More chess success for Hastings

Published Date: 20 August 2008
By Julia Taylor

Hastings chess prodigy Stuart Conquest has won the British Chess Championships for the first time.

Grandmaster Stuart, 41, became the World Under 17 Chess Champion in 1984, and won this year’s championships earlier this month at St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

Former Grove pupil Stuart, who now lives in Spain, beat fellow grandmaster Keith Arkell in the final of the 95th annual championships – the first of which was held in Hastings in 1904.

Congress manager Stewart Reuben said: “I’m sure Stuart is very, very pleased. He is an active player and has had other successes. “He is a professional chess player, and plays individually and as part of teams.

“The trophy is absolutely magnificent, but it is fragile, so we decided very recently to site it permanently at the English Chess Library in Hastings.”


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