Oxfordshire Chess - Clubs

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Club night Thursday
Venue St Mary's Centre, Horsefair, Banbury. OX16 0AA
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Website www.banburychessclub.co.uk
Contact Stephen Rumsby
Notes We have moved to the St Mary's Centre St Mary's Church, Horsefair, Banbury, OX16 0AA The club night is on a Thursday The Centre is next to St Mary's Church, which is the large church in the centre of Banbury, opposite the cinema. From the motorway, go over two roundabouts and go left at the Tesco roundabout along Southam Rd. After about a kilometre you will pass St Mary's Church on the left, with the Cimema on the right There is a small road after the church leading to the Centre. There is limited parking at the Centre, but on street parking is free after 7.00.

Banbury 1 Captain is Paul Rowan Email paulrowan4@aol.com
Banbury 2 Captain is Chris Evans 07824-741623 Email chris_j_evans@hotmail.com
Banbury 3 Captain is Steve Rumsby 01327-860371 Email stephen.rumsby@maidford.plus.com

Club code 2BAN
Last updated 16 Sep 2019. 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.
Club code 1010
Last updated 26 Oct 2014. The owner of this entry is Richard Beckett.


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 https://sites.google.com/view/cowley-chess-club/
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 21 Sep 2021. 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 - Ian Bush mb 07490 693 061 Cumnor 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. 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.
Club code 1022
Last updated 14 Nov 2021. 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.

Oxford Brookes

Club night tba
Venue tba.
Contact Alex Laing
Club code n/a
Last updated 07 Oct 2020. The owner of this entry is Alex Laing.

Oxford City

Club night Monday, 7:30
Venue St. Margaret's Institute, Polstead Rd., Oxford. OX2 6TW
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Website www.oxfordcitychessclub.com/
Contact Peter McLeod
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 21 Sep 2020. 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 and Third Teams, Thursdays 7:30pm for the Second Team.
Venue Uni 1: Wadham OX1 3PN. Uni 2: St. John's OX1 3JP Uni 3: Lady Margaret Hall OX2 6QA
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Website users.ox.ac.uk/~chess
Contact Daniel Sutton
Notes President 2021-2 is Victor Vasiesiu.
Team captain contacts:
Univ 1 Max French, home venue - Wadham College
Univ 2 Kevin Henbest, home venue - St. Johns College
Univ 3 George-Mihai Dimitrescu, home venue - Lady Margaret Hall
Club code 1100
Last updated 23 May 2021. The owner of this entry is Daniel Sutton.


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 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.

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

Club code 1086
Last updated 30 Aug 2020. The owner of this entry is Mike Truran.