Club chess
Tournament chess
Team chess

Chess grades
Using chess grades to measure how well you play
How they give you your first chess grade
How they use your match results to update your chess grades

Chess grade

If you play competitive chess regularly you will receive a grade, based on your results during the year.

The better you play, the higher your grade will be.

Club chess for junior players

This section of the website should help you understand what is available for players aged under eighteen. It will not teach you to play chess. This page looks at chess clubs.

Most people learn to play chess from friends or family. There are also books, computers, videos and even DVD’s to teach the basics and help you improve. You may also want to join a chess club.

Club chess

Joining a chess club allows you to meet other chess players socially. The games you play can help you learn to play better. You can also ask questions. Some games will be for fun but, as you improve, you may be encouraged to enter tournaments.

Most clubs run tournaments each year for their members. Beyond the club, there are also local, regional and national tournaments to take part in. The club can also help you get involved in team events where you can play for your school, club or county.

Some clubs meet in school, others are open to the public. They both have advantages and disadvantages.

School Chess clubs

Whether there is a chess club in your school will depend on which school you go to.


  • The club is usually run in school time.
  • It is controlled by teachers.


  • Not all schools have a chess club.
  • The number and standard of players can vary.
  • Good players may soon have difficulty in finding worthy opponents.

Depending on when they meet, some school clubs may be happy to take children from other schools.

Chess clubs outside school

Unlike school clubs, nearly all other chess clubs are open to anyone who wants to join. Some will only take junior players, and most of the others will be happy to accept them. Some clubs may not currently have any young players among their membership.


  • Depending on where you live, there may be more than one chess club nearby to chose from.
  • Players with a wider range of playing skills are normally present.
  • Nearly all clubs will have at least one league team, providing the opportunity to try League Chess.


  • These clubs tend to meet on a weekday evening — normally starting between 7.15 and 7.30 pm.
  • At least 4 or 5 other young players may need to be attending regularly for young players to feel comfortable at this type of chess club.

Most of these clubs have a mainly adult membership.

Local clubs which coach junior players

The clubs section of this website indicates which local clubs already have junior players.

Local clubs

Details of local clubs involved with coaching and encouraging junior players can be found in the clubs page of this site.


This site has similar guides to:
Tournament Chess and
Team Chess for school, club or county.

In Control

The person who looks after young chessplayers in Staffordshire is

Traci Whitfield

Email: Traci Whitfield
Tel: 01782 623361
(Before 9 pm please.)

Junior players welcome

Mrs Traci Whitfield,
Staffs Junior Chess,
21 Bankfield Grove,
Scot Hay,

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Please contact:

Andrew Davies  and  Traci Whitfield


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