Bexhill is making a move to firmly establish itself on the world stage with chess enthusiasts and next week sees the first of it’s own international chess tournament played in the town.
During the weekend of March 22-23, chess masters, wizards and enthusiasts will battle it out over the board at Parkhurst Hall, Parkhurst Road, to compete for prizes and share two days of an adrenaline-high sporting challenge.
Organisers of the event are Adam Raoof, an established FID (World Chess Federation - Federation Internationale des Echecs, known as FIDE from its French acronym) arbiter, and Bexhill resident Jeremy Hudson, supported by Hastings Direct.
Adam said this is a great move for the town, adding: “Hastings was the first to establish a chess tournament in 1920. Now it is the turn of Bexhill.
“We hope that this new venture will attract visitors from the local area, the rest of the UK and abroad bringing a boost to commerce, tourism and cultural activity within Bexhill.”
At the tournament there will be two sections of five rounds, every game is FIDE rated and ECF graded, Under 2200 and Under 1900. If you have no FIDE standard rating then you have to be Under 160 to play in the lower section.
Secretary of Bexhill Chess Club, Joseph Sharp, said the tournament is good news for the town although no members from the local club will be competing in the event, he said: “Our club is mainly aimed at social, friendly matches and our members are not interested in playing in league chess or serious competitive tournaments such as this. I want this tournament to take off and be a success, it will help to put Bexhill on the map and its good for chess in the town.”
For further information on the tournament visit the website at: www.sussexweekendchess.blogspot.co.uk Anyone interested in joining Bexhill Chess Club visit: www.clubbz.com/club/35939/Bexhill/bexhillchessclub See page 50 for the club’s latest report.