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.

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JUNIOR 4NCL (Nations Chess League) Thurs 29th Feb 24 – 6:00pm Season 9 – Round 4 Division Three – Group A A joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club. RESULT Chess Rising Stars 2 (1204) 5 – 3 (954) Dundee City Juniors As usual, Dundee City Juniors were out graded on all but one board, and by 210 points team wise! The score line was close, but the better team deserved to win the match, but not without our juniors making them work for it. When you see all of the juniors Lichess grades, they bear no reflection on the published grades used in the[...]
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The George Pyrich OTB Allegro Championship Series 23-24 Castlehill Chess Club - Thurs 29th Feb 24 - 7:30pm The 4th George Pyrich OTB Allegro Championship took place at Castlehill Chess Club Dundee on Thurs 29th February 24, 7:30pm. Despite a last-minute issue with the main hall and having to fit everyone into the café area (a bit tight!), everything went like clockwork, thanks to the Castlehill Committee! We had 38 players taking part: CLUBS Castlehill (Hosts) 20 Dundee 10 St Andrews 5 Perth 3 Kirkcaldy 0 Newport Knights 0 Congratulations to Matthew Deighan (St Andrews) on becoming the TAFCA George Pyrich OTB Castlehill Champion 2023-24! Well played Matthew, finishing on 4½ points.  Left[...]
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SEASON 2023-24 SNCL (Scottish National Chess League) Sunday 25th February 24 Round 5 & 6 Dundee City teams are a joint venture by Castlehill CC & Dundee CC. RESULTS MORNING SESSION (round 5) Division 1 – 10am Dundee City A (2090) 2 – 3 (2039) Stepps Division 2 – 10am Dundee City B (1729) 3 – 2 (1626) East Kilbride Division 3 – 10am Dundee City C (1503) 3½ – 1½ (1417) Forth Valley C AFTERNOON SESSION (round 6) Division 1 – 3pm Hamilton A (2090) 2½ - 2½ (1822) Dundee City A Division 2 – 3pm Dumfries and District (1791) 2 – 3 (1726) Dundee City B Division 3 – 10am Dundee City C (1503) 3½ – 1½[...]
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SEASON 2023-24 4NCL (Nations Chess League) Tues 20th Feb 24 – 7:30pm Season 9 – Round 3 Time-Controls – 45 minutes + 15 seconds increments Dundee City teams is a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club. RESULTS Div 1 – Group A Hertford 1 (1932) 1 – 3 (2232) Dundee City A No match is ever comfortable, regardless of grading, and so it proved as Hertford 1 were up for the fight! The two middle boards drew their matches, but Dundee City A had two “Super Hero`s” on boards 1 & 4 with an IM and a Scottish Champion! Job done! Dundee City A sit proudly[...]
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TAFCA OTB INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023-24 DATE: Fri 16th to Sun 18th Feb 2024 VENUE: Castlehill Chess Club, Dundee (Chaplaincy Centre) Castlehill Chess Club, Dundee, congratulate reigning Scottish Champions, Ed Spencer (Dundee) on becoming the TAFCA Individual champion 2024! Well played Ed! There were 29 players in total, 16 (over half the entries!) of them from Castlehill Chess Club, Dundee!! This was a fantastic entry from Castlehill players and I thank you all for your support! Ed Spencer deservedly won, but Castlehill players also had a successful tournament. Jan Klingelhoefer and Iain Sneddon finished runners-up on 4 points! Iain Sneddon also became the Presidents Cup (U1650) champion, and Ana[...]
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SEASON 2023-24 JUNIOR 4NCL (Nations Chess League) Thurs 1st Feb 24 – 6:00pm Season 9 – Round 2 Division Three – Group A A joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club. RESULT Chess Challengers A (1273) 5½ - 2½ (954) Dundee City Juniors Another tough match and once again, well out graded by our opponents! But there were some good battles and some very good chess (some not so good)! Board One - Mathew Hunter Both Matthews games were good games, with Matthew playing a blinder in the first game (nice finish), but just getting caught out in a mating net on the queenside in his second[...]
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SEASON 2023-24 SNCL (Scottish National Chess League) Sunday 28th January 24 Round 3 & 4 Dundee City teams are a joint venture by Castlehill CC & Dundee CC. Fortunately, this time a day of calm weather separated the many winter storms and all teams managed to make it to the venue. MORNING SESSION Division 1 – 10am Dundee City A (2089) 4½ – ½ (1809) Edinburgh 1 Division 2 – 10am Dundee City B (1725) 1½ – 3½ (1685) Lenzie Basilisks Division 3 – 10am Dundee City C (1461) 3½ – 1½ (1259) Stonehaven AFTERNOON SESSION Division 1 – 3pm Wandering Dragons (2033) 2½ – 2½ (2089) Dundee City A Division 2 – 3pm Edinburgh 2 (1579) 2[...]
March 8, 2024
  • TAFCA Knockout Semi-Finals Deadline
    Starts: 7:15 pm
March 10, 2024
  • Entries now open for the Castlehill Online Summer Championships!
    Starts: 11:00 am
March 12, 2024
  • TAFCA Online Allegro Championship Grand Prix Round 5 (last)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
March 17, 2024
  • SNCL OTB Rounds 7 & 8
    Starts: 10:00 am
March 21, 2024
  • Junior Club Championship OTB Round 4 deadline
    Starts: 7:30 pm
March 27, 2024
  • The 5th George Pyrich OTB Allegro (Newport Knights CC)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
March 31, 2024
  • World Chess League Online Rd 7
    Starts: 10:00 am
  • TAFCA Online Singles Championship Round 4 deadline
    Starts: 11:00 am

Full calendar here.

CASTLEHILL COMPETITION & TROPHY WINNERS 2022-23
Updated: 09/09/23
Congratulations to all winners & runners-up!

OTB
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

ONLINE
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)

OUTSIDE EVENTS
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.

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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!