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Junior Club

During term time, the Junior Chess Club meets every Wednesday evening at the club (2 Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings).

We will restart the Club on Wednesday 24th November 2021.

The junior club is open to both boys and girls aged between 7 and 18 years and of all abilities, though the majority of those attending are under 14.

We will run two sessions each evening:

  • 5-6pm
  • 6.10-7.10pm

You can book places through the link below.


Please contact Andrew for the booking password and to discuss your children’s chess. It helps him plan the sessions if he knows who is coming!

In the current times, we are limiting attendances to 12 children per session so please book in advance.

We will probably not be able to accommodate you if you “drop in” without a booking.

Please also only book one session per evening (unless you have discussed it with Andrew in advance). We have a lot of demand and only a small club room.

The classes are mainly social. They allow children who play chess to meet other children who play chess. There will also be some light coaching and a gentle introduction to competitive play: the club participates in the Delancey Chess Challenge, which is the biggest chess tournament in the world where clubs and schools host the first seven rounds before submitting their best players in the different age categories to a series of regional and national finals.

Notable graduates from the junior club include Grandmaster Stuart Conquest, International Master Thomas Rendle and Ollie Wilson, former U16 British Champion.

Cost is £3.00 per session (subsidised by donations and the Hastings & St Leonards chess club).

Our most promising Juniors have also taken part in the local adult tournaments. Juniors are also welcome to join the main chess club as members.

Andrew McGettigan organises the club as Director of Junior Chess. He moved to St Leonards in 2021 and previously taught chess in London primary schools and ran prison chess clubs for Chess in Schools & Communities.

For further details please contact him at the email below


Fun is at the heart of how we teach and play chess, with lots tournaments, prizes and gifts to encourage good play and healthy competition.

 Covid Measures

Face coverings: we recommend that face coverings are worn at the club.
This is in line with government guidance on after-school clubs where children from different schools will be mixing.

Food and Drink: no food or drink is to be consumed at the club

Symptoms: no child should be brought to a club night if they have cold or flu-like symptoms or other indicators of ill health.




Club Night

Friday night is Club Night!

Come and join us as we host our regular ‘friendly’ Club Night. Starting September 3rd 2021, each Friday we currently hold ‘friendly’ rapid-chess matches (timed and/or with appropriate handicap measures agreed accordingly between opponents).

Open to members & non-members* from 6:30pm ’til 9:00pm every Friday night. Register before 6:45pm for 7:00pm start.

*non-members may attend free of charge for three sessions before being invited to apply to become a member of the club.