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We aim to provide the opportunity for everyone to participate in the sport of chess in Peterborough, England and the surrounding area. Every Wednesday from 7:30pm, we meet at the Lancaster Club in Yaxley to enjoy chess in a competitive but friendly atmosphere.


We cater for all standards of play and organise teams in the county leagues, hold internal events and championships and can offer tuition to improve your game.




    * meet weekly throughout the year

    * cater for all standards of play

    * enter teams in county leagues

    * organise internal championships and events

    * offer tuition to improve your game


We have a new venue. See below for the address and map.

The club starts again on Weds 1st September. We look forward to seeing you there. Please download and read the following if you are coming to the club. Thankyou

Directions to the Club & Covid Protocol

Available for download the minutes of recent AGMs

Minutes of Club AGM and Minutes of Cambridgeshire Chess Association AGM

Cambridgeshire County Chess Championship

27th - 28th November  Entry Form

The Fixtures for the coming season can now be downloaded from this link Fixtures 2021-2022

New Team 7000 rules downloaded here - Team 7000 Rules

Steve Wozniak

It is with great sadness I have to report the death of our club member Steve. A keen member of the club who had been on Paul Hanks Tuesday Zoom Masterclass only a few weeks ago.
Our thoughts and best wishes to his family at this difficult time.

Patrick Ribbands

It is with great sadness I have to report the death of Cambridgeshire Chess stalwart Patrick. A full tribute will appear on the Cambridgeshire Chess site as soon as possible.
Chess was devised many centuries ago and has developed into a truly international sport.

Two players clash in a battle of ideas and imagination starting with an identical army of pieces on a board with 64 squares. Each piece has its own pattern of movement and the objective is to overwhelm the commander of your opponent's army (the king). You need to manoeuvre your forces to threaten the king (i.e. you can move one of your pieces to the square it occupies) and similarly control all the surrounding squares (checkmate).

To play chess successfully, you need to learn how the various pieces move and to understand the strategy and tactics which enable you to deploy them to deliver checkmate. Many books and websites can give basic instructions. For example the FIDE website has an official handbook. Click here to go to the site

Rules of chess website:


There are a number of sites where freely available training material is available as well as game play.



www.youtube.com  and search on 'chess'
The club currently enters two teams in the leagues of the Cambridgeshire Chess Association


This entails midweek matches against similar clubs around the county over four or five boards. Also, this year we are entering 2 teams of 4 players in the Team 550 competition whereby a teams' total grade cannot exceed 550 points. This will give players who don't play too much team chess a chance to play in a competitve environment. 

Internally, we organise a club championship, handicap and rapid play events during the winter season and a lighthearted evening of fun chess before the break for Christmas. We devote the summer months to tuition sessions aimed at improving specific areas of our play. It all adds up to a crowded calendar that keeps us active throughout the year!

The club issues a monthly newsletter to keep members abreast of match results and forthcoming events with other articles including a problem challenge and game highlights.

Internal Club Tournament Rules

To download the rules for the club tournamnets click on the appropriate link - Ladder   Summer Sprint
The club is run by a committee comprising

    * Chairman
    * Secretary
    * Treasurer
    * Match captains
    * Tournament organiser

The responsibilities of each club officer is defined in the Club Constitution which also states that an Annual General Meeting is held for members to hear their summary reports. The members elect the officers and determine policy for the coming year.


For 2021-22 the subscription is £50 + membership of the appropriate category of ECF.
The club meets every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm at

Yard of Ale
72 Oundle Road
WoodstonPE2 9PA, Peterborough, United Kingdom


For membership and other club related items  cjruss@virginmedia.com

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