Sunday, 5 August 2018

Simul by GM Keith Arkell has been cancelled

Due to a change in circumstances, we have had to cancel the simul by GM Keith Arkell planned for Saturday 11th of August.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Simultaneous Display by Keith Arkell on Saturday 11th of August

Simultaneous Display by GM Keith Arkell (Sat 11 August 2018) - Grantham

Keith Arkell has been a Grandmaster since 1995. He won the English Chess Championship in 2008. In 2014 he was European Senior (50+) Champion, and, later in the year, tied for first in the World Senior (50+) Championship. A popular figure on the weekend circuit who is known for his exceptional skills in the endgame

Date: Sat 11 August 2018
Time:  Starting at 12noon
Entry fee: £10 for adults, £5 for juniors
Venue: Great Gonerby Social Club, 8 High St, Great Gonerby, Grantham NG31 8JP

Simultaneous Display Details:
– Challengers choose their colour
– Normal simul format: players make their move in turn as the simul-giver arrives
– 2 ‘passes’ allowed
– When there are 4 games left, they will be played out as 4 simultaneous 5-minute games
– No upper rating limit
– No age limit
– Book prizes for the best games (one each : junior/adults)

To book your place please email the Grantham Club Secretary, Christopher Holt, at

Grantham Chess Club will remain open over the summer

The club remains open over the summer months at the Gonerby Social Club every Wednesday evening from 7:30pm

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

UK Chess Challenge VAT Petition

The UK Chess challenge, the premier chess competition for schools in the UK, has a petition running to exempt chess from paying VAT (in line with other sports). The challenge, which has been run annually for 20 years and included hundreds of thousands of children, has been given a VAT bill of £300,000 from HMRC and will have to be wound up should it be liable to pay.

You can sign the petition on The link is here.

Please show your support.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Do you want to play against a GM in Nottingham? Mickey Adams simul details

Michael Adams, current British Champion and long-standing Super GM, is giving a simul at "Ludorati", the games cafe on Maid Marion Way in Nottingham [about half way down below Friar Lane, and just below "Cumin"], on 17th September from 1pm-5pm [players to be there by 12:30].  Cost: £12;  spectators free.  Pre- booking essential, via

Ludorati web site is at  

If you're in central Nottingham, Ludorati is an interesting place to visit anyway.  They have a more-or-less resident chess player, a giant board, and other chess stuff, and lots of other games.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

New Club Venue

Grantham Chess Club will reopen on Wednesday 31st of August at the new venue of the Great Gonerby Social Club. The address is :-

Great Gonerby Social Club, 
8 High St, 
Great Gonerby, 
NG31 8JP

A map can be found here on Google Maps

Monday, 1 August 2016

Closure of the Electric Club

We have found out that the Grantham Electric Club is closing and we are, therefore, looking for a new home. We will update members and players as soon as we have more information.