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Chess tournament results

May 22nd 2009

Monday 25th February saw 20 players take part in a homeless chess competition organised by Salvation Army, held at Rochester Row in Victoria. Tournament winner Shaun Underwood, who won £25 in cash and a £25 voucher, came to London in March last year to find accommodation, and found a home at a Salvation Army resettlement centre. He has been a chess player for the last 30 years, and says the game helps him to cope with his situation. Mr Underwood said: "The competition has been good fun, but tough. I would like to see more competitions like this." Others taking part said how much they had enjoyed the competition. One player said: "It's a very good idea - it is good socially and I have made a few friends here today." The tournament was the brain child of Mirek Polanowski, a senior project worker at Rochester Row, and refereed by members of the Greater London chess club. Derek Hadley, the tournament controller for the competition, said: "I think the tournament is a great idea. Some members of our club could give them a game." There are plans to run the competition again, and details will be published in advance on these pages.

April 2008



Mayoral candidates: Sian Berry (Green Party)

Mayoral candidates: Boris Johnson (Conservative Party)

Mayoral candidates: Ken Livingstone (Labour Party)

Mayoral candidates: Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat Party)

How, why and when to vote

Peter Pickles' long walk

Move-ons and street counts again

Scheme introduced to reduce street drinking

Polish hostel scam

The real Ladykillers

Stranger than fiction

Street Swag

Bin-sleeper dumped by rubbish truck

Empty homes in US outnumber homeless

New mobile vet service from The Blue Cross

Facebook group boosts Big Issue vendor's sales

Film club events

Gone but not forgotten

New St Mungo's contract

Chess tournament results

New head at ScotsCare

Crisis critique - Mick Bateman responds

Hospital discharge - a response


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