In 2015 the English Chess Federation awarded its club of the year prize to Chester. In awarding this prize the judging panel noted that:
“It has over 60 members, 40% of whom are juniors. It has about 20 teams in local leagues. The keyword is ‘inclusivity’. Disabled players are welcomed and special arrangements made where necessary. It has an outstanding junior section.”
Chester now has over 70 registered players and is going from strength to strength. All of the comments made by the English Chess Federation judging panel remain true to this day.