The top chess brains are descending on the Steel City for the 2011 British Chess Championships.

The championships sponsored by Darwin Strategic get started on Monday, 25 July 2011 at Ponds Forge and go on for a fortnight.

Britain's top players will be turning out for the strongest domestic event for a decade. Entrants
include former World Title challengers Michael Adams and Nigel Short. They'll be doing battle
against other top Grandmasters, including past winners David Howell and Stuart Conquest.

CJ de Mooi – of the BBC's Eggheads team and President of the English Chess
Federation - has led a personal crusade to bring the best players to Sheffield. He said;

"We're bringing the British Chess Championship to a great City and that deserves great players – and they're coming." he joked

"There'll be so much brain power you'll pick it up from space!"

Spectators are welcome – admission is free – and International Master Andrew Martin will provide analysis and commentary on the key games.

As well as the main event, the championships embrace the British Junior titles for age groups from under-16s down to under-8s and graded events for hundreds of club players.

Entrants include local chess genius, James Bowler (from Copperworks Chess Club in Leeds) who'll be testing himself in the Under-16s. At the other end of the scale, former English Chess Federation President David Anderton from the Walsall Kipping Chess Club will be contesting the British Seniors championships.

Notes for Editors:
The British Chess Championships take place at Ponds Forge from Monday, 25 July 2011 to
Saturday, 6 August 2011 (Sunday, 31 August 2011 is a rest day). Championship matches start at 2.15pm each day.

Junior tournaments and events for club players start at 9.30 am.

As at 31 May 2011 the following British Grandmasters had entered: Michael ADAMS, Nigel
SHORT, David HOWELL, Gawain JONES, Nicholas PERT, Mark HEBDEN, Stephen GORDON,

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