Sunday 6 August 2017

British Champion

Congratulations to former Cleveland Junior Chess Champion (before we became Teesside) Gawain Jones, who today became the new British Chess Champion after a series of exciting play-off games.

Gawain, who first started winning our local junior tournaments at the age of five (24 years ago, if my maths is correct), was always destined for great things.

Although he left our area many years ago we have always followed his progress very closely.

The last time we worked together was back in 2009, when I interviewed Gawain for CHESS Magazine while he was playing in the Staunton Memorial Tournament at Simpson's-in-the-Strand. This photograph was taken moments after the interview.

Maybe one of our current young stars will become a British Chess Champion one day.

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