Activities

The club has a lively programme of events, though these have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here and check our calendar and news pages for the latest information.

Club nights

Our main club nights are on Thursdays from 7:30pm to 10pm in the main hall at Golders Green Unitarian Church.

The first Thursday of each month is normally a blitz tournament; these events typically leave no room for other activities, but on other Thursday club nights, people are welcome to play social chess. If there is a Middlesex League home match taking place, the atmosphere will typically be quieter.

Some of our Middlesex League home matches are on Tuesdays in a separate room at the back of the church hall. We do not have access to the main hall on Tuesdays, and the back room is quite small, so social chess is not possible on Tuesdays.

We take a break over the summer, and occasionally have to skip a club night for various reasons, so to avoid disappointment, please check our calendar or contact us before turning up.

Annual Club Championship

The Club Championship is played from May to July. It is a Swiss-style tournament (where players are paired with someone on a similar score in each round), with about six rounds, one round per week.

The time control is the same as our Middlesex League matches. All members are eligible, and games are ECF 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 the main divisions, plus a “Formula 4” team for those graded under 125 ECF. Our fifth team is 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 2019-20, and were also champions in 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012 & 2009-2010!

FIDE Rated Blitz Tournaments

‘First Thursday’ FIDE Rated Hendon Blitz Tournaments are normally held on the first Thursday of every month (hence the name!). Check the calendar for any date changes.

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!