Welcome to the University of Bath Chess Society!

Welcome to the newly founded University of Bath Chess Society! Whether you're a novice looking to learn or a seasoned player, Chess Society is the perfect place to sharpen your skills and share your passion for this centuries-old game. Everyone is welcome! Whether you just fancy a quiet game with a friend, the hair-raising excitement of blitz chess, or a competitive challenge with our tournament sessions! We can cater to all abilities and interests and are happy to teach new players or offer advice to players who would like to improve their game.


Chess Tournaments:

Beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions!

Our tournament sessions are open to members of all skill levels and backgrounds. These events offer a thrilling opportunity to put your strategic prowess to the test and engage in spirited competition. What sets our tournaments apart is our unique league system, where participants earn points throughout the semester, leading to exciting prizes at the end of term. These sessions are our biggest and most exciting events, consistently drawing the largest attendance. We use a Swiss-style pairing system. This ensures that everyone gets ample opportunities to play, facing off against opponents of similar skill levels. 

Join us and let your competitive spirit shine!


Chess Training Sessions:

Our training sessions represent our commitment to learning and improvement. These are interactive sessions where any member can step up and share their expertise on a specific chess opening or concept. Open to everyone, our training sessions provide a unique opportunity to expand your chess knowledge and improve your game. The topics of these sessions are chosen based on interests and preferences of the members – decided in advance on request. If you have any queries or would like to submit a lesson request, please feel free to get in touch with our Training Officer Omkar Pattanshetty at op428@bath.ac.uk.


Come and Meet Us:

Chess Society Weekly Schedule:

  • Tuesdays (Regular Sessions in Chancellors CB3.1):
    • Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location: CB3.1
  • Mondays (Alternating Tournaments and Training):
    • Odd Mondays (Tournament Sessions in Claverton Rooms):
      • Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • Location: Claverton Rooms
    • Even Mondays (Training Sessions in Chancellors  CB3.1):
      • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Location: CB3.1


Team Competitions:

For those seeking the thrill of competitive chess, our Chess Society proudly boasts a competitive team led by our team captain, James Golding, a former British Junior Chess Champion. Examples of tournaments that we participate in include BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) and the World Chess League. If you have any inquiries or wish to learn more about our team competitions, please feel free to contact James Golding at jg2359@bath.ac.uk.

Trips and Competitions:

In addition to our team chess pursuits, our Chess Society goes the extra mile by organizing frequent trips to various tournaments and venues. These excursions encompass a wide range of events, from congresses to rapid and blitz competitions, promoted by the ECF (English Chess Federation). Among our most anticipated journeys is the annual trip to the British Chess Championship, which takes us to locations such as Torquay and Leicester. This trip is not just about the competition; it's an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of chess, test your skills against some of the strongest players in the UK, and witness grandmasters in action. It's a chance to forge connections and deepen your passion for this timeless game!


Reasons To Join Us:

Chess isn't just a game; it's a captivating intellectual pursuit that enhances critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and fosters friendships that last a lifetime. Join us to explore the fascinating world of chess, challenge your mind, and be part of a passionate community of chess enthusiasts!


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Team Captain

Inclusivity and Welfare Officer



Training Officer


Tournament Director

Marketing and Social Officer