Contest will offer knights to remember

IT will be more than just a knight’s tale as Britain’s top chess players battle it out on the board in North Tyneside next year.

The British Chess Championships will be held in the borough for the first time in their 99-year history next summer.

The two-week English Chess Federation-organised tournament draws about 1,000 spectators and players, including numerous grandmasters of the game.

There will be a variety of categories catering for all ages and capabilities, with sections for young players aged between eight and 16 and also for those over 60.

Beginners will be welcome to attend and take part too.

The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields will host the event between July 22 and August 4, 2012.

Competition rounds will vary in length from one to 11 days.

Alex McFarlane, co-manager of the event, said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing the chess championships to North Tyneside for the very first time.

“Not only will the playing facilities be excellent, but the players and their supporters will be able to enjoy the local beaches and many historical locations.”

North Tyneside mayor Linda Arkley said: “It’s wonderful news that North Tyneside has been chosen to host next year’s British Chess Championships.

“It will be the first time the borough has hosted the event, and I’m sure everyone will have a great experience making use of our excellent accommodation, facilities and attractions, as well as enjoying North Tyneside’s beautiful stretch of coastline.”

For more information on the event, call the council on (0191) 643 7409 or e-mail