Bexhill was centre stage when it hosted the town’s first International Chess Tournament last weekend.
The 1st Bexhill FIDE Chess Tournament, held at Parkhurst Hall on Saturday March 22, was well supported, attracting 40 players from around the globe.
Organisers Adam Raoof, an international FIDE arbiter, and Jeremy Hudson, an enthusiastic Bexhill chess player, were delighted by the overall level of participation and the success of the event.
Adam said: “Players came from as far away as Norwich in the UK, Mongolia, Spain and Sweden to play against each other. “There was also good local representation from the Bexhill Chess Club and the Hastings Chess Club, one of whom, Paul Kelly, won a grading prize for his final score.”
Chess player Chris Marshall travelled from Rochester to compete in the tournament and said he hopes the event will become a regular event in the town and help bring about a revival of a game he is passionate about, adding: “It’s great that this tournament is being held in Bexhill. Chess has been going downhill but hopefully this will attract more youngsters into the game.”
Jeremy said second arbitrator Geoff Gammon’s “unflappable demeanour” ensured that the event was enjoyable for everyone, and that a number of players and their partners who came to Bexhill for the weekend to attend the tournament made the most of the time they had to see what the town had to offer.
He said: “A number of players made a special visit to the De La Warr Pavilion between games. Complementary comments were made regarding the quality of local B&Bs and fish and chips on the seafront.
“Many players intend to return later this year for further chess weekends being planned.” The tournament’s first prize winners, who each received £200, were: 1st U2200: Boardman, J, and 1st U1900: O’Gorman, B 4.5.
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