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

  • Frank Wood Shield is underway The first round of the radically overhauled handicap competition begins this week. The Cowley Pins had a first-round bye. The Cowley Pufferfish have defeated the Witney Blankets tonight. Our ...
    Posted 5 Mar 2018, 15:49 by Saracen
  • Kidlington Tournament full (barring withdrawals) Yesterday we reached the maximum number of entries we can accommodate at the venue for next weekend's Kidlington Tournament. I have therefore removed the original online entry form. However ...
    Posted 30 Jan 2018, 04:30 by Gerard O'Reilly
  • The Blitz is ON! Whatever the weather, the Cowley Christmas Blitz will proceed as scheduled tomorrow night!!!To help with pairing, please register in advance by email if at all possible. Advance entries can ...
    Posted 10 Dec 2017, 15:02 by Saracen
  • Cowley Blitz 11 December On Monday 11 December, the club hosts an extremely popular semiannual blitz tournament. Everyone is welcome! Information about the event and details of how to register are here: https://sites ...
    Posted 24 Nov 2017, 04:11 by Saracen
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