Lancaster and Morecambe chess battle showdown

One of the draws (gentleman in the pink shirt is Norman Blade) and also the winner (the young man with short very fair hair is Daniel Waller).
One of the draws (gentleman in the pink shirt is Norman Blade) and also the winner (the young man with short very fair hair is Daniel Waller).

Local chess players had the opportunity to take on an international grandmaster in a simultaneous display held at Lancaster Library.

Up to 25 people signed up to challenge Nigel Davies at the event on Saturday September 26.

Nigel Davies simultaneous chess display

Nigel Davies simultaneous chess display

Nigel holds the International Grandmaster title and hails from Southport.

He played 18 opponents; the field was quite strong with a number of strong club players taking part; also participating were pupils from Lancaster Central High chess club.

Nigel’s final score was: 15 wins; two draws (to Morecambe players Norman Blade and John Lyth) and one defeat to Lancaster player Daniel Waller.

The play lasted two hours and afterwards Nigel went through some of the games with the players, analysing the games he didn’t win.

Norman Blade (in the pink) takes on  Nigel Davies at the chess simultaneous display

Norman Blade (in the pink) takes on Nigel Davies at the chess simultaneous display

The event was backed by the Friends of Lancaster Library.