Participate in a celebration of the life of a Colchester chess hero and see England’s greatest ever chess player in action the late Colchester Grandmaster Dr Jonathan Penrose OBE, 10 times British Chess Champion.

The opening ceremony for the Chess Challenge (a simultaneous exhibition by Grandmaster Michael Adams, 8 times British Chess Champion) will commence at approx 1.30pm and will include the formal opening of the Jonathan Penrose Chess Park: public chess tables in the City of Colchester by the Mercury Theatre.

The event celebrates past achievements, but also looks to the future as Colchester’s Ruqayyah Rida, 2 times British Chess Champion (Girls under 10), will play in the ‘simul’.

This charitable event is in aid of the Mayor’s Charities. The Mayor’s theme this year is ‘Volunteers – the heart of our communities’. His charities are: ABF The Soldier’s Charity, Beacon House Ministries, Community360, Freedom Boat Adventures and Lepra. For further information on these charities please see

Saturday 7th October 2023

13:15 – 17:45
Town Hall
High St