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About Guildford Chess Club

All you ever wanted to know about Guildford Chess Club. Some key questions answered.


We are one of the strongest chess clubs in the UK, with approximately 50 regular players in membership spanning the complete ability range from beginner to Grandmaster. We were awarded the ECF ( English Chess Federation) Club of the Year award in 1996, which also marked our Centenary.


We field over a dozen teams in two local leagues (the Surrey League and the Border League). We also have five teams in the 4NCL national league,which are sponsored by IM Nigel Povah through his company A&DC Ltd. Guildford were placed first and second in the first division of the 4NCL last season. Some of our players also play for Surrey County teams. We have also represented England in the European Club Cup.

There are also opportunities to play in various individual club competitions.


Guildford Chess Club is open from 7pm to 10.30pm on Monday evenings, excluding August and Bank holidays. We also meet on some Thursdays. Away matches with other teams in the local leagues take place Mondays to Thursdays.


At the Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford, Surrey. We usually meet in the Assembly room on the first floor. In an adjacent room used for analysis there is a licensed refreshment bar. (We invariably adjourn at 10.30pm to the pub round the corner for post match analysis).

Map of Guildford town centre should help with finding us.

From North Street in the town centre, enter Ward Street (Bank of Scotland branch on the corner) and go through the first door on the left a few metres along. Up one flight of stairs and turn left. Congratulations, you have arrived.

NB – the venue is unfortunately not currently accessible to wheelchair users.


Ummm … now that is a tricky one. Next question please!


At the risk of sounding naïve … to play chess?

How much?

Subs are £95 per year full membership, £50 for retired/ junior/student/unemployed members.We also have an introductory rate of £50 for new members.

Is there a Junior section?

We run a junior coaching section on Mondays 1800-1900 prior to the main club meeting. Juniors aged approx 8-15 years are welcome to join the Junior section.

What next?

For more information, contact the club secretary above, or just turn up on a Monday evening. We welcome players of all standards, no minimum strength required - just an interest in playing chess. Introduce yourself to someone if we haven’t spotted you on arrival, and we will arrange for someone to give you an informal game. We wont ask you to decide to join until you have been along a few times so you can decide first whether we meet your needs.


SCCA - Surrey County Chess Association
SCCU - Southern Counties Chess Union
A&DC Ltd Assessment and Development Consultants -sponsors of our Guildford-ADC teams in the 4NCL.
ECF- English Chess Federation
Surrey Border League

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website last updated 14 Sept 2008 by Mike Adams