Croydon Charity Chess Challenge, Saturday 16th May at the Fairfield Halls

By - Tuesday 31st March, 2015

On Saturday 16th May the Fairfield Halls will play host to a charity chess challenge and to an International Chess Grandmaster, Raymond Keene. Local businesses are invited to enter their best chess player to challenge Keene, in order to raise money for the Croydon Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Release begins: Croydon businesses are invited to sponsor a chess board and send their best chess player to challenge an International Chess Grandmaster in a simultaneous game to raise funds for the Croydon Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society on Saturday 16th May at Fairfield Halls.

From as far back as Roman times, chess has always been seen as the most intellectually challenging mental sport, so there is no better way to find out which Croydon business is the brainiest.

If you think you have what it takes to call out ‘Check Mate’ in front of an International Chess Grandmaster and win the game – now is your chance!

Not only will all challengers have a photo with Raymond Keene as they are playing, everyone will have a certificate to prove they had the courage to try. Who knows, someone might just beat him at his own game. Raymond Keene OBE is also the Chess Correspondent for The Times so you can bet that he’ll be writing about the challenge in his column, no matter what the outcome.

“In addition to encourage businesses to take part, we are also inviting schools, chess clubs or individuals to sponsor a chess board and put forward an amateur chess player to challenge Raymond Keene,” says Debbie Henn, Chair of the Croydon Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“We are hoping to raise £100 in sponsorship for each of the chess boards. This will be going to help local people with multiple sclerosis and their families whose lives have been affected.”

Raymond Keene was last in Croydon for the 2013 World Memory Championships which he jointly founded with Tony Buzan in 1991. For that event, 150 competitors from 35 countries converged on Croydon to test their mental skills. This time, it is an opportunity for Croydon to retain its status as a venue for mind sports by bringing its top minds together, for a good cause.

In addition to his writing in The Times, Raymond is a correspondent for The Sunday Times, The Spectator, The Gulf News, The Australian and The Daily Yomiuri in Tokyo. He was twice the winner of the Oscar for world’s best writer on chess, and he holds the world record for authoring 164 books on Mind Sports, thinking and genius. Along with Tony Buzan, he organised and founded the World Memory Championships, which reached its 21st event in 2012. He is also the Chairman of the English Chess Association and of the Howard Staunton Society.

Debbie Henn says: “We are very grateful to Raymond Keene for this challenge. It will be a great opportunity for companies or individuals to support a charity. We also thank him for his time and support in making this challenge.”

There are only 20 places available for this challenge so players are asked to contact Karen at 020 8657 7822 whilst there are still places available.

The event will take place Saturday 16th May 2015 at 1pm in the Maple Room at Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon.

Release ends.

Release sender: MS Society Croydon Branch.



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  • John Crow

    What is the English Chess Association? Is it the same thing as the English Chess Federation?