With funds provided by the generosity of the late Sir George Thomas (now administered by the British Chess Educational Trust) the English Chess Federation annually makes awards each worth over £200 to schools and clubs which have shown outstanding achievements or enthusiasm in chess.
The Bury Knights Junior Chess Club was formed 21 years ago and is still going strong. A proposal for an award was sent by Bob Jones back in March this year to the BCET; this was approved in August. At yesterday’s weekly meeting a wooden chess board and pieces, and a digital clock, were presented to the Club.
Pictured above is Club Chairman Damian Wallace (left) and EACU Chairman and BCET Trustee, John Wickham, who travelled from Norwich to present the award. Behind can be seen some of the 40+ members of the Club. It is planned to use the board and pieces on the top board of the Bury St Edmunds Junior Congress, to be held early next year.