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ACL Big 5

The Purpose of the Organization, Who We Are, and What We Do.

African Chess Lounge as an educational organization, is widely recognized as the premier chess facility in the country and one of the best in the world. Our chess center features a world-class tournament playing hall, classrooms, and a casual play area. But we’re more than just a chess center. We take a multi-level approach to promote the game of chess:

  • Our Scholastic Outreach Initiative spreads the educational benefits of chess to thousands of students in hundreds of schools and community centers across the greater Western Cape Area, primarily through afterschool programming.

  • We’re a member-based chess club where players of all skill levels and abilities, from beginner to expert, attend our classes, participate in tournaments, attend lectures, take private lessons, and more.

  • We promote chess at the top levels by hosting Open Championships events and matches between players of all levels.

We opened our doors in November 2010, and since that time ACL has become widely recognized as the emerging chess center of the country. Membership to the club starts at just R100/month, and we currently have more than 1000 active members via our scholastic program. We’re open seven days a week for casual play, and we also offer classes and lectures, weekly tournaments, private lessons, merchandise discounts, and more.


It is the mission of ACL, to maintain a formal program of instruction to teach the game of chess and to promote and support its educational program through community outreach and local and national partnerships to increase awareness of the educational value of chess.


ACL Chess Club admits students of any gender, race, color, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. ACL complies with the SARS guidelines regarding the publication of its non-discrimination policy in its brochures, catalogs, advertisements and otherwise making it known to the general community.


















Founder of ACL International Chess Coach

Reuben Salimu

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