Lord Mayor to open chess tournament

The Lord Mayor and Admiral of the Humber is to join other chess enthusiasts at a free festival about the game.

Councillor Mark Collinson will help open ChessFest Hull, which has a focus on promoting junior involvement in the sport.

It will take place at Princes Quay shopping centre on Sunday 7 July.

The free event is part of the wider ChessFest 2024, with the festival also taking place in London’s Trafalgar Square and Chavasse Park in Liverpool.

The Lord Mayor is, himself, a competitive chess player, and will compete in this year’s British Chess Championships, which take place in Hull from Thursday 25 July to Sunday 4 August.

Cllr Mark Collinson is Lord Mayor for 2024/25
Cllr Mark Collinson is Lord Mayor for 2024/25

He said: “It has been nice to see the recent resurgence of chess in Hull, particularly among youngsters.

“There’s been some funding that has gone into the game, and the work of volunteers has been vital.”

Hull City Council has boosted chess in the city via a number of initiatives, including recently installing chess tables in East Park and Pearson Park.

One of the organisers of the event, Chris Mathews, said: “For the Hull and District Chess Association it is a great honour to have the Lord Mayor open our event, and hopefully make the first move in our junior consultation game with London. 

“The Lord Mayor is a great supporter of chess in our area.”

For more information on ChessFest Hull, visit Hull — ChessFest (chess-fest.com).

For more information on the Lord Mayor, visit Lord Mayor of Hull | Hull.

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