SEVERAL Cheddleton Chess Club members took part in the 2014 British Chess Championships at Aberystwyth University.
The most successful was Jonathan Hawkins, who led the main championships all the way and then was caught by 2013 champion David Howell, of Wood Green, and so finished equal first.
Jonathan is the strongest player in Cheddleton's team in the National Chess League – the 4NCL – and lives in Consett, County Durham.
England International Keith Arkell, who also plays for Cheddleton in the 4NCL, finished a creditable equal third.
Club president Roger Edwards, who recently retired as president of the English Chess Federation, took part in two tournaments at the championships, after half a lifetime of helping to organise them.
He excelled by gaining fourth place in the second week morning Open tournament.
Elsewhere, Thivyaa Rahulan, another Cheddleton member, finished equal first in the under-11 girls championships.
On the local front, there were 35 competitors playing in the Friday evening tournament – and it was again notable for some giant-killing performances, particularly those by Will Sanzeri and Jack Snape.
Joint winners were Rob Shaw, Bill Armstrong and Simon Edwards. Rob Shaw and Dave Buxton retain the overall lead.
There are still plenty of places remaining for the Leek Congress in September.
Entry forms are available from the congress director Robert Milner, either by post – 411 Cheadle Road, Cheddleton ST13 7BH – or by emailing email@example.com.