England has a well established chess club scene with more than 600 over the board clubs across all parts of the nation, many of them with junior and/or online clubs in addition to face-to-face club nights and competitions.
You can find chess clubs in your area by following this link – https://ecf.azolve.com/clubfinder.htm – and using the search facilities on the resulting map page. The club finder shows the club location and contact details, as well as a web site link [if the club has a website] to find out more about clubs near you.
Club lists by region or county
A number of the English county and regional websites provide links to local clubs – click here
Club nights and leagues
Most clubs have regular club nights where you can play friendly over-the-board matches against other players and take part in club competitions and local league team events. Clubs are generally looking for players to join at all levels of ability, and frequently have separate junior sections. Chess clubs have mostly been closed for over the board play during the pandemic but are now starting to plan for a phased return to club nights and over-the-board competitions as restrictions start to ease.
You can see our guidance on restrictions in force during the pandemic, and helpful articles including precautions to consider as we start to move through the steps in the Governments Spring Response on this page – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-covid-19-helpful-articles/
Many clubs have continued their operation with online matches and participation in online leagues during the pandemic, when over the board chess has been difficult or impossible. You can find a club in your area that has an online presence by clicking on the map at https://englishchessonline.org.uk/english-club-finder-map/. On the same page we list the ECF clubs at Chess.com and Lichess.org. We welcome all levels of player to these groups, but you need to be a member or supporter of the ECF to join. Details of how to join us for as little as £10 per year are at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-membership-rates-and-joining-details/
Amendments/additions to the club map
Club secretaries and organisers can add and/or amend their club details via the ‘Add/amend your club’ link on the ECF website – https://britchess.wufoo.com/forms/w1i1j1we007tesu/
Clubs and other organisations can renew their insurance via a block club insurance arrangement provided via Green’s Insurance- https://www.englishchess.org.uk/clubs-congress-insurance-2020-21/
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provisions came into force on 25th May 2018. The GDPR applies to all clubs and counties as separate organisations, regardless of their size. Further information is available on the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office – https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/. You can also find a summary of key points here – https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/GDPR-County-and-Club-Guide.pdf