Check mate! InSpire 500 gets off to a flying start

Children take part in the chess tournament at St James' Church, as part of the InSpire500 programme of events. EMN-150330-164053001
Children take part in the chess tournament at St James' Church, as part of the InSpire500 programme of events. EMN-150330-164053001

Players from all over the county of Lincolnshire competed in three sections based on age range, including a section for adults, under 18s (secondary school students) and under 11s (primary 
school students).

Ben Cain won the under 11s category; David Scott and Arya Parnian were joint winners in the under 18s category; and Nick Stead and John Naylor were joint winners in the adults category.

The secretary of Louth Chess Club, John Grasham, said: “Louth Chess Club has had strong links with the church for at least 15 years since the club moved to its present location in Church House.

“However, this is the first time we have actually been able to play inside the church itself and I thank the people who have made this happen”.

John added: “It was a huge success. I would like to thank Keith Palmer and Phill Beckett for volunteering to arrange the under 11s and under 18s matches.”

Rector of Louth, Rev Nick Brown, said: “Over the next six months there will be events celebrating the place of St James in our community.

“We have the tallest Parish Church spire in the country and look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world.”

If you would like to find out more about chess in Louth, call John Grasham on 07707624975 or email him at jcgrasham@hotmail.co.uk

The next event in the InSpire 500 programme will be the Louth Photographic Society’s exhibition, which will be held at St James’ Church from Tuesday April until Saturday April 25.

There will also be a competition open to the general public.

• Visit www.inspire500.com/events and to find out more and enter the public competition.