Join us!

Thank you for your interest in our club!

Please fill in this form to register for membership for the 2022–23 season (whether you are a new, rejoining or renewing member). Our membership year now runs from September 1st to August 31st.

If you’re not yet ready to become a member, but are interested in receiving information about our events by email, please also fill in the form.

Please read our privacy notice for details of how we store and use your personal information when you do so.

Benefits

The benefits of membership are:

  • Eligibility for selection for our league teams (e.g. Middlesex League)
  • Eligibility for the summer Club Championship
  • Discounted entry to the “First Thursday” blitz tournaments: worth £7 per tournament
  • Free or discounted entry to other events throughout the season (e.g. simultaneous displays with titled players)
  • Social chess on home club nights where there is space
  • Discounted entry to the Golders Green and Muswell Hill rapid tournaments (provided you are an ECF member at Silver level or above, and that you register in advance): worth £5 per tournament

If you play in a lot of blitz and rapid tournaments, you could easily make savings adding up to more than your membership fee!

See our activities for further details. Note that many of our activities have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: please click here for up-to-date information.

Many Hendon events involve playing games under tournament conditions, whose results are sent to the ECF for rating. In order to be eligible for these, you must be a member of the ECF as well as the Club. ECF membership gives you various other benefits (depending on the level you choose), including discounted entry to chess tournaments and events around the country.

See the following table for details (OTB refers to “over-the-board” chess, as opposed to online chess):

Event Minimum ECF membership level
Middlesex League OTB Bronze
Club Championship (if OTB) Bronze
Club Championship (if online) None

If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

Membership fees for 2022–23

Since all memberships run to the end of the season (31st August), the fees depend on when you join (your membership begins on the date of payment):

Payment date Full fee Concessions
August 2022 or before (“early bird” discount) £60 £48
September or October 2022 £70 £56
November or December 2022 £60 £48
January or February 2023 £50 £40
March or April 2023 £40 £32
May or June 2023 £30 £24
July or August 2023 £20 £16

The concessionary rate is available to:

  • Juniors (people who are under 18 on the date of registration)
  • Students in full-time education (18+, not retired)
  • Unemployed people (18+, not retired)

Additional concessions are available in the following cases (please contact our Treasurer for further details):

  • People holding the FIDE GM, WGM, IM or WIM titles
  • Cases of genuine hardship

In line with the ECF’s recommendation in March 2022, we are offering free membership for the 2022/23 season to any Ukrainian refugees who have been granted refugee or asylum status by the UK Government since the beginning of 2022. Anyone wishing to take advantage of this offer should contact our Membership Secretary with details of their FIDE UKR registration or ECF membership.

We strongly prefer payment by bank transfer; the application form contains payment instructions.