DORCHESTER: Chess grandmaster seeks opponents for community project
10th May 2012
By Trevor Bevins

Dorset chess players are needed to pit their skills against a chess grandmaster (GM).

Twenty competent Dorset chess players will simultaneously challenge Ray Keene at the Mind Your Head Showcase, which is to be held at Kingston Maurward College on the afternoon of Sunday, August 12th.

Four of the twenty places have been allocated to the winning team of a chess competition after the Mind Your Head Challenge launch last August.

Grandmaster Ray Keene, OBE, is one of the world’s most influential figures in the world of chess, bringing many notable chess events to London.

He is also the author of 140 chess books, which is a world record.

Keene rose to prominence in the chess scene in the early seventies.

He won the British Chess Championship at Blackpool in 1971and was the first British player to achieve a GM result.

“We are looking for mainly people over 50, but not exclusively.

“It is a unique prospect to play against a Grandmaster of this calibre” said Malcolm Steevens, Secretary of Dorset Chess Association.“

“Anyone wishing to apply should contact me for an entry form as soon as possible. If over-subscribed, we may have to run a competition before August to select the final contestants.”

There is an entry fee of £25 per player to help cover costs for hosting the event, which is being held by the Mind Your Head Challenge.

This is a voluntary community project to encourage people over 50 to get involved in mind stimulating activities.

A special chess board is being created at the Verne Prison as a prize.

If you would like to play chess against Ray Keene, then contact Malcolm Steevens on 01305 781225.


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