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Norman is one to beat; Chess.

Byline: Ernie Lazenby

KNIGHTS, Castles, Kings and Queens, all sounds like something from the days of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table but these days it heralds the start of the local chess scene.

Bashing Bishops and sacrificing pawns all sounds a bit too violent for the cerebral game of chess but each game played can be fiercely fought out to the bitter end.

Battle commences in the thriving local scene on October 1. Cleveland Chess association has three Divisions and includes teams from all the towns in what was previously Cleveland County area plus Darlington, Peterlee and Whitby.

The association also organises a knockout cup and a Cleveland Individual Championship.

This years County Individual Championship has the added interest of ex Middlesbrough player and many times winner Norman Stephenson, pictured, attempting to win once again.

These days Norman is turning out for Guisborough Chess club.

He is a qualified coach fully accredited by the English chess Federation and is currently coaching several very promising juniors who play for Elmwood (Stockton) and Darlington.

Last season Middlesbrough were joint winners of the A division with Peterlee and no doubt both will be keen to hold on to the title. The Griffin (Thornaby) and Hartlepool, both newly promoted from the B Division, will be seeking to prove they have what it takes to remain in the top flight.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Sep 26, 2009
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