Kings Head Chess Club, London

Kings Head Chess Club

Trip to Cappelle la Grande 2019

We are planning this year's trip to Dunkirk on the May Bank Holiday weekend (3rd to 6th May 2019, a change from the usual end of May Bank Holiday weekend) to play our friendly match against Cappelle la Grande (and surrounding clubs) at the Palais des Arts et des Loisirs.

Club members can choose to play 3 games or fewer against the French team (Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning and afternoon). Friends and family are welcome. Players from other clubs (or casual players) are also welcome to join us this year: email if you are interested.

New members will receive an invitation to join the trip. See our pre-2017 pages to get an impression of the weekend.


We travel on Friday morning 3rd May 2019 and get back to London in the afternoon of Monday 6th May.

Cost of travel depends on numbers, but is generally around £50. We stay in a hotel in central Dunkirk: bed and breakfast about £75 per night for 3 nights. Bus travel from Dunkirk to Cappelle la Grande is free on Saturdays and Sundays. See the dkbus website for maps and timetables.

The Dunkirk tourism website contains lots of useful information for exploring Dunkirk.

The Cappelle Open

Each year (in February / March), the Cappelle la Grande Chess Club organises a 9-round Open International tournament in the Palais des Arts. Up to 2016 this was one of the largest opens in the world, with up to 750 players. Here is a photo taken before round 1 of the 2016 Open.


Europe-wide austerity politics affected the Cappelle Open in 2017, particulary the numbers of top-level players. The 2017 open had 220 players from 10 countries (see photo below). The Cappelle organisers increased the numbers and strength of the tournament in 2018 to about 350 players including more than 50 master level players. It is still a great tournament for club players.


Several Kings Head players have played in previous Cappelle Opens ... take a week off to improve your French ... and your chess!