Big day for chess buffs in Wisbech
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Beefy bishops and king-sized castles were treading a giant sized board on Centenary Green in Wisbech (on Friday July 20) to mark International Chess Day.
The outsized game of chess was staged by Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House at 7 South Brink, the home of the social reformer and co-founder of the National Trust, to mark International Chess Day, which is celebrated annually on the day the International Chess Federation was founded.
Clive Donald, who runs a monthly chess drop-in at the museum, invited passers-by to try their skills on the giant set supplied by the Birthplace House’s voluntary partner, Tin Fish Creative Communications. They also provided two normal-sized boards on the upper green for anyone who wanted to play or learn.
Peter Clayton, chairman of the Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum Trust, said the event was a trial run and is now set to become an annual event.
He said: “This was a pilot, which was enjoyed by all who participated, and it is expected to grow year by year.
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“It is part of our developing programme of events at the Birthplace House which take place inside the museum and on Centenary Green.”
Anyone wishing to join the monthly chess drop-in at the museum should call Clive Donald on 01945 474818.
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