"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...10th October 2019

'B' lose to 3 man Keswick

Report on our Results page.

22nd September 2019

'A' win derby in first match of the season

Report on our Results page.

1st September 2019

We have a new Club Champion

After 9 play-off games Penrith has a new champion. Who is it? See our Competitions page.

29th August 2019

The League Fixtures are out

Check out the dates on our Fixtures page and put them in your diary. The first match is on September 21st, a week after our AGM. 

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' 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.