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Reti or not? Chesstival is returning to Bradford

Photo: Gayathri Kanagasundaram

Photo: Gayathri Kanagasundaram. Chesstival set to take storm in Bradford

Chess enthusiasts from Bradford and beyond will take part in a daylong celebration of the popular board game in the city centre tomorrow.

Players will find a wide range of activities and challenges available throughout the day ranging from giant chess set matches, coaching sessions and rapid chess matches against grand wizards.

Bradford District Chess Association member, Andrew Bak, 26, encouraged anyone, including children, with an interest in chess or who may want to take up the game.

He said: “We want more people to play chess and know that there is a large chess community in the city that they can be a part of.

“There’s a heavy emphasis this year in getting children involved. Chess is a game that can give children important life skills like discipline, forward planning and organisation.

“I think it’d be a really good thing for them to learn.”

Visitors attending the event will also be able to take part in a blindfolded match against a grand wizard.

This will see two to three players will take on an experienced chess player who will be unable to see the board during the game.

Hundreds are expected to attend the event tomorrow based on the successful turn out at last year’s Chestival where enthusiasts from across the country came to Bradford.

Anyone afraid if the weather will hold out will not have to worry as there are tents available should the weather take a turn for the worst.

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AUDIO: Full interview with the organiser of Chesstival, David Barlow telling Gayathri Kanagasundaram how chess can benefit Bradford.


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