Friday, 30 March 2007

You Got The Blues?

Here's a weird one...

http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/

This is the website of a jazz/blues club in the Hackney/Stoke Newington area of London. They are running five afternoon concerts on consecutive Sundays - 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 April - with a novel twist. If you take your own chess set along, you can take part in the first ever 'Vortex Chess Tournament'. "Play who you want when you want, player with most consecutive wins over the five afternoons scoops the trophy," says the spiel. GM Daniel King is going to be at the 1 April gig and on 29 April he will be playing against 10 opponents simultaneously. It's a fiver to get in...

... However... a warning: given the date of the first gig, don't be too surprised if you turn up with your chess set only to be mocked and laughed at by the assembled hordes of jazz aficionados...

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