About Us

Lancashire Chess Association was founded in 1897, and is a voluntary organisation that exists to promote chess in Lancashire at both adult and junior level.

The Association is run by officers who are elected at an Annual General Meeting each year.

You can contact any officer using the contact page.

The current team are as follows:, elected at the Annual General Meeting held on 4th November 2023.

If you are interested in standing for Secretary, please contact the President via the contact page.

PresidentRichard Walsh (Lancaster)
TreasurerCarl Tillotson (Preston)
Junior OrganiserColin Greenwood (Preston)

Meet The Team


Richard Walsh

In 2023, Richard Walsh assumed the role of President of the Lancashire Chess Association and also serves as the Regional Organiser for Lancashire for the national charity, Chess in Schools and Communities. Additionally, he holds the positions of secretary and congress organiser at the Lancaster Chess Club. His goal is to reintegrate Lancashire into the county chess circuit and to promote chess across all age groups within the region. He is also an accomplished chess player, representing the Lancaster A team and participating in national tournaments.

Junior Organiser

Colin Greenwood

Colin contributes to the chess club at several primary schools in Preston and has recently deepened his involvement with Lancashire Chess. His aim is to expand the opportunities for young people to engage in more over-the-board chess within the county.

Specifically, Colin is looking to:

  • Boost the number of children enjoying chess at any level, whether in schools, clubs, tournaments, or online.
  • Organise junior congresses throughout the county, offering coaching for less experienced players.
  • Establish junior county teams, giving children the chance to represent Lancashire.
  • Promote increased chess match play between schools in both Preston and the wider Lancashire area.
  • Work with parents to highlight the numerous advantages of chess and how they can support their children’s development in the game.