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, 6:30-10:00pm 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
Oliver Ward
C Team Captain
Daniel Burton
Oscar Jackman
Edward Burton
Social Secretary
Kian King
Helen Archer-Lock
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 2022/23FREE10/10/2022 - 30/06/2023This 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 social setting. As the club's costs for these sessions are low, Social Membership is free, but signing up helps support the club and keep track of its size and reach.
SCL League Membership 2022/23£15.0001/09/2022 - 30/06/2023This membership allows you to participate in our teams in the Southampton Chess League (SCL). Membership fees will go towards the SCL entry fee and travel to away matches. Any excess will be re-invested in club equipment. All team members playing 2 or more matches for the university team must purchase this membership, regardless of whether you have played home or away. You will also need to purchase membership of the English Chess Federation (ECF) separately.


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