If you are thinking of joining our chess club, why not come along on a Thursday evening and meet us, play a few games and have a chat about what we can offer you. You would be most welcome. Children under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult.
If you would like to ask some questions or get more details about our club, please go to the Contact page and fill in our message form. We will reply to you via email or telephone, which ever you prefer.
If you decide you would like to join us, we charge a low annual subscription of £15.00 for normal, full membership, or £10.00 per year for concessions, which includes under-18s , over-65s and the unwaged. For playing in graded competitions, membership of the English Chess Federation is required. For their Bronze membership, ECF fees start at just £16.00 per year.
Our Chess Club welcomes players of all playing abilities over the age of 12. Although we do not provide any formal tuition, if you are a beginner just learning chess, you would be most welcome to come along and watch games being played under both friendly and strict match conditions. If you are under the age of 16, you must be accompanied by an adult.
We meet every Thursday evening in the Hub at the Open University (See maps) between 7:30pm and approximately 10:30pm, All equipment is provided, including boards, sets, digital clocks and score sheets. Every year we enter teams into the Bedfordshire League, as well as other events, such as the EACU Club Championship. We also run a number of club competitions, awarding trophies to the winners and runners up at our popular Christmas social event.
On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not last long. - Emanuel Lasker
Without error there can be no brilliancy. - Emanuel Lasker
Be a harsh critic of your own wins. - Vasilios Kotronias
Every Chess master was once a beginner. - Irving Chernev
If cunning alone were needed to excel, women would be the best chess players. - Adolf Albin
Chess, like love, is infectious at any age. - Salo Flohr
Chess is a natural cerebral high. - Walter Browne
I definitely miss the rush from wiping out an opponent. - Bruce Pandolfini
Chess is a beautiful mistress. - Bent Larsen
No one ever won a game by resigning. - Savielly Tartakower
Haste, the great enemy. - Eugene Znosko-Borowski
Those who say they understand Chess, understand nothing. - Robert Huebner
The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it. - Aaron Nimzowitsch
The hallmark of the artist is simplicity. - Larry Evans
If I win a tournament, I win it by myself. I do the playing. Nobody helps me. - Bobby Fischer
I believe there should be no reason why women cannot play as well as men. - Susan Polgar
Psychology is the most important factor in chess. - Alexander Alekhine
I like to make them squirm. - Bobby Fischer
Few things are as psychologically brutal as chess. - Garry Kasparov
As a chess player one has to be able to control one’s feelings, one has to be as cold as a machine. - Levon Aronian
In chess, as in life, a man is his own most dangerous opponent. - Vasily Smyslov
Mistrust is the most necessary characteristic of the chess player. - Siegbert Tarrasch
The passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. - Aaron Nimzowitsch
A chess player never has a heart attack in a good position. - Bent Larsen
The pin is mightier than the sword. - Fred Reinfeld
Don't be afraid of losing, be afraid of playing a game and not learning something. - Dan Heisman
I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one. - David Levy
The King is a strong piece - use it ! - Rueben Fine