Chess Edinburgh

Chess Edinburgh is an amalgamation of all adult affiliated chess clubs within Edinburgh and the Lothians and undertakes a variety of functions to promote the game in the area.


Chess in the Park 2022

June 2022:

Following a serious fire at the Fountain Cafe in Princes Street Gardens in the early hours of the 22nd June, reconstruction has been taking place and the cafe has now reopened in a reduced form. We lost all of our chess sets, boards and clocks. However the outdoor picnic tables remained undamaged.

Therefore, Chess in the Park will continue every Thursday and Sunday from 2-5pm but players will need to bring their own chess equipment for now.

Our condolences to the Scott family - we are indebted to them for their continued support and wish them well in re-establishing the business.

Further Details

Team Events

Chess Edinburgh organises League, Allegro League and Cup competitions amongst its member clubs in the Lothians.

4 League divisions run from Oct - April for players of all standards.

Individual Events

Chess Edinburgh organises the annual Edinburgh Chess Congress - one of the largest weekend congresses anywhere in the UK and the largest in Scotland - as well as the Lothians Championship and the one-day Lothians Allegro.

Junior support

Chess Edinburgh actively supports junior chess including the Primary and Secondary schools leagues, and has provided financial assistance and help with the training of juniors.

Chess Edinburgh has organised the Scottish Chess Championships for Chess Scotland on several occasions and in 2003 assisted the British Chess Federation in bringing the British Chess Championships to Edinburgh where it enjoyed one of its most successful events.

Entry forms for congresses organised by Chess Edinburgh can be downloaded from the site and provisional entries can be made on-line.

Chess in the Park

We have recently been happy to lend our support to the idea of playing chess in Princes Street Gardens.

We're always happy to hear any feedback and constructive suggestions; please send any comments to