Nigel Short playing in a simultaneous exhibition (against Smyslov) in 1976

Chess for Kids

Cambridge City Chess Club has a "league-focused culture", meaning that we primarily play competitive chess in pre-arranged team fixtures under tournament conditions. (Tournament conditions require silence, and the use of chessclocks.) Thus we cater mainly for serious adult chessplayers, who expect a silent and orderly environment.

However some local chessclubs cater for children, and offer instruction:

  • The Junior Chess and Go Club meets at the same venue (St Augustine's Church Hall) on Wednesdays during term time at 6:00pm, closing at 7:30pm when competitive adult chess begins in the Hall.

  • The schools-based Chess for Kids is organised across several Cambridgeshire schools, and charges no fee.

Finally, the Cambridge University Chess Club holds various events on Saturdays for students and members of the University.