National Chess Library to move due to a lack of space

Hastings Campus . University of Brighton 15.03.12'PHOTO:  ANDY WEEKES / 07836 566295/UK SUS-141027-104144001

Hastings Campus . University of Brighton 15.03.12'PHOTO: ANDY WEEKES / 07836 566295/UK SUS-141027-104144001

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The third largest public chess library in the world is set to move from its home in Hastings due to a lack of space.

The National Chess Library was officially opened in the University of Brighton’s building, on Havelock Road, in 2006 by former home secretary Charles Clarke, whose father, Sir Richard, devised the English chess grading system.

The library contains many valuable items, including the personal collection of war-time code-breaker, Times chess correspondent and three-time British Chess champion Harry Golombek.

Phil Ehr, chief executive of the English Chess Federation, said: “The National Chess Library is the third largest collection of its kind in the world.

“It is moving from its current location at the University of Brighton, Hastings, in order for the university to better meet the needs of its students.

“We are grateful to the university for hosting the National Chess Library since 2006. The National Chess Library is relocating to temporary storage in Eastbourne until a new permanent location is secured. Expressions of interest from institutions wishing to host the National Chess Library are welcome.”

George Jelliss, a member of Hastings Chess Club, said: “The English Chess Federation has begun to put the books into storage in Eastbourne, since they have no space at their premises in Battle. This will make the collections unavailable for researchers to consult.”