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  1. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    22 May '09 19:32
    I'm thinking about joining a chess club. Apparently there's a respected teacher and FIDE Master at a club about 20 minutes from my house, so I think I'm going to investigate that club further.

    What should one look for in a club?
  2. 22 May '09 19:42
    It must have a chess set.
  3. 22 May '09 19:51
    Even better when it has several chess sets!
  4. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    22 May '09 19:53
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    It must have a chess set.
    Lol, good point.

    There are actually 3 or more clubs within 20 minutes of my house, I'm wondering if there are any danger signs I should be looking for, like a FM who keeps shouting "sweep the leg!!!".

    I s'pose the best thing to do is just try one or all of them, and leave if I don't like the atmosphere (for a good reason, not because I get my butt whipped.)
  5. 22 May '09 19:54
    A significant amount of players under the age of 80 is agood idea.
    You'll soon tire of all the coughing, spluttering & random moaning noises from elderly players during your games.
    Also, it takes absolutely forever to actually get the games underway when the seniors (eventually) turn up in their droves.

    Seriously - find a club that has a good amount of youngish players who regularly show.
    You'll thank me...
  6. 22 May '09 19:59
    There is a chess club in basingstoke england that is a house. apparently bequethed to the chess and bridge club. Now that is dedication.
  7. 22 May '09 20:00
    Originally posted by Habeascorp
    There is a chess club in basingstoke england that is a house. apparently bequethed to the chess and bridge club. Now that is dedication.
    I think Brighton & Hove had the same deal.
  8. 22 May '09 20:31
    The Edinburgh Chess club situated in the West End of Edinburgh
    was bought by a member for the club in 1920.

    I'd say pick the club that is open the most - (Edinburgh C.C. is
    6 nights a week.) A good library, strong resident players, young
    players as another poster suggested and runs inter club competitions.

    Try all three, but do join one.

    I use to be a member of 3 so I could play in their club championships.
    It was not uncommon when I was totally mad on the game to have
    a serious game every night Monday-Thurday. and Friday-Sunday
    at some weekend tournament.
  9. 23 May '09 08:49
    Originally posted by PBE6
    I'm thinking about joining a chess club. Apparently there's a respected teacher and FIDE Master at a club about 20 minutes from my house, so I think I'm going to investigate that club further.

    What should one look for in a club?
    I'd say the important things are:
    - some players around your level
    - some better players
    - a team you might be able to play for
    - opening night which suits you

    Number of opening nights might be important to you. For me it is not: I devote one night per week to chess, and it is easier for me to do that if it is usually the same night - sometimes my team plays games at other clubs, and those can be on other nights.

    I find that being in a team motivates me to play more, and try harder.

    If you join a team to play local league games, knowing the distance to the furtherest club in it is useful. It is no fun to drive 1.5 hours on a work night, play 3-4 hours of chess, and drive back home to get in bed after midnight. I also found my play suffered on those nights.

    My 2 cents.