Big day for chess buffs in Wisbech

Giant chess game on Centenary Green in Wisbech. PHOTO: Peter King.

Giant chess game on Centenary Green in Wisbech. PHOTO: Peter King. - Credit: Archant

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.

“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.