Oxfordshire Chess - Clubs

Open Clubs playing in Oxfordshire

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Club night Thursday
Venue Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Rotary Way, Banbury. OX16 1ER
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Website www.banburychessclub.co.uk
Contact Gary Jackson
Notes We have moved to a new venue - the Hanwell Fields Community Centre. You go straight across the first two roundabouts after coming off the motorway and at the third (Tesco's roundabout) take the Southam road (third exit). Turn left at the next roundabout (about 800 metres after the Tesco roundabout) on to Dukes Meadow Drive. Go straight across the first roundabout and turn left at the second. Take the first right and go round the one way roundabout and you come to a little shopping area. The Community Centre is next to the pub. There is parking there. You will need to ring the buzzer to get someone to let you in. It is shown on Google maps. The postcode is OX16 1ER
Club code 2BAN
Last updated 27 Nov 2022. The owner of this entry is Gary Jackson.


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 £2. 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), behind a garage forecourt. 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 27 Feb 2020. The owner of this entry is Mike Turton.


Club night Cowley's normal club night is on Mondays (except some bank holidays) at 7:15 p.m. Cowley 1, and Cowley 3 play their home matches on Thursdays, and Cowley 2, play theirs on Mondays. 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.

Visiting captains should be aware that one of our match rooms is up a flight of stairs and that all toilets are downstairs. The usual access to the building for chessplayers is via a side passage and through a narrow door with a step up. If your team has any players with limited mobility or who may need quick access to a toilet, then please contact us in advance so that we can organize an alternative room and ensure the main door is unlocked. The main door is a wide double door with level access. There are three individual unisex toilets downstairs, one of which is a disabled toilet just inside the main door.

Club code 1020
Last updated 19 Jan 2022. The owner of this entry is David Robson.


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 1 & 2 - Steven Bennett mb 07714 244 029 westfs@aol.com 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. 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 between the fork of Appleton Road and High Street and the fork of Oxford Road and Abingdon Road,. 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.
Club code 1022
Last updated 06 Oct 2023. The owner of this entry is Steven Bennett.


Club night Monday 19:30. The usual match night is Wednesday for Didcot 1 and 2 and Monday for Didcot 3, 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.

Club code 1026
Last updated 13 Mar 2020. The owner of this entry is Gary Reynolds.

MCS Blackbirds

Club night Monday
Venue MCS.
Contact Sam Neil
Notes MCS Blackbirds is a combined adult and junior club based at Magdalen College School, which plays in the (adult) Oxford and District Chess League.
Club code n/a
Last updated 02 Aug 2023. The owner of this entry is Roger Thetford.

Oxford Brookes

Club night tba
Venue tba.
Contact Nathan Bulabula
Club code n/a
Last updated 25 Sep 2023. The owner of this entry is Nathan Bulabula.

Oxford City

Club night Club nights are Monday, 7:30. Match night is Wednesdays for all teams
Venue Oxford Bridge Club, 147 Banbury Rd, Oxford. OX2 7AN
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Website www.oxfordcitychessclub.com/
Contact Dougal Main
Notes Clicking the team name in a League cross-table or Cup draw will show contact details for the relevant captain.
Club code 1046
Last updated 31 Aug 2023. 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
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.
Club code 1292
Last updated 14 Oct 2012. The owner of this entry is .

University of Oxford

Club night Match nights are Mondays 7:30pm for the First Team, Thursdays 7:30pm for the Second Team, and Mondays 7:15pm for the Third Team
Venue Uni 1: Magdalen College Oxford OX1 4AU Uni 2: Keble College Oxford OX1 3PG Uni 3: Hertford College Oxford OX1 3BW.
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Website users.ox.ac.uk/~chess
Contact Tom O'Gorman
Notes Uni 1: Magdalen College Oxford OX1 4AU
Uni 2: Keble College Oxford OX1 3PG
Uni 3: Hertford College Oxford OX1 3BW
Club code 1100
Last updated 22 Nov 2023. The owner of this entry is John Carter.


Club night Tuesday 19.30
Venue St Johns Rooms, Grove Parish Church, Main Street, Grove, Wantage, OXON. OX12 7LQ
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Website sites.google.com/view/wantagechessclub
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.
Club code 1080
Last updated 16 Sep 2019. The owner of this entry is George Spalding (Wantage Sec).


Club night Open to new members, all levels, everyone welcome. Meets Thursdays at 7pm.
Venue West Room (Barbara's Door), Old School Place, OX49 5QH Watlington, Oxfordshire. OX49 5QH
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Website www.facebook.com/watlingtonchess/
Contact Martin Lambert
Notes We're a little hard to find so please say hello on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/watlingtonchess/) before coming along and we'll give you directions, tell you about parking, etc.
Club code 1081
Last updated 03 Feb 2023. The owner of this entry is Martin Lambert.


Club night Monday
Venue Ducklington Village Hall, Ducklington. OX29 7UX
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Website www.witneychess.co.uk/
Contact Alan Gentry
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.

Club code 1086
Last updated 15 Sep 2023. The owner of this entry is Mike Truran.