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New Players/Members

New players are encouraged and welcome to join our club regardless of their Chess level..

Key points :

Players without an (English Chess Federation) ECF grade: a minimum of 10 graded matches qualifies you for a grade.

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About Our Club

The club provides opportunities for playing chess socially and competitively. Wolverhampton Chess Club run teams in the Birmingham, Cannock, Dudley and Wolverhampton leagues. Please various website sections and contact us via contacts page to find out more about the club.  

Announcement as 22nd October: Thursday 28th October the chess club shall meet at the Clarendon Hotel, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton. WV3 0TN from 7 pm.


The Chess Club reopened 9th September 2021 and is held 7.30 - 11.00pm on Thursdays at Wolverhampton West End Working Men's Club, 71-73 Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV3 ORW. All are welcome irrespective of chess level or aspirations. Play chess socially or more competitive league chess. Juniors and beginners are welcome to attend our club. But note the 22nd October announcement above.



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Wolverhampton Chess Club is closed with immediate effect due to safety reasons and global pandemic COVID-19/coronavirus outbreaK.



Current Club Champion 2018/19:  John Mangwengwende

Wolverhampton Chess Club Awarded club of the year title 2007 by Staffordshire Chess Association.

WDCL Cups Wolverhampton Summer League Champions
Pittaway Cup Winners 2008/9, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2015/16 Division 2: 15 points maximum except for 2012 and 2013.
Humphrey's Cup Winners 2010/11, 2017/18, 2018/19 Division 3 South : 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 (Div 3)
Rock Cup Winner 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14  
Bidgood Cup winners 2011/12
  Junior Champion 2013 : Lewis Clarke
BDCL Div 2 finalist 2013/14. Champions 2015/16, Div 3 Champion 2012/13  
DDCL Div 2 Champions  
Dudley League Division 2 Champions 2010/11, 2013/14  
Wolverhampton Show exhibitors 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013  
Walrus Trophy Winners 2008, 2011, 2014  


Club's Location and more details

Address : Wolverhampton West End Working Men's Club, Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton, \West Midlands,WV3 ORW.

Co-ordinates for WV3:

Latitude : 52.579935, Longitude : -2.152009


By Road from Wolverhampton City Centre,Queen Square.

RAC Route from WV1 1TL (UK) to Merridale Street West Wolverhampton WV3 0 (UK)

1. Start at North Street, WOLVERHAMPTON (UK). (0 yards,0 m)
2. Continue straight onto Darlington Street. (57 yards,52 m)
3. After 359 yards take the 1st Exit off the Chapel Ash Island (Roundabout) into A4150 (Ring Road St Marks). (416 yards,380 m)
4. After 463 yards take the 3rd Exit off the Penn Road Island (Roundabout) into A449 (Penn Road). (0.5 miles,803 m)
5. Turn right onto Lea Road. (0.7 miles,1.1 km)
6. Turn right onto Upper Zoar Street. (0.8 miles,1.2 km)
7. Turn left onto Merridale Street West. (0.9 miles,1.5 km)
8. You have arrived your destination " Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton (UK)". (1.1 miles,1.8 km)

Summarised Routes from Penn Rd

Or from Lea Road 'turn into Upper Zoar Street, then Left into Merridale St West, continue until first junction, immediately after which the Club is on Left and car park on Right.'

Turn into Lea Road from Penn Rd, from Lea Rd adjacent to Mcdonalds, turn Right into Retreat St, continue straight, turn Left into Merridale St West. Go past the Fire station on immediate left, continue over Junction and speed humps. The Wolverhampton, West End Working Men's Club is on your left.

More description needed for various points of origin...

By Bus, Train, Metro: You can plan your Journey by clicking here Network West Midlands travel planner

Also recommended: A further alternative to finding our club.

At www.rac.co.uk You can acquire detailed directions to our club from any address. Simply input our club's postcode WV3 ORW.


Club Achievements and Acclaim


2014/15/16 2013/14 2012/13 2011/12
WDCL Rock Cup (Rob Marshall) WDCL Pittaway and Rock Cup (Dave Wightman) WDCL Pittaway, Rock and Bidgood Cup (Dave Wightman)

WDCL Rock, Bidgood Cup winners Robert Marshall, Gordon Sands respectively.

