Lisburn Chess Club was founded on 5th May 2018 by Neil Gardner and Martin Johnston.
The Club started out with weekly Saturday meetings in the Linenhall Library in Lisburn and held a number of well attended competitions. With the Club continuing to grow in numbers the search was on for a permanent home for the ever expanding Chess club. This was to be the first dedicated Chess Rooms in Northern Ireland.
With the search completed, Lisburn Chess Club opened its Lisburn Chess Rooms officially on 6th November 2021 at 60-62 Longstone Street.
The club has 17 permanent chess boards, a kitchen, a lounge, a bathroom, and a chess library! There is also a teaching room available! What more could you ask for?
The club has many ambitions and plan to host regular league play as well as UCU rated tournaments and casual games. The club is covering all bases as there is also opportunity for newcomers to get some training and support.
Lisburn Chess Club winners of the 1907 Ulster Chess Club (O'Hanlon is in the front row second from left)