Why might you do such a thing? Because Brandelhow Primary School (Brandlehow Road, Putney, enter from Skelgill Road) is holding a school fête with cup cakes available at four for a quid. And aside from the edibles they're hosting a simultaneous display to be given by three-times British champion and author of Chess for Zebras, Dr Jonathan Rowson.
It's a twenty-four board simul, but more players than that should be able to take part given the likelihood of some swift finishes early on. Price not yet settled but probably £7 an adult and £4 a child or £10 for both. All proceeds to the school.
The event goes on until 2pm but do try to get there on time if you want to play - first come, first served. Nearest Tube is East Putney (District Line) and nearest overground Putney.
Here's hoping for a good turnout and a successful simul - and hopefully no backache afterwards. And whether it matters if you take the black pieces or the white ones - I have no idea. You'll have to ask the man himself. [UPDATE: see below!]
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