Regular readers will remember my call to action in March about coming together as a chess community to enjoy the world championship in a more social setting, much akin to football fan parks. Whilst details are still emerging it seems the talented folks at Ginger GM have only gone and bloody well done it!
From 9th to 28th November 2018, GM Simon Williams and friends will be taking over The Plough pub in Bloomsbury (home of the Drunken Knights chess team) for a community fun fest including live commentary on the match, blitz sessions, and beer (other drinks also available).
At the time of writing a holding webpage and video have been set up and the Ginger GM team have promised more details on the exact format of the festival soon. Non-obligatory donations of £10 are requested to help cover costs which seems like a bargain given the fun times that the festival will bring, especially when compared to the official ticket prices of £42.
When we have more information I will update everyone but in the meantime here are some screenshots from the promotional festival video (unfortunately I could not embed the video).
To see the full video and to keep up to date on the festival:
Until next time.
Jon is the Editor of The Bristol Chess Times and Publicity and Recruitment Officer for The Bristol & District Chess League. He plays for Horfield Chess Club and has been known to play 1. b3 on occasion.