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Banbury

Club night Tuesday
Venue The RAF Association, Newland House, Broad Street, Banbury. OX16 5BX
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Website www.banburychessclub.co.uk
Contact Stephen Rumsby
Notes The RAFA is on the rhs of Broad Street as you go up the hill. There is parking in Broad Street but it appears to be heavily used. There are car parks within easy walking distance. NOTE: The car park by Matalan is no longer free. The club opens at 7.30. Association telephone number is 01295 250941.

Banbury 1 Captain is Gary Jackson 01295 255658 poolace_uk@yahoo.com
Banbuury 2 Captain is Nick Martin 01295 660249 nicholas_martin@btopenworld.com
Banbury 3 Captain is Jimmy Blair 07966 717825 james1blair@yahoo.co.uk

Gradings for Banbury players
Club code 2BAN
Last updated 27 Aug 2017. The owner of this entry is Stephen Rumsby.

Bicester Chess Club

Club night Monday 7.30 pm for matches; Friday 7.30 pm for social chess
Venue Bicester Bowls Club, London Road, Bicester. OX26 6BU
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Website www.freewebs.com/bicesterchess
Contact Richard Beckett
Notes From A34/M40 Junction 9, follow signs to Bicester. At First roundabout with large Esso garage on left, take 2nd exit (A41 Aylesbury). Up and over Bicester by-pass to next roundabout. Take 1st exit signposted "B4100 Bicester Town Centre". At roundabout, take 2nd exit (i.e. straight on). Pass Shell garage on the right, continue on over level crossing at Bicester Town Station. Approx 50 yards on, look for signpost on left "Bowls and Tennis Club". Turn Right down the lane and park in the car park on the left. The club entrance is facing you in the middle of the building. The club is open all the year round with the exception of the week between Christmas and New Year. All OCA players are welcome to visit.
Gradings for Bicester players
Club code 1010
Last updated 26 Oct 2014. The owner of this entry is Richard Beckett.

Chinnor

Club night Wednesday 6pm to 8pm during term time
Venue Chinnor Scout Group HQ, Station Road, Chinnor. OX39 4PZ
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Contact Mike Turton
Notes We charge £1 and you get a drink during the evening. Profits go to the Chinnor Scout Group and we meet in their HQ (OX39 4PZ) in Station Road Chinnor (opposite the turning to St Andrew's school and the library, where there is plenty of parking next to the road) behind an old garage forecourt next to the firework shop. Children and adults of any age and standard are welcome and there is no requirement to come every week.
Club code n/a
Last updated 04 Jun 2014. The owner of this entry is Andrew Varney.

Cowley

Club night Cowley's normal club night is on Mondays (except some bank holidays) at 7:15 p.m. Cowley 1, Cowley 3, Cowley 4 and Cowley 5 play their home matches on Mondays, and Cowley 2 and Cowley 6 play theirs on Thursdays. All home matches start at 7:30 p.m.
Venue Rose Hill Methodist Church, Rose Hill, Oxford. OX4 4JP
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Website sites.google.com/site/cowleychessclub/
Contact David Robson
Notes The map that is generated automatically from the postcode is misleading: use this map instead.

The church is on the fairly steep section on the way up Rose Hill itself (or down the hill if you've come past the Rose Hill shops from the ring road), somewhat over 100 metres above the traffic lights where Henley Avenue becomes Rose Hill. Off-road parking is available, the entrance to which is at the top of the service road on the same side of the road as, and a very short way down from, the church itself. There should be no difficulty if you are using public transport in Oxford. Just take a No. 3 or 3a bus from Queen Street in the centre of town, ask the driver for the Westbury Crescent stop, and walk back down Rose Hill to the Church. The entrance to the Chess Club is round at the left hand side of the church as you view it from the road. You can see a picture of the church here.

Gradings for Cowley players
Club code 1020
Last updated 09 Oct 2017. The owner of this entry is David Robson.

Cowley Workers

Club night Monday
Venue Cowley Workers Social Club, 19 Between Towns Road, Cowley, Oxford . OX4 3LX
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Website cowleyworkerschessclub.com
Contact Tamal Matilal
Notes Tel: 01865 772920 club.
Gradings for Cowley Workers players
Club code 1006
Last updated 25 Aug 2016. The owner of this entry is Tamal Matilal.

Cumnor

Club night Thursday 19:00-21:00 Match fixtures start 19:30
Venue Cumnor Old School, High Street, Cumnor, Oxford. OX2 9PE
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Website cumnorchessclub.co.uk/
Contact Steven Bennett
Notes Cumnor 2 - Steven Bennett hm 01865 862788 mb 0771 424 4029 westfs@aol.com Cumnor 1 - Liam Glenn mb 0781 6680767 liamglenn@hotmail.co.uk Our venue is next to Cumnor Post Office, on High Street. Access the building from the rear, where there is ample car parking. Wheel-chair access and disabled toilets. Refreshments provided. Please note that we do not play at Cumnor Primary School. If you click on our map link, the arrow on the map showing our position is slightly incorrect. We are positioned half way in-between the fork of Appleton Road and High Street and the fork of Oxford Road and Abingdon Road, on the South side of the street. If you have difficulty finding us on match nights, then please call my mobile. The club is open throughout the year with the exception of August and the last two weeks in December.
Gradings for Cumnor players
Club code 1022
Last updated 29 Mar 2013. The owner of this entry is Steven Bennett.

