Cardiff Chess

Cardiff Chess Club is a not for profit organisation, run by member volunteers, and we have been promoting and supporting the playing of chess in Cardiff and the surrounding area for well over a century. We welcome players of all ages and standards, but we are unable to provide any coaching or lessons for juniors and beginners.

The Club meets every Wednesday evening from about 7.15pm at the YMCA Plas Community Centre, 2, Shakespeare Street, Cardiff CF24 3ES. On street parking is available in the Walk or the Parade, which is the street opposite the Ernest Willows Pub on City Road, and parking is free after 6pm.

For more information please contact our club secretary, Bill Hunt on 07891 377339 or by email


Do not come to the club if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, including raised temperature, continuous cough, loss or change to smell or taste.

You must have received a minimum of two vaccinations at least 14 days before visiting the club. If not, you will need to have had a negative Covid-19 text withing 72 hours of attending.

Entering the playing room:
– Wash hands with sanitising gel on entry.
– Sign the attendance register on arrival to say that you have read the guidance and to confirm your vaccination/test status (parent/guardian if under 16).
– Wear a face covering whilst moving around.
– Don’t congregate in the playing area.

At the board:
– Wear a face covering at all times.
– No food or drink is to be consumed when at the board.
– Maintain as much physical space as possible when not moving pieces.
– Sanitise hands and wipe pieces/board/clock if changing opponents.

Please show courtesy to others and respect their space.


It is with great sadness that we have learned that Hugh Price passed away earlier today at the age of 94. Hugh had been in a care home for a couple of years with various illnesses, but died peacefully in his sleep with his niece and nephew at the bedside.

Hugh was associated with the Cardiff Chess Club for over 70 years and for most of that time was at the centre of chess life in the Cardiff area. He will be remembered with great affection by players, past and present, by the many juniors that he coached and their families, and by the wider chess community in Wales and beyond.

Hugh’s unfailing patience, kindness and generosity endeared him to all who knew him. He was the perfect gentleman and will be greatly missed. Cardiff Chess Club will commemorate Hugh in an appropriate way when restrictions are lifted.

20th July 2020.