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As part of the free event, members of the public will be able to challenge grandmaster Stephen Gordon, the highest rated player in the North West. Free tuition from professionals will also be available to both adults and children.
ChessFest aims to build on the surge in popularity of chess after the success of Netflix show ‘Queen’s Gambit’ and showcase its universal appeal as we approach International Chess Day on 20th July.
The event will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ‘World Champion Chess Match’ between Bobby Fischer (USA) and Boris Spassky (USSR), a seminal event where the mercurial American ended 25 years of Soviet chess dominance in a match set against the backdrop of the cold war that gripped the world.
“We’re really excited to welcome ChessFest back to Liverpool ONE. Last year’s first event was a huge success and it was great to see people of all ages coming together to compete against each other and also with those in different cities!
“This year’s event is part of a packed summer calendar with Chavasse Park at its heart, which will see Liverpool ONE play host to huge range of activities for the whole family to enjoy throughout the school holidays and beyond.”
ChessFest also coincides with the 25th anniversary of Gary Kasparov vs IBM’s Deep Blue, which was the first defeat of a reigning world chess champion by a computer under tournament conditions.
ChessFest hopes to leave a legacy for Liverpool as CSC works with Liverpool City Council to install giant chess sets and concrete chess tables in more Liverpool parks to enable chess to be played all year round as in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, and other cities. The first chess tables in Liverpool were installed in Sefton Park earlier this month.
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