Chess Club

Lauttasaari chess club has friendly and international atmosphere. You can join the weekly tournaments or the activities for beginners even if you are not a member.

The club is a good choice, say, for exchange students who want to continue playing chess while studying in Finland. People just briefly visiting Helsinki sometimes come to the club to play a few games.

There are excellent metro and bus connections to Lauttasaari from central Helsinki and Espoo.

Weekly tournaments

We meet on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the club room of Lauttasaari church, Myllykallionrinne 1 C (2nd floor), Helsinki. The "C" door is 25 meters from the bell-tower:

Time control in the weekly non-rated tournaments (beginners get extra time):

  • Blitz 3'+02" (3 min + 2 sec increment), 9–12 rounds.
  • Rapid 10'+05", 5 rounds, last Wednesday of the month.

Special Wednesdays in 2023:

  • 22.3. Simul given by Pekka Kauppala
  • 24.5. Fischer Random tournament (10'+05")
  • 2.8. Blitz championship on Seurasaari at 17:00 (5')
  • 29.11. Fischer Random tournament (10'+05")
  • 6.12. Club room is closed (Independence Day of Finland)

The entry fee for the weekly tournament (to cover the club room's rent):

  • Pay 2 euros to the tournament arbiter in cash, or using MobilePay to +358504864451 (Jyrki Heikkinen).
  • Another option is a season ticket (valid in January–May 2023), pay 20 euros to the club's bank account FI78 1020 5000 1272 28 (reference number 1122).
  • Youngsters (born in 2003–) get 50 % discount from the entry fee and the season ticket.
  • The first visit is free of charge.

We also organize club tournaments with classical and rapid time controls.

Activities for beginners (of all ages)

Beginners are welcome to the Lauttasaari library on Wednesdays at 5–8 p.m. We play there casual games, have joint analysis sessions, solve chess puzzles, provide basic training on openings, tactics, strategy, endgames.

Exceptions: the session will not be held on Wednesdays 22.2., 22.3. and 29.3.2023.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our chess club!

Ask more:, +358 50 4864451.