About Us

Casual Chess was born from fun times playing street chess in the parks of Havana and New York. Chess clubs are fantastic for joining teams and playing tournaments. On the other hand, when you want to analyse, kibitz, or just have a chat over a friendly game, you might find yourself getting shushed.

The great British weather doesn’t always lend itself to outdoor chess. So we decided to create a space where chess lovers can pop in whenever they feel like playing, watching or talking about chess.

Comfy chairs, other female players, people of every age, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical type, social class and playing strength. Refreshments, lively people and a good atmosphere. No more silent, draughty community centres or church halls!

We are entirely run by hardworking volunteers.