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Steeple Bumpstead man’s mission to make chess more accessible

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A retired police officer from Steeple Bumpstead has made use of his chess prowess to write a book to help amateur players.

David Dowson, 55, retired in 2000 following a car accident. He has, since then, spent time studying chess and has now produced a book designed to help amateur players get the most out of the game.

The book, titled The Path of a Chess Amateur, has been published by Authorhouse and is available on Amazon and Waterstones Bookshop London.

“When I retired, I read a lot of chess books,” said Mr Dowson. “Basically, they all seemed to be well over the head of the amateur player.

“I wanted to how to plan strategy and tactics and how to think about the whole game. So many chess masters write books focused on the endgame, but a lot of players never get that far.”

Mr Dowson began playing chess when he was growing up in Saudi Arabia.

As a five-year-old, he was intrigued by the complexities of the game.

“It’s magical,” he said. “My love of the game stems from when I was young.

“When I played, I was using powers of the mind to overcome other players and people. It gave me a sense of achievement and power over the board.”

Anyone wishing to buy the book can do so at http://www.authorhouse.co.uk.

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