From the North: A619 Chesterfield towards town centre, past big "Doughnut Roundabout"
facing the famous Crooked Spire next to the bub lookout for traffic light then turn left then
next left again into the 'car parks'.
From the South: A619 head towards St Mary's Gate, town centre, the White Swan is situated
other side of the road from the famous Crooked Spire Church, access to car park turn right at
the traffic light next to the Pub.
We're keen to welcome anyone who knows and likes the game, and can find friendly opponents, or serious competition, for players of most standards. We meet at The
White Swan every Monday 7 30 onwards from September to May. Try us for free
for a month or so; after that it's £10 a year.
If you're already a member of another club you're very welcome to stop by for a friendly game. No charge, glad to see you and no attempt to poach you from your regular team for the Chesterfield crowd! Before coming - maybe check the fixtures to be sure there's not a big match on, especially if you fancy a friendly against specifically our A or B team players. Any help drinking the beer/lemonade and so keeping the landlord happy would be especially welcome. This can also be done by non-players, so I'm told.
Back to prospective new members, FAQ.
How good do I have to be to join?
"Anyone who knows and likes the game". We don't teach the moves, but we're not all strong players by any means. Friendly advice given to anyone who wants to improve.
How do I get on the team?
B team's a friendly outfit and anyone gets a shot. Once we have enough players, maybe we'll go for a C team. Chesterfield A is by competition: the boards are offered initially in order of grading, or, until you get a grading, by playing the existing people and wiping one or other of us out. Plenty in Sheffield and Derbyshire will tell you that's none too hard.
Of course, on any club night when there's a match there's also the chance for friendly social chess for those not playing in the match. This is also the best chance for the stronger players to offer a bit of informal teaching.
Is there any lower age limit?
No, so long as you're there for the chess and, like nearly all keen chess playing young people, can cope with the relaxed and civilised let's-not-bother-to-swing-from-the-rafters atmosphere of a club. One room has no bar; the landlord's OK with accompanied children in the other room too, so long as they're non-chaotic. No club member is CRB checked specifically for the chess club (though some are in our day jobs as teachers, care workers etc) and parents are very welcome to stay. It's a quiet, friendly pub with plenty to do beyond chess.
Wait 'till you see the venue: I've known a few and this is a very nice place. Centre of Chesterfield. If you don't have a car, get there somehow a couple of times and we've always had people happy to give lifts. When you get there, we have a large upstairs room to ourselves; downstairs there's a rear bar for friendly bar staff. Downstairs seems to be fully wheelchair accessible.
If you're coming a distance straight from work to a match, they do meals, which look a
bit special and come in just under £10 a head; they're doing a lunchtime promotion of two for a tenner if you're ever there earlier in the day, maybe figuring out exactly where the pub is. This lunchtime option I've tried and it's very good. For real ale fans, regular beer's and there's an ever changing choice of three or four other brews. Staff have proved very welcoming.
Parking's no problem: Several metered car parks. Charges are 7.00pm till 8.00pm £1.20p from 7.30pm till 8.00pm £0.50p. then it is free.