About The Club

Formally established in 1888 (though there is some evidence of informal matches and meetings before that), the Colchester Chess Club currently has members ranging from purely social players to those wishing to play league matches.

We meet every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm at the Belle Vue Social Club to enjoy chess in a competitive but friendly atmosphere. Our aims are to promote chess in the community and to play competitively in the local leagues.

We enter teams of varying strength in the North Essex Leagues, in addition the club runs a number of internal competitions and fun nights open to all members. If you have any questions regarding our club and its activities, then please feel free to contact Clive Bellinger (Club Secretary) on 01206 729706.


  • meet weekly throughout the year
  • cater for all standards of play
  • enter teams in county leagues
  • organise internal championships and events

Our address:

Belle View Club
1 Colne Bank Avenue

Historical scanned archive

This archive consists of pdf files containing scanned images from the club's available archive material. This contains match reports, minutes of meetings, newspaper cuttings and much more. The material will, when all has been made available, cover the years 1905-1981.

1936-37 season
1937-38 season upto World War 2
c1939 chess book list from Colchester Public Library
1946-47 season
1947-48 season
1948-49 season
1949-50 season
The History of the North Essex Chess League by J. R. Priestley (a guide to the NECL from its formation in the 1960s to the mid-1980s)