Traverse City's Friday Night Live summer activities. Also there will be a giant chess set available for open play. Come join the fun and take your best shot at Dave!

Trio of Champions at TC Challenge XI

Posted on June 11, 2017 2016 by Mike Williams

After a ten-month hiatus, tournament chess returned to Traverse City with the Traverse City Challenge XI held on June 10, 2017 at Grand Traverse Mall. Section winners were FM Dave Sprenkle and Dan Sajkowski (in the Open Section) and Joe Revnell in the Reserve Section. Read more...

Dave Sprenkle, Alexander Bemben 3-0 at TC IX

Posted on July 9, 2016 by Mike Williams

Congratulations to our section winners, Dave Sprenkle (Open) and Alex Bemben (Reserve) who each scored a perfect 3-0 in their respective sections at TC Challenge IX held on May 14, 2016.

Chess in the New Year: Sprenkle and Vorhauer are Winners at TC VIII

Posted on February 28, 2016 by Mike Williams

The Traverse City Challenge VIII, our first chess tournament of 2016 and eighth in the series, was held on February 27 at the Grand Traverse Mall. Congratulations to our section winners, Dave Sprenkle (Open section) and Sam Vorhauer (Reserve section). Read more...

November Tourney Sees Low Turnout

Posted on December 23, 2015 by Mike Williams

At our November tournament there was a three-way tie for first in the Open Section among Dan Sajkowski, Greg Bailey and Robert Bemben. Meanwhile in the Reserve Section, Alex Bemben won first place for his sixth time in seven tries. Read more...

Sprenkle, Bemben Tops; Revnell Shocks!

Posted on October 20, 2015 by Mike Williams

Everyone was talking about the monster performance turned in by long-time local player Joe Revnell. Read more...

Our Club Featured on 9 & 10 News

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Mike Williams

We were recently featured in a segment of "Jack O'Malley's Journal" on 9 & 10 News! Click to watch the video:

Friday Night Live! Special Event on August 14

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Mike Williams

Jazz, art, food... and chess! Friday Night Live returns to Traverse City in August, and Traverse City chess master Dave Sprenkle will give a simultaneous exhibition on Friday, August 14, 2015 from 5:30 - 9:00pm in front of Horizon Books. Also we will have a giant chess set available for open play. Come join the fun and take your best shot at Dave!

Sajkowski and Roupe Triumph in TC Challenge V

Posted on May 25, 2015 by Mike Williams

Daniel Sajkowski from Torch Lake won the Open Section, and Gavin Roupe from Mount Pleasant won the Reserve Section at the Traverse City Challenge V held on Saturday, May 16 at the Grand Traverse Mall.

Bailey, Bemben Winners at TC Challenge #4

Posted on April 8, 2015 by Mike Williams

Greg Bailey from Mesick and Alex Bemben from Petoskey prevailed as section winners at the Traverse City Challenge #4, held on March 21.

Say Again? Repeat Champs at TC Challenge #3

Posted on February 2, 2015 by Mike Williams

FM Dave Sprenkle from Traverse City and Alex Bemben from Petoskey repeated as champions in the Traverse City Challenge #3 held on January 31.

Early 2015 Chess Tournament Dates Set for January 31 and March 21

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Mike Williams

Two more tournaments upcoming at the Grand Traverse Mall in early 2015.
See details on the March tournament...

Sprenkle, Bemben, Vorhauer are Winners at TC Fall Challenge

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Mike Williams

FM Dave Sprenkle won the Open section at the TC Fall Challenge, held on Saturday, Nov 22 at Grand Traverse Mall.

Greg Bailey & Alexander Bemben are Champs at Traverse City Summer Challenge!

June 24, 2014 by Mike Williams

Greg Bailey wins the Open section with a perfect 4-0 and Alexander Bemben wins the Amateur section also with a perfect 4-0. The tournament was held on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Read more...

Our blog is up and running

March 10, 2014 by Mike Williams

Check out the new link at the top of the page for the Cherry Blog where we will post chess-related articles for your reading pleasure!

Our new website is under construction

February 12, 2014 by Mike Williams

Thanks for checking us out! We just launched this website and it is under construction. Soon we hope to have the discussion board up and running, along with photos, info about our USCF-rated weekly tournament, and possibly a club directory.