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Club Information

The club has been in existence for several decades. It used to meet in the United Reformed Church Hall (off Northbrook Street). In 1988 it moved to Mary Hare Grammar School, its home for 28 years. Its new home -from 8th September 2016 - is Woolton Hill Church Hall - see venue details.

How To Join

The simplest answer is to turn up on a Thursday evening, ideally between 7.30 and 7.45pm. However, it is advisable to contact one of us first, to confirm that the club will be meeting (very occasionally it is closed over holiday periods or when teams are playing away).

  • Membership secretary - David Skyrme. Tel: (01635) 254151 or email
  • Chairman - Keith Savoy. Tel: 01635 48933.
  • Meeting times: Thursdays from 7.30pm to approximately 10pm; league matches go on until 10.30pm (B-team) or 11pm (A-team)
  • Chess season September - Easter. Sometimes a few matches are played in the summer term.
  • Membership fee: £40 per term; £20 per term for juniors. There is no charge for the few occasion we open in the summer term - we usually take a break from June - August.

Some Facts and Figures

  • We cater for all ages and abilities - recent years have seen one or two school children play with us (accompanied by a parent)
  • Several of our players have resumed playing chess after gaps of 25 years or more
  • You can play serious (e.g. 5 minute Blitz chess with clocks) or casual (letting your opponent take back bad moves)
  • Our first team were top of the league division 1 - for about 3 weeks in 2007! They generally finish around mid-table, but were relegated to division 2 at the end of 2010-11. After two seasons back in Division 1 they were again relegated, at which time both A- and B- teams merged (for 2013-14)
  • The newly merged team won Division 2 in 2015, so we again fielded two teams
  • Our second team only started in 2004, and though usually near the bottom finished top of their division in 2010, so were promoted to division 2, they were demoted in 2011, then promoted again and just held their position. The two teams merged for the 2013-15 seasons.
  • There were a record 13 entries in our 2014-15 club championship. Each player plays all the others. Our first champion (2011-12) was our former chairman, now Honorary President, Mike Marlow. Our most recent champion is Andy Robbings (both 2014-15 and 2015-16). Full results of each season's championship is on our championship page.
  • There's nothing stopping you playing in more than one club (though you cannot play in league matches for more than one club in a single county); in the past some of our more enthusiastic players have also played in the same season for clubs in adjacent counties, including clubs at Bicester, Wantage, Swindon and Oxford.
  • Each player normally gets through 3-4 social games in an evening
  • We're always looking for new members, so we've actually produced a promotional flier (PDF). Print out (on A4, double-sided and fold in 2) and give to your friends!
  • Modern chess computers can calculate over 500,000 positions a second, the human brain about 5, but (some) humans can still beat (some) computers.

This page last updated 8th August 2016

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