You may be interested in more informal chess and there are currently these weekly opportunities: Tuesday Ludo Lounge, Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth 2.30pm to 5pm; Wednesday Flirt Café Chess Club, Bournemouth 2.30pm to 5pm Wednesday Amberwood Inn, Walkford around 8pm Wednesday, Joy Cafe, Churchill Gardens, Boscome BH1 4HB, 10am to noon; Thursday, Highcliffe Community Association Greystones 1.45pm; Thursday, Caffe Tratt, High Street Swanage, 10.15am to 12.15pm  Thursday New Milton Community Centre Chess Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm Friday The Crooked Book, Boscombe 11am to 1pm; Friday Royal British Legion, Wimborne from 10am

There is excellent information, with photos on the Southbourne Chess Club website:

This Southbourne website is maintained by John Harris

(There are typically no board fees, but chess players are expected to buy a drink, i.e tea/coffee/soft drink or something to eat)