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Welcome to Royal Holloway Chess, the ‘mind sport’ on campus!

Our club offers a wide range of opportunities for both casual players and for those who are looking for competition. This includes fun chess games, teaching, socials, casual tournaments within the club and tournaments against other universities and clubs.

Whether you’re looking to represent your university in a competition or just want to learn how to play chess and relax with us in the evenings; join our close-knit group of chess enthusiasts on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8pm as there is something for everyone! Locations of sessions will be published several days before the session on our social media.



Purchasing a membership will give you access to all the chess sessions, tournaments within the club, teaching and socials. This will give you an opportunity to join us in the evenings and meet with like-minded individuals where you can become a better player. The membership also includes the opportunity to participate in tournaments against other universities and clubs throughout the year. This includes friendly games with universities, varsity, online tournaments and competitive tournaments against clubs aroud the country. This is an excellent opportunity for people of all skill levels to represent your university, improve your chess or just have some fun! The money from the memberships goes into paying for the entry fees of the tournaments. The friendly nature of the club creates a special environment where we can all share our passion for chess and make fond, lasting memories!


Events and Activities


  • Chess on Thursday evenings (18:00 to 20:00, though if you can only make half a session then no worries!)
  • Termly Packhorse private hire
  • Regular and fun mini club tournaments with various formats
  • Teaching from beginner to advanced
  • Casual and competitive tournaments
  • Games against other universities
  • Socials including movie nights, pizza nights and festive socials
  • Varsity vs Surrey Uni


Contact Us

We are looking forward to welcoming and hearing from new members for this year! We have created a group where you can get to know us and ask any questions that you have about the club and what to expect, as well as a messenger chat after you have joined us for a couple of sessions.

Alternatively you can message us directly on Facebook or drop us an email at


  • Chess Associate Membership£3.00
  • Chess - Standard Membership£5.00


  • Chess Club Donation£1.00
  • Coaching Top-Up£35.00
Dimitar Seraffimov
Alexander Littlehales
John Abbott
Social Secretary
Viktoria Egri
Viki Praczko