Club Opening!

Having been once agan temporarily closed during the recent Omicron upsurge, we are happily able to

Re-open on Tuesday 25th Jan 2022

As with the first re-opening, the club will initially open on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm. If all goes well we hope to be able to increase the days we are open in due course, as well as planning to run competitive events. To begin with, it is a chance familiarise yourself with over the board play informally.

Covid protocols will remain in place, and as per Government advice it is recommended to take lateral flow tests before meeting others.:

  • Do not attend if you have covid symptoms or are waiting on a test result.
  • Sign in on arrival (this is retained for 3 weeks)
  • Mask wearing is compulsory unless you are exempt
  • Ventilation - windows will remain open
  • Sanitizer will be available by each board to wash hands
  • Wipes will also be availble to clean equipment at the end of the session
  • Maintain distance where possible

In the meantime, we will continue to run activities online. Blitz events normally take place on Wednesday evenings from 7.45pm.

To find out more please join the club Lichess Edinburgh Chess Club Team, or contact President Neil Berry (


The Historic Home of Scottish Chess

The country's senior chess club offers a warm welcome to everyone wishing to visit our West End clubrooms.

main clubrooms

Established in 1822 and now approaching its bicentenary it is not only the oldest club in Scotland and the UK but probably the second-oldest club in the world. (Zurich is believed to be the oldest est. 1809) The Edinburgh Chess Club is proud of its heritage and is happy to entertain chess enthusiasts from all over the world - in person as well as here on the web site.

We are equally glad to see local players who wish to take advantage of our clubroom facilities to play more often - whether they wish to play for us in the leagues as full members, wish to play only in our tournaments, or merely play casual chess as affiliate members.

We offer training and coaching to junior players and the chance to play in our Tiger Cubs junior team in the Edinburgh League. We hope you'll find the club a stimulating place to pursue the game.