Leeds Chess Clubs

Harrogate Chess Club (St Roberts)

Coming in as a notable entrant on Leeds Chess Association’s website Harrogate Chess Club, meeting regularly at St. Robert’s Club. St Robert’s is a multi-use venue playing home to a multitude of events, including Harrogate Chess Club’s Children’s night. In addition, Harrogate Chess Club has an adult’s night too, which meets every Monday at Apley Grange – 35 Oatlands Drive between the hours of 07:30pm and 11:00pm.

The children’s chess night takes place every Wednesday and is aimed at providing a relaxed and entertaining environment for children of secondary-school age. This club’s aim is to coach future players of chess, and it meets between the hours of 6:30pm and 8pm (a much friendlier set of hours when compared to the later-ending adult’s chess night).

The curators of the night are fully DBS checked, and thereby fully qualified to work with children. It should be borne in mind that each chess night caters specifically for the age group at which they are aimed. Therefore, it would be prudent to direct any specific questions towards the contact details on the above website, or simply ring 01423 538142 for a more rapid response.

Limewood & Scarcroft Chess Club

If you’re looking for a chess club that’s more central than areas like Harrogate, then Limewood & Scarcroft Chess Club could be a good option for chess players of all abilities. Meeting at the Fox and Grapes in on York Road, Limewood & Scarcroft have a website that may look simple, but that is rich in content. You’ll find reasonably regular updates in the blog sections of the website, with the news section also keeping you abreast of the latest goings-on with the club, its members, and performances in competitions.

Perhaps most importantly for those that are at an intermediate to advanced level, this is a chess club that regularly engages in competition. The teams of Limewood & Scarcroft play in the Leeds Chess League every Wednesday at 7pm. Furthermore, players in this club can be subject to European Chess Federation ranking, allowing players to keep track and attain an objective, quantifiable benchmark of their progress when it comes to the acquisition and sharpening of their skills. Winners of the Leeds CA Arjay Trophy for 2018-19, Limewood & Scarcroft are well worth checking out as a chess club worth attending.

Rose Forgrove Chess Club

Perhaps one of the most centrally-located chess clubs listed, Rose Forgrove Chess Club is accessible with relative ease for those living in and around the Leeds area. This club is one of (if not the) biggest chess clubs in Leeds, playing home to a notable number of players yet welcoming players of all ages, abilities and experience on Wednesdays at 8pm at the Roundhay Evangelical Church/Parochial Hall, Leeds, LS8 4AB.

One of the more inviting aspects of this club for some will be the lack of membership fee. Instead, players will incur a board fee for each game played (currently sitting at £3, £2.50 for concessions, £2 unwaged and juniors pay just £1). There is also a yearly option of £75, which means there are payment options to suit all players, no matter the level of experience or frequency of play.

At the time of writing, there are also vacant spaces waiting in the Rose Forgrove club, which is looking for players to engage in the matches regularly taking place on Wednesday evening. One should venture to the website for more information, but let it be known that the introduction of an incremental time-control (G80 plus 10) match constraint is certain to increase the excitement across the board.