About Us

If Carlsberg made chess clubs….


Roch around the clock: Our sessions at the Rochester Castle pub are great fun.

Welcome to Hackney Chess Club, proud winners of the English Chess Federation Club of the Year award for 2016-17. As one of the biggest and certainly friendliest clubs in the UK, we pride ourselves in giving a warm welcome to anyone who loves the magical game of chess. So whatever your level, from beginner to grandmaster, we would love to hear from you and we will find you a place in one of our eight teams covering different levels in the London, Middlesex, Essex County and 4NCL leagues. Aside from team chess,  many of our players also play in individual tournaments throughout the year.

We provide free coaching for talented young players and we welcome players from Hackney’s vibrant ethnic communities, women and juniors to join us. Aside from our busy league schedule we meet and play socially across the borough.

Tuesday evenings from 19.00 is our club night. We meet at the Rochester Castle – you’ll find us in the conservatory in the back of the pub.

There is no charge for these events.

Our outreach work has included occasional sessions in the Rio Cinema, Clissold Park and summer festivals in Walthamstow and Camden. And the best news is that there is no cost – we only charge subs to people who play five or more league games for us during the year.

So if you like chess whether you live in London, or if you are visiting and fancy a few games, please contact our secretary Bryan Ellis at secretary@hackneychess.org.uk