Welcome to Altrincham and Hale Chess Club!

** Latest news **

7th March 2018 - we have reached the Wahltuch Trophy final again
1st February 2018 - Mark Hann wins Stockport Rapidplay - see News/Blog page.
15th December 2017 - Cup semi-finals reached in both Stockport & Manchester Leagues.
20th November 2017 - British Rapidplay Championships report - see News/Blog page.
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 - see News/Blog page.

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.

The club meets every Tuesday from 7.30 p.m. in a room at the Woodheys Club on Washway Road, Sale (see How to find us page for a map). There is a large car park, regular buses along the A56 and Brooklands Metro station is a short walk away. The club is open throughout the year, although the main playing season is from September to April.

If you decide to join us, it will cost you £30 a year (free 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

We also have a private Community on Google Plus: Link to Google plus community

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.