June 13, 2011: Saturday saw the annual International Chess Championship being held in The Square in Hatherleigh. Rain had been expected so things were taking place inside the adjacent Old School, where about 20 contestants ranging in age from 10 up to we're not too sure were battling it out over four or was it five rounds for two magnificent 'no expenses spent' trophies. We spoke to Teresa on arrival to ask what was happening. "Not sure" she replied. What are the rules? "No one's quite sure" Well how many rounds are there then? "Don't know!" OK. Who might know then? "Well, Barry might!" So, where can I find Barry? "I'm not sure, he was here a few minutes ago. Neil might know though." OK, where can I find Neil? "He's in Spain!" Doh!
Actually, organiser Neil did know and he was in attendance, albeit in cyberspace, making this perhaps the first truly International event. Locally things were being run by Barry, who turned up shortly after. Neil was playing via an online chess site, with webcams and microphones providing the personal connections. The Championship went to 4 rounds before Teresa was declared winner, though not without some contention because her opponent (Barry, by chance) lost confidence after losing his Queen and resigned with seven minutes to spare against her three. Teresa persuaded him to continue after which he won, though he later declared that invalid and proclaimed Teresa the overall winner. Second place went to John Morris. Here's Teresa with one of her prizes - a Certificate and one of those trophies being the others.