LICHFIELD Chess Club had a rare visit from a chess grandmaster earlier this month.
Keith Arkell, one of England’s leading players, turned up unexpectedly to play on top board for Birmingham Division One team, Stourbridge.
He had a gripping encounter with Lichfield’s leading player, former Irish international Paul Wallace, which finally ended in a draw which helped Lichfield to a narrow win.
The two players met once before in a match that had a bizarre ending. Both players shook hands to conclude: Paul thought his opponent was offering a draw and Keith because he thought Paul was resigning. The judge had never encountered such a scenario so ordered the game to continue to a timed finish. Paul lost

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