The Port Huron Chess Club meets Thursdays, except holidays, from 6:30-10:00 PM, at Palmer Park Recreation Center, 2829 Armour Street, (NE corner of Garfield  Street and Gratiot Aveā€¦1 mile North of the Blue Water Bridge) Port Huron, Michigan. Everyone is welcome. Founded in 1969 the PHCC offers instruction, casual play, nationally rated and locally related tournaments. Membership is not required to play on Thursdays, but is required for tournament play. Membership fees are $20/yr for adults; $10/yr for those under 19. The PHCC publishes a monthly newsletter, Chess Chatter, which is available on its website, or directly by contacting Lon Rutkofske at 810-388-9219. Learn to play, improve your game, or just come in to enjoy the camaraderie. The club has a number of highly rated players including two state champions if you might be interested in serious play or even private lessons. All equipment provided. Website: 

2829 Armour Street
Port Huron, Michigan 48060

Morabito surges, captures first place in the June Action Mini-Swiss

Matt Morabtio rebounded from a mediocre showing in the April Action tournament by capturing first place cash with an unblemished 3-0 finish, upending Lon Rutkofske in the final round with a crushing victory. This popular format, advocated by Alan Gregg, yielded a club high 12 participants,  and featured a trio of new club members (Eric Kovatch, Niko Pirouz, and Jackson Claunch) eager to test their meddle against the best the PHCC had to offer.


July will feature another Action event, which incidentally caught the eye of two time champion, Tony West who is threatening to make the trip north thereby raising the competition level an additional notch!


One of the most positive things evolving from this new time control is that as players are becoming more comfortable, they are even keeping score, contributing a valuable tool in evaluation and planning for future play!


Check out the member games section to view games played under these quick  time controls! See July CC for details!


Please note the following changes in procedures for entering and exiting the PHCC on Thursdays!!!

The Palmer Park Recreation building has installed a new security system that was activated effective May 31, 2018. Now, when the building is not in operation when our meeting begins, all members of the PHCC must enter and exit from the West side door of our meeting room. This will be unlocked and the security system deactivated for our regular club meetings.



Club leaders will ensure there are reminders posted on the front doors each evening we meet, to reinforce these new procedures so that we can remain a valued program for the Port Huron Recreation Department.

Advisory Team - PHCC to explore new decision-making model:

As the PHCC approaches its 50th Anniversary, it is imperative for our club to remain viable into the next half century, a more participatory approach is essential to the planning, decision making and leadership models that best use the talents, initiatives, energies and ideas of our membership.

At this point, we are seeking interested members who might be interested in serving on such an Advisory Team. We will initially plan to meet once a month, at a local restaurant to share ideas and develop plans for our 50th anniversary and create a calendar/schedule that will best meet the needs of our club for the remainder of this year.

Please contact Lon by July 26th if you wish to be a part of this team, additionally providing a day and time (other than Thursday) you might be free to meet.

July 2018 Issue of

Chess Chatter Available in Chess

Chatter 2018 Section

See the EVENTS Section for the latest 

information on upcoming events!


Lon Rutkofske   810-388-9219

Alan Gregg    810-679-3081 


                          Updated - 7/5/2018 by LWR

 Annual Dues for 2018:

Adult: $20.00; Under 19: $10

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