From Monday 23rd March and for the duration of the coronavirus alert St Albans Chess Club is CLOSED.


St Albans Chess Club

The County Club, 29 Ridgmont Road. See Map & Parking
- a short walk from St Albans City station.

Adults & Older Juniors Juniors (Early Knights)
Monday, 7.30pm to 11.00pm Monday, 6.15pm to 7.15pm (during school term)
Contact: Robert Collopy Contact: Matt Ball
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Full details on the Early Knights page



The Chess Club is always pleased to welcome visitors and prospective members from the start of the club at 7.30pm. Just turn up and introduce yourself, or better still drop the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a message so that we know to expect you.

Fixtures 2019-20

View fixtures and results for a particular St Albans team by clicking on one of these buttons.

All Teams St Albans 1 St Albans 2 St Albans 3 St Albans 4 St Albans 5 St Albans 6
H&D u160 League u120 League u160 Sharp Trophy u140 KO Cup u120 KO Cup


League tables are available on the Hertfordshire results website:

Hertfordshire chess club venues and websites:

St Albans Club Championship - Silver Rook

 The three qualifying tournaments were played on the dates:

  • Day 1, 16th September 2019
  • Day 2, 11th November 2019
  • Day 3, 13th January 2020

The eight players qualifying for the knockout stage are:

  1. Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell (794 pts, day2),
  2. Robert Collopy (779 pts, day 3),
  3. Ben Sommerbauer (757 pts, day2),
  4. Jon Freeman (750 pts, day1),
  5. Aidan Ellis (744 pts, day3),
  6. Neil Willmott (720 pts, day 1),
  7. James Palmer (684 pts, day1),
  8. Liam Price (674 pts, day 2)

Qualifying tournament crosstables are available at:

Quarter Finals

Q1 v Q8

Q5 v Q4

Q3 v Q6

Q7 v Q2

For competition rules see: Silver Rook Rules

Chiltern Trophy Match vs Watford

This year's match took place at the West Herts Sports Club, Watford, on Monday 23 September. It was played over 18 boards.

Watford 12½ vs 5½ St Albans. See Chiltern Match Score Card

On the same night the two junior teams met in their first challenge cup County Club, St Albans, It was played over twelve boards and two rounds.

Early Knights 12½ vs 11½ Watford Juniors. See Junior Match Score Card

Annual Subscriptions and ECF Membership

Annual subscriptions to St Albans Chess Club are now due.

If renewed before 1st October 2019: Early Knights £35, Adults £50, Concessions (u18 juniors / unwaged etc) £25.

Please, make all cheques payable to "St Albans Chess Club" and hand them to the Treasurer, Simon Narbeth.

When paying by electronic transfer, it would be helpful to include your name as the transaction reference and email Simon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to confirm that a payment has been made. Bank details are:

Bank:  Lloyds Bank
Account name:  St Albans Chess Club
Sort code:  30 93 90
Account Number:  16047868

 It is also time to renew your ECF membership. There are several options:

  • BRONZE (£18, junior £6) is usually sufficient if only participate in club and local league,
  • SILVER (£27, junior £6*) if you intend to play in other ECF graded events (e.g. weekend congresses),
  • GOLD (£39, junior £19.50) for FIDE rated events,
  • PLATINUM (£75) as GOLD plus a donation to the ECF.

For further information on ECF Membership see:

Renew or upgrade ECF membership online:

* Junior Silver ECF membership is available FREE to players who have not previously been members of the Federation in any category.

Simultaneous by IM Peter Roberson

The club's top player once again kicked off the new season with a twenty-two board simultaneous against the rest of the club at the County Club on Monday 9th September 2019.

Peter scored 18 wins, 4 draws and 0 losses. The draws were obtained by Katie Ball (Early Knights Junior), Matt Ball (Katie's father), Robert Collopy (Hon Secretary) and Stephen Millar.

The full list of participants can be found at Simultaneous 2019

Season 2019-2020

Please, note the following dates and events arranged for the start of the new season.

  • Monday 2rd Sept.First club night.
  • Monday 9th Sept. Simultaneous IM Peter Roberson vs Club Members
  • Monday 16th Sept. Expected release of Herts league fixtures.
  • Monday 16th Sept. Silver Rook. First Qualifying Event (Rapidplay).
  • Saturday & Sunday, 21-22 Sept. Herts Individual Championships
    (Capel, Burn & Bunce Cups). At Hertford Chess Club.
  • Monday 23rd Sept. Cheshire Board. Away vs Watford. West Herts Sports & Social Club, Watford.
  • Monday 23rd Sept. St Albans Juniors vs Watford Juniors. At County Club, St Albans.
  • Sunday 29 Sept. Cambridgeshire Rapidplay in Whittlesford (north east of Royston).
    See entry form: 2019 entry.pdf
  • Sunday 29 Sept. Letchworth FiDE Rapidplay. See details:
  • Monday 30th Sept. Start of League Matches.

Privacy Notice

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