Hundreds raised for charity thanks to chess tournament

By Andrew Turton | Bewdley | Wyre Forest entertainment | Published:

More than £900 has been raised for charity thanks to a keenly-contested chess tournament.

John Whitehead who is the treasurer of Bewdley Chess Club, secretary Teresa Friar, Hilary Thompson who is the chess tournament organiser, Rev. Megan Gibbins of St Anne’s Church and Bewdley Chess Club chairman Keith Thompson celebrate the success of the event

Forty people took part in the sixth annual Bewdley Chess Tournament last month.

Played at the Wribbenhall Parish Rooms, organisers said they were delighted with the growing success of the event, which took place on July 21.

Bewdley Chess Club chairman Keith Thompson, said the town is garnering a chess-friendly reputation.

Many venues in Bewdley, including town centre pubs, hotels and even a barbers have chess sets and boards.

Players helped raise £464 for Guide Dogs for the Blind and £464 too All Saints Church, in Wribbenhall, to help repair the roof,

Mr Thompson helped hand over the cheques with committee members John Whitehead and Teresa Friar and Hilary Roberts.

Mr Thompson said: "It was a great success and the best tournament yet. We had 40 entrants with more juniors than ever before.

"A lot of interest has been generated through the tournament."

Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
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