Message from the Chairman
Alwoodley Chess Club welcomes new members - see 'How to Join' below. I would like to set out the aims of the club below:
1: The club is an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual preference, disability and anything else that can lead to discrimination.
2: We actively encourage new members of all standards and encourage each other to improve.
3: We are competitive in all the competitions we play in but never compromise our standards of integrity in order to be successful.
I want people to have a great experience at this club, whatever standard you play at. Even if you are a beginner we can organise a program for you that will lead to rapid improvement as we have highly experienced players and coaches at the club.
How to Join
We welcome new members, whether highly experienced or just getting started. We do have social chess, but by and large we are looking for players who wish to play competitively. There is plenty of opportunity to develop your game with advice and encouragement from experienced players. We have teams to suit all standards and internal competitions of various types.
If you are interested in joining contact the club here.
If you are a junior player (under 18) you are welcome, but might want to consider the Leeds Junior Chess Club as a first option. Contact here.
We are located at the Alwoodley Community Association, 60 The Avenue, Leeds LS17 7NZ (Map here)
This is a fabulous venue. We have a spacious room and access to the lounge to relax in after matches, which has a good bar. However, the playing area is well away from the social areas.
We are currently reviewing costs for the shorter season 2020-21 and in the light of covid restrictions. More information will be available shortyly. All members pay the Alwoodley Community Association membership fee included which gives access to all ACA facilities and events and discounts at the bar. You can also have your English Chess Federation membership included in your fee.
Club President: Chris Wright
Chairman: John Hipshon
Vice Chairman: David Pedro
Secretary: Robert Dennington (Peter Brennan is overseeing the transfer of roles after announcing his retirement from the role).
Treasurer: Hugh Thornton
Team Selectors: John Hipshon and Chris Terrington
Safeguarding: David Pedro- contact or 07958 126483
Club members have the opportunity to become involved with various roles at the club. For example each team has its own captain (not necessarily the best player) and there are other roles and responsibilities.
To see what teams we run and details of leagues visit the competition page.