Denia U3A Chess success

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ROBERT SIMPSON and Graeme Campbell, members of Denia U3A, have acquired enough points from playing chess tournaments accredited by FIDE, the governing body of chess, to be ranked in the world player league. Although their rankings (Robert 106,994 and Graeme 106,604) might not mean they will be challenging for the top positions soon, it shows that perseverance and determination can make anything possible.
Euro Weekly News spoke to Graeme about the achievement: “Chess was a game we both learnt at school but as work and family developed it was something that was a distant memory. Once we had some spare time we both found that playing chess was a wonderful way of keeping mentally fit.”
They both play in Denia and at Javea chess club and have found that chess can eliminate the language barrier.
Graeme said, “There are many Spanish players, it is a very popular game in Spain, but once you sit over the chessboard it is the universal language of chess that counts.”

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