What The Papers Say

Toby Neal’s reports on the county chess scene in the Shropshire Star

Arkell at the ready

The countdown is under way to a mass online simultaneous event in which chess grandmaster Keith Arkell will be taking on allcomers from the Shropshire chess scene. Arkell has agreed to play an unlimited number of challengers at 7.30pm on April 19 in an event organised by Shrewsbury-based Telepost chess club. The entry fee is …

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All-conquering Atomrod aids Dark Knights’ dominance

Telepost Dark Knights were streets ahead in the latest Shropshire chess rapidplay team battle, helped by an amazing unbroken 16-game winning run by their grandmaster star player Keith Arkell who goes under the online username “Atomrod.” Shrewsbury-based Telepost finished on 120 points, a full 50 ahead of second-placed Mad Wolves, which is a combined team …

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Dark Knights’ night

Telepost Dark Knights were clear winners in the latest team battle in Shropshire rapidplay chess league, which sees frantic online action with players up against the clock as well as the headaches at the virtual board. The team, a rapidplay incarnation of the Shrewsbury-based Telepost club, accumulated 121 points, perhaps unsurprisingly in that they are …

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Newport march on

Another win for Newport B has seen them extend their lead to three points at the top of Division Two in Shropshire Chess League. Newport have now won six matches on the trot with the latest to fall to their firepower being Telepost B. With all games now played online using the Lichess chess platform, …

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Season gathers pace

The pace has picked up on the Shropshire chess scene with the launch of the county’s rapidplay league using an innovative new format. Before coronavirus called a halt to face-to-face chess, games in the rapidplay league were played with a time limit of 20 minutes, but with the competition moving online players get just three …

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