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By Joe Neanor

A History Of The Petts Wood And Orpington Chess Club

These notes seek to give an insight into the history of the Orpington, Petts Wood and Petts Wood & Orpington chess clubs. Included are details of club venues, trophies won and most importantly, the contributions made by individual club members to provide chess playing opportunities in Petts Wood and Orpington.
From this history it is clear that a club can grow and then shrink alarmingly quickly. The best safeguard against decline seems to be to have a broad membership base, with as many club members as possible actively involved in the running of the club.