Co-founder IM John Bartholomew in London

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As part of Chessable’s Crowdcube crowdfunding campaign, this week we put on a couple of events. The first one saw co-founder, IM John Bartholomew play against 25 opponents in a timed simultaneous exhibition. John put on a fine performance in his first ever simul outside the US and finished with a score of 17.5 to 7.5. The field of players was lucky to score some points, as John struggled to keep up on the clock against so many opponents, and I as part of them, will have to admit, we all played the clock!

Timed Simultaneous Exhibition

The next day we organised an event so people could meet us and play some chess. We also talked about chess as an industry, Chessable as a business and a potential investment opportunity. It was awesome to meet everyone who came along and get such high quality feedback; of course, it was also a great and fun evening and someone even managed to beat John!

Chessable's co-founders face off!
Chessable’s co-founders face off!

As a preparation for the London Chess Classic, John also played GM Simon Williams in the first ever Battersea Blitz Tournament. You can read the full report of the evening here http://www.batterseachessclub.org.uk/im-john-bartholomew-wins-battersea-blitz-after-thrilling-play-off-with-ginger-gm-simon-williams/

A big thanks to everyone who came to both events, and a special thanks to the Battersea Chess Club for organising such a wonderful simul. If you would like to find more information about our crowdfunding campaign, please click here.

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