Grandmaster challenge for Easter

Shropshire chess players are being given a chance to take on a grandmaster in a special Easter event. Keith Arkell is throwing down the gauntlet to allcomers in a simultaneous display – in which he will be playing an unlimited army of challengers all at the same time in individual games.

The event is open to Shropshire Chess Association members and affiliated players and is hosted by Telepost Dark Knights, the rapidplay team of Shrewsbury-based Telepost chess club. The event will be held online on the Lichess online chess platform on April 19 at 7.30pm. The time controls will be decided when it is known how many people will be taking Arkell on – there is no maximum number of entrants – but is likely to be around 30 minutes to complete the game, with 10 seconds added for each move made.

The entry fee is £5, and the contact for entries or inquiries is Nathanael Paul on Telepost Dark Knights previously held a successful Christmas online simultaneous with county champion Paul in the hotseat. 

In Shropshire chess league, Newport A missed the chance to leap to the top of Division One, being held to a draw by Oswestry A. Newport are now level on points with Telepost A, who have a game in hand.

In Division Two, yet another win by unbeaten Newport B leaves them almost home and dry, having opened up a four point lead, with not many points left to play for

Division OneNewport A 2, Oswestry A 2: N Rutter 1, B Whyte 0; G Cooper 0.5, M Altinsoy 0.5; C Portman 0.5, T McMahon 0.5; A Taylor 0, C Lowick Higgie 1.
Division TwoTelepost C 0.5, Newport B 2.5: R Nield 0.5, C Lewis 0.5; N Holmes 0, D Hilditch-Love 1; D Bonner 0, S Greenwood 1.
Wellington A 1.5, Telford A 1.5: A Grillage 0, J Pico Ruiz 1; T Neal 1, G Kolbusz 0; M Podlesak 0.5, R Thompson 0.5.
Oswestry B 1.5, Shrewsbury B 1.5:  C Lowick Higgie 0.5, M Smith 0.5; A Bailey 0, M Best 1; P Fisher 1, D Lockett 0.