Tim Lawson was born and grew up on the Isle of Thanet in South East England and learned chess at the age of five. He captained his junior school team.


He took up competitive chess again at the age of 23 and improved as a player at club level, winning numerous local tournaments in the Thanet League.


In 2004 Tim relocated to the South Midlands, sparking a career change. He is now self-employed.


In late 2009, Tim once again joined Daventry chess club. They welcomed him into their team. A good first season renewed his interest in chess and he became involved in coaching juniors, most notably at the Northampton Junior Club.


During this time Tim was introduced to the Chess in Schools and Communities initiative. As a result, he now teaches chess at Blackthorn Junior School for CSC.


Between coaching commitments Tim has continued playing chess for Daventry, as captain, and Northampton Chessmates. He also competes  in the 4NCL for Banbury Bulldogs. He is the grading officer for the Leamington and District Chess League.