Surbiton beats Kingston to take Surrey chess cup

Surbiton has triumphed over Kingston in the Surrey Chess Alexander Cup final.

It was the first time the local rivals have clashed in the final, which was this year held in Ashtead.

Kingston was regarded as underdog in this derby, based on their squad ratings, but they went to great lengths to even up the odds.

Regulars were flown in from France and Sweden, but the real coup was Kingston bringing chess grandmaster Dr John Nunn back to the club for the first time in 44 years.

Dr Nunn, a former child prodigy in chess and mathematics who went to the University of Oxford aged 15 - the youngest undergraduate since Cardinal Wolsey, last represented his boyhood club in 1974 when he was in his teens.

Now 63, he remains an honourary vice-president of the club.

Kingston have not won the Alexander Cup since 1976, and Surbiton had never won it before.

Dr Nunn won his game, but despite other Kingston successes the final score was 6 to 4 to Surbiton, which took the cup for the first time in its history.


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