The club is now closed for summer and reopens on Tuesday
6 September 2016 with the Shapson Lightning Tournament.
Open blitz tournament, Tuesday 28 June. Results.
Summer rapidplay tournament, Saturday 2 July. Results.
Site last updated 3 July 2016
Greater London Chess Club is an active, friendly chess club, based
in central London. We run eight league teams and organise a programme
of internal tournaments and special events to suit players of all
The club meets Tuesday evenings 6.30pm to 10pm, September to June,
at the Upper Vestry House, St George's Bloomsbury, 6 Little Russell
Street, London WC1A 2HR.
Originally the works club for the Greater London Council and its
predecessors, we're now open to all players, irrespective of employment,
and more than half of our current membership is drawn from beyond
the ranks of the GLC. We remain the chess club for players who have
worked for the Greater London Council, London Residual Body, Inner
London Education Authority or the current Greater London Authority.
We're always keen to recruit new members of all playing strengths
for our league teams and club activities. You can get an idea of
what the club does by browsing this site. We've been featured in
Metro Newspaper, as
a setting in a bestselling
thriller and have advised a theatre company on the depiction
of chess in a major London production. We hope you will want to
Visit the Calendar page to see what
happening in the 2015-16 season. We also have a page on Facebook.
Some of our club tournaments are open to non-members too, on payment
of the non-member entry fee.
If you would like to try out the club, please call in on a Tuesday
evening - your first two club nights are free, with no obligation
to become a member. To join the club and participate in internal
club tournaments or play for one of our league teams, you must first
submit a membership
application form and pay your subscription. You must also take
Chess Federation (ECF) Bronze Membership (cost £15, or
£14 if done online) to play in any of our graded competitions
which includes all league matches and some tournaments. If you are
already an ECF member, please provide your membership number and
expiry date. If you'd like further information on the club, please
contact Nigel Blades,
acting Club Secretary (tel 020 8580 5872).
- From 1st September 2015 the GLCC new member subscription
Juniors under 18 years of age pay £17.50
- From 1st February 2016 new members can take out membership
to 31 August 2016 for £17.50
Juniors under 18 years of age pay £8.75
- For existing members the full subscription is £70 (£35
for juniors and full-time students)
Subscriptions are due for renewal on 1st September with
a payment and ECF membership deadline of 1st November for players
to participate in league competitions.
Subscriptions can be paid by Electronic Bank Transfer (bank
details available on request from the Secretary);
Cheque (payable to 'Greater London Chess Club') or Cash
to any of the club officers listed below.
If you would like to send a cheque in the post please contact the
Treasurer for address
The club venue is the Upper Vestry House, St
George's Church, Bloomsbury. Our full address is:
Upper Vestry House
St George's Bloomsbury
6 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HR
Refurbished thanks to grants from the Paul Mellon Architectural
Fund (World Monuments Fund in Britain) and Heritage Lottery Fund,
the Upper Vestry House offers a light and spacious playing room
with separate kitchen. There are several excellent pubs nearby for
post-match refreshments, and the club normally adjourns to the Museum
Tavern at the end of an evening. The venue is accessible from the
rear of St George's Church, on Little Russell Street (map).
The picture top right shows the front of the church in Bloomsbury
entrance to the Upper Vestry House is on the right hand side of
the rear of the church, up the steps in the picture, lower right.
Nearest tube stations are Holborn (5 minutes walk) and Tottenham
Court Road (7 minutes walk). Buses from the west end stop directly
outside the church on Bloomsbury Way and those from the City and
south of the river, in nearby New Oxford Street. There is limited
on-street parking near the venue (free after 6.30pm). Bloomsbury
Square underground car park is only 5 minutes walk from St George's.
Club nights are Tuesdays from 6.30pm, September to June. See the
Calendar page for further details.
= Gin Lane Chess Club?
The spire of St George's Church, with the statue of George I on
top can clearly be seen in the background of Hogarth's famous 1751
drawing 'Gin Lane'. The Lions and Unicorns adorning the steeple
in Hogarth's drawing were removed in the 19th century but have recently
been replaced as part of the church refurbishment.
These pages are maintained by Nigel
tel: 07956 394385
Gordon Broadbent, WS Grigson,
Derek Hadley, Phil Zammit
tel: 020 8311 0212
tel: 020 8580 5872
Nigel Blades (acting secretary)
tel: 020 8580 5872
tel: 07743 470313
Details of team captains appear on the Public Service and London
Constitution (adopted at the 2011 Annual General Meeting;
Rules amended 2014)
DGT2010 Digital Clocks Quick
Information for Club Members
are grateful to Big
Game Hunters for supporting our summer tournament 2013.
Big Game Hunters have celebrated their love for activity and
games for over 13 years, by providing a large selection of games
for families of all ages, and are proud to include their range
of garden chess sets which utilise the skilful and tactical play
of traditional chess, while enhancing the fun with giant accessories.
June 2013 - Results of the June
Gorton Memorial Summer Tournament, Tuesday 25 June.
June 2013 - GLCC had an excellent showing at the recent
Place tournament. Tom Middleton scored 5/6 (=1st) in the Major
and Erika Orsagova scored 4.5 (=2nd) in the Minor. There were
also commendable performances from Tyrone Jefferies, 4.5 points
in the Amateur, James McDonnell, 4.5 in the Major and Jim Robinson,
4 in the Major.
February 2013 - Congratulations to Pascoe Rapacchi and
Greg Barker for their excellent results at the recent Imperial
College Chess Congress! Both playing in the Minor, Pascoe (seen
in action here)
finished 1st= and Greg, 3rd= and winner of the U-125 grading prize.
Pascoe has annotated one of his tournament games for us - click
to read on.
GEOFFREY JOHN WILLARS
It was with great sadness that we learnt in early November 2013
of the death of Geoffrey John Willars. He passed away in September
2013 at the age of sixty-seven but confusion over the next-of-kin
information led to a delay in his relatives being notified. Three
members of GLCC, Tom Fleming, Tim Pelling and Phil Zammit, attended
the funeral on 14th November. Geoffrey joined the GLCC in 2007
and was a very enthusiastic chess player, often coming along on
club nights just to play friendlies in addition to readily playing
in matches when required. He was a very proud and private man
but once he got to know you he was keen to chat about various
topics. Geoffrey was always among the first (if not the first)
to pay the clubs annual subscription and he was only too
pleased to attend GLCCs 125th anniversary dinner in 2012.
His working life consisted of about 40 years in the Civil Service,
rising to a very senior position in the Ministry Of Transport.
Of course, being a modest soul, he didnt bandy this about
- I only learnt of it from his relatives. Geoffrey was also interested
in military matters as his father had served in the armed forces.
He devoted much of his free time to assisting the Machine Gun
Corps Old Comrades Association (MGC/OCA - http://www.machineguncorps.co.uk)
to trace recipients of the Victoria Cross, locating their final
resting place, refurbishing their graves and providing suitable
headstones where required. Geoffrey thought this was the least
he could do for exceptionally brave service personnel who had
died for their country. Geoffrey was also a keen hat-wearer, a
fashion not frequently seen these days. Sadly, his favourite brown,
astrakhan titfer will no longer be seen at St Georges Church,