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.


There is a £25 charge for membership of Alwoodley Community Association (Students £16, Juniors £15).

There is a £2 charge for every attendance.

The committee

Club President: Chris Wright

Chairman: John Hipshon

Vice Chairman: David Pedro

Secretary: Robert Dennington 

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.


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. The safeguarding officer is David Pedro: