Chess Club

Our aim is to enjoy and promote the playing of Chess in the Stourbridge area.  We normally meet every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Stourbridge Institute and Social Club. We have teams in the Wolverhampton, Dudley, Worcester and Birmingham Leagues and have a membership of all ages.

More details are available via their web site.

Players of any standard are welcome and anyone interested should come along to the Stourbridge Institute where we meet throughout the year on a Wednesday night at 7:30pm. We are looking for new members and welcome players of all abilities for competitive and casual play. If you are interested please contact Paul Sharratt on 07515 688795.

The club was founded on the 20th May 1852 at the house of Mr Henry Finistone of Woodfield House, Wordsley. There were present some 12 in all including Lord Lyttelton, Charles Harrison (M.P. for Bewdley), Mr Harding surgeon and their host who was president of the chess club for many years.

This makes Stourbridge Chess Club one of the oldest chess clubs in Britain and is open to all ages with currently members varying in age from 11 years old to over 80 years old.

Until play was suspended in March, this had been a reasonable season for Stourbridge. Especially for our second team.  

The Birmingham league still hopes to resume play. At the moment the first team are mid table in division 2 and the second team are top of division 4 and are  unbeaten. If play resumes, then at the very worst they will be in a play-off for the title. They are also in the final of the Townshend trophy. It would be a great pity if they are unable to complete the season and compete for these two trophies.

In the Wolverhampton league, it was decided to “pro-rate” the remaining fixtures. This means our first team just escaped relegation and will remain in division 1.  However, we need to strengthen the squad if we want to stay there next season. Again, the second team put in a good performance and finished second in division 3. Our third team in division 3 is used primarily to give less experienced players match experience and captain Steve Alcock succeeded in doing this.