About Us

Thurrock Chess Club welcomes players of all levels to visit any of our two venues for fun or competitive play.

Our main venue is based in Grays and meets on Wednesday nights. We have players of all strengths and offer both recreational play as well as competitive play.

We are registered in both the Essex league as well as the Southend League which means there is ample opportunity to take part in some great chess battles over the board.
Our venue in Stanford-Le-Hope meets on Tuesdays and you are of course welcome to attend both evenings if you so choose. The Stanford venue is conveniently located in a social club and there is beer on tap.

There is a small annual fee for the Stanford Venue in addition to the clubs membership fee. Visitors are free to come and have a look around first. Our annual membership is a mere £10!

Club Meeting Times

We meet at both venues from 7.30 to 10.30 or any time between.
Both venues are open to juniors from 7.30 to 8.30 ish or later for older ones and we teach the game to all.
Note all junior are attending Grays at present but can go to both venues.

Stanford Venue on Tuesday Nights

There is a additional fee for Stanford venue of £25 (£12.50 for over 65) for membership of the Community Association due in January.
This allows you to use the venue any time plus hire the hall at a lower rate
It is also the reason the nightly fee at Stanford is only 50 pence.

Grays venue Wednesdays Nights

At the venue we have a bar and we do teas (30p a cup or 50p for 2 cups)
Best parking is next to the Bricklayers Pub which is just over the roundabout (if you go left at this roundabout the church is 50 yards on the right) take the next left which is about 50 yards on next to the shop but before the pub , (there is also parking near the chuch)
The public car park (free) is on the right park there then walk down that road about 15 yard there is a path across to the church social club we will be in there in the hall on the right.


We have a number of competitions going on throughout the Year.
An hour and a half club championship
(sent off for grading if ECF member)
A 25 minute and a 15 minute competition.
There is also a summer competition.

Costs involved

First Night free then:

Nightly fee at Stanford 50p, Grays £1.
Club yearly membership from summer to summer or winter to winter is, if working, £10. Otherwise £5, includes family and this covers both venues.

If you would like to play for one of our 5 teams or have your long play games graded there is an additional cost.
This cost is a once a year payment to ECF(English Chess Federation) which lasts from July until the end of August the following year and costs around £15 depending on level