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Delighted to announce that from 29th March 2021 outside chess is back at your favourite local bookshop. Looking forward to welcoming both old and new members, and anyone just visiting.

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8th November 2020

The pandemic has really had a big impact on chess at The Bookshop. In March The Bookshop had to close its doors to everyone, customers and chess players alike, but by April we were up and operating an East Grinstead Bookshop Chess Club online at https://lichess.org/team/east-grinstead-bookshop-chess-club and holding Arena Rapid Play Tournaments on Tuesday nights and Sunday mornings.

Once The Bookshop reopened in June the challenge was how to bring back over the board chess on East Grinstead High Street so that it was safe.. To that end I set about making oak blocks to hold acrylic screens so that players could safely face each other and play outside, and after much trial and error we were able to have sixteen players playing outside at any one time.

With the new season fast approaching and the weather turning colder we looked to bring the chess inside The Bookshop once again. New one metre wide tables, temperature checks, handsanitiser, isopropanol cleaning fluid, adequate,ventilation and strict adherence to the government guidance on groups of six, together with the acrylic screens allowed us to do so.

The relaunch of The East Grinstead Bookshop Chess Club on Tuesday nights in September proved very popular, with our junior section already full and operating a waiting list, and our new senior section really attracting a lot of interest, with a good attendance every Tuesday night.

What is more, being one of the only chess clubs able to play, it was lovely to be able to invite young chess players from Crowborough Chess Club to come and play in two matches held on Sunday afternoons in October. There will be more just as soon as this latest Lockdown is lifted.

Chess has ,of course, been temporarily suspended during this latest Lockdown, but the Lichess tournaments will be up and running from Tuesday 10th November, start time is 18.30pm , don`t be late.

Let`s hope we can resume our over the board chess just as soon as the current restrictions are lifted on 2nd December.

Until then, stay home, stay safe and keep playing chess.



The Junior Chess Club meets on Tuesdays between 6:30-7:30pm, and Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:30am

If you've never played chess before, we can help, come and see if chess is for you.

If you've played at school and would like to play more, we can help, The Bookshop is the place to come and improve.

If you want to get into the county squad or county team, we can help, we already have several children representing Sussex at under 12 level, and they are National Champions.

If you want to play in the local league, we can help, the East Grinstead Bookshop Chess Club has this year entered a team in the Mid Sussex League. 

Release your inner Magnus Carlsen here at The Bookshop.



East Grinstead Bookshop Chess Club was founded in September 2019 and meets at The Bookshop, an amazing sixteenth century black and white timber-framed building, the quintessential English bookshop, full to the rafters with wonderful books. It really is a unique venue. 

Club night is Friday night from 6pm until the last game ends. We play with beautiful triple weighted wooden Staunton chess sets on lovely wooden boards.

For those free on Wednesday afternoons, the East Grinstead Bookshop Chess Club convenes at The Bookshop from 2:30pm until close of business at 5:30pm. 

As an added bonus, members can come and have a game at The Bookshop any time they choose during normal shop hours. John, the owner, can always be persuaded to have a game when he's not working. 



For people travelling by car, there is parking right outside of The Bookshop. If there are no available spaces, you can use the Chequer Mead Theatre Car Park.

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