The club enters various national and local team tournaments and pays all entry fees for these so there is no additional cost to the players who take part.
We currently run 5 teams in the Edinburgh and Lothians Leagues - 4 adult teams and 1 junior team. The latter have grown out of the Junior Training nights which for some years we ran in association with Chess Edinburgh - the body in charge of the Leagues.
Matches are played over 6 boards and we usually have a pool of around
8 or 9 players per team. In the higher divisions the usual time control
34 moves in an hour and 25 minutes followed by a 20 minutes quick-play finish. Some of the lower division teams play to a faster time control.
The 1st team and 2nd team play in the Premier Division and the former are the reigning champions.
The 3rd team play in the 2nd Division.
The 4th team won the 3rd Division this season (2012-13)
Tiger Cubs play in the 3rd Division. They have special dispensation from the League to play all their matches at home.
Played in a central venue on Sundays, the National League is for teams of five players. This year our first team won the top division. More than one team can be entered if there is sufficient interest, and our 2nd team finished 3rd in the 2nd division last year.
Traditionally the premier team tournament in Scotland, it was established in 1899. For many years Edinburgh and the old Glasgow Chess Club made it a two horse race - Glasgow winning it 33 times and Edinburgh 23, but later the axis of power changed and for many years we could get no further than the semi-final. However this year we returned to winning ways, beating Edinburgh West in the final. Read the match reports.
It is played over 8 boards with a long time control of 40 moves in 2 hours and a half hour quickplay.
The Edinburgh Leagues run an Allegro League for teams of four players which take place at the Original Roslin Inn in the village of Roslin on the outskirts of the city.