Queens Rule at Blenheim Palace

  • 18 Oct 2019
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Blenheim Palace will form the imposing backdrop to the English Chess Federation Junior Female Championships on 19th – 20th October.

The event, which is expected to attract more than 100 players to the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, is open to all girls aged under 18.

Blenheim Palace also has a long and illustrious connection with the game of chess. In 1851 the 5th Duke of Marlborough was President of the first ever international chess tournament which took place in London.

Lord Randolph Churchill, father of Sir Winston who was born at Blenheim Palace, was also one of the founders of the Oxford University Chess Club and vice-president of the British Chess Association.

Sir Winston himself is also said to have been a keen chess player during the Blitz in WWII.

Heather Carter, Operations Director Blenheim Palace said: “We are delighted to be hosting the English Chess Federation Girls’ Chess Championships for the first time at Blenheim Palace. We have a long and illustrious connection with the game of chess. In 1851 the 5th Duke of Marlborough was President of the first ever international chess tournament which took place in London.

“Lord Randolph Churchill, father of Sir Winston who was born at Blenheim Palace, was also one of the founders of the Oxford University Chess Club and vice-president of the British Chess Association. Sir Winston himself is also said to have played a lot of chess during the Blitz in WWII.”

Dubbed ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’, Blenheim was built as a tribute to John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory against the French at the Battle of Blenheim.

It was gifted to the Duke in 1705, by a grateful nation under the direction of Queen Anne.

Queen Anne’s close connection with both the Palace and John’s wife, Sarah Churchill, was at the heart of the Oscar-winning film ‘The Favourite’ starring Olivia Colman as the Queen and Rachel Weisz as the First Duchess.

 

Find out more about Blenheim Palace Park here.

Image credit: Phil Yeomans BNPS

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