Preston Chess Club

Preston Chess club meet at Mad Hatters (formerly The Ale Emporium) each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. For full details of our Activities and Meetings see this page. We have teams in The Blackpool and Fylde League and The Central Lancashire League. Each year, in November we organise Preston Chess Congress. See our Privacy Policy

Christmas Blitz 2018... bit like BRexit vote, delayed!

With the uncertainty about the venue, and needing to keep options open for re-arranged matches I have not had the opportunity to pick a good date for the Christmas Blitz.

Alas, the only date available 19th December would have been the only Wednesday in December that I personally cannot make - a bit difficult holding a tournament on my Wedding Anniversary :)

I will be looking at a date in January, so keep your eyes peeled!


Club venue closed

We understand that the club venue Mad Hatters will be closed on Wednesday December 5th so there will be no chess club then. But that it will be open on December 12th (with the pub under new owners) so chess club will be on again then.

Summer Blitz - August 22nd

A summer Blitz tournament will be held on Wednesday 22nd August.

There will be 9 rounds of 5-minute blitz. All good fun, a great night out and a bit of chess fun.

Peter Jowett is the current Christmas Blitz champion, will he be crowned the Summer Blitz King! Or is there someone else waiting in the wings!

Ideally, let me know in advance if you wish to enter. I can add you in on the night, but it delays the draw a little.

Prompt Start at 7:45 pm! There will be a short break between Rounds 5 and 6.

Chess Club AGM - Wednesday July 11th

The Chess Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday July 11th. It will include such exciting things as reports on this years successes and plans for what teams to enter for next year.

Christmas Blitz 2017

A great turnout for the Christmas Blitz, with 19 players entered.

Alas, due to the odd number of players, it did mean some players having to take a full point bye. That aside, it was a great tournament and with so many new faces it turned out to be quite a fun night out.

We were supported by 5 players from Crusaders, which makes the tournament a little more interesting as there are players we would not normally play on club nights. If people think we should extend this to Leyland / Chorley next year please let us know.

Christmas and New Year

There will be no chess club on Wednesday November 27th.
Next meeting will be January 3rd 2018.

Christmas Blitz Tournament - December 20th 7:30pm

All welcome.

Happy New Year

Chess will be starting again on January 4th. Links to club tournaments now available on the web site:

Christmas Blitz 2016

Peter Jowett is the 2016 Christmas Blitz Champion


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