Welcome to Castlehill Chess Club!

The largest and most active chess club in Dundee. For beginners to Masters,  Juniors to adults. We’re always looking for new members – our membership is rapidly expanding!. We have male and female members, the young and the old. Coaching is available.
We also have our own dedicated “World Wide Online Chess Club” so no matter where in the world you are, you can become a member and play in our online competitions!

If you want to improve your chess, play casual chess, league chess, or any kind of chess, our club normally meets every Thursday throughout the year (Except Christmas). Doors open at 7:15pm and play starts from 7:30pm.

If you are local to the Dundee area, a student at Dundee or Abertay Universities or you are interested in playing online, please complete this form and we will be in touch with you (remember to check your spam emails!). We welcome players of all ages and level of ability.

TAFCA 2023-24 SEASON - Oct 23 - Apr 24 The TAFCA 2023-24 season is now over and while as always it`s great to play in, it was not the best season for Castlehill Chess Club. Having said that, we did have some bright points! In the TAFCA Individual, Iain Sneddon won the Presidents Cup (U1650), while Ana Belen Otero Seijas won the Challenge Shield (U1400). Jan Klingelhoefer finished runner-up (as did Iain, but only one title allowed!) in a strong field, with Scottish Champion Ed Spencer (Dundee) winning the TAFCA Individual. Rishi Vijayakumar (J13) finished runner-up in the TAFCA Online Allegro series, just being[...]
The Bob Dunn OTB Summer Championships 2023-24 Round 1 - 9th May 24 We have an outstanding 22 players entered so for the main summer tournament, the Bob Dunn OTB Summer Championships! You still have time to enter if you want to play in this summer extravaganza! Round 1 of 4 was played on Thurs 9th May 24, where we had 8 matches on (two matches had already been play), and was a tense and nervous affair for some! The big shock of the night was in form Ana Belen Otero Seijas (1370), losing to newbie, Stuart Neave! Well, done Stuart! While the rest of the higher graded players[...]
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CASTLEHILL ONLINE QUICK-PLAY SERIES - ROUND 1 Tuesday 7th May 2024 - 7:30pm Season 2023-24 In the 1st Online Quick-Play of the 2023-24 season held on Tuesday 7th May 24, 7:30pm on Lichess.org, we had 8 players involved. A bit disappointing, but hopefully over the series, we will get more. It was only a 5 round Swiss, due to the numbers, so a quick night for all! It was a very competitive and strong competition which included a CM and 4 juniors, one of which was playing for the very first time! Our top seed on the night was Rishi Vijayakumar J13 and he did not disappoint finishing[...]
CASTLEHILL OTB QUICK-PLAY - ROUND 1 Thurs 2nd May 24 We had an amazing 16 players down for the first Quick-Play of the summer season! In someone else's words, "I was not expecting that"! Of course having been a Boy Scout in my day, I did have enough boards set out, just in case. Everybody else thought I was mad to set all of them up! The format was an 8 round Swiss, with 3 minutes + 2 seconds time-control! Think too long and you are dead in the water! Congratulations to Vladyslav Drabych on a perfect 8 out of 8 to win the[...]
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CASTLEHILL SUMMER ONLINE CHAMPIONSHIP 2024 Summer is here in name, if not in warmth! We have 14 players in this years Summer Online Championship. The round one draw is now up and the deadline for the matches to be played by is, Sun 26th May 24. Players can still enter this tournament, so if interested, let me know ASAP. The draw is up on our website (see link below). Good luck!   Summer Online Rd 1 draw[...]
THE 15th IAN McNAB MEMORIAL TROPHY 2023-24 Thurs 25th April 25 – 7:30pm Not many members left who knew Ian McNab, but those that do, have many memories, good and bad! Ian would have loved this event in his name and in true McNab style, no seeding, no grades and, no requirements to be silent during play! Once again, we played 960 (Fisher-Random) chess which takes out everybody’s opening knowledge! This would have suited Ian right down to the ground! We had 14 players involved this year, which given the format and how busy the season has been was a great turnout, thank you![...]
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SEASON 2023-24 4NCL (Nations Chess League) Tues 23rd April 24 – 7:30pm Season 9 – Sem-Final play-off`s Time-Controls – 45 minutes + 15 seconds increments Dundee City teams is a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club. Div 1 – Play-off Dundee City A (2259) 2 – 2 (1970) Dundee City B What a match! It was never going to be a walk in the park for our “A” team against their team mates, but this was more dramatic than they wanted! Our “B” team playrd out of their skins to take the fight to their elite brothers in arms to get this fighting draw[...]
May 25, 2024
  • Perth Chess Congress Round 1 & 2
    Starts: 9:30 am
May 26, 2024
  • Perth Chess Congress Round 3 & 4
    Starts: 9:30 am
  • Summer Online Championship Round 1 deadline
    Starts: 10:00 am
May 27, 2024
  • Perth Chess Congress Round 5 & 6
    Starts: 9:30 am
May 30, 2024
  • OTB Junior Club Championship Round 6
    Starts: 7:30 pm
June 2, 2024
  • Last Person Standing Online Q/F deadline
    Starts: 10:00 am
June 4, 2024
  • The 2nd Quick-Play Online Championship night
    Starts: 7:15 pm
June 6, 2024
  • The 2nd Quick-Play OTB Championship night
    Starts: 7:30 pm

