Welcome to Castlehill Chess Club!

Perhaps the most active and welcoming Chess Club in Scotland. For beginners to Masters,  Juniors to adults. We’re always looking for new members – our membership is around 55 players (35 adults, 20 juniors <17). We have male and female members, the young and the old. Coaching is available.

We are proud that four of our juniors are Chess Scotland Internationalists.

If you want to improve your chess, play casual chess, league chess, or any kind of chess, simply come along to the club or contact us in advance to be greeted at the door.

Club Night: Thurs 14th Sept 17 I would say the chess club was a tad busy tonight! We were packed to the gunnels with Juniors, Adults and some new possible members!   Not only that...We had a full blown musical rehearsal going on down stairs! The chess pieces were dancing around the boards. Was it "CHESS" the musical? Also it is congratulations to Master Ben Volland (J14) for becoming the Random Knockout Champion 2016-17 (last trophy of the old season), after beating Ray Noble in the final. It was a professional performance from Ben, cool under pressure. Reminds me of a film title... "Cool[...]
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2017-18 Entries for this seasons Club Championship are now welcome. Closing date for entries is Friday 6th October.  CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHTS Round 1:Thurs 9th Nov 17 Round 2: Thurs 21st Dec 17 Round 3: Thurs 25th Jan 18 Round 4: Thurs 8th Mar 18 Round 5: Thurs 19th Apr 18 (Last)  FORMAT Accelerated Swiss pairings in the 1st 2 rounds. Win=1 point: Draw=½ point; Loss=0 The player with the most points after 5 rounds wins! If for any reason you cannot make a Club Championship night (hopefully not), then you must contact your opponent (and me!) and arrange an alternative night which must be before the Club Championship night. Time-Control: All[...]
Full minutes of the AGM will be available in due course but here is a mini-summary of outcomes: The Safeguarding Policy was adopted unanimously with no amendments; The requirement for PVG-cleared adults was explained and further volunteers requested; Parents will be asked to deliver/collect their children to/from the main playing area for every visit to ensure the children’s whereabouts are known at all times, and to sign a register of attendance; Membership fees are unchanged, except for juniors who will pay nothing; Office Bearers: Secretary & Safeguarding Officer – Keith Rose, Treasurer – Subhayu Banerjee, Comp Organiser – Ray Noble, Junior Co-ordinator (new post) – Paul Shafi. Post meeting: Committee[...]
A reminder that our AGM takes place this Thursday (7th) at 7.45. This is your opportunity to have a say in the running of the club and parents of our juniors would be particularly welcome to take part. Normal activities for juniors from 6.45, though no coaching available this week, and for disinterested adults.[...]
OH WHAT A NIGHT!: Thurs 31st August 2017 What a fantastic night and way to end the last club night before our AGM! We must have had over 26 players down with a couple of new juniors and adult players to boot! Our junior explosion of late has overwhelmed us a bit, but a nice problem to have and good for the future of our chess club. 5-MINUTE GRAND PRIX Also on tonight was the last 5-Minute Grand Prix event and what a competition that was! 14 players took part and Declan Shafi finished in top spot, with Subhayu Banerjee doing what he[...]
CLUB NIGHT REPORT: Thurs 24th Aug: The last round (4th) of the Bob Dunn Summer tournament took place on Thurs 24th Aug, with 8 matches on. Ray Noble & Roy Morris were locking horns again, this time for the summer championship; it was going to be a cracker of a night! As Keith has already mentioned, what a turn out with 30 players down for a game of chess in one format or another! Fantastic for the club and with another new junior down it`s looking good for the future of the club if we can help them reach a high standard[...]
LADDER FINAL 2016-17 - Thurs 17th Aug 2017 All-play-All; 15 minutes each; play each other twice, white & black: Well what a final we had as it all went down to the last match played! Finalists, Ray Noble. Graham Atkins, Colin Young & Arthur Grant made sure it was a nerve racking final regardless of quality! In the first three rounds, Colin Young stole the show beating Graham, Arthur and Ray to take a commanding lead. Graham & Ray fought out a draw. STANDINGS: (After 3 rounds) 1st Colin Young 3pts; =2nd Graham & Ray 1½ pts each; 4th Arthur zero! With 3 matches left it[...]
September 21, 2017
  • The 14th Bobby Gow Memorial 2017 Venue - Castlehill Chess Club. 7:30pm sign-in
    Starts: 7:30 pm
September 22, 2017
  • Kirkcaldy Chess Congress 2017 Rd 1
    Starts: 6:30 pm
September 23, 2017
  • Kirkcaldy Chess Congress Rd 2 & 3
    Starts: 10:00 am
September 24, 2017
  • Kirkcaldy Chess Congress Rd 4 & 5 + Presentations
    Starts: 10:00 am
October 5, 2017
  • The 35th Konrad Wierzbicki Memorial 2017
    Starts: 7:30 pm
October 29, 2017
  • SNCL Rounds 1 & 2
    Starts: 10:00 am
November 9, 2017
  • Club Championship Night Round 1
    Starts: 7:30 pm
November 17, 2017
  • Oban Congress
    Starts: 12:00 am

Full calendar here.

The 14th Bobby Gow Memorial
Castlehill CC (Dundee) v Dundee CC
This Thursday 21st September 2017
Venue: Castlehill Chess Club Dundee
Time: 7:30pm sign-in
Format: Team event: Head to head grading order
Time-Control: Both players 90 minutes each for all moves
All matches go for normal grading.

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU! :)

It`s a great nights chess
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Club Night: Thurs 14th Sept 17
I would say the chess club was a tad busy tonight! We were packed to the gunnels with Juniors, Adults and some new possible members!

Not only that...We had a full blown musical rehearsal going on down stairs! The chess pieces were dancing around the boards. Was it "CHESS" the musical?

Also it is congratulations to Master Ben Volland (J14) for becoming the Random Knockout Champion 2016-17 (last trophy of the old season), after beating Ray Noble in the final. It was a professional performance from Ben, cool under pressure. Reminds me of a film title... "Cool hand Ben!" or was that "Luke?"!

Next week is the 14th Bobby Gow Memorial. I expect "YOU ALL" to turn up! :)
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CASTLEHILL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2017-18
We are now taking entries for our Club Championship 2017-18. For all the rules/info and entries so far, go to our website. Please support our main club event.

Time-Control: all moves in 90 minutes each player.

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At the Freshers Fair today. Once the masses started coming in there was hardly a moment when our table was without someone playing or enquiring. We started off with one table and two boards but that wasn’t enough. The table beside us was not used so we had it with a third board and all three boards were in use much of the time. There felt to me like some real interest amongst some of the students and there were a few decent players. I am quietly confident a few will follow up and appear in the upcoming weeks. Thanks to Colin, Andy, Subhayu and Agnijo for lending a hand. ... See MoreSee Less

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