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Welcome to Gravesend Chess Club.

Gravesend Chess Club meets every Tuesday night (8pm) at The Waterloo Tavern, 55 Wellington Street, Gravesend. DA12 1JQ If you would like to play chess come and join us.

Give your mind a workout and test your powers of strategy, observation and concentration against others.


Dave Clear Winnner Of The 2024 John Fowers Trophy

Gravesend Chess Club

On Tuesday 4th June Dave Clear became the second winner of The John Fowers Trophy at Gravesend Chess Club. After seven rounds of play there was a four way tie between Dave Clear, Nav Bansal, Paul Rutland and Ejikeme Onyewuchi, all scoring 5/7. Dave was paired against Paul and Nav against Ejikeme in the armageddon semi-finals. Dave and Nav were victorious and met in the armageddon final but it was Dave who ultimately won in what turned out to be a very close and competitive event. A big thanks to everyone for supporting the competition and for making it a very enjoyable evening.

Matei, Dave And Mark Win Gravesend Christmas

Rapid Play Team Event

Matei Wins Gravesend Chess Club Easter Rapid Play Event


Congratulations to Matei, Dave and Mark for their fine victory in the Gravesend Christmas Rapid Play Team Event held on Tuesday 19th December. There were some very impressive results on the night (and a very impressive Christmas jumper) and the trio managed to come out on top in a very closely fought battle for first place. Matei was unbeaten with 6 wins and two draws from his eight matches. Paul LeBreton had the best individual record on the night with eight wins from his eight matches. The event was very well supported by all of the club members with 18 players entering the tournament. Thanks to everyone who attended on the night and for making it a very enjoyable evening.

Sadness At The Passing Of John Fowers

Congratulations to Matei Marina on winning the Gravesend Chess Club Easter Rapid Play Tournament. Matei was undefeated on the night and a worthy winner. Matei has only been at the club a short time but he is proving to be a very strong player and is now one of the players to beat if you want to win a tournament at Gravesend. A big thank you to everyone who attended on the night. Your support of these events is much appreciated and make for very enjoyable and entertaining evenings,

Haider Khan First Winner Of  The John Fowers Trophy


Muhammad Haider Ullah Khan became the first winner of "The John Fowers Trophy" on Monday the 5th June. The tournament will be played each year in memory of the late John Fowers between members of Gravesend Chess Club. The event was very well supported in its opening year with 17 players competing for the prize. The tournament was keenly contested and finished in a final playoff between Haider Khan and Nav Bansal. The third place playoff was between Dave Jarrett and Ejikeme Onyewuchi. Ejikeme won this to secure third place.

Thanks to everyone who was there on the night and congratulations to Haider.

Bill Breslin Rapid-Play Memorial 2023

Congratulations to Dave Clear and Haider Khan for their fantastic performances in the "Bill Breslin Rapid-Play Memorial" event played on the 17th of April 2023. The pair scored 6.5/8 and both became joint Gravesend Rapid-Play Champions.

Haider was very impressive in his first internal competition at Gravesend.

Two time defending champion Ejikeme finished joint third with Kerry Kingston scoring 5.5/8 but was unable to win his third title in a row.


Ejikeme Wins Gravesend Summer Rapid-Play 2022

Edjikeme won his second tournament in a row after defeating everyone in the Gravesend Summer Rapid-Play event.

Thanks to everyone who attended. It was a very enjoyable evening and we hope to have another event in the new year.

Everyone at Gravesend Chess Club would like to thank Bernard Lis for all the effort he has put into the club since he joined. Bernard has stepped down from the captraincy of the Intro and the Harvey Cup teams this year. I am glad to say that Bernard is still going to be playing and supporting the new team captains. Thanks to Brian Case and Paul Loasby for taking over from Bernard

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It is with great sadness that Gravesend Chess Club has to report that John Fowers passed away in April 2023.

John was a much loved member of the club and held the position of club secretary for over 30 years.

John was a member of Gravesend Chess Club for over 50 years and was well known and well liked in the Kent chess community.

John was a happy and cheerful character and will leave a big hole at the club that he so enjoyed being a part of for so many years.

Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.


Gravesend Chess Club is very sad to report the death of one of our much loved members Bill Breslin.

We were all incredibly shocked to hear the news that Bill was no longer with us.

Bill was a true gentleman and a valued member of the club and he will be missed by us all.

The club held a rapid play tournament on the 17th April and donations to the British Heart Foundation were collected and made in his name.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Gravesend Chess Club held an EGM on Monday the 5th of June to decide upon a new club secretary. We are very happy to report that Dave Clear has agreed to take on the role until our AGM later in the year. Dave was the popular choice of the club and we are very happy that he has agreed to take on the role.

Gravesend Chess Club has entered two teams into the 2023 Summer Quick Play event that has been kindly organised by Alan Hanreck of Charlton Chess Club.

Gravesend Chess Club entered six teams into the 2022-23 Metropolian Kent League. We have been fortunate to have a number of new members joining the club and we decided to enter two teams in to the Tom Fuller competition this year. We continued to enter one team into the Stevenson, En Passant, Harvey and Intro.


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