Pimlico Chess Club was formed in 2011. It was the first chess club to be registered as a charity. Its predecessor was the Home Office and Justice Chess Club (previously the Home Office Chess Club). James Toon was the driving force behind the transformation to the thriving, open to all, club it now is.
PCC currently have over 40 members and for the 2018/19 season will run 9 teams. Four in the London Public Service League, four in the Central London League and one in the London League. The Central London League is administered by PCC.
The club’s season runs from early September to early July . During the season, the club is open nearly every Thursday evening. Membership costs £50 per annum. Members are expected to join the English Chess Federation.
PCC also organise an open tournament in the summer. This is a 5 round swiss with 3 sections. Games are played on 5 consecutive Thursday evenings.
The club organises an internal championship which runs throughout the season. This provides the opportunity for members to play ECF graded games over and above those available in team matches.
Unfortunately, the club is unable to provide coaching facilities for beginners.