Welcome to Altrincham and Hale Chess Club!

** Latest news **

In April 2023, after a three year break, club meetings resumed. Our last meeting had been in March 2020, at which point Covid put an end to things. When things started to open up in the summer of 2021, we found that we were unable to continue at our previous venue. With Covid levels still high, and no venue, there was little enthusiasm amongst members for a resumption of club meetings, though we did take part in the MCF online league. At the beginning of 2023 people were a lot more confident about resuming, and we are delighted to have been able to obtain a regular venue at Timperley Village Club.

News Ticker
4th June 2024 - 2nd team plays first Summer League match - see Summer league page
13th May 2024 - Summer League fixtures published. This year we have entered a second team, to give inexperienced players the chance to play competitive chess.
8th May 2024 - All league fixtures are complete, with a joint 3rd finish in Stockport League, and bottom in Manchester League.
26th March 2024 - Our Stockport League fixtures are now complete, with a third place finish looking likely, dependent on other results.
24th October 2023 - Our SDCL season commenced with a Charnley Cup defeat at Chorlton, followed by a win over Ashton in the first League match.
3rd October 2023 - progress in Wahltuch Trophy - match report
24th September 2023 - Manchester League fixtures published.
29th August 2023 - we have won the Summer League B division! See the Summer League page for details.
5th July 2023 - our Summer League campaign is underway, with a win in our first League match followed by an early Cup exit.
20th May 2023 - Summer League fixtures published.
8th April 2020 - This year's club championship is being held online - see Internal competitions page.
8th January 2020 - Narrow defeat at Chorlton in Charnley Cup semi-final
26th November 2019 - Stockport League A team has reached the Charnley Cup semi-final
30th October 2019 - Peter Hawes wins Club Championship - see Internal competitions page
21st September 2019 - Stockport League fixtures added.
18th September 2019 - AGM minutes added.
31st August 2019 - Manchester League fixtures published.
6th June 2019 - winning start to Summer League season with Cup win at Denton
15th May 2019 - Second place finish for Stockport League A team
9th April 2019 - Vijay 2nd at Chester Rapidplay
13th March 2019 - Jeff in the prizes again at Blackpool
1st February 2019 - Success for Vijay & Jeff at Stockport Rapidplay
3rd January 2019 - Happy New Year! The 2019 Club Championship details are on the Internal competitions page
15th December 2018 - Reyner Trophy defeat for Manchester League team
7th December 2018 - first win of season for Stockport League B team
17th October 2018 - Reg joint 2nd at Crewe Major
24th September 2018 - Stockport League fixtures published.
12th September 2018 - Defeat in Summer League Cup Final
7th September 2018 - We have won the Stockport Rapidplay League!
6th September 2018 - Manchester League fixtures published.
2nd September 2018 - Vijay 2nd at Darnall & Handsworth Rapidplay
29th August 2018 - 2nd place finish in Summer League
22nd August 2018 - Samuel wins the Major at the MCF Summer Congress
11th August 2018 - British Championships 2018.
27th July 2018 - Summer League team reaches Cup Final again
1st July 2018 - Vijay wins at the Heywood congress
28th May 2018 - Manchester League team finishes in promotion place!
23rd May 2018 - we have retained the Wahltuch Trophy
20th March 2018 - Blackpool congress report
7th March 2018 - we have reached the Wahltuch Trophy final again
1st February 2018 - Mark Hann wins Stockport Rapidplay
15th December 2017 - Cup semi-finals reached in both Stockport & Manchester Leagues.
20th November 2017 - British Rapidplay Championships report.
22nd September 2017 - Fixtures for 2017-18 published.
13th September 2017 - Another Trophy won! - see Summer League page.
8th August 2017 - Altrincham players at the British Championships.

Club members with the Summer League Yarker trophy, which we won in 2017, and the MCF Wahltuch Trophy, won in 2017 & 2018.

For new and potential members

We are always keen to welcome new members to Altrincham and Hale Chess Club. We are a friendly chess club with a wide range of playing strengths.

As well as Altrincham and Hale, we are the local chess club for Timperley and Sale and surrounding areas. The aim of the club is to give our members the opportunity to play and improve their chess and, above all, to enjoy it. While we have members of all ages, we are always keen to encourage junior chess players, though we ask that a parent or carer accompanies juniors when they visit the club. If you are new to club chess, don’t worry about asking about using chess clocks, recording moves, chess ratings or anything else – there will always be members who will be happy to help.

The club meets every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 7.30 p.m. in a room at Timperley Village Club near the crossroads in the centre of Timperley. (see How to find us page for a map). The club is open throughout the year, although the main playing season is from September to April.

Although we are a relatively small club, our teams play in a number of leagues:
· We have a team in the Manchester Chess Federation league, playing matches at home and away with other clubs around the M60 ring during the Winter season.
· We also run teams in the Stockport and District Chess League, which covers Stockport and the surrounding area, also during the Winter season.
· The South East Lancashire Summer League offers a chance to continue competitive chess against other clubs around Manchester during the 'close' season from June to September.
· There are also knock-out cup competitions attached to these leagues.

We encourage all members to play in team matches appropriate to their strength and usually share cars for away matches.

The club runs a number of internal competitions, which all members are welcome to play in:
· The main club competition – split into two divisions so everyone has a chance
· Quick play competitions
· Handicap competition - mainly for fun

Altrincham and Hale Chess Club was founded over 100 years ago and was originally known as The St Margaret’s Chess Club. 

If you want to know more, please contact the Secretary on altrincham4chess at gmail dot com ...or just come along on any Monday evening.

Members - and anyone thinking about joining us - are also welcome to join our Facebook group

Altrincham player beats World Champion! Our member Steve Douglas unearthed this article which gives a game from a simultaneous display in 1908 by the then World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, against a member of our club. You can play through the game on the board below.