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Page last updated 6 August 2023

For Secretaries and MCCU delegates of county chess associations please see "About" pages.

For clubs and organisations that promote chess for children, please visit the "Junior Links" page.

For congress websites, please visit the "Congresses" pages.

For club websites, please use the league websites shown below in the first table.

Chess Leagues within MCCU Area


Chess organisations in the British Isles

  • English Chess Federation. Probably the most complete repository of information about English Chess with international chess news, UK congress calendar, ECF grading list, and links to county chess associations, chess clubs, organisations for Arbiters, Problemists, End Game Studies, chess for Blind and disabled players. Any chess congress or chess club that sends information to their webmaster will get a free entry for your event or club with a link if you have a website.
  • National Chess Junior Squad. News about the national squad,
  • Four Nations Chess League. Respected British Isles league for teams that play weekends in hotels including rounds held at Hinkley Island, Leics and at Telford, Shrops in the MCCU area. The league also has competition for juniors and there is an online team competition.


Other Sites

  • British Chess Magazine. Longest running printed chess magazine covering UK and international events edited by James Pratt, John Upham and Shaun Taulbut.
  • Chess. Monthy magazine founded by Midlands' player and editor BH Wood. Now edited by John Saunders
  • Chingland Everything you ever wanted to know about chess in England - but were afraid to ask! Maintained by Martyn Harris of Newcastle-u-Lyme Club.
  • English Chess Forum. The largest UK chess forum with extensive coverage chess news and affairs with an emphasis on the UK.
  • New In Chess. World famous Chess Magazine NIC.
  • The Week In Chess. TWIC gives online chess news from around the world.
  • The London Chess Centre. Retail shop in London and large chess mail order company for sets, boards, clocks, software.
  • CCF Mindgames. Mail order for sets, boards, clocks, software, trophies and books. Provides equipment for some annual congresses in MCCU area.
  • Correspondence chess by post, e-mail, or web-server
  • Online Chess
    • chess.com By far the largest chess game website. A basic free registration allows you to play opponents anywhere in the world, and get access to results and commentary about leading events and puzzles. Paid for subscription gets more including tutorials.
    • Lichess Favoured by European players and completely free with no annoying adverts or 'nags'. It allows play against opponents worldwide. Several variant versions of chess are supported. Leading events are shown with live boards and commentary.
    • PlayChess Online server from the people who wrote the Fritz chess computer programme.
    • Internet Chess Club Based in the USA, it has a free basic membership as well as a paid for subscription service for access to tutorials.