Message from the Chairman

Alwoodley Chess Club is a friendly club where people can come along and enjoy their chess. Our members come from a wide geographical area and we are a very inclusive club. We welcome players of all ages and genders who wish to play competitive chess. We have a close relationship with Leeds Junior Chess Club and hope that they will develop and progress through the adult teams in years to come.  

Chairman: Paul Gelder.


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 Association60 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 have flexible options to pay for membership. You can buy a 'season ticket' which gives unlimited access. However, if you think you might not be able to play every week, you can pay based on attendance. 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.

Download the full fee statement here.

The committee

Club President: Chris Wright

Chairman: Paul Gelder

Vice Chairman: John Hipshon

Secretary: Peter Brennan

Treasurer: Mark Harris

Team Selectors: Dave Aldous and Chris Terrington

Safeguarding: John Hipshon (contact or phone 07772780337)



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.


You can e-mail your questions or telephone by visiting the contact page.

Privacy Policy.

Download our privacy policy here.


The club adopts a safeguarding policy in line with the English Chess Federation. This can be viewed here.

Any issues regarding the safety of young people should be reported to the safeguarding officer immediately.

© 2018 by John Hipshon

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