Ashtead Chess Club

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Ashtead Chess Club was founded just after the war in 1946 and meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 (Juniors) 7:30 adults until 11:00 pm. We meet from September until the end of June.

The adults play friendly games of chess as well as team matches against other Surrey chess clubs. We also run an internal tournament to find the strongest player in the club each year. On a few Tuesdays evenings we have coaching sessions and other activities according to members’ requests.

The Juniors play friendly games when they arrive. Then they are coached in the openings, end games and other strategies. They also have their own internal tournaments. Three events take place each year.

There are book prizes for the winners and runners up in the tournaments. Many of our juniors go on to play in Surrey junior teams in the English Primary Schools inter-area competitions. Many also take part in the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge and progress to the later stages of that competition. (

We are very keen to attract new members, particularly adults, any strength. New juniors are also welcome, although we do expect that new members should know the basic rules of chess.

New adult members should contact Bertie Barlow (Hon. Sec. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and new juniors should contact Pat Armstrong – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The chess club has a website at:

The 1st Ashtead Chess Club Family/Junior Rapidplay chess tournament will take place on Sunday, 3rd November from 10am until 4:30 pm. There will be 5 rounds of chess played during the day, no one will be knocked, everyone will play in every round.

The event will take place in the big hall at the Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BE and the rest of the building will be open for parents and players to rest between rounds. Light refreshments will be on sale.

There will be prizes for players who score more than half marks (i.e. 3 or more out of 5) and a trophy for the player who comes top in each of the 7 sections, Under 7, Under 8, Under 9, Under 10, Under 11, Minor (for adults and older juniors graded under ECF 90 or ungraded) and Major for adults and strong juniors, ECF graded under 150. Click here for an entry form which gives further information.