About Us

Come and play chess in one of the ChessMates clubs in Hampton Hill.

We are a fun and welcoming chess club for ages 7-11 in Hampton Hill Junior School, and for under 18 young people living in Hampton Hill or at a school in Hampton. We welcome all levels, with a passion to make chess fun and inclusive to everyone.

Our lunchtime club runs in Hampton Hill Junior School for Years 3-6. Our on-line clubs include an intermediate club, an advanced club and an U18 youth chess club. Our U18 youth chess club is predominantly an on-line club, meeting occasionally for ‘over the board’ events at local venues in Hampton Hill.

Each term is unique with new challenges, sometimes individual, sometimes in teams. We learn chess tactics, strategy, chess facts, openings, and checkmate tips through puzzles, videos, demonstration teaching and of course plenty of match play.

Our U18 youth group compete in the English Chess Federation 5 Counties league, and our in-school and online junior clubs compete against other schools in local fixtures and English Primary Schools Chess Association (EPSCA) events.

Come and learn to play chess or come and improve your existing skills and make chess friends. Everyone is welcome, from beginner to accomplished player.

The clubs run at lunchtime in Hampton Hill Junior School, and over Zoom after school. The club days are advertised on our termly flyer. These vary from term to term.

Whether you have the potential to play at a higher level, joining in with our teams that play at local tournaments and in on-line tournaments, or whether you would simply enjoy spending a lunch hour learning chess skills in a relaxed welcoming club, you will receive a warm welcome.

ChessMates chess club is fully insured, staff hold first aid and safeguarding certification. ChessMates is registered with the ICO.

ChessMates take hygiene and safety very seriously. Please see our COVID-19 strategy and Club Risk Assessment for information.

'Chessmates' recent achievements include:

  • During lockdown months our on-line chess clubs developed rapidly and we have built a strong on-line presence, competing in national and local on-line tournaments. Our youth team have an A and a B team in the Five Counties ECF league, with the A team finishing second in division 3 in the 2021 season ending in May. Our junior HHJS team regularly play in inter-school on-line fixtures, as well as the UK Chess Challenge Megafinal and Gigafinal events.
  • HHJS qualified through to the National Primary School’s Chess Championships semi-finals with two teams in 2020, taking 1st place with their U11A team at the Richmond first round zone. This was HHJS’ fifth year of participation in this annual EPSCA tournament, qualifying for the semi-finals four times, achieving a total of two gold, two silver, and two bronze awards at Bristol.
  • At the November 2019 South East Championships at Sandown Racecourse, HHJS took 26 players. One of the boys won the U11 Boys trophy, and one of the girls won the U11 Girls trophy. Overall, the Boys team took 1st place, improving on their 2nd place position in 2018, and 3rd place in 2017.
  • HHJS take part in the UK Chess Challenge every Spring term, running the first round during their club time. In 2019, 19 children went on to play in the Megafinals, with 12 qualifying to the Gigafinals, and finally 2 players made it through to the Terafinal Challengers.
  • 20 HHJS players took part in the annual UKI tournament in June 2019. The Boys team had finished in 5th place the previous 2018 year and in 2019 they were delighted to top that by taking 1st place. In addition, 2019 was the first year that they had enough strong girl players to form a girls team and this was their first tournament
  • In the past four years HHJS have played many friendly inter school matches with several local schools, both state and independent. This included organising a marathon 25 board challenge over four weeks with one of the schools.