Kings Head Chess Club, London

Kings Head Chess Club

The Kings Head is a great central London club for match play opportunities. We currently run 9 teams:

4 teams in the London League divisions 1, 3, 4 and 5weekday evenings
2 teams in the Middlesex League divisions 2 and 3weekday evenings
2 teams in the Central London League divisions 2 and 3weekday evenings
1 team in the 4 Nations Chess League division 2occasional weekends

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 2017-18, ECF membership rates are as follows.

Bronze membership (league games only)£15.00
Silver membership (leagues and some tournaments)£22.50
Gold membership (leagues and all tournaments)£33.00

Is there a regular club evening?

This summer we arranged fortnightly member-only 5-minute tournaments at the Kings Head, Moscow Road W2 4AH, the pub where the club started. During the 2017-18 season we may be arranging occasional member-only events, but no longer meet every evening for casual chess.

County matches

The Kings Head falls within the sporting county of Middlesex, which currently runs teams in the Open, under 180, under 160, under 140 and under 120 sections. When you join the club, your contact details will be passed to the relevant captain, who will invite you to play in County matches. These are usually played on Saturday afternoons.