Over 6000 people attended the brilliant Chess Festival held last weekend in Trafalgar Square. The weather was scorching (32c) and everyone there, including yours truly, had a magnificent day.

It was wonderful to see many families at the event. With plenty of chess orientated things to do, from watching theatrical re-enactments of classic historical games to playing blitz against other chess fans and for those lucky enough, a chance to play in a simul against a host of GMs including Michael Adams and Gawain Jones

All in all a fabulous day and one I hope will herald the return to over the board chess for us all

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