Battle of Trafalgar ends in draw for St Albans chess whizz

PUBLISHED: 07:45 05 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:30 06 May 2010

The giant board

The giant board

CHALLENGING a chess champion to a match on a giant board in Trafalgar Square was a bold move for a 20-year-old from St Albans. Ed Magee, who lives in Blenheim Road, sent two-metre-high chess pieces to battle earlier this month when he played on a glass c

Ed Magee gets ready for his match

CHALLENGING a chess champion to a match on a giant board in Trafalgar Square was a bold move for a 20-year-old from St Albans.

Ed Magee, who lives in Blenheim Road, sent two-metre-high chess pieces to battle earlier this month when he played on a glass chess board in the heart of London, a work of art set up as part of the London Design Festival.

Created by the Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, who was partly inspired by the Battle of Trafalgar, the chess board formed the centrepiece of the festival and many of the pieces, which were mounted on casters, were intended to reflect London's buildings, spires and domes.

St Albans Chess Club member Ed, who was playing Dutch chess champion Jan Mol, perched on a plinth high above the board and relayed his instruction to two assistants who moved the pieces for him in front of hundreds of spectators.

After over an hour's play, the match ended in a draw.

Ed, who was one of many members of the public who had a go on the board, said that he was pleased with the result and added: "It was a fantastic experience and a great game. I was a bit nervous at first but I soon relaxed into playing my own game.

"Most of all, it was great to be part of such an important event.

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