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Telepost climb back to the summit – as rivals suffer a fall

Telepost A are the new champions of Shropshire Chess League, clinching a first league title for three years and only a second in the last decade in some style. The Abbey Foregate side finished a staggering seven points clear of nearest challengers Newport A and deposed champions Maddocks A – fittingly finishing the season with …

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Battles of world’s elite broadcast across globe – thanks to Shropshire chess sets

Some of the world’s top chess players did battle at a prestigious international tournament with enthusiasts from around the world watching – thanks to boards and pieces from Shropshire. Super-grandmasters such American duo Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri and British number one (formerly of Russia) Nikita Vitiugov were among those who played on …

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Elite on the way as “Premier League” of chess to land in Shropshire

Some of the world’s top chess players are set to appear in Shropshire this weekend as the top two divisions of the Four Nations Chess League roll into town. The likes of Armenian super GM Gabriel Sargissian, former world number two Alexei Shirov and England’s youngest ever international master Shreyas Royal are among those who …

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Shropshire’s 4NCL struggles continue after fourth straight defeat

Shropshire & Friends are once again facing a fight against relegation after losing their first four Four Nations Chess League division three matches of the season. The county side were outgunned 4.5-1.5 by the Rookies in round three, and disappointingly lost 4-2 to Brown Jack in round four in a match they would have hoped …

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Brothers lead the charge as juniors star in Staffordshire

Brothers Rudi and Henry Bedford were the stars of the show among the Shropshire delegation at Staffordshire Junior Chess Championship. Rudi, who also plays for the Shrewsbury-based Telepost club, came joint first in the under 10s section with 5/6, which included a first win over his long-time rival Lucas Zheng. Henry had what Shropshire junior …

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Higgie hopeful of national league revival after relegation reprieve

Shropshire’s national league team can be competitive in division three of the Four Nations Chess League this season after receiving a fortunate reprieve from the drop. That’s the view of captain Charles Lowick Higgie, who took heart from seeing the team – which competes under the name Shropshire & Friends – push stronger opposition hard …

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Shrewsbury claim season’s first big upset as Maddocks’ mammoth home run ends

Shrewsbury A became the first team to beat reigning champions Maddocks A in a home Shropshire Chess League fixture for four-and-a-half years, returning back down the A5 with the points after a stunning 4-1 triumph. Victories for Francis Best, Olusegun Ilesanmi and Dan Lockett saw the visitors spectacularly upset the form book, ending the night …

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