About Ringwood Chess Club

Where we meet

We meet Monday evenings from 7:00 pm at the Greyfriars Community Centre in Ringwood, in either the Megan Holman room or the Hilary Christie Room.


English Chess Federation Small Club of the Year 2023

In 2023 Ringwood Chess Cub won the prestigious English Chess Federation Small Club of the Year award which recognises achievement in promoting chess, developing players and running events.  We are no longer a “small” club having recruited new members, but we retain the feel of a personal club, where every new member is welcomed.


A list of current or recent members with their ratings can be found here.


Committee and Governance

Chairman: Rob Davenport
Secretary: Martin Clancy
Treasurer: Malcolm Day

Club Constitution


How to Join

You are welcome to visit the club for a chat and a friendly game or two to see if you like it. To ensure you get the most out of your visit, please contact our club secretary, Martin Clancy, in advance at mjclancy999@gmail.com

The membership year runs from 1st July.  Members are required to also be members of Greyfriars and the cost of that is included in our membership fees shown below.

  • Full membership: £80 per year including Greyfriars membership.
  • Student membership: £20 per year for under 18’s, £40 per year for those over 18 years old.
  • Associate membership: £30 per year.

Discounts are available for people who are already Greyfriars members.  Family membership rates are also available.

If you have any queries concerning membership, please contact Martin Clancy, at mjclancy999@gmail.com


ECF Membership

Members wishing to play in leagues or the club championship are also required to be English Chess Federation (ECF) members, Bronze or above, and must make sure their ECF membership is up-to-date before playing in matches.

If you are likely to wish to play in other rated tournaments, including the annual Ringwood Rapidplay, it may be advisable to take out Silver or Gold ECF membership.

This cost of ECF Membership is not covered by the club. Details of ECF membership are here.