What we're about

Hi, and welcome to Casual Chess! :) We're all about making chess fun, fast-paced, lively, creative and for everyone. We play in gorgeous surroundings, chatting, teasing and making friends as we go - absolutely no seriousness or shushing!

Free coaching for female players in a welcoming atmosphere. 'Casual Chess' runs six nights a week: it's ideal if your first time is a meet up, but not essential. Please join the Facebook group Casual Chess Cafe London if you'd like to come before the next meet up, and give us a heads up there so we can make sure you have a warm welcome. :)

Upcoming events (5+)

Free Absolute Beginners Chess Lesson for Women

Join us for a free lesson for absolute beginners to chess, for women. Learn how the pieces move, plus a few basic tactics and checkmates. Easy, chatty and fun - it's as much about hanging out and making friends as the game itself. Relaxed and not at all competitive. After the lesson, hang out practice and have optional food and/or drinks. No charge for the lesson, and eating/drinking is completely optional.

Free Level 2 Chess Lesson for Women

BFI lounge

Already know how the pieces move? ...and not much more? Haven't played since school...or have been playing for years, but would like to learn a flexible opening system, checkmate patterns and basic tactics? This is for you - ideal for anyone who has done our absolute beginners chess lesson. Easy and fun. :) This is a 'pay as you feel' event - no pressure to pay at all if you can't afford it. :)

Chess and chat! :)

Needs a location

This is for anyone who has either been to one of our chess lessons, or would like to. :) Basically, we'll be catching up with people we met, meeting new people, playing chess, chatting randomly and enjoying a fun Friday night at the chess cafe. Food and drinks are available, but optional. Suspend your disbelief for a moment...there's usually a party atmosphere on Friday nights. The chess cafe itself is not women-only, just a heads up. The guys are very nice and well-trained. ;) Women, guys from groups currently underrepresented in the chess community, or on a low income are exempted from the Friday night £3 contribution towards running/equipment costs.

Free Absolute Beginners Chess Lesson for Women

Join us for a free lesson for absolute beginners to chess, for women. Learn how the pieces move, plus a few basic tactics and checkmates. Easy, chatty and fun - it's as much about hanging out and making friends as the game itself. Relaxed and not at all competitive. After the lesson, hang out practice and have optional food and/or drinks. No charge for the lesson, and eating/drinking is completely optional.

Past events (45)

Chess and chat! :)

Needs a location

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