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Lewisham Chess Club was founded in 1886, presided over by club secretary Mr Grantham Williams.

Due to dwindling numbers, we merged with St Mary's Chess Club, who were also meeting in Lewisham at the time, in 1915.

Success came just a few years later, as the club won their first Kent County Championship in 1922.

The 1930's saw the most fruitful patch of the clubs history, as we took the Kent Championship six times in the decade, along with winning the prestigious London League title for the first and second time in consecutive years.  This was the first time a team from the Kent region had done so.

That achievement was commemorated by a visit to the club of former World Chess Champion, Jose Raul Capablanca - alongside reigning Women's World Chess Champion Vera Menchik  and reigning Girls World Champion, Ms Elaine Pritchard (nee Saunders) in October 1938.

We moved to our present home of the Catford Cricket & Sports Club in around 1960, where we continued our dominance of the Kent County Cup, which as of present day, we have won 29 times (11 more than our nearest challengers).

  CLUB  HONOURS

Kent County Cup (established 1890)

1922, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2022

Kent Lewis Cup (established 1901)

1927, 1928, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1976, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992

Kent Stevenson Cup (established 1933)

1948, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1974, 1996, 2007, 2014, 2016

Kent En Passant Cup (established 1974)

2005, 2008, 2010, 2011

Kent Harvey Cup (established 1977)

2010, 2018

Kent Tom Fuller Cup (established 1995)

2017, 2018

London League Trophy (established 1888)

1936, 1937

London League Division 2

2022 (West)

 

London League Division 3

2014

London League Division 4

2019 (Lewisham 2)

Croydon Martin Cath Trophy

2016

Croydon Dave Luckin Trophy

2016, 2017, 2019

Croydon Derec Cox Trophy

2022

 

Croydon David Hodgson Trophy

2017, 2019

Croydon Bielski Cup

2019

4NCL Online

Division 3 -  2020 (Season 2) Champions

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