Northampton Chess Club play in the Bedfordshire League and Cup competitions. Currently Northampton Chess Club is undertaking a rebuilding exercise after being mothballed for the 2015-16 season. A new committee has been put in place to try to preserve Northamptons oldest chess club, and whilst many members are also Chess Mates Chess it is the long term intention of Northampton Chess club to grow its own membership and once again give the teams two chess teams to be proud of.
Chess has been played in England for well over two hundred years but it was not until the middle of the 19th Century that we saw chess clubs being set up in the larger towns and cities.
In September 1875 the St. Giles’s Young Men’s Society formed a chess club with the Rev. C.J. Langley as its President.
There were later changes in its name, firstly to Northamptonshire Chess Club and then to its present name of Northampton Chess Club.
The advent of the steam railway age meant travel between the towns was easier and matches were played on a regular basis against Luton, Peterborough, Wellingborough, Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham.
Past Presidents of the club have included the 6th Earl Spencer and Members of Parliament.
At the end of the 19th Century Mr. Henry E. Atkins came to Northampton College to teach mathematics and joined the Club. He was at the time the British Amateur Champion and later went on to win the British Championship nine times.
He maintained links with the Club for over 30 years, either by playing simultaneous matches in Northampton or by adjudicating on chess games.
The Club has won the Northamptonshire League and Cup on numerous occasions and over the years has provided players for both the Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire County teams.
Like most chess clubs the fortunes of the Northampton Club have fluctuated with the game falling into and out of popularity.
The club has just gone through a difficult period, but with a new steering committee are looking to regain its position as one, if not the best, of the county’s clubs.
We meet (along with the Chessmates Club) every Tuesday from 7:30 pm at
Kingsley Park Working Mens Club
120 Kingsley Park Terrace
However when playing matches the home match night is Wednesday at the same venue.
Chess is a relatively inexpensive sport but unfortunately the club does have costs such as competition entry fees and replacing equipment to meet.
At Northampton Chess club we are in the fortunate position not to currently have to charge a membership fee.
However the club does currently meet on an adhoc basis as many members already meet on Tuesday Nights along with Chess Mates.
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.