Covid-19 Situation Update

7th Sept 2020

We closed the club premises in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Chess Scotland are in discussions with the Scottish Government regarding the re-opening of clubs, in line with the lifting of restrictions on indoor events. Details can be found at We continue to monitor developments, but the club remains closed for now.

In the meantime, we will run some club activities that can be run online. 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.