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Hi! Welcome to Casual Chess.

London’s real life, friendly chess cafe! Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday you’ll find us in The BFI Lounge, 21 Stephen St, Off Tottenham Court Rd, W1T 1LN (nearest tube Tottenham Court Rd), 7.30pm – 11pm.

FREE CHESS LESSONS FOR WOMEN! 🙂 All welcome, just drop in. The next lessons are on Wednesday 4th July: Absolute Beginners, to learn how the pieces move, at 6pm, Level 2 (for those who know the basic rules and want to improve) at 7pm. Most people come alone – it’s a lovely fun and friendly atmosphere – but you’re welcome to bring friends. 🙂 At the BFI Lounge, 21 Stephen St, London, W1T 1LN.

Please bear in mind that Mondays have no volunteer, and as a result are often very quiet. Fridays are our busiest nights. We are closed every Thursday, Friday Saturday and Bank Holiday. Please check the Facebook group ‘Casual Chess Cafe London’ and @CasualChess on Twitter on the day, if you’re making a special journey, in case of any last-minute closures.

Choose your own time control and grab a coffee or a glass of wine. Join our Facebook group to hear about special events and chat about chess https://www.facebook.com/groups/393548150795213/?fref=ts We also publicise our twice-monthly free chess lessons for women in that group, and via http://www.meetup.com

You can also use the Facebook group to arrange to meet a player of a similar level…or just come along any day we’re open, 7.30pm – 11pm and play everyone. Chess sets and clocks provided, along with go sets.

We are committed to diversity and welcome absolutely everyone. Organised by women, we are particularly happy to see other female players, and will make sure there’s always a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Spread the word (on Facebook, Twitter @CasualChess, Tell Your Friends) and come along to check us out! 🙂

If you’re ever the first player to arrive, just ask at the bar for the sets/clocks. Please note that the main door to the BFI is closed after 8pm, when entrance is via the Stephen St Kitchen restaurant door. For a first visit, it is better to avoid Monday nights, which are unstaffed by volunteers… Fridays are our busiest nights. No need to let anyone know before your first visit – just come on down!

See you soon! 🙂