St Andrew’s Church in Eastfield Avenue, Monkseaton, has run a Chess Club on the premises since 2007 to provide social chess and tuition for a wide spectrum of ages and abilities, from beginners to experienced players.
This small friendly club meets on Tuesday evenings during term time, from 7.00 to 9.00 pm, with an age range from eight years to “you name it”.
We recommence after the school holidays on Tuesday, 15th September and welcome new members – so come along and enjoy this fascinating game.
If you are interested in joining, or would like further information, please contact Derek Stembridge, on 0191 252 6168. An added bonus is that refreshments are provided during the evening. ALL ARE WELCOME.
THE HISTORY OF CHESS
The history of chess spans over 1,500 years. The earliest predecessor of the game probably originated in India, before the 6th century AD; a minority of historians believe the game originated in China.
In the second half of the 19th century, modern chess tournament play began, and the first World Chess Championship was held in 1886. The 20th century saw great leaps forward in chess theory and the establishment of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Developments in the 21st century include use of computers for analysis, which originated in the 1970s with the first programmed chess games on the market. Online gaming appeared in the mid-1990s.
by Derek Stembridge