Welcome to Kingston Chess Club
Kingston Chess Club serves the chess playing community on the borders between Southwest London and Surrey.
We play at the Druids Head pub in the market square in central Kingston in the private room upstairs on Monday evenings from 7.30pm. Social chess is also played in the Druid’s Snug Bar (accessed directly from the pub’s right hand door).
The full address is 3 Market Place, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey, KT1 1JT
The venue is not far away from Kingston railway station. There are 40 bus routes. Parking after 6.30pm is £3 on the ground level car parks. How to get here
New players are welcome at any time during the chess season, generally October to May. If it is your first visit please check both the upstairs private room and the Snug Bar. We are on Facebook
At one club night we held a knockout tournament with the unusual chess variant “Hand and Brain”. In teams of two one player, the Brain, tells which type of piece to move and the Hand has to decide which to move and where. It was won by the team of John Foley and Ed Mospan.
At the club Annual General Meeting in June it was agreed that our move to the Druids Head had been successful and would continue for season 2016/17. The club had recruited new members who found the central location to be very convenient.
Our first team had come close to winning Division 1 of the Thames Valley League. We agreed to run the same number of teams in the next season. A special mention was made of the outstanding long service (25 years!) of our outgoing Treasurer, Ken Inwood.
One highlight of last season was the hosting of a simultaneous display by former British Champion GM Stuart Conquest in December 2015.
Stuart won 12 of the 14 games, drawing with Angus James (Surbiton) and Alan Scrimgour (Kingston). Guest players included Phil Ehr, past ECF Chief Executive, as well as top journalists from the worlds of both chess and boxing, although no chessboxing took place!