Cowley - an Oxford chess club for players of all ages

George Sambrook 1905-1999

Club of the Year, 2000
Club Magazine of the Year, 2003

Cowley Chess Club, Oxford

established 1953

Harriet Hunt, WGM / IM
Simon Ansell IM
Adam Hunt IM

Welcome to Cowley Chess Club

We are an Oxford club, with around 50 members and 6 teams which compete in the Oxford & District Chess League. We meet every Monday evening (except during Christmas week and on Easter Monday) from 7:15pm at Rose Hill Methodist Church, Rose Hill, Oxford. OX4 4JP (see directions), just an 8 minute drive from Oxford city centre.

New members of all strengths and ages are welcome. The club has an ethos where stronger players are encouraged to help with informal coaching, which is available to all. Monday evenings usually consist of a mixture of social games and coaching in one room, and league chess in a separate room. 
Junior chess is encouraged and catered for and club nights and tournaments are always overseen by our DBS checked volunteers. .

Cowley has six teams which play in the Oxford & District League and cater for all members who wish to play competitive chess. The first two teams currently both play in Division 1 and regularly compete for the title, while the 6th team gives players who are relatively new to the game their first taste of evening league chess in Division 4.

We run an internal club handicap competition, where players receive time bonuses depending on their grade. We also organise open blitz events, normally every 6 months just before Christmas and mid-summer. All Oxfordshire club players are invited to these events and details are posted on this site at the time.

You can also view our facebook page for the latest views and news!

For further information contact the club secretary:

Recent Cowley chess club news

  • Still Time to Enter the Witney Weekend Congress, 3 & 4 November The Sixth Witney Chess Congress will take place on the weekend of Saturday & Sunday 3 & 4 November 2018. It has four sections (Open, U170, U145 & U120) and a prize fund ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2018, 07:48 by Gerard O'Reilly
  • "Queen of the Chessboard: Checkmating for Beginners" Half-term event for GIRLS ONLY!All girls are welcome to Cowley Chess Club on Tuesday 23 October from 1-3pm for this free relaxed beginners' workshop, open to the ...
    Posted 13 Oct 2018, 04:04 by Saracen
  • No Chess on 3 September (AGM) A reminder that on Monday 3 September the club is holding its Annual General Meeting and, as a result, no chess will be played that evening. A copy of the ...
    Posted 25 Aug 2018, 12:48 by William Burt
  • Ray Starkie: funeral arrangements Simon Charles (an old friend of Ray's and a former member of Cowley), who is arranging matters, has told me that Ray's funeral will take place at 2pm ...
    Posted 19 Jun 2018, 03:39 by Gerard O'Reilly
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