"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

One of the reasons why Penrith have a chess club is to encourage young players to appreciate and enjoy the game. I believe, in Holden's case, we've succeeded. However, he has reached a stage where he needs a little help from all the Cumbria chess community. Whatever happens, we at Penrith Chess Club, are very proud of him.

Please take time to read Holden's e-mail below.

Hi all,
        I recently received an invite to the World U20 Chess Championships to be held in New Delhi later this year in October. I intend to play the event and represent Cumbria and Penrith chess club, as well as myself. I have emailed the members of Penrith chess club as well as some of the Cumbria Chess Association Organisers (and any emails I could find from other clubs!). The event is expensive, and I am trying to raise money so I can play a once in a life time opportunity. I hope you have some time to read my story . But please do not feel pressurized into donating. I would be grateful if you had the time to forward this email to your respective clubs, but I am aware people may not have the time.

Regards to all, Holden.

We are a friendly and enthusiastic group of chess players from in and around the Penrith area of Cumbria.
Whether you want a competitive league match or a social game of chess or anything in between, you will find the club a welcoming and inclusive place.

How to get in touch
If you are interested in coming along to Penrith Chess Club then you can just turn up on a Club night  – or if you would like to find out more first, feel free to get in touch with Andy McAtear, Club Chairman, on 01768 863567.

We meet from 7.00 pm on Wednesday's at the Crown Hotel, Eamont Bridge, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2BX (click on the link to Where & When for more details). 
Penrith Chess Club extends a warm welcome to junior members. Whilst we don't offer any formal chess coaching for juniors, more experienced players are always happy to play juniors and to give them help or advice with their chess (the quality of which however it would be foolhardy to take responsibility for). 
We recommend that a parent or a responsible adult accompany young people to the club.


Penrith play their home League and Cup matches at the Crown Hotel, Eamont Bridge, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2BX (Map). Can visiting and non-visiting teams alike, note that the Crown kindly allows us to use the venue without charge? Evening and lunchtime meals are available there and Mike (the landlord) is as happy to serve tea or coffee as any other tipple of choice. If you bring your own food and or drink to a match please don't consume it on the premises.

Joining and playing

For details of membership fees visit Join Us . Details of our internal competitions can be found on the Competitions page.

Penrith's progress - or lack thereof - in external league and cup competitions can be followed on the Results page and in full prose form on Andy's Log the highpoint of chess journalism in a very small area.

Future events and congresses

Keep an eye on up and coming tournaments in and around the region with the Calendar page.

Fixture lists and diary dates for the season

Get your diaries out and get something purporting to be organised on the Fixtures page.

And much much more besides!

Actually six more things besides: 
We offer a few useful chess related web links (see the Links page).
There's some information on club members, such as grades and last season's statistics (see Players). 
There's a page giving information on  Chess 8/18 - a chess club for young people in the Penrith Area. 
You can visit our Games page where we bring you a selection of games from league matches and tournaments played by our members. Here you may realise that you don't have to be a grandmaster to play for Penrith (...yet) .
The eternal struggle for power and office in the affairs of men is the theme of the Officials page. 
There's also some stuff about our website on the cunningly named Website page from where you can view and download our Privacy Policy. That's it.

News...23rd July 2019

July grades are out

Check yours on our Players page.

7th July 2019

We won the Eden Trophy

Full report on our Results page.

27th June 2019

We have a winner in the Penrith Rapid-play Ladder

Find out who won on our Competitions page.

14th April 2019

A draw for A in final match of the season

Report on our Results page.

17th March 2019

B win final match of the season

Report on our Results page.

17th February 2019

A gift Carlisle C their first win of the season

Report on our Results page.

11th February 2019

B battered by Carlisle B

Report on our Results page.

8th February 2019

A team win at home to Keswick A

Report on our Results page.

3rd February 2019

League leaders too strong for B team

Report on our Results page.

26th January 2019

Holden invited to World U20 Championships

Please read the post on the left.

24th January 2019

The latest grades have been published

Has yours gone up? Check on our Players page.

20th January 2019

Out of the Whitaker

See on our Results page.

