Bradford Chesstival

Hi guys. I’ve been home for a few weeks now recovering from my busy Summer and sorting out this and that. Of course I’ve also been gripped by the World Cup. Congratulations to Vladimir Kramnik on his deserved victory and well done to the slightly younger Dmitry Andreikin on qualifying for the Candidates.
This weekend will be my first chess for a while as I’ll be at the Bradford Chesstival. http://www.bradfordchess.co.uk/chesstival-in-the-park.php This is a celebration of the anniversary of the Bradford tournament of 1888 and is commemorating the late local MP Marsha Singh. This promises to be a fantastic event with 5 of us titled players (Sue, Richard Palliser, Malcolm Pein, Andy Ledger and me) taking on 125 people in a massive simultaneous display. The simul will be followed by a 125 board match between Yorkshire and Lancashire and there will be other events throughout the day.
I can’t remember seeing a match over so many boards and will definitely be an interesting spectacle (even if Lancashire have no chance). I remember doing a similar simul once in Italy during the Porto San Giorgio tournament. Hopefully we can also get weather similar to Italy!
If you’re in the area do make sure to come along. If you want to play in either the simul or the match then the contact details are at the bottom of the link. Playing is free but I don’t know how many spots are left. Hope to see you on Saturday.

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