Chess at Pruitt Library

We’re Back from our Break!

Rackspace and the Molly Pruitt Public Library have partnered together to bring chess to the Pruitt community!

Come sit in for a lesson, play chess, then get a complimentary meal to go.


Check out this video that shows how chess skills can apply to real life.
Haven't played chess before?

“As a leader in the technology industry, Rackspace wants to build a culture around chess as a scholastic mind sport, so that our young adults enter the workforce with the technical thinking skills that matter to us.

Unfortunately, athletic skills aren’t what makes a tech company like Rackspace successful. We need people with logical thinking skills, problem-solving ability, and technical creativity. Chess develops all these skills.”

Online Chess Rooms

Currently, chess lessons and games are available online for all library users, including Roosevelt students! Sign up for a free account on and request to become members of either the Roosevelt HS Chess Room or the Molly Pruitt Lib Chess Room.

If you have difficulty signing up, please call us at 210-650-1122 during library hours, and we will gladly assist you.

Join a Chess Room:

Additional Information:

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How to Sign Up

Go to

With your parents’ approval, click “sign up”. You are signing up for the free membership only. (You can enter your real name in settings so that others can view it below your username on the “MEMBERS” list.)


  1. Choose and Enter your username.
  2. Enter the email address you would like to use.
  3. Create a password that you and/or your device will remember.
How to Join a Chess Room

After logging in,

  1. Hover over the “connect” tab.
  2. Go to “clubs”
  3. Find the Roosevelt HS or Molly Pruitt Lib Chess Room(s) and click “request”. (you will be approved within 24 hours)

Challenge a teammate to a game:

  1. Do not click “Play” if it doesn’t say the name of the person you want to play. That will start a game with some random person somewhere.
  2. Click “members”.
  3. Hover over the member you want to play, and click on the “challenge” button on their profile.
  4. You can set it for how long of a game you want, how long between moves, etc. You can make it pause if someone goes too long between moves or forfeit.

Thursday Virtual Chess Sign Up

Can’t make it to the library?

Alex Weinberg, our nationally ranked Chess Master, will be streaming the lessons

from his home to the library. Watch it from the comfort of your home.

Advanced Chess Lessons!

Day and time to be announced.

Show Us Your Moves

All Ages

Family Chess Night

NOW AVAILABLE: A lesson is livestreamed by Chess Master Alex Weinberg to patrons at the Pruitt library followed by free play, and a take-away dinner is available afterwards.

Patrons may also sign up using the San Antonio Public Library calendar to join the lesson remotely via Zoom.

This event is sponsored by Rackspace Foundation.

Day and time to be announced.

Ages 13-19

Teen Chess

Chess lessons for teens with our nationally ranked Chess Master    Alex Weinberg, Rackspace Foundation.

A take-away dinner is available following free play.

Day and time to be announced.

Ages Children to Adult

Currently ON HOLD:

Community Tournaments

Open to those who are unranked or ranked under 1800 (USCF) in the Child Beginner, Child Advanced, Teen, and Adult divisions.

Sponsored by Rackspace Foundation