British Chess Championships, University of Kent Canterbury, CT2 7NZ - Sunday 25 July to Saturday 7 August

" Kings and Queens come to Canterbury

 The 97th British Chess Championships are coming to the University of Kent
 in Canterbury for the next fortnight.  The first time the event has been
 held in Kent since they took place in Ramsgate in 1929.

 Grandmaster Michael Adams, Britain's No 1, heads the field and will be
 doing battle with some of the country's other elite Grand Masters, including
 former champion Stuart Conquest.

 CJ de Mooi – of Eggheads fame – is President of the English Chess
 Federation.  He says in his programme notes "A great number of players
 consider the Championships as central to their season and we are
 delighted to see so many returning year after year for all the tournaments that
 make up this fantastic event."

 More than 800 players will be competing for various other titles. Never
 mind X-boxes and playstations, there's rising tide of young, clever,
 chess boys and girls who'll be fighting over the chessboard for the honour of
 becoming champion for their age groups.

 The increasing popularity of chess among the young is uncovering some
 emerging talents. One of these is 7 year-old Zheming Zhang who warmed-up
 last week by beating a field of adults in Middlesbrough.  Zheming has to
 stretch to reach the other side of the board.  But he's favourite to take
 the Under 8 title, and he's also attempting to take on the Under-9 and
 Under 10s.

 The public are welcome to come and watch.  Every afternoon throughout the
 Championships International Master Andrew Martin will provide a
 commentary on the games of the Grand Masters and other leading players.  He'll
 explain the reasoning behind the moves and be offering prizes in "predict the
 next move" competitions.

 Check it out!"



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