Information added 19th June 2015


Lostwithiel U3A does not, at this time, have a chess Group.

However, any member of Lostwithiel U3A is welcome to join The U3A National Chess by email Group.

Here is a note from the national  organiser Dick Chapman, of Watford and District U3A :-

"Just two years into the formation of the U3A National Chess by email. there are 57 members from 54 different UK U3As playing chess with one another by email.

How does it work? It operates via a page in the members’ area of the national website (www.u3a. and holds the following information about each member:
name, grade, U3A, short chess profile, preferred speed of play and email address. Any member can request a game and moves are exchanged by email; as simple as that.

There is no limit to the number of members that can join; the more the merrier!

Chess is a serious game and can become stressful. However, U3A chess by email has all the ingredients to make for enjoyable, stress-free chess. How can it be  done?

  • By playing someone of the same ability who plays at a compatible speed (e.g. 1 or 2 moves a day; or 3+ according to desire/ agreement).
  • By remembering it is non-competitive (no championships, league tables or matches).
  • By picturing those wonderfully complicated board positions that arise in every game for you to try and untangle at   leisure
  • By resigning if you make a serious mistake (and simply start another game).
  • By making friends with your opponent. ‘I’ve met some very interesting people.‘
  • By not getting too excited at the thought of what your next email post brings!

The wide range of grades of player on the ‘Players List’ means that anyone from a recent learner to a county player can find someone of their own level to play.

More information about the group  on the National U3A Web Site at To access the details on how to join the National Chess by Email Group you will need to log in as a member. If you are not already registered as a member you will need to create an account. Once logged in go to the “Members Area Home Page” and then to “Subject Advice”. Then click on “Chess by Email” in the alphabetical list for details of how the system works and who to contact to join the grou.