Uxbridge Chess Club

Welcome to the chess club website for Uxbridge, Hayes, Hillingdon, West Drayton, Yiewsley, Iver and Harlington areas. Formerly known as Hayes Chess Club.

About us

Rapid improvement

Going to a chess club is one of the best ways to improve your chess playing. So if you want to find out what playing strength you are and improve then come along and enjoy!

About the club

Uxbridge Chess Club offers chess tournaments, club matches and league competitions and the opportunity to get a rating. Membership is not mandatory but you cannot enjoy the benefits of competitions or a rating without becoming a member.

We participate in three local leagues: The Thames Valley League The Hillingdon League, and The Bucks League. We run three to five teams in these leagues, and are always looking for newcomers to play for us, should they wish. Also, there is an ongoing Club Championship as well as special events, such as The Summer and Christmas Lightnings, a Grandmaster Simultaneous, and an annual lecture.

Leadership

At Uxbridge Chess Club, the Chairman Pat Magill, the Secretary Peter Lord, and the Treasurer Colin Hughes and others are there to make you welcome. There are team captains for each of the teams. Each captain is very experienced and will guide you in competitions you can enter. You can rest assured that, playing with Uxbridge Chess Club, you will enjoy the atmosphere, the chess, the humour, the bar and the people.

Bar

There is a friendly bar in the centre of the club where you can buy low priced drinks and enjoy a chat.

Membership

Full annual membership is just £25 with much reduced prices for juniors. This price includes membership of the Ivy Leaf Club. You will receive a membership card too.

Finally

The chess club is open to all ages, genders and abilities. So come down and enjoy!

Getting Started

Here is a quick guide with some links to get started on chess. This will develop over time but I wanted to give a few basic pointers to learn the game!

Basics

First things first. Knowing what the game is about, how to set the board up and how the pieces move is the first step on the journey! So here is some information on the moves.

The Rules
Pieces

Rook
Bishop
Queen
Knight
Pawn
King

The fine art of castling!

Winning and Drawing

Now we know how the pieces move and how the board is set up. It is always good to know the aim of the game. So here is some material on checkmate (victory) and drawing (stalemate).

Check and checkmate!
Checkmate with the queen!
Checkmate with 2 rooks!
Stalemate

The Opening

The board is set up. You know how the pieces move. You know what you want to do... How do we get there?? Start with the opening. A few basic rules help to get an idea.

The Opening

Getting Better - Tactics

Okay. I know how to move, where I'm going, how to open... now I want to win! Let's try some tactics!

Double Attack
The Pin
Discovered Attack

Removing the defender

Keep an Eye Out!

No doubt, you'll suffer this at least once in your chess career and the threat is quite often close to the surface. Beware of the back rank mate!

Back rank mate!

Contact Us

Chairman

Michael Price

07976 316139 and E: michaelprice917@gmail.com

Club Secretary and Events Organiser

Peter Lord

4 Villier Street,
Uxbridge,
UB8 2PU

01895 236973 and 0787 551 5309.

Treasurer and Juniors Coordinator

Colin Hughes

15 Lupin Close,
West Drayton,
Middx,
UB7 7UY

01895 312 959.

Web master

webmaster@uxbridgechessclub.co.uk