Jean Metzinger, Soldat jouant aux échecs (Soldier at a Game of Chess)

Chess during coronavirus outbreak

At the moment there is no face to face chess because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. All leagues are still suspended and our venue for social chess, the community centre at Streatham Library, is not currently available.

However Streatham Chess Club is extremely active online:

  • We field teams in national and local leagues
  • We hold regular internal tournaments, both informal fun ones and more serious competitions
  • Members run online simuls and other events
  • We also plan on having some social events, such as quizzes and talks on Zoom

Because all events are online everyone is welcome to take part, and there are no club membership fees being charged.

Streatham Festival

During October 2020 the club will be holding six special events across two Sundays as part of the Streatham Festival. These are a great opportunity for people of all ages to give chess a try, or to learn a bit more about the game. They will be especially well suited for beginners or those returning to chess after some time away.

Read all the details here: S&BCC at the Streatham Festival

Getting started with online chess

To get started playing with clubmates and in club-organised events, do the following:

1) Create an account on lichess.org

Register with lichess (https://lichess.org/), and create an online user name (if possible one that other members will be able to easily recognize). You can start playing casual games straightaway.

2) Join our online club

Join our lichess online club by visiting https://lichess.org/team/streatham–brixton-chess-club and hit ‘Join’. Note that it might take a day or so for your membership request to be processed by club officers.

Joining the online group will help you find fellow members and enable you to play in club-only events.

Keep an eye on the club’s lichess forum: https://lichess.org/forum/team-streatham–brixton-chess-club

Here we will post messages about what will be happening online for our members.

3) Mobile apps

Once you are all set up on lichess you might want to get a mobile app. These are available in the normal Apple and Google app stores. Some information about the mobile apps can be found here: https://lichess.org/mobile

Be aware that not all lichess features can be accessed via the apps, so you may prefer to play using the lichess website, even when using a phone or tablet.


Welcome

Welcome – you’ve arrived at Streatham & Brixton Chess Club’s website. We hope you’ll take a few moments to find out more about us – we’re a lively chess club with a fast-growing membership and we provide opportunities for chess players of all abilities.

We’re keen to attract new players of all kinds: experienced players who are looking for serious competitive chess, casual players who want to play friendly social chess, and newcomers to the game who want to develop their chess skills.

We offer one of the best-value membership packages in London with a special reduced rate for the first year of membership. If all you want is to play ungraded games of friendly chess, you won’t have to pay anything at all.

So read on to learn a little more about us, where we play and how to join. Feel free to simply drop by at one our Tuesday sessions at Streatham Library, or get in touch for more information on the club.