Welcome to Stratford Chess Club
Whether you want to play just friendly games, take part in club competitions or join one of our teams to play against other chess clubs, the place to be is Stratford Royal British Legion Club from 7.30 onwards each Thursday evening.
New members are most welcome, it doesn't matter whether you are a beginner or a Grandmaster. If you wish to arrange an introductory visit then please contact us. If you wish to join the Club please register your details.
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Standard fee: £20.00
Concessions (juniors, pensioners, unwaged): £15.00
Paying ECF direct: £8.00
Concessions paying ECF direct: £5.00
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History of Chess
The history of chess spans some 1500 years. The earliest predecessors of the game originated in India, prior to the 6th century AD. From India, the game spread to Persia. When the Arabs conquered Persia, chess was taken up by the Muslim world and subsequently spread to Southern Europe. In Europe, the game evolved into its current form in the 15th century. This makes it older than blackjack which probably originates in the 17th century. In the second half of the 19th century, modern tournament play began, and the first world chess championship was held in 1886.
The 20th century saw great leaps forward in chess theory and the establishment of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Developments in the 21st century include the employment of computers for analysis, team consultations, and online gaming.