Liverpool Chess Club is a diamond hidden deep in the history of the city of Liverpool today which was once a colossus in the world of chess and of grand significance amongst Liverpool's elite and upper classes of the 19th Century.

Although founded on 15th December 1837 in the Lyceum building in Bold Street, there are records which demonstrate that chess was prominent in Liverpool long before this. The Liverpool Mercury newspaper ran a chess column to meet the demand in Liverpool from at least 1815 and there are records of a match between Liverpool and Manchester Chess Club in 1822.

Throughout its existence Liverpool Chess Club has boasted many world class players who have played on the highest stages of chess in the world. From Amos Burn who was ranked world number 2 in 1876 behind William Steinitz through to recent decades where the likes of John Littlewood and Gerald Abrahams and many others were well known contenders throughout the chess hierarchy.

JS Edgar - Club Librarian for many years has written a book on the history of Liverpool Chess club from 1837 to 1892. The book can be viewed by clicking on the JS Edgar Book link below . There is a copy of the book in the club library today

JS Edgars Book


Whilst not yet complete this timeline aims to give an overview of the long and proud history of the Liverpool Chess Club. More research is being undertaken so that we can expand and one day complete this timeline. If you have any sources for the events listed, or are aware of any events not listed here please get in touch with the club