About Us

American Chess Equipment has been serving the chess community for over 25 years.  It started out when a local chess coach,  Dewain Barber (also a social studies teacher) tried ordering chess equipment for his chess club.  It sort of snow balled from there.  For the first 20 years,  it was run out his garage.  Then he sold the business to me,  Shelby Lohrman.  We expanded the business and it is now run out of a 20,000 sq.ft. facility in Gardena,  CA.  Our company's major focus has been the scholastic chess community.  The younger we can start the kids playing chess the best it is for everyone.  

ACE is known thought the industry as being a leader in innovation for the scholastic chess community.  We constantly strive to develop new products that will last longer and make learning chess easier for our customers.  You will see us constantly coming out with new products.  We started printing custom chess boards and curing the ink in the famous Southern California sun.  We now print about 70% of the custom chess boards used here in the United States.  Call us so we can walk you through the steps so we can make custom chess boards for your club or organization.   


Thanks so much for visiting our online store. Our team is excited to provide you with an impeccable online shopping experience and remains available to assist you at any time. If you have questions, comments or concerns about your order or the content found within this website, please feel free to contact us via email or telephone. One of our experienced team members will get back to you right away.  Again, thanks for visiting our store and we look forward to serving you in the future.