A WARM Welcome to
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Formed in 1929

Revived in 2018

Kindly sponsored and supported by Chess & Bridge. Click the logo to visit their website.

WHEN        EVERY MONDAY (& WEDNESDAY 'Chess & Chill' on Lichess.org)
WHERE      YE OLDE KINGS HEAD, EPSOM, KT17 4BQ
STARTS     19.30
ENDS         22.30-ish


We are one of Surrey's fastest-evolving clubs and welcome all players, regardless of ability. We would love you to come along and you will improve in no time!

In a competitive sense, we are always on the lookout for players to help us achieve our aim of reaching Division 1 of the Surrey Chess League. However, we are keen to support all members, including beginners, to become an active part of our club.
We run a monthly blitz tournament, allowing new members to integrate quickly and test their skills. The photos below were taken in July 2022.

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PROMOTIONAL VIDEO AND JUNIOR CLUB
Check out our surreal promotional video! Bonus points if you can guess the soundtrack. Since this was filmed, we have moved venues.
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR JUNIOR CLUB

Epsom Junior Chess Club was launched in November 2019 and is run by the club's founder and 28-year-old president, Marcus Gosling.


After a long break due to Covid, sessions are back underway on Thursday evenings from 6.45-7.45pm and 7.45-8.45pm in the upstairs area of Epsom Methodist Church. Less experienced players go for the earlier session, whereas stronger juniors opt for the later session.

Sessions cost roughly £6.50/pupil, paid on a termly basis. However, if you are attending the club for the first time as a 'trial', there is no charge for that first session.

Please note that Epsom Junior Chess Club is currently only open to 'intermediate' juniors aged 7-15. For beginner sessions, we recommend the classes at the excellent new Chessington Chess Club.
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CLUB HISTORY

The original Epsom Chess Club existed from 1929 to 1967, led throughout by a legend of Surrey chess, Hector Marshall. However, due to competition from other clubs and the difficulty of finding a permanent playing location, it went out of existence in the late-1960s.

In 2018, two keen chess-playing friends,
Marcus Gosling and Ravi Sharma, decided to
revive Epsom Chess Club.

Our adult teams have multiplied for the 2022/23 season. We aim to ensure that all players get an opportunity to represent the club if they would like to. We cater for beginners too.

Our club night takes place on Monday evenings at Ye Olde Kings Head, a cosy and well-kept pub close to Epsom town centre. There are car parks nearby, including one opposite.

MEMBERSHIP

Chess players of all abilities are most welcome at Epsom Chess Club.

Serious players will have the opportunity to represent us in a number of matches in Surrey league and cup competitions, whereas casual players will be able to hone their skills against other members over a drink.

Annual membership fees (usually payable in August) for the adult club:

ADULT FULL MEMBERSHIP    -    £40.00

'UNWAGED' MEMBERSHIP     -    £25.00

Members must also sign up to the English Chess Federation or renew their membership annually, and can do so below.

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-membership-rates-and-joining-details/

In 2022/23, we are conducting a Club Championship (our annual internal competition). The reigning club champion is Peter Large, an International Master, pictured below left. We also run additional Surrey Individual competitions and fun events throughout the year.

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PRIVATE TUITION

Epsom Chess Club president, Marcus Gosling, teaches in a large number of schools around Surrey and South London.

He also runs private one-to-one sessions on weeknights for both children and adults. As well as chess, in the past he has taught Russian and French to adults and English as a Foreign Language to both children and adults.

Marcus also runs junior tournaments and courses, writes chess books for kids and has experience studying and working in Russia.

For further details, please contact Marcus here:

07711 94 64 55   marcus94gosling@gmail.com

Besides Marcus, we have several other players who are full-time chess teachers and who are able to pass on their excellent understanding of the game to other Epsom Chess Club members.

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YE OLDE KINGS HEAD
26 Church Street
Epsom
KT17 4QB


We would recommend parking in the nearby Upper High Street or Odeon car parks.

FIND OUR
ADULT CHESS CLUB

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CONTACT DETAILS

 

TELEPHONE / TEXT        -     07711 94 64 55

EMAIL                                 -     marcus94gosling@gmail.com

Marcus Gosling - club president

We look forward to hearing from you. Give it a go!