Lancaster Chess Club – Update!

Lancaster Chess Club have recently moved, from the longstanding venue of the Reform Club they have now moved to the Lancaster Bridge Club on Chapel Street. Details can be found on the club website.

Clubs have been asked to submit a paragraph or two, as we open up from the confines of Covid-19. It will take a while before all clubs are back up and running again. My thanks to Barry for his update.

“Established in 1895, Lancaster Chess Club is thriving as much as it did during the post-Fischer boom in the 70s and early 80s. Membership has exploded since we reopened after lockdown, and our move after four decades at the Reform Club to the plush environs of the Lancaster Bridge Club on Chapel Street has facilitated this expansion and our enjoyment of the game in near-perfect playing conditions. We now regret having entered only two teams in the local league this season, and to cope with the demand for matchplay experience have recently set up an internal league in which every member is admitted to one of four teams – Team Polgar, Team Anand, Team Carlsen and Team Firoujza – who will duke it out for the new Dick Collins Memorial Trophy, awarded at the end of the season. There are also club quickplay and championship competitions, regular blitz tournaments, lectures from titled players, and near-weekly one-hour demo-board coaching sessions for junior and novice players – plus plenty of friendly and casual games taking place. We are especially pleased to be becoming a much more diverse and inclusive club in terms of our demographic, and one of our junior players is already a leading member of the first team. We resist calling him our new Ian Wells, but he and his fellow juniors, alongside a very healthy student representation from our local universities, have quickly brought a welcome sense of vigour and energy to club nights.”

Barry Hymer, Lancaster Chess Club Secretary