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Written by Barry Barnes   

We hope that, as well as home members, friends from Europe and further afield will keep their ‘problem diaries’ free for the Friday to Monday morning 8-11 April 2016 so that they might join – reunite with – BCPS friends in Nottingham. We had our successful Weekend there in April 2015, and were sufficiently impressed to want to return.

Every BCPS Member is totally welcome, not just the ‘experts’. How about putting faces to names – including those of friends from abroad who will be at the Weekend?

The Village Hotel (all double-bedrooms) has already quoted us great value prices of £219 inclusive for single occupancy of a room, and £204 inclusive per person for double occupancy, accompanying partners being most welcome. These prices include all meals, refreshments and snacks as well as access to excellent facilities, including a gym and swimming pool.

East Midlands Airport is about a 20 minutes’ direct bus ride from the hotel. Eurostar trains link at St Pancras International, London, for a direct train ride to Nottingham. Blue Skylink buses run from Nottingham’s Broadmarsh Bus Station to the hotel – ask for Brailsford Road. A variety of activities will be arranged, including mini-lectures, a Presidential lecture on the Saturday evening, quick composing tourneys, a solving tourney, non-chess competitions, and excursions. Many will spend time chatting about life, the universe and chess problems.

If the numbers are right, a likely excursion will be to Nottingham Castle (Robin Hood, etc.) and its extensive network of caves and underground corridors (lots of steps) in the red sandstone rock. The nearby Attenborough Nature Reserve and the Elizabethan Wollaton Hall and deer park are easy alternatives.

How to book: Telephone numbers to ring are, for home members: 0115 9466808 and for visitors from abroad: +44 1925 377762. Quote the group booking reference number CHES080416. The last assured booking date is 14th February 2016. Hotel email address:

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How to pay: Please give card details on booking when a £25.00 deposit will be taken, and a confirmation email will be sent. The final balance will be taken by the hotel as late as 14.03.2016.

The editor adds:

Please email Barry Barnes – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it – when you book. It’s important for him, as organiser, and the BCPS to have this information. Tell Barry if there are booking obstacles.

*** Please note that the hotel’s contact telephone number for home members as given above is correct. An incorrect number was unfortunately included in the November Problemist (no fault of the BCPS). ***

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