A talented chess fanatic from Peterborough is celebrating after winning a national contest at the ninth attempt.
Francis Bowers (42) of Penine Way, Gunthorpe triumphed at the Civil Service Sports Council national chess contest held at Leeds University last month.
Francis, who has been playing the game since the age of six, was competing at the annual contest for the ninth time and said he was delighted to have won.
“It’s very pleasing to be able say I’m a national champion. I was seeded in second place so I was able to beat this ranking and come away with trophy,” Francis told the PT.
Francis, a Royal Mail worker, is a member of the New England Chess Club in Peterborough and also teaches the game to youngsters at Peterborough Academy.