AS A game with a capacity for directing people’s lives, chess has produced many a fine tale, from the extremes of Cold War politics to the West End theatre and UK pop charts, to that of a British boyhood prodigy.
Or how about two from Ilfracombe Chess Club?
One is the story of a loyal member of 52 years – longer than the rest of the membership put together – who has kept the club from closure.
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The other is of a man who suffered a brain haemorrhage and could remember nothing except how to play chess.
He had learned chess at school in Ilfracombe and the game has been vital in helping him rebuild his life.