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Why Play Chess?


Chess is a game that does not rely on chance. It is not dependent on the deal of cards or the throw of dice or indeed any factor outside of the players control. Furthermore it does not require any significant physical skill, which allows both sexes, all ages and handicapped players to participate on equal terms.


The game was devised in its recognisable form in India c 600 AD and is based loosely on ancient wargame tactics and strategy, with all moves being "above board".

The game has since been refined, internationally standardised and extensively analysed by man and machine, but has not been analysed "out", for although the number of possible games is finite, there are more of them than atoms in the known universe.


Chess is both exercise and stimulation for the brain, which has been proved to be beneficial in maintaining good memory and concentration for longer into old age.




Why choose to attend Swindon Chess Club? 


Swindon Chess Club has the most members on roll of any Chess Club in North Wiltshire. We play graded and friendly games throughout the year at arguably the best venue with extensive new equipment. We are a friendly crowd of mixed abilities and the charges are very reasonable. Please contact us for details.


We are also affiliated to the WCCA - Wiltshire County Chess Association.

 WECU - West of England Chess Union & the  ECF - English Chess Federation (formerly the BCF - British Chess Federation).

Our Club Nights take place on most Wednesdays at 19:15 for 19:30 start.

Playing area within Function Room


The Merlin

Drove Road (200 Yards from Magic Roundabout)





Car parking space is available at rear, accessible via Southampton Street.

Venue is on bus route 17.

Click here for map


The Club meets every Wednesday evening ( except Xmas ) with League matches played on a Thursday.   

Facilities exist for casual games to be played on Wednesdays.

Note that fixture dates may be altered at short notice particularly due to inclement weather.
Casual players are advised to phone beforehand for details.


Away Venues

Maps for League away matches may be obtained by clicking the following links:

Check Inn          SN4 9AA

Nationwide        SN3 1TA

Trowbridge       BA14 0AX

Chippenham     SN15 4LL

Devizes            SN10 2AT



We are unable to accept juniors at our Merlin venue (with some exceptions from time to time, but when accepted, they must be accompanied by a responsible adult.)

However we are pleased to be associated with the South Marston Junior Chess Club, South Marston Village Hall, Old Vicarage Lane, South Marston SN 3 4SH with whom junior beginners should apply in the first instance.  Club times are : Thursday 6.00 - 8.00pm.

Contact: Rachel Case  07545923021




The Club Championship is an all-play-all competition such that each player has a different opponent  every week, selected by a card system.

In the first half of the season players are paired at random. In the second half of the season players are paired according to the number of games they have played and against whom they have not already played.


The card system also attempts to equalize the black/white selection.


The games are played at the League rate and, with some exceptions, are ECF graded.


In the event of an odd number of players, then one player is asked to stand down, but this is not allowed to happen more than once, for any given player.


The winner is the player with the most points irrespective of the number of games played.


Two competitions are held per year, each lasting 25 weeks and starting typically the first week of October (when the League starts) and the first week of May (when the League finishes).


Current results, together with comments, may be found on our Facebook page.


The past winners are as follows:







G. Georgiou




D. O’Byrne




R. Rei / R. Morris


R. Rei


R. Rei


C. Snook-Lumb


P. Hatchett


D. O’Byrne


R. Morris


G. Williams


G. Georgiou


G. Georgiou. G. Williams.

R. Carver


             G. Georgiou


G. Georgiou.


             R. Morris



2020/21                   n/a                                           2021                    n/a

2021/22              Ben Ogunshola         


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