St Albans Chess Club meet at the County Club, 29 Ridgmont Road, St Albans, AL1 3AG, a short walk from St Albans City railway station. (See map)

    Early Knights Junior Club:     Monday,  6:30pm to 7:30pm
    St Albans Chess Club:     Monday,  7:30pm onwards


We cater for players of all strengths and welcome visits from prospective members. Why not play a few games have a chat with the Club Secretary and other Members?

Our home venue has a spacious and well-lit club room. The adjoining licensed bar and lounge provides an area where players may chat freely and play informal games.

In July and August we enjoy our games in the convivial atmosphere of the Goat Inn, Sopwell Lane. (See map)

Competitive Chess

As well as hosting informal games and organised competitions between club members, St Albans Chess Club competes in a wide variety of matches against other clubs.

Regular competitions held in the club include: The Silver Rook Individual Championship, Handicap Cup Rapidplay, Lavers Ladder (15 minute rapidplay), pre-season Cheshire Board match against Watford (up to 20 boards) and end-of-season friendly double round rapidplay against Harrow (up to 20 boards).

Currently, St Albans has six teams competing in the Hertfordshire Chess League. We also enter teams in Hertfordshire Knockout Cup Competitions (Russell Open, Sharp U160, U140 and U120), Hertfordshire and District U160 League, Hertfordshire U120 League and Old Puller Cup Rapidplay.

Club Members are eligible to play in the Hertfordshire County Individual Championship Caple Cup (Open), Burn Cup (U160) and Bounce Cup (U120).

Members able to play occasional matches at weekends may be selected to represent Hertfordshire County in the SCCU Southern Counties League (Open, U140 and U120) or  EACU  East Anglian League (U160) and progress, if the county team qualifies, to the National Final of the Minor Counties Knock Out.

Other Activities

We are fortunate in having a thriving Early Knights Junior Chess Club which is well run and supervised by adults holding appropriate DBS certification.

Our popular Weekend Congress in April is a well-established event in the ECF chess calendar.

From time-to-time we invite titled players to play exhibition matches against a team of club players, play matches against European clubs on extended weekend trips and host matches against visiting clubs.

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