|The Manchester Conference Centre, UMIST is the 2004 venue for the National Gigafinal chess tournament, when the countryís best 2,000 young chess players come together to thrash it out for the national titles. This national competition began in the spring, in more than 2,000 participating schools with around 70,000 chess players. |
The tournament took place on the 10th and 11th July when the hordes of clever kids descended onto Manchester with parents in tow, creating the busiest weekend of our year so far.
We are also delighted that the British Historical Games Society (BHGS) is bringing their annual BRITCON war-gaming event to the Manchester Conference Centre in August this year. The move will provide a permanent home for the BRITCON, which will be held in collaboration with the Mind Sports Olympiad, in itís second year here in Manchester. In fact, BRITCON 2004, starting on 19th August, will be the opening event in a festival of gaming that will run for a full two weeks which apart from war games, will include such diverse activities as speed-reading, poker, chess, backgammon, creative thinking, and mind-mapping.
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