Weymouth chess player beats Grand Master
12:30pm Monday 23rd April 2012 in News

CHESS ace Allan Pleasants from Weymouth caused a ‘sensational’ upset when he beat a Grand Master at a tournament.

Mr Pleasants, 52, who plays for Weymouth and Wimborne, beat Grand Master Keith Arkell at the Bournemouth Grand Congress 2012.

The weekend tournament at the Carrington House Hotel had a £1,000 first prize, drew 150 entrants including four Grand Masters, and was praised for its smooth organisation.

Mr Pleasants said: “It’s my first win against a Grand Master – I am over the moon.”

Organisers of the tournament hope it will become the biggest weekend chess congress in the country – and lead to Bournemouth hosting the British championship.

Phil Taylor-Bowd, 44, from Alderholt, chairman of Bournemouth and District Chess League, said: “It has exceeded our expectations and Allan’s win was a sensation.”

Play started on Friday night and the fifth and final games were held last night.

Source: http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk

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