Club Membership

Olton Chess Club currently has around 35 members, playing in two local Leagues, internal Tournaments and social chess at the club every Tuesday. The view from a long-standing member appears below, along with some images of the club in full swing and information for those interested in joining the club.

Club Committee

CHAIRMAN -  Ken Allen
CLUB CAPTAIN - Richard Reynolds
SECRETARY - Robert Reynolds
TREASURER - John Clulee

Joining Information
Subscriptions are paid annually and run from September to August. League players will be required to become an English Chess Federation member at the appropriate level, or pay £2 per League game played. Current rates are  :

Full member : £14 + ECF Membership
Concessionary (Unemployed, OAP, Junior) : £7 + ECF Membership

ECF Bronze member : £14  (League & County Chess)
ECF Silver member : £21 (League, County and Congresses)
ECF Gold member : £31 (League, County, Congresses and 4NCL Matches)

If you are interested in joining Olton Chess Club, then email the webmaster, Richard Reynolds (occinfo<at> for further information or to arrange a visit. Remember to replace the '<at>' with @.

About the Club

Tyseley Working Mens Club is an excellent venue for the playing of chess. The upstairs function room provides a separate and quiet setting for matchplay and friendlies alike. Lighting in the room is excellent and the venue is arguably without equal within the Birmingham and Leamington Leagues.


Members may purchase drinks from the bar downstairs on club nights and there is a covered outdoor area for smokers. The car park has recently been resurfaced and is now barrier controlled. Visitors will need to use the intercom to gain access to the car park.

A Member's View
The club meets in the large upstairs function room at Tyseley WMC, which has excellent seating, tables and toilet facilities. Members may use the downstairs bar and can enjoy the full benefits of the facilities at the Tyseley club, by applying for TWMC membership.


These two pictures were taken at the 2007 BDCL Lightning Tournament. Summer and Winter Tournaments are arranged each year. With a competitive and friendly atmosphere, lower standard players can test their skill against the stronger members. Every effort is made to accommodate all new members in this superb club, where there is always someone ready for a game.    

 Bram Garner


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