December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 7, 2013
Players as young as seven and as old as 89 have put their mental skills to the test at a popular annual chess tournament.
The 31st Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress took place over the weekend at the Apex, with one competitor travelling from as far as Russia.
In total 143 people took part in four sections based on ability.
Organiser Bob Jones said John Dawson from Linton in Cambridgeshire was the oldest competitor at 89 and the youngest players were Sophie Tjurina, from Wisbech, and Tristian See, from Cambridge, both aged seven.
Mr Jones said: “The great thing about chess is it appeals to people of all ages and there are kids as young as five playing regular chess, but in terms of ability a seven-year-old can play against an 89-year-old on equal terms.”
He said last year a five-year-old played Mr Dawson, but there were no such pairings this year.