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Rebecca McClurg (White) v Geoff Sterrett. Photography: ChessNI


Millisle hosts first ever chess event


Saturday June 5, 2021


Millisle Community Garden played host to the town's first ever chess tournament. The morning began with a little drizzle but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the players! Local residents Evan Elwood and Mike McKimm were within walking distance while others travelled from Ards and Bangor. George Gamble kindly brought refreshments for the players and everyone enjoyed the fresh sea air.


Played over six rounds and a time control of 5+5, the tournament was rated by the Ulster Chess Union. A representative from Millisle Community Group was delighted to see the garden used for chess and explained how they created it 15 years ago by transforming a field into the tranquil community garden that greets visitors today. It is maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers. Such a beautiful little spot on the coast!


5 prize-winners:



Brendan Jamison (6/6)

2nd Place: Adrian Dornford-Smith (4/6)

3rd Place: Evan Elwood (4/6)

Under 1200 Rating Award: Geoff Sterrett (4/6)

Under 1000 Rating Award: George Gamble


Adrian Dorndord-Smith (White) v Evan Elwood. Photography: ChessNI

Adrian Dornford-Smith (Black) v Rebecca McClurg (White).

Watching on: Alwyn Pollock (left) and Mike McKimm (right) Photography: ChessNI

Prize-winners at awards ceremony. Photography: Mike McKimm for ChessNI











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