Full calendar here.

Updated: 09/09/23
Congratulations to all winners & runners-up!

Club Champion: Rishi Vijayakumar J11
Club Runner-Up: Helge Magnussen, Alastair Dawson, Euan Murray, Andy Rowe & Subhayu Banerjee.
Club U1600 Winner: Euan Murray, Andy Rowe & Subhayu Banerjee.

Random Knockout Champion: Alisdair McLeod
Random Knockout Runner-Up: Rishi Vijayakumar J11

Bob Dunn Summer Champion: Ray Noble
Bob Dunn Summer Runner-Up: Alisdair McLeod & Jan Barron-Majerik

Quick-Play Champion: Andy Rowe

Ian McNab Memorial Champions: Cosmo Bobak

Club Champion: Richard Kynoch
Club Runners-Up: Graham Mooney & Andre Babin

Summer Champion: Graham Mooney, Rishi Vijatakumar J11 & Ray Noble

Junior Champion: Rishi Vijayakumar J10 (8½pts)

TAFCA (Tayside & Fife Chess Association)

TAFCA Team Battle: Castlehill A
TAFCA Team Individual: IM Richard Polaczek, Rishi, Vijayakumar (Castlehill) & Ed Spencer (Dundee)
J.R.Chalmers Grand Prix Memorial: Alastair Dawson (Dundee)
TAFCA Most Improved Junior: Rishi Vijayakumar J11
TAFCA Allegro Online Newport Champion: Not held
TAFCA Allegro Online Castlehill Champion: Ed Spencer (Dundee)
TAFCA Allegro Online Dundee Champion: Ed Spencer, David Findlay & Jacque Ophoff CM (Dundee)
TAFCA Allegro Online Kirkcaldy Champion: Ed Spencer (Dundee) & Rishi Vijayakumar J11 (Castlehill)
TAFCA Allegro Online Perth Champion: Alisdair McLeod (Castlehill) & James Anderson (Dundee)

4NCL (A joint venture between Castlehill CC & Dundee CC)
Division One Champions: Dundee City A

Checkout our website for all the details!

On our website we have a searchable database of games by Castlehill Members.
You can go through the games or download them.
To go to our database you click “Club Info” in main menu and then “View Club Games“.
Or alternatively click “HERE” to take you to the database.


Ray Noble v Andy Rowe
Castlehill Arena Lichess Tournament -5 minutes+ 3 seconds

We are always looking for new games, so players please submit your games
and if possible with some analysis or thoughts.
It does not matter your level,  the games are part of the clubs history!