Calpe Chess Club elects Englishman as president

AT a special general meeting of the Calpe chess club last week, English expatriate Edward Teal was unanimously elected President as the club’s chairman. He is the first non-Spaniard and in fact the first non-Valencian,  to be elected to the position.

Calpe Chess Club was founded in 1988 and is one of the smallest clubs in Alicante Province. Despite its diminutive status the club punches above its weight, and last year it joined the Alicante 1st division provincial league where it currently lies in fourth place with two matches left to play.

Edward has lived in Spain for 26 years , the last nine of which have been in Calpe. He joined the Calpe chess club in 2008 at the ripe old age of 58.

The Club is always looking for new members, and is very friendly and welcoming to all nationalities and ability of player. They meet every Friday night at the Calpe’s Casa de Cultura or can be contacted at

They have a web site at , and if people are worried that they do not speak Spanish, Edward said “ I will let them into a little secret,  neither do the chess pieces!”

The Club is also looking for sponsors in order that they can expand the activities of the Club.

By Paul Deed


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