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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

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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 bar downstairs including the Snug and the Jerome K Jerome room upstairs. We are on Facebook

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.


31 October 2017: OH YEAH The London Chess Classic is here again

The Ninth London Chess Classic at the Olympia Conference Centre running from the 1st to the 11th of december is just over thirty days away.
You have got to love the game of chess, its a life long passion where imagination and the little grey cells are key to creating a world inside your head, chess is a combination of puzzles each game creates a new maze of puzzles that gets your a step closer to a better grade (ELO or ECF).
Besides what other game can you play with the same passion whether eight or eighty.

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19 September 2017: FINAL RESULT Chess Ladder Week 10

FINAL RESULT Chess Ladder Standings after games played in Week 10

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13 September 2017: Time is running out the final chess ladder Summer 2017 is fast approaching

Time is running out fast for the last week of the Chess Ladder which is approaching fast.
Join in the Final rung of the summer 2017 Chess Ladder on Monday 18th September 2017 for your chance of Kingston chess glory.

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13 September 2017: Chess Ladder Week 9

Chess Ladder Standings after games played in Week 9

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5 September 2017: Chess Ladder Standings after games played in Week 8

Chess Ladder Standings after games played in Week 8

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3 September 2017: Playing online correspondence chess for Surrey

I am now recruiting players to represent Surrey in the Counties & District Correspondence Chess Championship (C&DCCC) for the 2017/18 season.

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28 August 2017: Chess Ladder Standings after games played in Week 7

Chess Ladder Standings after games played in Week 7

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22 August 2017: Chess Ladder Standings after games played in Week 6

Chess Ladder Standings after games played in Week 6

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Chess Ladder Rules

The competition ladder runs until the chess season restarts end-September.

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Simultaneous Display by Stuart Conquest

Former British Champion GM Stuart Conquest gave a simultaneous display on Monday 7th December 2015.

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Prudence reigns in Chess and Life

More Prudence might well help your chess: this week someone gave me negative feedback at work and I was unsure how to respond:

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The position finder general

Tim Mifsud

The creator of Chessbites, Tim Mifsud has not played competitive chess for many years. Although a strong junior (he was the British u-13 champion in 1991) and champion of his native Malta, it was impracticable to develop a chess career from the Mediterranean island. Yet the chess muse still danced within his soul and he has been developing an innovative chess database which identifies whether any position has been played previously. His website provides a useful addition to the analytical tools for the chess improver.

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The Quickplay vs Slowplay Debate

Paul Shepherd of Surbiton Chess Club explains the Quickplay v Slowplay debate in the Thames Valley League and gives the result of the club’s opinion survey.

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Julian Way reflects upon the development of his chess playing strength and style.

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