The Chess Club is a place for chess players of all standards to meet. We provide equipment for casual play at club nights, to practice and improve, and provide an environment in which players can learn from one another and analyse games they have played. We also play competitive chess at a variety of levels. We run tournaments within the club, and travel to external tournaments, encouraging our members to get more involved in chess. Our club nights are Thursday evenings, 6:30-10:30pm in Below Deck on the bottom floor of the SUSU building, as well as extra unscheduled meetings announced in our Facebook group and Discord server.

The Committee

All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Chess this year are:

Spyridon Danopoulos
A Team Captain
Savil Ahmed
B Team Captain
Daniel Burton
Bud MacAulay
Oliver Ward
Social Secretary
Rui Simpson
Emma Foster
Vice President
Aimee Steele
Welfare Officer

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Membership Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Chess, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

You must be a member of the Students' Union to join a club or society
NameCostValid PeriodDetails
Social Membership 2021/22FREE21/11/2021 - 31/08/2022This membership is for people who are interested in playing chess casually. Our Thursday evening club nights are free for all to attend and play chess in a casual setting. As the club's costs for our casual sessions are low, Social Membership is free, but helps support the club and keep track of its size and reach.
League Membership 2022£5.0001/02/2022 - 31/08/2022This membership allows you to participate in our teams in the Southampton Chess League (SCL). The membership fee will go towards the SCL entry fee and travel for members to away matches. You will also need to purchase membership of the English Chess Federation (ECF). Please only purchase this membership if you are already in one of our chess teams.


All SUSU clubs & societies must have a Constitution which governs how they run

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Health & Safety

All clubs & societies are required to risk assess their activity to ensure it is carried out in a safe manner for members. Current risk assessments for Chess are available to view below