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.


Important News

Due to the coronavirus situation and the government's advice the following events have been postponed or cancelled.

  • The Edinburgh Congress 2020 has been cancelled
  • The remaining League fixtures are postponed until it is safe to play them
  • The Lothians Championship has been postponed
  • The Summer Cup for this year has been cancelled
  • Chess in the Park is postponed until it is safe to resume
  • The next Chess Edinburgh and Lothians Council Meeting and AGM have been postponed


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 Gardens

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