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Getting back into the groove

"Chess Notes" from County Down Spectator, 23 Sep 2004

Bangor Chess Club opened doors on the new season last Thursday. Lots of folk on holiday it seems, but a good turnout eager to begin preparations for the new season. First priority was arrangements for the 23rd Bangor Congress.

Bangor Chess Congress is traditionally the opening tournament for the new season in Ulster Chess. This year the competition will be held on Saturday 25th September in Groomsport Parish Halls from 9:15 until about 6. Through the day, six 30-minute Rapidplay matches are played using the Swiss system to determine opponents. A substantial prize-fund, well over £200, will be distributed along with trophies to winners in several sections. Visit the clubs web-site www.bangochessclub.org.uk from more information.

The tournament is open to everyone so come along and play.

James O'Fee brought along an interesting collection of books donated to the club by Derek Webb. The books formed his father's, Eddie Webb, chess library; Eddie was a founder member of the club and lent his name to the trophy played for at the Congress. The club intends using these books to launch the Eddie Webb Fund. Thanks Derek.

The club bids adieu to Richard Morrow, Winston team captain, who leaves for Bangor, Wales this weekend to begin his University studies. He has been honing his chess skills at the Civil Service tournament through the summer, ready to test the mettle of the Welsh. We will find out how well he does when he returns during the Christmas vacation. Good luck Richard!

Club nights will continue now every Thursday evening from 7:30 in Groomsport Parish Halls. Although the chess is seldom light-hearted, the club welcomes players of all ability into a congenial and friendly atmosphere.

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