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Greater London Chess Club is an active, friendly chess club, based in central London. We run seven league teams and organise a programme of internal tournaments and special events to suit players of all strengths.

The club meets Tuesday evenings 6.30pm to 10pm, September to June, at the Upper Vestry House, St George's Bloomsbury, 6 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HR.

Originally the works club for the Greater London Council and its predecessors, we're now open to all players, irrespective of employment, and more than half of our current membership is drawn from beyond the ranks of the GLC. We remain the chess club for players who have worked for the Greater London Council, London Residual Body, Inner London Education Authority or the current Greater London Authority.

We're always keen to recruit new members of all playing strengths for our league teams and club activities. You can get an idea of what the club does by browsing this site. We've been featured in Metro Newspaper, as a setting in a bestselling thriller and have advised a theatre company on the depiction of chess in a major London production. We hope you will want to join us!

Visit the Calendar page to see what happening in the 2016-17 season. We also have a page on Facebook. Some of our club tournaments are open to non-members too, on payment of the non-member entry fee.



If you would like to try out the club, please call in on a Tuesday evening - your first two club nights are free, with no obligation to become a member. To join the club and participate in internal club tournaments or play for one of our league teams, you must first submit a membership application form and pay your subscription. You must also take out English Chess Federation (ECF) Bronze Membership (cost £15, or £14 if done online) to play in any of our graded competitions which includes all league matches and some tournaments. If you are already an ECF member, please provide your membership number and expiry date. If you'd like further information on the club, please contact Nigel Blades, secretary (tel 020 8580 5872).

  • From 1st September 2016 the GLCC new member subscription is £35
    Juniors under 18 years of age pay £17.50
  • From 1st February 2017 new members can take out membership to 31 August 2017 for £17.50
    Juniors under 18 years of age pay £8.75
  • For existing members the full subscription is £50 (£35 for juniors and full-time students)
    Subscriptions are due for renewal on 1st September with a payment and ECF membership deadline of 1st November for players to participate in league competitions.

Subscriptions can be paid by Electronic Bank Transfer (bank details available on request from the Secretary); Cheque (payable to 'Greater London Chess Club') or Cash to any of the club officers listed below. If you would like to send a cheque in the post please contact the Treasurer for address details.



St George's Bloomsbury

The club venue is the Upper Vestry House, St George's Church, Bloomsbury. Our full address is:

Upper Vestry House
St George's Bloomsbury
6 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HR

Refurbished thanks to grants from the Paul Mellon Architectural Fund (World Monuments Fund in Britain) and Heritage Lottery Fund, the Upper Vestry House offers a light and spacious playing room with separate kitchen. There are several excellent pubs nearby for post-match refreshments, and the club normally adjourns to the Museum Tavern at the end of an evening. The venue is accessible from the rear of St George's Church, on Little Russell Street (map). The picture top right shows the front of the church in Bloomsbury Way.


St George's Vestry HouseThe entrance to the Upper Vestry House is on the right hand side of the rear of the church, up the steps in the picture, lower right.

Nearest tube stations are Holborn (5 minutes walk) and Tottenham Court Road (7 minutes walk). Buses from the west end stop directly outside the church on Bloomsbury Way and those from the City and south of the river, in nearby New Oxford Street. There is limited on-street parking near the venue (free after 6.30pm). Bloomsbury Square underground car park is only 5 minutes walk from St George's.

Club nights are Tuesdays from 6.30pm, September to June. See the Calendar page for further details.



Gin LaneGLCC = Gin Lane Chess Club?

The spire of St George's Church, with the statue of George I on top can clearly be seen in the background of Hogarth's famous 1751 drawing 'Gin Lane'. The Lions and Unicorns adorning the steeple in Hogarth's drawing were removed in the 19th century but have recently been replaced as part of the church refurbishment.




These pages are maintained by Nigel Blades





Club Administration

Tim Pelling
tel: 07956 394385

Gordon Broadbent, WS Grigson,
Derek Hadley, Phil Zammit


Tony Packham
tel: 020 8311 0212

Nigel Blades
tel: 020 8580 5872

Nigel Blades (acting secretary)
tel: 020 8580 5872

Phil Zammit
tel: 07743 470313

Tournament Controller
see Vice-Chairman

Equipment Officer
see Vice-Chairman

Publicity Officer
see Vice-Chairman

Club Captain
James Robinson

Details of team captains appear on the Public Service and London League pages.



Club Constitution (adopted at the 2011 Annual General Meeting; Rules amended 2014)

Membership Application Form

DGT2010 Digital Clocks Quick Guide


Information for Club Members (password required)



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Big Game HuntersWe are grateful to Big Game Hunters for supporting our summer tournament 2013.

Big Game Hunters have celebrated their love for activity and games for over 13 years, by providing a large selection of games for families of all ages, and are proud to include their range of garden chess sets which utilise the skilful and tactical play of traditional chess, while enhancing the fun with giant accessories.




Old News

June 2013 - Results of the June Gorton Memorial Summer Tournament, Tuesday 25 June.

June 2013 - GLCC had an excellent showing at the recent King's Place tournament. Tom Middleton scored 5/6 (=1st) in the Major and Erika Orsagova scored 4.5 (=2nd) in the Minor. There were also commendable performances from Tyrone Jefferies, 4.5 points in the Amateur, James McDonnell, 4.5 in the Major and Jim Robinson, 4 in the Major.

February 2013 - Congratulations to Pascoe Rapacchi and Greg Barker for their excellent results at the recent Imperial College Chess Congress! Both playing in the Minor, Pascoe (seen in action here) finished 1st= and Greg, 3rd= and winner of the U-125 grading prize. More.... Pascoe has annotated one of his tournament games for us - click here to read on.




It was with great sadness that we learnt in early November 2013 of the death of Geoffrey John Willars. He passed away in September 2013 at the age of sixty-seven but confusion over the next-of-kin information led to a delay in his relatives being notified. Three members of GLCC, Tom Fleming, Tim Pelling and Phil Zammit, attended the funeral on 14th November. Geoffrey joined the GLCC in 2007 and was a very enthusiastic chess player, often coming along on club nights just to play friendlies in addition to readily playing in matches when required. He was a very proud and private man but once he got to know you he was keen to chat about various topics. Geoffrey was always among the first (if not the first) to pay the club’s annual subscription and he was only too pleased to attend GLCC’s 125th anniversary dinner in 2012. His working life consisted of about 40 years in the Civil Service, rising to a very senior position in the Ministry Of Transport. Of course, being a modest soul, he didn’t bandy this about - I only learnt of it from his relatives. Geoffrey was also interested in military matters as his father had served in the armed forces. He devoted much of his free time to assisting the Machine Gun Corps – Old Comrades’ Association (MGC/OCA - to trace recipients of the Victoria Cross, locating their final resting place, refurbishing their graves and providing suitable headstones where required. Geoffrey thought this was the least he could do for exceptionally brave service personnel who had died for their country. Geoffrey was also a keen hat-wearer, a fashion not frequently seen these days. Sadly, his favourite brown, astrakhan titfer will no longer be seen at St George’s Church, Bloomsbury.




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