Formed just after the Second World War the club was based at the St. Giles’s Street Working Men’s Club [WMC] in the Whyte Melville room for many years until the WMC moved premises to Sheep Street in Northampton.
A nomadic existence over the past twenty years has finally ended with the Club now based at the Kingsley Park Working Men’s Club in Northampton.
Just as the game of chess has fallen in and out of favour so the membership numbers have fluctuated. We are now in a healthy position with over thirty members and thus able to provide a wide range of playing abilities for new members to test themselves against.
In 2002 the club changed its name from the Whyte Melville Chess Club, or Northampton Working Men’s Chess Club, to the present name of Chess Mates Northampton.
We currently have four teams in the Northamptonshire Silver King League. We also compete in the County’s Knockout Cup, the John Robinson Trophy.
We meet every Tuesday from 7:30 pm at
Kingsley Park Working Mens Club
120 Kingsley Park Terrace
Chess is a relatively inexpensive sport but unfortunately the club does have costs such as competition entry fees and replacing equipment to meet.
New members may come along free of charge to try us out for four weeks, after which time they will be asked to pay an annual subscription to the club treasurer.
Adults - £10 per year
Juniors - £5 per year.
Any members wishing to play league games will also need to join the ECF each year. You can do this by going to the ECF Website. You will only need to pay one subscription to the ECF regardless of how many teams / clubs you play for or how many tournaments you enter.