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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.

You don't have to be old as we accept members under 16 as well as adults.

Note that juniors must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


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 ).   

Facilities exist for casual games to be played at the same time as League games.

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:

Brown Jack       SN4 0RT

Nationwide        SN3 1TA

Trowbridge       BA14 0AX

Chippenham     SN15 4LL

Devizes            SN10 2AT

Course for Novices

This course is for beginners who wish to learn how to play Chess and/or improve their play up to League Standard. It is held on the first Thursday of every month, (subject to change). Contact Gordon Chapman, Tel: 01793 740887  for details. Start time 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Expected finish time 9.30pm. Juniors should be accompanied by an adult.


Tuition can be given (as required) and games can be played against other beginners for subsequent analysis.

Cost: £4 / evening.


[This course is NOT for experienced  / League players (past or present), such players should attend on Wednesdays.] 


This course has been cancelled until further notice.  

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