Altrincham & Hale Chess Club

The local chess club for Altrincham, Hale, Timperley and surrounding areas

We are always keen to welcome new members to Altrincham and Hale Chess Club. We are a friendly chess club with a wide range of playing strengths. As well as Altrincham and Hale, we are the local chess club for Timperley and other surrounding areas. The aim of the club is to give our members the opportunity to play and improve their chess and, above all, to enjoy it. While we have members of all ages, we are always keen to encourage junior chess players. If you are new to club chess, don’t worry about asking about using chess clocks, recording moves, chess grades or anything else – there will always be members who will be happy to help.

The club meets every Tuesday from 7.30 p.m. in a room upstairs at The Navigation on Manchester Road, Altrincham, at the junction with Navigation Road. There is a car park at the back of the pub, regular buses along the A56 and Navigation Road Metro station is a short walk away. The main playing season is from September to May although we continue throughout the summer. If you decide to join us, it will cost £20 a year (or £10 if retired and free for juniors under 18). This includes your registration with the English Chess Federation, Cheshire and North Wales Chess Association and local leagues – so that you can play in our teams if you wish.

There is more information about our club at

Our teams play in a number of leagues which gives players of all strengths a chance to play; we usually share cars for away matches:
• We have a team in the Manchester Chess Federation league, playing matches at home and away at other clubs around the M60 ring during the Winter season.
• We also have a team in the Stockport and District Chess League, which covers Stockport and the surrounding area – also for the Winter season
• The Trafford league provides more local team matches for less experienced players, again during the Winter months.
• The South East Lancashire Summer League offers a more relaxed round of games around Manchester from June to September.
• There are also knock-out cup competitions attached to some of these leagues.

We run a number of internal competitions which are open to all members:
• The main club competitions – split into two “divisions”.
• Quick play, “Lightning” competitions and handicap competition

Altrincham and Hale Chess Club was founded over 100 years ago and was originally known as The St Margaret’s Chess Club. The club enjoys the support of the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester which provided £200 in 2004 to purchase new chess clocks. If you want to know more, please contact John Roff on 0161 998 6686 or at or just come along on a Tuesday evening