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, Chococo, Commercial Road, Swanage, 10.15am to 12.15pm (until Feb ’20 and expected to then be back at the Caffe Tratt)  Thursday New Milton Conservative Club, 24 Station Road, New Milton, 2pm to 5pm 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)