Last evening there were five matches taking place at the Bury St Edmunds Chess Club, the most there has ever been. 40 players packed the room, with analysis boards also available in the bar area.
This was the last match at the Club for David Wood (pictured right), who is moving to live and work in Colchester. David has been a mainstay of the Club for the past couple of years, running three teams and always willing to assist with setting up and packing away. He enjoyed a brief period of celebrity last year when he was amongst a dozen or so nominations for ECF ‘Player of the Year’. Someone had noticed that his grade was the lowest ‘A’ grade in England; he ended up with as many votes as Alan Merry!