Peter Kitchen

The future’s bright as Hollands wins title on congress debut

Teenager Sam Hollands was the county’s shining light as he won one of the top prizes at Shropshire Chess Congress. The 14-year-old, who plays for the Shrewsbury-based Telepost club, shared first place in the Minor section of the competition – an especially impressive performance considering it was his first ever weekend tournament. Hollands won his …

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Record-breaking entry shows game is in good health

A record-breaking entry is helping this year’s Shropshire Minor Individual Chess Championship to be the most competitive yet. A number of first-time entrants are included in the field of 21 players – and two of them are right up there among the early pacesetters.  Telepost’s James Holyhead is the current outright leader with a perfect …

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Ferrington clinches title after play-off drama

Nigel Ferrington is the chess champion of Shrewsbury for a record-breaking fifth time after coming out on top in a tense four-way playoff. Ferrington, who plays for the county town’s Telepost club, defeated tournament surprise package Stephen Priestley of Shrewsbury in his playoff tie, while fellow contenders Matthew Clark (Telepost) and Dan Lockett (Shrewsbury) fought …

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Quartet reach playoff to decide county town champion

A four-way playoff will be held to decide the next chess champion of Shrewsbury, it has been confirmed. Telepost duo Nigel Ferrington and Matthew Clark and Shrewsbury pair Dan Lockett and Stephen Priestley will be the contenders after all four finished Shrewsbury Town Championship with four points out of a possible five. Priestley’s performance has …

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