The London Chess League is proud to announce an exciting addition to its upcoming season starting in October – the all-new Women’s Division. This significant development reflects the league’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity within the chess community.
Our first ever women’s division will bring together female chess players from across London to compete in a friendly yet competitive environment. We believe that this initiative will not only enhance the visibility of women and girls in chess but also inspire more female players to take up the game. We hope too that our women’s chess events will promote inclusion in the league’s Open teams.
We are delighted to introduce the inaugural teams participating in the Women’s Division, most of them newly formed:
- Battersea: London’s oldest chess club hosts matches at the Battersea Labour Club near Clapham Junction station.
- Hammersmith: The mighty juggernauts will be taking the league by storm. Watch out for the return of the classic El Chessico derby match against Battersea Women. Their home venue is the London Mindsports Centre in West London.
- Wimbledon: Junior girls’ chess specialists, Wimbledon’s team welcome all ages. Home games also at Battersea Labour Club, with social chess nights in Wimbledon.
- Lewisham: The newest women’s team in London will be welcoming new female players. Home games at St Margaret’s House near Bethnal Green, with social chess nights in Catford.
- London Universities: Players from King’s College, UCL and Imperial College will unite to form no doubt one of the strongest teams in the division. Home games at Kings.
Our women’s division welcomes participants of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to experts. Chess is for everyone, and we want to create a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can enjoy chess together.
If you want to join, we encourage you to reach out to one of the clubs participating. They will provide guidance on how to register and join a team. On this website you can also find the fixtures and league table.
Inclusivity Officer, London Chess League