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Bishop’s Move saves London's oldest chess club

Dec 28, 2017
Bishop’s Move has come to the rescue of Battersea Chess Club after it was served with a huge rent increase and was facing possible eviction.

The club, which is based in Falcon Road, has served the London area for 132 years and is a founding member of the London Chess League.

Bishop's Move was delighted to step in and fund the additional rent for the coming year, especially as it had been headquartered in nearby Stewart's Road from the late 1970s to early 2000s and several members of staff had played at the club.

"We were blown away," said Club Secretary, Leon Watson. "They basically saved us from being homeless. Our membership is as high as it's been for decades and we put on lots of events to put Battersea on the map, but losing our venue would really put us at risk. Chess clubs like ours are really struggling to keep their venues so we are very thankful. This club has been going since 1885 and losing it would have been a disaster, not only for the club itself but also for the local community. Hopefully now, thanks to Bishop's Move, we won't have to pack our bags for years to come.”

Neil Bishop, Bishop’s Move’s Chairman said, “It was a great tie-in opportunity for the company, not only as of the chess connection but also as Bishop’s Move was established in 1854 in the same area of London. We wish Battersea Chess Club all the best and couldn’t have been happier to help.”

Picture: Battersea Chess Club

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