Didcot

Club night Monday 19:30. The usual match night is Wednesday for Didcot 1, 2 and 3 and Monday for Didcot 4, although occasionally a team will play on the 'wrong' night to avoid a clash.
Venue The Marlborough Club, 227 Broadway, Didcot. OX11 8RU
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Website www.didcotchess.co.uk
Contact John Harvey
Notes Follow us on Twitter @didcotchess.

Directions to club: From A34 Milton interchange head for Didcot Station on A4130. At second roundabout turn right up Foxhall Road. Turn left at roundabout at top of road (Shell garage) and Marlborough club is 100m on your right.

From the railway station on foot (1km): cross Station Road. Turn right. Take first left (Haydon Road) after 50m, car park on corner. Follow 600m uphill to mini-roundabout at junction with Broadway. Turn right for 350m, past fire station and health centre on right, library and bingo hall on left. Marlborough Club is on your left, set back slightly from the road.

The usual playing room is on the first floor.

The club continues to meet on Mondays (except Bank Holidays) throughout the summer.

Gradings for Didcot players
Club code 1026
Last updated 18 Oct 2016. The owner of this entry is Gary Reynolds.

MCS Blackbirds

Club night MCS Blackbirds play home matches on Thursdays, beginning at 7.15pm. MCS plays to the shorter time limit of all moves in 75 minutes. Some Thursdays will be club nights - please contact me if you are interested in visiting us.
Venue Magdalen College School. OX4 1DZ
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Website www.oxfordfusion.com/mcschess
Contact John Place
Notes This club is the merger between North Oxford (formerly Blackbird Leys) and MCS. New members are welcome. Home ODCL matches and club evenings are in the Quincentenary Block (Rooms Q1 & Q6)at the top of the tennis courts and running along the Iffley Road frontage. Players arriving late can tap on the window for access. Pedestrian entry to the school is via Cowley Place. E-mail: JPlace@mcsoxford.org for any further details. All visitors are respectfully advised that smoking is not permitted anywhere on the school site.Currently, parking acccess is from the Iffley Road: this will change sometime late September / early October, and I will update that here at the time.
Gradings for Magdalen College School players
Club code 1372
Last updated 22 Sep 2017. The owner of this entry is John Place.

Oxford City

Club night Monday
Venue St. Margaret's Institute, Polstead Rd., Oxford. OX2 6TW
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Website www.oxfordcitychessclub.com/
Contact Simon King
Notes Clicking the team name in a League cross-table or Cup draw will show contact details for the relevant captain.
Gradings for Oxford City players
Club code 1046
Last updated 19 Oct 2017. The owner of this entry is Phil Hayward.

St Clare's

Club night Tuesday at 19:30
Venue New Place, 131 Banbury Rd Oxford. OX2 7AL
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Website www.stclares.ac.uk
Contact Susan Tawse
Notes Club members are students and staff at St. Clare's. The main college building is at 139 Banbury Rd, OX2 7AL but chess matches take place in the New Place building at 131 Banbury Rd. Visiting teams should come to the 131 address. There is limited space for parking at 131 Banbury Road; alternatively vehicles can be parked in Lathbury Rd.
Gradings for St Clares College players
Club code 1292
Last updated 14 Oct 2012. The owner of this entry is Susan Tawse.

University of Oxford

Club night Match nights are Thursdays 7:30 with 1st team playing at University College, 2nd team at Worcester College and 3rd team at St Hilda's College.
Venue See notes.. OX1 2HB
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Website users.ox.ac.uk/~chess
Contact David Martins
Notes President 2016-17 is Jamie Horton.
Team captain contacts:
Univ 1 Joris Gerlagh, home venue - University College
Univ 2 Kevin Henbest, home venue - Worcester College
Univ 3 Tom Croghan, home venue - St Hilda's College
Gradings for Oxford University players
Club code 1100
Last updated 18 Sep 2017. The owner of this entry is Aleksandar Monev.

Wantage

Club night Tuesday 19.30
Venue St Johns Rooms, Grove Parish Church, Main Street, Grove, Wantage, OXON. OX12 7LQ
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Website www.wantagechessclub.co.uk
Contact George Spalding
Notes The venue is at the north end of Main Street. There is at least a dozen car parking spaces at the venue along with ample space in evenings in Millbrook Square, Grove which is only a couple of hundred metres south of the venue.
Gradings for Wantage players
Club code 1080
Last updated 30 Sep 2015. The owner of this entry is George Spalding (Wantage Sec).

Witney

Club night Monday
Venue Ducklington Village Hall, Ducklington. OX29 7UX
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Website www.witneychess.co.uk/
Contact Tim Partridge
Notes Matches and club nights Visitors and beginners welcome. Parking is just off the A415 and Village Hall is far side of the pond from the Bell public house.

Witney 1 captain: Mike Truran mike@truranfamily.co.uk
Witney 2 captain: Alan Gentry alan.gentry@talktalk.net
Witney 3 captain: Ian Gilders iangilders@yahoo.co.uk
Witney 4 captain: Tim Partridge tim.partridge39@tiscali.co.uk

Gradings for Witney players
Club code 1086
Last updated 19 Oct 2017. The owner of this entry is Mike Truran.