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Details on clubs and Children's Chess competitions at Methody

Newman Hindley Series (Children’s Chess) – Methodist College, Belfast

Mark Newman and Geoff Hindley run monthly events at Methody for children in primary & secondary school.

There is also a puzzle-solving competition at each event.

The events throughout the series (October – May) are ran as a Grand Prix with the top four in each section being invited to an award ceremony at Stormont held in June.

The competitions in October, December, and May are qualifiers for larger events and therefore are an all-day competition (9:30am-5pm) with the time control 30+0.

Events in November, January, February, and April are our standard competitions (12:30pm-5pm) with a time control of 15+0.

We ask that children are registered for the events to allow for a smooth running of the competition.

Anyone interested should contact Mark Newman with the below details:

-          Child’s name

-          Child’s age + school year

-          School name (if applicable)


Local Chess Clubs and Activities


Lisburn Chess Club is very active and has many youngsters attending. They have a beginners class/tournament on a Tuesday evening and a club day on a Saturday.

The club is very active on social media and can be contacted through there or via email.

City of Derry

The club host learning nights for Primary School Students every Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
The club is very active on social media and can be contacted through there or via email.


This is another club which is very active with a lot of younger members. The club meets every Thursday and can be contacted via social media or email.


2 Royal Avenue

Although not a club, 2 Royal Avenue meets every Sunday for some casual games. Children under 16 must be under supervision.

Contact Paul for more details.


NAS Newtownards (National Autistic Society)

NAS has a newly founded chess club for youngsters and meets every other Tuesday. You can contact NAS Newtownards via their FaceBook page.

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