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Hendon Chess Club

The club has a lively programme of events, including:

  • Annual Club Championship
    The Club Championship is a 6-round Swiss, played from May to July. All members are eligible, and games are graded. It’s a chance to get some practice in a competitive environment and meet your fellow clubmates!
  • Middlesex League
    We run five Hendon teams. In Division 1 we currently have the Lions and the Tigers. In Division 2 we have the Jaguars (previously named the Jackals) and the Ocelots. In Division 3 we have a 5th team for juniors who are also members of the Barnet Knights junior club.
    We play teams from all over Middlesex and Central London, at home and away. Matches take place from the start of October to May.
    Our club is always looking for new team players! So if you are looking for a chess club and opportunities to practise, look no further!
    NOTE – you can play for two different clubs as long as you play for teams competing in different Leagues, e.g. you could play London League for Cavendish, Middlesex League for Hendon and North Circular League for Enfield!
    We are the current Middlesex League champions for 2016-2017, and were also champions in 2015-16, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012 & 2009-2010.
  • FIDE Rated Blitz Tournaments
    ‘First Thursday’ FIDE Rated Hendon Blitz Tournaments are held on the first Thursday of every month (hence the name!).
  • Open Rapid Chess Tournaments
    Hendon Open Rapid Tournaments are held occasionally, in order to provide members and visitors with opportunities to play graded games on Thursday with no matches!
  • Rapidplay Tournaments
    Our club member Adam Raoof runs monthly Golders Green Rapidplays (30 minutes per player per game) at the club venue with up to 114 taking part! Hendon members get discounted entry and there are over £400 in prizes to win! Open and major sections are FIDE rated!

Membership Rates

Annual Membership:

  • Annual Membership fee – full: £60.00
  • Annual Membership fee – students, unemployed and juniors: £45.00

There is a £5 discount if you pay your membership fee before or at the October 6th Blitz Tournament!

Child Protection Policy

Please note that the club has a child protection policy which all members and visitors are expected to observe. You can download a copy here:
Child Protection Policy (pdf format)

Get an Official Grade!

If you join Hendon Chess Club you get the opportunity – through our Championship and League Games – to get an official English Chess Federation grade. For more information visit


After club nights and matches, at least a few of our members can often be found in the excellent Italian restaurant called Charlie’s on the right hand corner of North End Road and West Heath Drive. Good food, coffee and beer plus very friendly staff!

Find out more…

For more details, download our Subscription Form or ring Club Secretary Adam Raoof on 07855 036 537 (m), or come along to any club night, blitz tournament or Golders Green Rapidplay