6th January 2019

Not a very Happy New Year for Penrith teams

Full report on our Results page.

12th December 2018

A also back to winning ways

Full report on our Results page.

8th December 2018

B beat Carlisle C

Read all about it on our Results page.

22nd November 2018

Another whooping for our B team

More on our Results page.

18th November 2018

Both Penrith teams suffer against very strong opponents

Details on our Results page.

11th November 2018

Penrith win a place in the Whitaker semi's

Penrith II beat Carlisle II in a close encouner.... Results.

22nd October 2018

Cumbria Team Rapid-play

Penrith had two teams in this event. See how they fared on  Andy's Log.

20th October 2018

A team suffer at Maryport

More details on our Results page.

6th October 2018

Both teams win today

More details on our Results page.

24th September 2018

Cup holders, Penrith I lose in the first round

Report on our Results page.

16th September 2018

B lose to A in first match of the season

Report on our Results page.

26th July 2018

July grades are out

Check out our Players page.

2nd July 2018

Eden Trophy thrashing by Carlisle

Report on our Results page.

4th May 2018

Penrith help Cumbria to draw with Lancashire

Report on our Results page and the last game to finish which drew the match on our Games page.

23rd April 2018

A win but C crushed and B battered in final matches of the season

Report on our Results page.

15th April 2018

We win the Whitaker!!!

Report on our Results page.

31st March 2018

Win for A team but B's title hopes dashed

See our Results page.

24th March 2018

B beat Windermere

See our Results page.

17th March 2018

C crushed by B

Report on our Results page.

3rd March 2018

A fail toughest test

Report on our Results page.

25th February 2018

Tit for tat in C v A

Report on our Results page.

11th February 2018

Penrith win against Whitaker champions

Report on our Results page.

28th January 2018

C draw away to Maryport and who won in A v B derby?

Find out on our Results page and play through Kevin's game for our C team.

24th January 2018

January Grades are out!

Check out our Players page.

6th January 2018

B's winning run ends & A draw with Windermere

Report on our Results page.

22nd December 2017

Holden wins Xmas Blitz for 2nd year.

Report on our Competitions page.

20th December 2017

A beat Maryport

Report on our Results page.

16th December 2017

C team join A & B in the top 4

Report on our Results page.

7th December 2017

Whitaker win despite winter weather

Report on our Results page.

3rd December 2017

Windermere win Whitaker clash

Report on our Results page.

23rd November 2017

C clobbered by Keswick A

Report on our Results page and play through Fred's game on our Games page.

18th November 2017

C in top 4 after excellent win away to SASRA

See our Results page.

15th November 2017

B also whitewash Keswick B

See our Results page.

8th November 2017

A whitewash Keswick B

See our Results page.

31st October 2017

Keswick A are B's latest victims

Report on our Results page.

22nd October 2017

C draw with Carlisle C

Report on our Results page.

16th October 2017

Penrith juniors win Team Rapid-play Championships

A dramatic play-off won by Holden against John Toothill gave the young squad the title......More details to follow...

12th October 2017

Transport mix-up costs A precious points

Details on our Results page.

23rd September 2017

B extend their lead at the top of the table with a win at home to SASRA

Penrith B keep on winning. See our Results page.

16th September 2017

A win away to SASRA but C lose to Carlisle B

Penrith A off to a fine start and Penrith C pick up a point despite the odds. See our Results page.

9th September 2017

Carlisle C battered by B

Penrith B top the table after a victory away to Carlisle C. See our Results page.

20th August 2017

The 2017-18 fixtures have been drawn up

Get your diaries out and see who, where and when our teams play on our Fixtures page.

27th July 2017

New ECF grades are out

Has yours gone up? Check out our Players page.

16th July 2017

Carlisle win Eden Trophy again

Penrith gave them a hard time though. Report on the Results page.

13th July 2017

Penrith lose NCCU Cup to Heywood

Penrith's NCCU winning run comes to an end. Report on the Results page.

25th June 2017

Fred is Penrith Champion

Fred, with an unbeaten, 6/7 is the new Penrith Club Champion. See all the details on our Competitions page and play through Fred's last round game against Dennis on our Games page.