The Grand Reopening

Members of the club met last wednesday and I am happy to say that Culcheth Chess Club will now be reopening.

Wednesday 1st September from 7.30pm and each Wednesday there after shall be our new club night.

You will find us playing in the upstairs room at THE PACK HORSE CULCHETH

Members at the meeting expressed a determination that from now on we will make a big effort to maintain this evening for chess irrespective of whether or not we have a match on.

We would like to invite all local chess players to attend for a game whenever they feel like it. If you play for another local club who meet on a different night you are also most welcome to join us for a game and you can still play for your own club in the league.

Junior players are welcome to attend under parental supervision, although children completely new to chess may prefer to start at the nearby junior chess club in Warrington with whom we are partnered.


Playing Safety:

Whilst masks are not compulsory, we will do our best to keep the room well ventilated and maintain a degree of social distancing between chessboards.

I would also encourage members that plan on attending to perform a covid rapid antigen test before visiting. They are very easy to do take 15 minutes and are free to order on the NHS website. This isn’t something we can force you to do but personally I think it is a basic courtesy to others that you can perform to help put everyones minds at rest about the Coronavirus. Research shows rapid tests are 99.9% accurate. (stat from NHS Website)


Hope to see you over the chess board next Wednesday night for a friendly game!

Opening Gambit- Resumption of chess – We would like to hear your opinion!

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Greeting chess friends,

After a long enforced absence from the chessboard cautious discussions are underway with the aim of restarting over the board chess.

We wanted to keep club members and any new potential club members updated of our progress and we would be interested on hearing your opinions on the below. Feedback is important to us even if you have never visited the chess club before if you have any comments do feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments box below (you just need to register for an account to comment on the blog but this is quick and easy to do).

Sadly our old venue at The Daten Sports Club in Culcheth has undergone big refurbishments and we no longer feel it is a suitable venue for a chess club. We are grateful however to Nick Burriss in this regard who has managed to secure for us a new venue for chess at “The Pack Horse” in Culcheth

The room is of a good size and there would be no fee for the room hire involved which is certainly a boon. The only downsides so far with this is disabled access (the room is on the 1st floor) and lighting. The lighting issue should be easily solved by the purchase of some lamps.

With the new venue being agreed a suggested date for chess resumption has been sometime in September. We so far have no details on how many of our neighbouring chess clubs are set to recommence by then. Ideally we will be playing league matches against other teams, however in the absence of this Damian has suggested we could perhaps begin a Club Championship in place of League matches. There is no reason the Championship could not be rated and games played against each other in the same manner which we did in the league. What we would need for this however is enough active players to make it work and the demand for this is currently unknown? Would you be willing to play chess on a regular basis? Again let us know your thoughts on if you would be interested in this in the comments section.

We are also having discussions on what precautions people would feel comfortable with with regards to Covid. Chess can be seen as high risk for transmission of the virus being played indoors at close quarters to your opponent, proposals so far to mitigate this risk have been that all players should wear face masks for the time being and the room should be well ventilated windows left open and tables spaced as far apart as possible. Again we would be most interested in hearing what measures we can take to make you feel comfortable in attending a regular chess club night again.

For now stay safe all and we hope to see you at the chess club in our new home at a date not too far away in the future!