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The Hastings International Chess Congress boasts a position as the world's most enduring chess event. The most famous Hastings chess event took place in 1895 and world champions have been winners at Hastings. It has existed as an annual event for eighty years but has modernised and now uses the latest IT equipment to broadcast games live to a worldwide audience. The Congress now takes place at the Horntye Park Sports Complex which is reckoned to be one of the finest chess venues in the country. Around five hundred national and international players of all ages and socio-economic groups attend as well as a daily audience. Daily reports appear in the national broadsheets and television coverage is given periodically. International press coverage is extensive. Benefits to the sponsor would include   •  website with worldwide interest which offers scope for development - updated throughout the year and broadcasting "live" during event - daily hits are around 100,000     daily reports in the national broadsheets and periodic television coverage    extensive international press coverage  •  merchandising opportunity  •  wide ranging national and international audience - age range 8 to eighty years. The event is made up of Premier and Challengers Tournaments for international grandmasters and shorter events for casual club players and a Weekend Tournament. Ideally an overall sponsor is being sought, though partial sponsorship would be possible. Previous sponsors include ICL, The Times, Foreign & Colonial Management Ltd. Ideal for IT, banking, insurance, telephone and travel companies, suggest the organisers. Contact: Pam Thomas, PR Officer. Tel.: 01424 445348. E-mail:
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Address: The Watch Oak, Chain Lane, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0YD. Tel.: 01424-775222. Fax: 01424-775904. E-mail:
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Nottinghamshire Chess Association is seeking sponsors. Contact: Geoff Gibson, Congress Director. Address: Flat 4, Grasmere Court, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 4EE. Tel.: 0115 972 9258. Fax: 0115 972 9258. E-mail:


The British Land UK Chess Challenge attracts well over 50,000 entries each year. The competition began in 1996 and was an immediate success, with 700 schools entering, involving approximately 23,000 children. It is now the largest chess tournament in the world, a marathon event running over eight months of the year.The structure of the tournament is simple, allowing the most inexperienced players to compete in the early stages, yet testing the mettle of the finest at the end. The tournament begins every Spring Term, and lasts until August. In the first stage, children compete week by week in hundreds of schools all over the UK. Every child is able to win prizes, such as badges, gold spots, mascots, trophies or even baseball caps; and every child has something to play for. Many sponsorship opportunities are available. E-mail:
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