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Nice Move...A historic chess set belonging to the Duke's of Marlborough has been brought out ahead of the Womens chess championships starting at Blenheim Palace this week.<br />
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The country's finest young female chess players are set to battle for supremacy in the regal surroundings of the Oxfordshire stately home. <br />
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It is hosting the English Chess Federation Junior Female Championships, with over 100 competitors due to take part.<br />
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The palace, in Woodstock, Oxon, which is Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace, has a long and illustrious connection with the game of chess. <br />
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In 1851, the 5th Duke of Marlborough was president of the first ever international chess tournament which took place in London.<br />
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Lord Randolph Churchill, father of Sir Winston, was also one of the founders of the Oxford University Chess Club and vice-president of the British Chess Association.<br />
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And Sir Winston himself is also said to have been a keen chess player during the Blitz in World War Two.