West London Chess Club. Founded 1893.

Next meeting: Wednesday 5th October 2022 from 7:30pm until 10pm.

Venue: The George & Devonshire, 8 Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London W4 2QE (see map).

Agenda: Casual and friendly games. New members welcome.

About the club

West London Chess Club was founded in 1893, as such we pre-date the formation of the English Chess Federation. Historically, we have been and continue to be affiliated to Middlesex County Chess Association (MCCA). Our club welcomes and caters for players of all abilities. Members can play competitive games for our teams in the Central London, Hillingdon and London leagues or social/friendly games for general improvement. Should they be interested they can also consider representing one of the county teams. The club match venue is the impressive Chiswick Town Hall, a grade 2 listed building opposite Turnham Green. During the summer months we meet in the relaxed atmosphere of the George and Devonshire pub for some friendly games.

Chiswick Town Hall (see map)

Our club match venue opposite Turnham Green.


George & Devonshire pub (see map)

Located next to the Hogarth Roundabout is our summertime venue for friendly games.


Club News

  • 4th September

Yesterday was the qualifying section of the UK Blitz championship, with three events being held around the country. The London event was a strong one, with 17 players holding a chess title out of 143 participants, and including grandmaster Jonathon Speelman and new UK classical chess champion Harry Grieve, who at 21 years old triumphed at the British Championships in Torquay a few weeks ago, gaining his first GM norm in the process.

But after 15 rounds of play finished at Kensington, it was West London Chess Club who had cause to celebrate. Winning the event was our very own Eldar Gasanov, on 12/15 ahead of IM Jonathon Tayar and GM Speelman. In fourth place was another West London player, Kabir Pandit, who scored a remarkable 11/15, ahead of four international masters, including a win over Harry Grieve (who is rated 2560 at blitz); not bad for someone with (at least until now) a blitz rating of 1991. Well done to both players!

  • 10th July

Andy Hayler's final round game at the recent Hammratty Chess Congress was selected for the brilliancy prize, not just in the major section but the whole tournament. Here is a short video of grandmaster Daniel King analysing the game on his Youtube channel.

  • 6th July

To close the club match season, we host Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev in a simultaneous exhibition. Needless to say he won all the games. Photos available on our Media page.

  • 15th June

West London Chess Club wins the Hillingdon League Knockout Tournament in a tense match against Harrow. Congratulations to all those who played and well done to Harrow who fought on until the last game to make this a difficult and enthralling finish to the season.