Worcester City Chess Club
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Last updated 23 November 2022

More About Worcester City Chess Club

St Stephen's Church Hall
Winter Venue (Sep to May). Picture shows the entry to the church precincts from St Stephen's Street and the covered way to the main door of the church hall between the trees towards the left. St Stephen's Church Hall, St Stephen's Street Worcester WR3 7HS. For location map, click here
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Telephone enquiries

If your questions about the club are not answered by this page, please leave a voice mail message at Worcester 358 989 with your name and number so we can return your call.

Aims of the Club

Worcester City Chess Club was ‘re-founded’ in 1837 and is one of the oldest chess clubs in the UK. Its purpose is to: ‘promote the art and science of chess by providing facilities for the playing of friendly and competitive chess and other activities’.

Club Honorary Officers


Winter months September to May. St Stephen's Church Hall is open on Thursdays from 7:30pm during the months from September to May and is accessible by wheelchair. Hot beverages and biscuits are available at reasonable cost. Members may borrow equipment and chess books. The club offers members: Standard play games over the board and an online Rapidplay championship. The club notice board gives details for entry to congresses and events throughout England and Wales. Coaching by arrangement.

Summer months June, July and August. In the centre of the city for social games arrangments TBC. In the summer of 2022, members met for social chess at The Paul Pry with thanks to landlord Alex Pope.

Online chess

The club organises a team in the Four Nations Chess league. Play is on lichess with a time control of 45 min + 15 sec. Players formerly associated with the club and players in Worcestershire are welcome to join the club as an online player only.

Subscription Fees

Visitors are welcome £3 per night. For the 2022-3 season Vice-President membership is £80, Ordinary membership £50 and Concessions £40 for the year. For regular team league play members are required to become members of the English Chess Federation because a Pay-to-Play fee is charged by the ECF for club members who are not ECF members once more than three games have been played in an event. ECF Fees include rating for internal club tournament games. Online only members’ subscription rate is £5, which covers two seasons of play in the Four Nations Chess League.

Child protection

Officers and members of the club have adopted the child protection policy, code of practice and procedures recommended by the English Chess Federation, which may be downloaded from here. The Worcester City Chess Club lead person for safeguarding is Ray Collett (telephone Worcester 454 754).

Privacy policy

The club honorary secretary maintains an electronic list of contact information of members and people who have enquired about playing at the club and he sends them emails about chess in Worcester. Contacts who are not members may ask to have their names removed from this list. Team captains may receive information about contact details of members who are over the age of 18 unless a member has informed the secretary that there is good rason not to do so. The club’s policy is available for download (pdf document).

Club Affiliations

Worcester City Chess Club is member of Worcestershire Chess Association. Through these organisations the club is affiliated to the Midlands Counties Chess Union and the English Chess Federation. Members of the club hold posts in these county, and regional organisations.

Club Website

This website is maintained by Ray Collett. Please send any requests for correction of content or queries about images on this site to him. Links to conent in other websites is provided for convenience and neither he nor the club is reponsible for the content of any web pages linked from this site.

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