Cool Chess Arbiter at 13 - Nick Evans from Wales!
Describing the role of an arbiter, Nick said: "He has to make sure people follow the rules properly. A bit like a referee in football or a referee in any other sport. "I decided I'd like to be an arbiter in January and arbited some tournaments for training, junior and adult tournaments across south Wales. I sat the exam just before I went to school at the start of September." He's going to be a real asset to the Welsh Chess Union in years to come”Kevin StaveleyWelsh Chess Union director Kevin Staveley, Welsh Chess Union director of Home Chess, said of Nick: "He's a brilliant player.
"As an arbiter he's got all the attributes you need. He's good at dealing with the public. He's going to be a real asset to the Welsh Chess Union in years to come."
Mr Staveley said it was unusual for someone so young to want to become a chess referee, especially as Nick was such a good player. He added that chess at junior level was becoming much popular after going through the doldrums about a decade ago.
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