Welcome to ColCHESSter

Colchester is Britain’s 1st city as well as one of its newest. We have excellent chess clubs but as yet no street chess scene. ColCHESSter aims to change that. Whether you are in Castle Park, Knights Field, Bishop Road or Queen Street you should not be far from a game of chess!

On 7 October 2023 the Jonathan Penrose Chess Park was formally opened with a ceremony and GM simul at Colchester Town Hall. This page will have to be rewritten!

ColCHESSter is promoting chess for everyone, from the chess-curious to the dedicated chess-hobbyists, on the street and in cafes, pubs and other venues. Not forgetting to promote Colchester Chess Club and Colchester Junior Chess Club.

This website, along with ColCHESSter’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, provides information on where to play chess in Colchester (with a calendar of planned events) and ‘everything else’. If you know good places to play, or want to suggest locations for popup chess events, or get involved in promoting chess in any way then please get in touch (Contact ColCHESSter).

ColCHESSter’s first chess popup at the New Town Community Day 17 September 2022