Victorious Leeds City Centre Chess Club has all the right moves

Players from Yorkshire gathered for the first Champions Challenge tournament.
Players from Yorkshire gathered for the first Champions Challenge tournament.
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Chess players in Leeds are celebrating after coming first in a new county-wide tournament.

Members of Leeds City Centre Chess Club clinched victory in the first Champions Challenge tournament, held earlier this month.

David Hirst, from Rose Forgrove Chess Club in Leeds, said: “Several of the great powerhouses of Yorkshire chess came together for what was possibly the strongest chess team tournament to be played in Yorkshire.

“The championship winning clubs from local evening leagues took part in the first Champions Challenge to find the top club side in Yorkshire.

“Many teams boasted international chess players and top county players. The top seeds Leeds City Centre Chess Club included International Master Richard Palliser, former Irish international Colm Barry and Papua New Guinea Master and Olympiad player Rupert Jones.

“The matches took place in the Great Victoria Hotel, Bradford, and were played over three rounds. It was a close run affair with three teams all in with a chance of taking the title in the final round. After Bradford Chess Club set a target score, it was left to Sheffield’s Nomads Club and Leeds City Centre Chess Club to try to eclipse them.

“The whole contest rested on the final game between Yorkshire’s leading player, International Master Richard Palliser, for Leeds and top county player Jon Nelson for Sheffield.

“This game was a real slug fest. Every move seemed to turn the momentum of the game but Richard eventually found the final telling blow and settled the match.”

He added: “This could be the start of something really big in Leeds. We’re always looking for new recruits.”

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