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Welcome to Newbury Chess Club

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Interested in playing chess, either seriously or socially? Newbury Chess Club meets most Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm until 10.00 pm. We previously met on Thursdays and still have some matches and meetings on a Thursday - see diary.

Our numbers are down on recent years, so we are always looking for new players, of whatever standard. If you are thinking of coming, do check with us that we will be open - since we do not meet on match nights or when most of our regular players are away. Check the diary for the latest meeting dates, or ask to join our mailing list if you want to be kept informed of opening and closing dates.

Division 2 cup

We currently have one team in Division 2 of the Berkshire Chess League. In 2017-18 we came second. Normally this would result in our promotion to division 1, but without strength in depth both us and the winners requested not to be promoted while the team at the bottom of Division 1 felt out of their depth so requested demotion. The top two divisions are now more evenly balanced with eight teams in each. We also compete in a handicap cup. The fixtures and results table (PDF) gives more details.

We welcome players of all abilities. If you don't feel you are up to match standard, then don't worry. When there are no matches we play Social Chess in a friendly atmosphere, without obeying the rules to the letter (e.g. in a match, of you touch a piece you must move it; in social chess, just take it back as soon as you realise your mistake!)

Other pages on this website give details of our teams and include archive reports and tables, including that our our Club Championship which ran for six years from 2011-2017.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact the secretary whose details you will find on the club information page.

This page last updated 24th January 2019

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