We meet on Tuesday evening throughout the year, and welcome both members and guests whether you wish to play league chess or just have some friendly games.

Our club meets in the upstairs function room at the Lincolnshire Poacher real ale pub, 161 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FR, 10 minutes walk from Victoria Centre, and a couple of stops by all NCT buses going up Mansfield Road (Stop FO12 ‘Huntingdon St’ coming from town, FO09 ‘Huntingdon St’ going towards town). Parking is available on Mansfield Road (a parking charge applies until 10pm) and just around the corner on North Sherwood Street.

We are perfectly located for anyone who likes chess and works or studies at Nottingham Trent University, which currently doesn’t have a chess club.

We enter teams in the Nottinghamshire Chess League (see the Nottingham Chess Association’s website https://www.nottinghamshirechess.org/), and we also hold internal club competitions, both ECF rated and casual.

Playing chess over the board is completely different to playing online – arguably more enjoyable – and a better way to determine your chess ability.

We have to be mindful of Covid so we have taken a few measures to help people feel more comfortable playing, but we recognise that people will have varying perceptions of safety. The number of boards has been reduced from 15 to 9 to allow more space between them. The windows and the door will be left fully open to provide an exchange of air in the room. Hand sanitisers will be available, as will face masks for anyone who chooses to wear one.

We strongly recommend all members and guests to be fully vaccinated where medically possible but feel it would be intrusive to ask anyone to provide personal medical information. Please don’t come to the club if you feel unwell, such as a high temperature or persistent cough. You may also consider taking a lateral flow test before returning.

For more information please see our ‘Club Information’ page or contact our club secretary Mike Naylor on 07896 074156 or at ppyrman@hotmail.com.