Chess players battle tabletop prowess after Covid break
- Credit: Supplied by Jonathan Reeve
Chess players made a welcome return to tabletop games at a 'rapid-play' congress held at Horstead's Tithe Barn.
Fifty-six players from Norfolk and beyond took part in the contest, with the championship section being won by Alan Merry from Bury St Edmunds.
John Wickham, organiser, said: "Norfolk County Chess Association and Norfolk Chess Clubs offer opportunities for young and old players interested in playing slow and fast games in friendly and competitive environments.
"Several people took up chess during the Covid lockdowns - hopefully, this latest event will help encourage others to start playing chess or return to it after a break."
Players were given just 20 minutes and an additional 10 seconds per move to complete all their moves in each of their six games.
Runners-up were Francis Bowers of Peterborough, Roy Hughes of Broadland, David LeMoir of Fakenham, Jeff Dawson of the Norwich Dons and Stephen Orton of the Norfolk and Norwich club.
Anyone interested in joining a club can search at www.norfolkchess.org/clubs