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 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, our club normally meets every Thursday throughout the year (Except Christmas) between 7 pm and 10.30 pm. During COVID restrictions the Club is closed, but we offer a number of online games and tournaments. If you are local to the Dundee area,  or a student at Dundee or Abertay Universities, and you are interested in playing online, please contact us. We welcome players of all ages and level of ability.

2020 WORLD WIDE CHESS LEAGUE 2020-21 Dundee City Teams are a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club and Dundee Chess Club.   Round 8 Matches Both Dundee City teams had very good results in round 8 and are doing very well in the league table of 126 teams! This is a worldwide competition involving teams/clubs from all over the world! Time-Control: 10 minutes + 5 seconds increments; teams can be made up of 4 or more players and each player plays their opponent twice, black and white!   Results 30/04/21 - Oxford Uni A 3½ - 4½ Dundee City B This was an outstanding result for Dundee City B[...]
CASTLEHILL QUICK-PLAY GRAND PRIX (1) Monday 3rd May 21 – 7:30pm – Lichess – Castlehill The first of five interconnected (Grand Prix) quick-play competitions took place on Mon 3rd May 21 and we had 14 entries (12 players, plus two interlopers!).   It started at 7:31pm and was finished by 8:45pm having played 7 rounds of 3 minutes, plus 2 seconds increments! So plenty chess but not too taxing on time taken up! This is a “Grand Prix” competition so the player with the most points after the five nights will be the champion. You get points for the first 5 places (1st=5pts; 2nd=4pts; 3rd=3pts;[...]
FORTHCOMING EVENTS – MAY 21 Below is a list of the main events taking place in May 21 Mon 3rd May 21: Castlehill Quick-Play competition (1 of 5) The first of 5 events with the player after the 5 events having the most points will be this years “Quick-Play” Champion! Time-Control: 3 minutes + 2 seconds. Mon 10th May 21: Castlehill Bob Dunn Summer tournament match night. Round 1 of 4 rounds: Swiss system. Win=3 pts; Draw = 1 pt; Loss = 0 pts. Time-Control: 60 minutes + 30 seconds increments. Mon 17th May 21: Castlehill Club Championship Night, round 5 (last). Thurs 27th May 21: Castlehill Quick-Play[...]
CASTLEHILL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2020-21 Round 4 report & round 5 draw   Well after four rounds we find ourselves with a usual favourite for the title in top spot, Declan Shafi, but this time joined by one of our new members this year, Kit McEvoy Gould, both on the full 4 points!   Round four saw the biggest shock so far with Kit McEvoy Gould beating one of the best players we have in Andre Babin! Another newbie, Cosmo Bobak (1200)est drew with Graham Mooney (1866)! It seems we have found ourselves a couple of good young players to add to our growing membership once[...]
CASTLEHILL QUICK-PLAY GRAND PRIX Monday 3rd May 21 – 7:30pm – Lichess – Castlehill (1st of 5 events – One a month approx)   The first of 5 Quick-play events takes place this Monday 3rd May 21 at 7:30pm, Entry is on the night by 7:25pm. The player who has the most points after all 5 events have been completed is the Champion! You enter on the night by going to the Castlehill page on Lichess and click the link “1st Quick-Play Event”, then press join. I may also send out a link to help.   FORMAT 7 round Swiss Time-Control: 3 minutes + 2 seconds increments POINTS SYSTEM[...]
TAFCA Team Battle Website!
The 1st TAFCA TEAM QUICK-PLAY BATTLE ONLINE Thurs 29th April 21, 7:31pm to 9:01pm – Lichess Congratulations to Dundee A on winning the inaugural team battle on 68 points! It was tight mind you with Castlehill A finishing runners-up on 66 points! Fantastic performance by both Dundee A, Castlehill A and all their players!   Castlehill B punched well above their weight taking the last podium spot in 3rd place on 57 points! Well played lads!   Newport Knights A, where the highest placed team not from the, “City of Dundee”   and finished in 4th place on 49 points. Castlehill C took 5th place on 46[...]
The 12th IAN McNAB MEMORIAL 2021 Mon 26th April 21, 7:30pm on Lichess It’s hard to believe how much time has passed since Ian McNab passed away and the fact most players taking part never knew him. Still his memory lives on in a few of us and of course he is celebrated by those taking part in this event. He would have enjoyed everything about it,  even the current situation we are all in at the moment. He was an enigma and a friend at the time and he is missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing[...]
May 10, 2021
  • Summer Championships Round 1
    Starts: 7:30 pm
May 13, 2021
  • Junior 4NCL - Final
    Starts: 6:00 pm
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 8:00 pm
May 17, 2021
  • Club Championship - Round 5 (last)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
May 18, 2021
  • 4NCL - Final
    Starts: 7:30 pm
May 24, 2021
  • Castlehill Quick-Play Grand Prix - Round 2
    Starts: 7:30 pm
May 27, 2021
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 8:00 pm
June 3, 2021
  • Castlehill Weekly Online Quick-Play event
    Starts: 8:00 pm

Full calendar here.

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!

TAFCA WINTER LEAGUE ONLINE 2020-21: Updated: 21/04/21 – 21:23 hrs
(spot any errors let me know ASAP)
Result – Div 1 – Kirkcaldy A 1, Newport Knights A 3 (Final league tables)

Division One

1DUNDEE A99001827.5Champions
2CASTLEHILL B97021423.5R/up
5NEWPORT A95041020
6ST.ANDREWS A95041018
7DUNDEE B9315716.5
9PERTH A9108211
10KIRKCALDY A901817.5

Division Two

1CASTLEHILL E98101728Champions
2CASTLEHILL F96211425R/up
3DUNDEE C94411221.5
4ST.ANDREWS B94321121.5
5NEWPORT B94231019
8CASTLEHILL G9306616.5
9DUNDEE D9117310
10DUNDEE E902725.5