    CDCL Robert Ward Memorial Trophy (Dave Wightman)

CDCL Robert Ward Memorial Trophy winner Dave Wightman

    BDCL Div 3 Individual Trophy Winner. (Dave Wightman)  
  Bidgood Cup winners 2011/12 . WDCL Promotion from Div 2 to 1. BDCL Promotion from Div 3 to 2. and
  CDCL Robert Ward Memorial Trophy (Dave Wightman)   Junior Champion 2013 : Lewis Clarke
  BDCL Div 2 finalist 2013/14. Div 3 Champion 2012/13    
  DDCL Div 2 Champions    


2010/11 2012/13 Wolverhampton Summer League Champions
WDCL Pittaway, Humphrey's Cup and Rock Cup. WDCL Pittaway, Rock and Bidgood Cup (Dave Wightman) Division 2: 2010, 2012 and 2013.
  CDCL Robert Ward Memorial Trophy (Dave Wightman) Division 3 South : 2008, 2012, 2013
  BDCL Div 3 Individual Trophy Winner. (Dave Wightman)
  . WDCL Promotion from Div 2 to 1. BDCL Promotion from Div 3 to 2. and

2010/11: Dudley League Div 2 Champions 2010/11

Walrus Trophy Winners 2011

  Junior Champion 2013 : Lewis Clarke
BDCL Div 2 finalist 2013/14. Div 3 Champion 2012/13    
DDCL Div 2 Champions    
Rock Cup Winner 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14  



2009/10 : Wolverhampton Summer League Division 2 Champions(Maximum points)

Pittaway Cup Winners

Jackson Cup Finalists.

2008/9 : Wolverhampton Show exhibitors Sat 11 & Sun 12 July 2009

Pittaway Cup Winners

WDCL C Promoted to WDCL Division 2

2008 : Walrus Trophy Winners 22/05/08

Wolverhampton Summer league B team Champions of Division 3 South as of 10 July 2008.

2007 : Wolverhampton A team Champions of Division 2 Birmingham League (BDCL)and promoted to Division 1.(21 match points scored.)

Wolverhampton A team 2nd place runners up Division 1 Wolverhampton League (WDCL).

Walrus Trophy winners as of 30/04/07.

Wolverhampton Show exhibitors Sat 10 & Sun 11 July 2010

2008/9 : Wolverhampton Show exhibitors Sat 11 & Sun 12 July 2009

WDCL Lightning Tournament, TROPHY section winners.24/4/07.

WDCL Lightning Tournament, 2nd place MINOR section.24/04/07

2007 Staffordshire Chess Association Club of the Year Award.

BDCL A team Div 2 Champions and promoted to Div 1

2006 :Wolverhampton B team 2nd place Runners up in Wolverhampton league Division 3 and have gained promotion to Division 2.

Wolverhampton B team Champions of Birmingham league Division 5.



Venue and Facilities

Venue: Our club facilities include a spacious, quiet playing area. A licensed bar is on the premises too which is accessible via an adjoining corridor from the playing area.
Wheelchair symbol

A ramp into the club for wheelchair users and once inside, the venue is flat.

Carpark symbol Car parking on land opposite the club.
No Smoking symbol No smoking in the building

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Club Subscriptions

Passed at our e-AGM 2021


Chess club membership for season 2021/22 costs 18, or 15, if paid before 31st July 2021.

Junior membership is 5.

 Club subscriptions include membership of the Wolverhampton West End Working men's club.

Note:  ECF membership isn't included, and you'll need to buy this separately to play in our league teams.

 Bronze ECF Membership can be upgraded to Silver, Gold, Platinum.ubs throughout the season..


Important:  Anyone can join our club at any time throughout the year, recruitment is continual and fees in such cases are on a pro rata basis.

And,anyone can visit a few times for free. No pressure to join. If you like our club you're welcome to become a Wolverhampton Chess Club member.


News Summary

Attention all members, Chess enthusiasts or interested in Chess:

AGM NEWS 5th May 2016:

Trophy Winners, New Captains, more details lower subs and a new club Sec Michael Oakes. Welcome and congratulations to all who've been elected for 2016/17

Special gratitude and thanks to Barry Lewis who is retiring as club sec after an amazing and commdable 33 years dedicated service to Wolverhampton Chess Club;

Wolverhampton Chess Club at Wolverhampton Show 2012 and the pitch is booked for 2013 !

: Chess in the Park. Has evolved from those many wonderful outdoor chess events at West Park, Wolverhampton

The shows and chess continues at Himley Hall and Park.   

Giant Chess, team chess, books, wooden, historic sets and boards for sale at bargain prices as well as Chess.

Wolverhampton Chess Club will be present at Armed Forces Day .  Himley Hall 26th June 2016.  

Everyone come along, play some friendlies with some of our members. Enjoy Chess in The Park and the outdoor Chess experience! Check out our stall. Just want to find out more about Chess? Come and see us at Himley Hall 2016..

We hope to see you soon at our club every Thursday evening.

More detail in Members section for club members.





Our club also has a Yahoo Group:


Chess Club Yahoo Group link




Webmaster: Email Paul
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