History

Yale can boast the oldest college chess club in the country, having sent a delegate to the First National Chess Congress in the 1850s, and taking part in the original Columbia-Harvard-Yale-Princeton (CHYP) league formed in 1892. It has achieved competitive success as well, winning the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship in 1978, 1983, and 1987. More recently, the Chess Club won the Columbia-Harvard-Yale-Cornell Ivy Tournament in 2007. Its notable alumni includes U.S. Grandmaster Joel Benjamin (yes, that Joel Benjamin), who graduated from Yale in 1985.