Houghton hosts battle of brains at annual Durham chess congress

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IT was a battle of the brains when chess players from across the region took to the boards.

The 33rd County Durham Open Chess Congress, staged by Durham Chess Association, was held at Houghton Sports Centre.

Organiser Fred Stobbart said: “We have had everyone from international masters to kiddies playing. It has been a great success.”

Later this year, the British Chess Championships will be held in the region for the first time since they took place in Sunderland in 1966.

Lara Barnes, of the British Chess Championships, said: “We are really pushing the area as a tourist destination and we are expecting more than 2,000 people from around the world to visit, so it is a real coup for the North East.”

The tournament will be held between July 22 and August 4 in Parks Leisure Centre, North Shields.