About Us

We strive to be a friendly, successful and inclusive chess club, organising both competitive and social chess events. Please join us!

All are welcome as members, regardless of age and level of play. We suggest that juniors also consider our partner club Barnet Knights, as they offer an environment which may be more tailored to their needs. We take great pride in the way young players are included in our events, as and when they are ready!

We have won the Middlesex League nine times, and been runners-up twice, since 2009. See our roll of honour.

In 2022, we are proud to be celebrating the 75th anniversary of our founding in 1947!


Full details of our activities, such as club nights and tournaments, may be found here.

We hold a club night most Thursdays from 7:30pm to 10pm. There are occasionally weeks where we have to move or skip it, especially over the summer, so please check our event calendar, which will also tell you what else is going on each evening.

We welcome walk-in visitors, and are happy for people to attend as social guests or spectators once or twice before deciding whether to pay for membership. We try to make sure someone is on hand to welcome first-time visitors, especially on evenings with social chess.

If you’re new, please come up to someone and let them know you’re interested in learning more about the club; they should hopefully be able to point you in the right direction!


Our home venue is the Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club, 25 Alvanley Gardens, London NW6 1JD (map), which is five minutes’ walk from Finchley Road & Frognal Station. We meet in the Ramus Room.

For more information on COVID-19 measures, please see here.


To join Hendon Chess Club, please click here.


The current Officers of the Club may be found on our contact page.

Child Protection Policy

The club recognises the importance of child safeguarding: we have a written policy which may be found here.