Chess in London

Chess Rooms

A chess player may meet with competitors at any one of the several chess rooms.  The best are Simpson's, (Limited Co.,) late Ries's, Divan, opposite Exeter Hall, Strand; Kilpack's, Covent Garden, (also an American Bowling Saloon;) and Pursell's, Cornhill.  Many Coffee-shops are provided with chess-boards and men, and many dining and chop houses have chess-rooms up-stairs.