Welcome to Altrincham and Hale Chess Club!

** Latest news **

**** October 2021 - our weekly club meetings will not resume before 2022. Watch this space! ****

8th April 2020 - This year's club championship is being held online - see Internal competitions page.
8th January 2020 - Narrow defeat at Chorlton in Charnley Cup semi-final
26th November 2019 - Stockport League A team has reached the Charnley Cup semi-final
30th October 2019 - Peter Hawes wins Club Championship - see Internal competitions page
21st September 2019 - Stockport League fixtures added.
18th September 2019 - AGM minutes added.
31st August 2019 - Manchester League fixtures published.
6th June 2019 - winning start to Summer League season with Cup win at Denton
15th May 2019 - Second place finish for Stockport League A team
9th April 2019 - Vijay 2nd at Chester Rapidplay
13th March 2019 - Jeff in the prizes again at Blackpool
1st February 2019 - Success for Vijay & Jeff at Stockport Rapidplay
3rd January 2019 - Happy New Year! The 2019 Club Championship details are on the Internal competitions page
15th December 2018 - Reyner Trophy defeat for Manchester League team
7th December 2018 - first win of season for Stockport League B team
17th October 2018 - Reg joint 2nd at Crewe Major
24th September 2018 - Stockport League fixtures published.
12th September 2018 - Defeat in Summer League Cup Final
7th September 2018 - We have won the Stockport Rapidplay League!
6th September 2018 - Manchester League fixtures published.
2nd September 2018 - Vijay 2nd at Darnall & Handsworth Rapidplay
29th August 2018 - 2nd place finish in Summer League
22nd August 2018 - Samuel wins the Major at the MCF Summer Congress
11th August 2018 - British Championships 2018.
27th July 2018 - Summer League team reaches Cup Final again
1st July 2018 - Vijay wins at the Heywood congress
28th May 2018 - Manchester League team finishes in promotion place!
23rd May 2018 - we have retained the Wahltuch Trophy
20th March 2018 - Blackpool congress report
7th March 2018 - we have reached the Wahltuch Trophy final again
1st February 2018 - Mark Hann wins Stockport Rapidplay
15th December 2017 - Cup semi-finals reached in both Stockport & Manchester Leagues.
20th November 2017 - British Rapidplay Championships report.
22nd September 2017 - Fixtures for 2017-18 published.
13th September 2017 - Another Trophy won! - see Summer League page.
8th August 2017 - Altrincham players at the British Championships.

Club members with the Summer League Yarker trophy, which we won in 2017, and the MCF Wahltuch Trophy, won in 2017 & 2018.

For new and potential members

We are always keen to welcome new members to Altrincham and Hale Chess Club. We are a friendly and growing chess club with a wide range of playing strengths.

As well as Altrincham and Hale, we are the local chess club for Timperley and Sale and surrounding areas. The aim of the club is to give our members the opportunity to play and improve their chess and, above all, to enjoy it. While we have members of all ages, we are always keen to encourage junior chess players, though we ask that a parent or carer accompanies juniors when they visit the club. If you are new to club chess, don’t worry about asking about using chess clocks, recording moves, chess grades or anything else – there will always be members who will be happy to help.

If you decide to join us, it will cost you £30 a year (£10 for juniors) from September to the following August. If you join after January, the Treasurer will agree a reduced rate since it will only cover part of a year.

Although we are a relatively small club, our teams play in a number of leagues:
· We have a team in the Manchester Chess Federation league, playing matches at home and away with other clubs around the M60 ring during the Winter season.
· We also run teams in the Stockport and District Chess League, which covers Stockport and the surrounding area, also during the Winter season.
· The South East Lancashire Summer League offers a chance to continue competitive chess against other clubs around Manchester during the 'close' season from June to September.
· There are also knock-out cup competitions attached to these leagues.

We encourage all members to play in team matches appropriate to their strength and usually share cars for away matches.

The club runs a number of internal competitions, which all members are welcome to play in:
· The main club competition – split into two divisions so everyone has a chance
· Quick play competitions
· Handicap competition - mainly for fun

Altrincham and Hale Chess Club was founded over 100 years ago and was originally known as The St Margaret’s Chess Club. 

If you want to know more, please contact the Secretary on altrincham4chess at gmail dot com ...or just come along on any Tuesday evening.

Members - and anyone thinking about joining us - are also welcome to join our Facebook group

Altrincham player beats World Champion!

Our member Steve Douglas unearthed this article which gives a game from a simultaneous display in 1908 by the then World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, against a member of our club. For convenience, you can play through the game on the board below.