Kings Head Chess Club, London

Kings Head Chess Club

The Kings Head is a great Central London club for match play opportunities.

Rik Thomas Memorial Tournament

Rik died unexpectedly last year. He was an excellent Kings Head player, much missed by all of us, who also taught chess in Richmond. A blitz tournament is being held in his memory on Sat 18 Dec 2021 at Orleans Park School, Richmond Road, TW1 3BB. Entry forms are available here.

Social chess and quiz teams

Members and prospective members are encouraged to come to our social chess club nights:
Tuesdays from 7pm at The Kings Head Public House, 33 Moscow Road, Bayswater W2 4AH.
We meet there with the goodwill of of the publican, so please buy drinks and / or food at the bar.
On the first Saturday of every month there is a quiz at 16.15. Kings Head members often form teams for this.

Over the board 2021-22 season

We have 2 teams in the Central London League, one in Division 1 and one in Division 3. Matches are on selected Thursday evenings (18.30 start, all moves in 75 minutes each + 15 seconds per move). First team matches are on 5 boards, second team matches on 4 boards. See the Fixtures menu option for future match dates.

In 2021-22, Kings Head have 3 teams in the London League, one in division 1 East, one in division 1 West and one in division 3 East. Matches are on 8 boards. See the Fixtures menu option.

We have 2 teams in the Middlesex League, one in Division 1 and one in Division 3. Matches are on 6 boards - see the Team fixtures menu option.

1 team in the 4 Nations Chess League. Matches are on selected weekends at a variety of central England venues.

ECF membership required

The English Chess Federation grades the results of games played in leagues and tournaments. To play league games for the Kings Head you need to join the ECF as an Individual Member. Full details are on the website Joining the ECF. ECF membership covers the cost of grading your results and qualifies you to play in leagues and (for silver members and above) tournaments.

In 2021-22, ECF membership rates are as follows.
Bronze membership (league games only)£18.00
Silver membership (leagues and some tournaments)£27.00
Gold membership (leagues and all tournaments)£39.00
Platinum membership (as Gold plus extra benefits)£75.00

County matches

The Kings Head falls within the sporting county of Middlesex, which from 2021 runs teams in the Open, under 2050, under 1850, under 1650 and under 1450 sections.

When you join the club, your contact details will be sent (unless you specify otherwise) to the relevant captain, who will invite you to play in County matches. These are usually played on Saturday afternoons. In 2019 Middlesex won the U-160 County Championship (photo top right).

If you are too busy for club matches on weekday evenings but would like to play on some Saturday afternoons, you can contact the Middlesex County directly by filling in the form on the link.

Note that the 3-digit ECF grading system has been superseded in 2021 by a 4-digit Elo rating system. To convert from ECF to Elo, use the approximate formula

Elo = (ECF * 7.5) + 700