St Albans Chess Club

The County Club, 29 Ridgmont Road - a short walk from St Albans City station.
Postcode for SatNav: AL1 3AH

Adults & Older Juniors
Monday, 7.30pm to 11.00pm
Contact: Aidan Ellis,
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Early Knights
Monday, 6.15pm to 7.15pm (during school term)
Contact: Matt Ball & Michael Flatt
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Latest News

John Leake

With great sadness we report that John Leake, St Albans Chess Club's most loyal and longest serving committee member of recent times, passed away on Friday 6th July at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. He had been ill for some time.

John will be remembered as a friendly, hard working and capable administrator who never avoided a challenge. He had been an active committee member since joining St Albans Chess Club in the early 1970's. At various times he has held all the Club's principal posts - President, Secretary, Treasurer as well as team captain. He also held various posts on Hertfordshire Chess Association, including League Secretary and ECF National Club Controller.

John was held in high regard by all who met him.

The funeral will take place at 3.15 pm on Friday 20th July at The Vale Crematorium, Butterfield Green Road, Luton LU2 8DD.

Summer Chess. St Albans Chess Club meets at The Goat, 37 Sopwell Lane, on Monday evenings from 7.30pm during July and August, commencing on Monday 2nd July.

The Summer sessions are open to players of all playing strength. Whilst no subscription is payable, players are requested to order drinks and snacks from the bar.

The Club returns to The County Club on Monday 3rd September.

Early Knights (for younger players) recommences on Monday 10th September. Attendance at Early Knights is strictly by invitation only so as to be fair to players on our waiting list.

Handicap Rapidplay. Twenty club members took part in the annual end of season handicap tournament held at County Club on Monday 25th June. Games were nominally 10 minutes per player in which the handicap took the form of a time penalty based on the difference in players ECF grades.

Two players, Aidan Ellis and Paul Lawrence, tied for 1st place on 5/6. The trophy was awarded to Aidan on applying the tiebreak (sum of progressive scores).

Daytime Chess Club. Wali at Welwyn Hatfield Chess Forum is running a daytime chess club. The club meets at Haldens Sports & Social Club, WGC on Friday 12.00 noon to 3.30pm throughout the year.

Cooked meals and drinks at club prices can be ordered from the bar.

Hertford & District KO (u160). St Albans beat Welwyn Hatfield in the FINAL at Haldens Sports & Social Club, WGC, on 19th June. See match details: Hertford & District KO FINAL 

Double Cross Match vs Harrow. The annual end of season friendly against Harrow Chess Club took place at County Club, St Albans, on Monday 18th June.

It was a double round rapidplay over twenty boards with refreshments being taken between rounds. Time control was thirty minutes per player.

The first round was closely contested with St Albans edging ahead 10.5 v 9.5 and scoring more heavily in round two to win the match 23.5 v 16.5.  See match details: St Albans vs Harrow 2018.

Sharp Trophy (u160). St Albans beat Hertford in the FINAL at Hertford Club on 12th June.
See match details: Sharp Trophy FINAL

Under-140 Cup. St Albans lost to Welwyn Hatfield Chess Forum in the FINAL at Haldens Sports & Social Club, WGC, on 5th June. See match details: Under-140 KO FINAL

Under-120 Cup. St Albans beat Letchworth & Hitchin in the FINAL at County Club, St Albans, on 4th June.
See match details: Under-120 KO FINAL

Remaining Sessions. As the Club prepares to take its Summer Break during July and August, the last three sessions will be:

  • Monday 11th June: Annual General Meeting.
  • Monday 18th June: Annual 'Double Cross' friendly match against Harrow (20 boards)
  • Monday 25th June: Handicap Cup Rapidplay


The new season began on Monday 4th September 2017 at The County Club, Ridgmont Road.

Early Knights meet from 6.15pm, and the adults section, including older juniors, from 7.30pm.

The Final of the Lavers Ladder, carried over from the end of last season, was won by John Gemmell.

Monday 11th September saw IM Peter Roberson give a Simultaneous Exhibition over 20 boards against club members and guests. He scored 17 wins, 1 draw (against Simon Narbeth) and 2 losses (against Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell and Aidan Ellis).

Tuesday 26th September, St Albans travelled to Watford to contest the annual Cheshire Board match. Watford wrested the trophy from St Albans, with the final score 9-6.



Double Cross Match, June 2017    © Surjit Dhemrait


This season, the Club will again be entering teams in the Hertfordshire League, Herts & District (U160) League, U120 League and KO Cup competitions. Fixtures are now available.

During 4th-6th March 2018 Amsters Travel Club visited Delft in the latest of their foreign chess tours. Planning for 2019 is underway and members interested in joining the annual chess and cultural excursion should contact the foreign secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Annual subscription should be paid to the Treasurer before the end of September to qualify for the reduced rates: adult membership is £50; Junior, full time student, unwaged is £25.

It is also recommended that members playing in competitions should renew their ECF membership so as to avoid ECF grading fees incurred by unregistered players being charged to the Club.

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