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Why Battle?

The headquarters of English (British?) chess has for many years been in Battle, near Hastings in Sussex.   But it could have been Bury St Edmunds!

According to the old Minute Book, in 1937 Mr S D (Don) Ward (of the Bury and West Suffolk Club) advised the Suffolk County AGM that “a small committee had been appointed to consider looking for a suitable room as a permanent home for (the) headquarters of British chess”.

Whatever happened to that idea, I wonder?   Not sure where the BCF was based before Battle, but it certainly wasn’t Bury St Edmunds.   Anyone know?

EDIT (22 Feb).     I’ve just discovered that the BCF office relocated to Battle from St Leonards-on-Sea in 2001, having moved there in 1981 from… Norwich!

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