Kings Head Chess Club, London

Kings Head Chess Club

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

Over the board chess is back!

Our 2 teams in the Central London League are back in action at the new venue: Churchill Gardens Tenants Association, Glasgow Terrace, London, SW1V 3AL. 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.

The London League is planning to start in late October 2021 at two venues: Wednesdays at Citadines Hotel, 94-99 High Holborn, WC1V 6LF and Thursdays at the Mind Sports Centre, 21-23 Dalling Road, W6 0JD

The Middlesex League clubs will decide fixtures once the London League fixtures are published.

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 pre-COVID ran teams in the Open, under 180, under 160, under 140 and under 120 sections. County Match fixtures have not yet been published for the season 2021-2022.

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).