By Lloyd Russell and Christine Constable:
Traditional chess, played over the board, face to face, has ceased since Covid 19. Instead, chess has moved online.
There have been tournaments played locally, regionally and nationally. Bude Chess is no exception to this and has continued their club nights online, as well as competing in county and national competitions.
Cornwall Chess ran an online league on Sunday evenings over a period of 2 months, with the final result coming down to the very last match.
Bude needed a win against Carrick Crusaders to ensure a place at the top of the table. A draw or a loss led to the possibility of a tie for first place or Newquay overtaking us. It was always going to be a tough match against a much larger club, but Bude were victorious with a score of 3 – 0, with wins on all of the top 3 boards. The squad of 6 who played over the 8 weeks were Grandmaster John Nunn, Women’s Fide Master Petra Nunn, Chris Constable, John Constable, Maurice Richards, Nick Egleton and Lloyd Russell.
Bude celebrated in style with some champagne in the Bude sunshine between the showers. There ain’t no party like a chess club party!