Catering for players of all abilities, the West London Chess Club was founded in 1893. Members have the opportunity to play competitive games in various leagues during the winter season (e.g. Middlesex, Central London and Hillingdon). It is also possible to play friendly and ‘blitz’ games on most Wednesdays and this includes during the summer when most other chess clubs are closed. They meet in the very attractive Chiswick Town Hall. With the first Women’s World Champion (1927) having played for the club (Vera Menchik) this club has an illustrious past.