Last updated 18October 2021. Click on the post code for approximate location of the club.

Hereford Chess Club


Our venue is The Herdsman, also Widemarsh Street, Hereford HR4 9HG, opposite the multi storey car-park. The club welcomes players of all ages and abilities. For more information, please contact the secretary, Alan Leary (telephone, 01432 358259).

Meeting day and time

Wednesday evenings at 7:15pm throughout the year. Play takes place in the room above the Inn.  Enter the Inn and go upstairs.



Alan Leary (telephone, 01432 358 259)

Teams and Captains

Occasional friendly matches played with nearby clubs. The club hosts the Herefordshire County Championship.

Further Information

The club welcomes players of all ages and abilities. Parents: The play area is not a bar area and parents are welcome to stay (or frequent the downstairs bar area!!). Talking etc is OK, but must be kept quiet to allow the chess brains to concentrate. Hereford may have beeen the first English city outside London to host a chess club which was first formed in 1812. Given the current unusual/uncertain times the Club is not collecting any membership fees. Play is FREE. There is a car park opposite the Herdsman and at the Odeon shopping complex etc. The landlord does not charge us for the room so we encourage (not compulsory) all to buy at least one drink from the bar. A soft drink is fine.

Internal tournaments:

Club championship, Hereford Premier and Major Knockout tournaments and the leslie Barker Swiss tournament. The club also hosts the Herefordshire County Championship.

The 2016 club champion is Lee Davis also current Herefordshire county champion and winner of the club's knock-out tournament. Kieran Lappin won the 2016 Major Knock-out tournament.