Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

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Re: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

Post by Mick Norris » Sat Dec 09, 2023 8:32 am

Bolton also getting 2 chess boards
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Re: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

Post by Paul Habershon » Sat Dec 09, 2023 12:06 pm

Assuming these tables will have a permanently inlaid board, I hope there will be a check on the orientation.

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Re: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

Post by John Upham » Sat Dec 09, 2023 12:07 pm

Paul Habershon wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2023 12:06 pm
Assuming these tables will have a permanently inlaid board, I hope there will be a check on the orientation.
Are there chairs to be associated with the tables?
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Re: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

Post by Richard Bates » Sat Dec 09, 2023 3:24 pm

David Williams wrote:
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Apologies that I probably haven't read enough to understand what's going on, but do you have to bring your own pieces? …
Use your imagination.

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Re: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

Post by Nick Burrows » Sun Dec 10, 2023 12:02 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2023 3:24 pm
David Williams wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2023 2:53 pm
Apologies that I probably haven't read enough to understand what's going on, but do you have to bring your own pieces? …
Use your imagination.
In that case, the tables won't be needed.

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Re: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Feb 22, 2024 11:50 am

Farnworth, Bolton
A chess board has been set up in Farnworth in hopes it will encourage young people to take up the game.

A table and two chairs with a chess board glued to the table has been installed at Farnworth Park.

Last year, it was announced the council had won a £5,000 grant for two chess boards and chairs in the borough, but chess pieces will not be provided under the funding scheme.

Now, one has been installed at Farnworth Park and another on Bradford Street in a playing field.
There's photos for those wanting to check if the board is the right way round :)
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Re: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

Post by Stewart Reuben » Fri Feb 23, 2024 12:18 pm

Personally I prefer giant sets and boards fixed to the ground, as can be seen at such places as Hastings, Twickenham, Lanzarote, Sydney.
Normal sized tables with byo sets are highly successful in Washington Square and Central Park in NY. I don't know how Clapham Common works, but it was/is highly successful for many years.

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Re: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Feb 23, 2024 12:32 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2024 11:50 am
Farnworth, Bolton
A chess board has been set up in Farnworth in hopes it will encourage young people to take up the game.

A table and two chairs with a chess board glued to the table has been installed at Farnworth Park.

Last year, it was announced the council had won a £5,000 grant for two chess boards and chairs in the borough, but chess pieces will not be provided under the funding scheme.

Now, one has been installed at Farnworth Park and another on Bradford Street in a playing field.
There's photos for those wanting to check if the board is the right way round :)
From the local news article, a quote from a local councillor:
Chess is a worldwide game but is it [sic] not often played in the UK, so this creates awareness.
:shock: (I mean, compared to Russia, yes, but I thought the UK was quite high up the per capita ranking of chess-playing nations?)

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Re: Major investment to transform future of English chess announced

Post by Ian Thompson » Fri Feb 23, 2024 12:36 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2024 11:50 am
Farnworth, Bolton
A chess board has been set up in Farnworth in hopes it will encourage young people to take up the game.

A table and two chairs with a chess board glued to the table has been installed at Farnworth Park.
There's photos for those wanting to check if the board is the right way round :)
Do you have to bring your own wellington boots, or are they provided? I'd have expected them to at least have put gravel on the ground, if not concrete or paving.

Is it correct that the chess board is glued to the table? If it is, is it of a material that is weather resistant and will last? Or is it likely to peel off, or fade, over time?

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