Anyone Can Play at the British #Chess Championships, Sheffield


There are sections for every level of player from novice to Grandmaster, of any age or nationality, in the biggest annual chess festival in the UK.  Whether you like rapid chess or prefer longer internationally rated games, there's an event for you.

The event takes place from Monday, 25 July 2011 to Saturday, 6 August 2011 at Pond's Forge -

Games in the championships start at 2.15pm and there is excellent online coverage on all the major chess websites.

CJ de Mooi - the good looking one in the BBC's Egg Heads Team - is President of the English Chess Federation and has made sure the best players are coming to the Steel City.  That includes Grandmasters Micky Adams and Nigel Short - both of whom are past challengers for the World title.

There are more details here:

The championships include the junior championships from under-8s to the Under-16s.  Some of the under-8s can hardy reach the other side of the chess board, but they record their moves and they are already beating adults.  At the other end of the scale there's the British Senior Championships and there are graded events for club players.  Most of these event take place in the morning starting at 9.30 am.

Last year at Canterbury there were 1,000 entries for all events.  Yorkshire has a strong chess fraternity so we are hoping to get very close to that figure again.

Entry for spectators is free and International Chess Master Andrew Martin will provide the afternoon commentary and analysis on key matches in a side room.  This will go out live around the world on the web. There are also teaching sessions for junior most lunchtimes - many players have said how watching the commentary has taught them a great deal! 

Anyone interested in playing needs to be a member of their national chess association (English players can join here - - and entry forms are here.

Best wishes

Adam Raoof

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FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter
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