Hundreds checking out chess championships

HUNDREDS of chess players from all over the country are battling it out in the borough for the game’s top titles.

The 99th British Chess Championships are taking place at the Parks leisure centre in North Shields until a week on Saturday.

Entries are headed by six of the country’s top grandmasters, with David Howell and Gawain Jones among the favourites.

Up to 1,000 entries are expected from players of all ages and a range of standards.

Championships manager Lara Barnes, of Blyth, said: “We’re in for a fantastic fortnight.

“Of course, we’re expecting fireworks – there’s a British title at stake – but it’s also an amazing time for the youngsters, and we already have a stack of entries from children from local schools.

“The public are welcome to come and watch, and it’s free.”

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