James Robinson first became interested in playing chess when he was 15, after his boxing trainer didnít turn up to a training session. He and his brother saw a group of people playing chess at the venue and were invited to join in. They subsequently played in the local boysí club league for about three years, until they were 18.


Then James saw the Master game on TV and resolved to improve. In 1978, he joined Charlton chess club, winning their Intermediate Chess Championship in 1988-89. Although James had to give up chess for ten years because of work, he is now a member of the GLCC. He has played with them for the last 13 years, and counts a draw with International Master Sergej Salov among his league successes. The only advice he would give to any player is that chess is to be enjoyed!