"Those who say they understand chess, understand nothing" -- Robert HUBNER

Welcome to Ealing Chess Club's Website.


We are a friendly & social chess club who try and provide a friendly and competitive environment for chess lovers of all abilities. We are one of the longest established clubs in London, having met weekly since 1885.

Currently our club night is Monday evenings from 7:30pm. In the spacious Sports Bar of The Old Actonians Sports Club, Gunnersbury Drive (off Popes Lane), Ealing, London W5 4LL.

The venue offers a friendly environment in which to play chess with a good range of beer and light refreshments available to enjoy during or after games. The club is well served by public transport being just an 8 minute walk from Acton Town Tube and on the route of the E3 bus. There is a small car park at the club, along with parking on the adjoining streets (after 7pm)
A map can be found here

During the League season, Junior and some senior matches will take place on selected wednesdays at the former London Victoria Sports Ground in Boddington Gardens W3 9AP
A map can be found here

New members (from Grandmaster to beginners!) are always welcome. Feel free to just pop down on a Monday, or even better, give the new members' co-ordinator a call or email first and we will do our best to ensure there will be a member of the same standard around to give you a good game or two!


Latest News



Matthew Sadler & Natasha Reagan visit

Created:06 Aug 2019 by: Alastair Johnstone

I am pleased to announce that Matthew Sadler and Natasha Reagan have agreed to visit the club on Monday 2nd September to give a talk and tandem simul.

Those fortunate enough to be present at Matthew and Natasha's last visit in 2016 consider it one of the most entertaining events the club has ever hosted.

The format of the evening will be three lectures by Matthew and Sadler based around their new book Game Changer followed by a break when copies of the book will be available for purchase at a discount. Matthew and Natasha will then conduct a tandem simultaneous display: Matthew at blitz rate, Natasha at lightning.

There will be a charge of £10 to attend, £5 for juniors.  Priority will be given to Ealing members but if there is any spare capacity attendance by members of other clubs will be fine.

The event will kick-off at 7:30 Monday 2nd September at the Old Actonians.

If you would like to attend please book your place asap with the club Secretary, Neville Rowden.

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Ealing Juniors visit St Paul's School, Brentford

Created:31 Jul 2019 by: David Ebbett

The Training/Progression Group played a friendly match against St Paul's School earlier this month. Their team is led and coached by Leslie Pringle who is a very knowledgeable senior member of Ealing Chess Club so we knew it was going to be a tough test for us.

Ealing Juniors fielded thirteen youngsters plus a parent (deliberately not playing to his full strength) to make up the numbers to 14 aside for a double round match.

Our team generally coped well with the time limit of 15 minutes per side. The first round was a comfortable win for Ealing but the second round was very close indeed and the score was level with two games to finish before Ealing pulled away.

Our team was Jacinta Khadouri, Jonathan Owen, Hariram Sathyakumar, Ravi Gupta, Daniel Sawa, Sam Bonnici, Laith Harb, Talya Vexler, Oskar Parker, Roman Parker, Gemma Khadouri. Dogen Okuyama and Elsai Okuyama.

The rounds were contested very sportingly and all the juniors taking part will have learnt a lot from the experience. Ealing's team averaged nine years of age and all thirteen played well. Jacinta Khadouri, Jonathan Owen, Daniel Sawa, Sam Bonnici. Laith Harb and Dogen Okuyama scored two wins. Elsai Okuyama managed one and a half points and Hariram Sathyakumar, Talya Vexler and Ravi Gupta scored 50%.

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135th AGM

Created:04 Jun 2019 by: Alastair Johnstone

Ealing Chess Club's AGM will take place on Monday, 10th June 2019 starting at 19:30 at Old Actonians.

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Hillingdon KO Result

Created:01 Mar 2019 by: Alastair Johnstone

Ealing were well beaten in their 2nd round Hillingdon KO match at Harrow last night.

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Ellam Trophy 2018

Created:20 Sep 2018 by: Alastair Johnstone

In years past, the Thames Valley League held an annual match pitting member clubs from South of the river against member clubs from North of the river - the so-called Ellam Trophy. The fixture has lapsed in recent years but, in an effort to revive a traditional way to warm-up for the new season, Ealing agreed to host a match at the Old Actonians.

Perhaps inevitably Ealing members showed far more interest in playing than other clubs and in the end it was decided that the match would take the form of an Ealing vs. Rest of the World contest.  Even then, it proved necessary to lend the RoW team a couple of Ealing players to even up the numbers.

On the night, despite facing a grading deficit on most boards Ealing emerged convincing victors, conceding no losses and finishing with a 7-2 winning margin.

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