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Leeds Chess Club is one of the oldest continuously-existing chess clubs in the country.

In January 2014 we moved our weekly meeting place to 'The Cardigan Arms' public house at 364 Kirkstall Road, Burley, following closure of the North Leeds Working Men's Club, where we had previously met, and a couple of brief intermediate sojourns elsewhere.

We meet all year round, on Wednesdays from about 7.30 pm. Matches are normally played from 7 pm on Wednesdays during the match season (late September to late April).

We welcome players of all levels of ability. Our current active members range from ECF grades in the 80s up to grades in the 160s.

In the 2014-15 season we have two 5-player teams in the main Leeds League, two 3-player teams in the Leeds Mini League, two 3-player teams in the Arjay knock-out competition and several individuals competing for the Appleby Trophy tournament organised by the Leeds Chess Association.

If you are interested in playing for the club you will almost certainly get the opportunity.

Various members take part in the many chess congresses that are run in Yorkshire, Lancashire and nearby.

We run the Leeds Chess Congress - the highlight of our year. The 3rd Leeds Congress took place on the weekend of 11-13 July 2014.
Visit the Congress website: for reports and photos of the event.

One of our members, club secretary Jon Mahony, is the author of a series of highly-regarded instructional chess videos on YouTube. To see them, visit or go via the side menu on this and other pages.