Lichfield Chess Club meets on Thursday evenings from the end of August to the beginning of May, plus three additional evenings during the summer recess. The club’s headquarters is the Guildroom on the ground floor of the historic Guildhall in the centre of the city, with club nights starting at 7-15pm. Making prior telephone contact will ensure that newcomers are spotted in what is often a busy club room with many visiting strangers from other clubs.
The club is one of the strongest and best attended chess clubs in the Midlands, with an average membership each year around the 40 to 50 mark. With an age range of six to 80-plus, the club ranges in strength from novice to national championship standard. It provides opportunities for social chess and for juniors and latecomers to learn the game.
Whether you wish to participate actively in one of our teams or simply want to play friendly games, you will find plenty of opportunities. In addition to running 15 teams, all members can participate in three annual internal competitions all run on a time handicap basis to give everyone a chance.
If you are interested in joining Lichfield Chess Club please please ring David Short (General Secretary) on 01543 304212, John Fryer, 01543 264997, or Brian Homewood (Fixtures Secretary) on 01543 255909. Alternatively, you can call in on a Thursday night during the season to see the facilities and meet the members, but it’s still a good idea to call either David or Brian to ensure that someone is there to meet you and make you welcome.
There is no pressure to take up membership immediately. Newcomers are given several weeks to decide whether they would like to join. Youngsters will be given tuition and games will be arranged for them.