A local chess club is thriving in their regional league this year, performing an uncommon double in silverware collected.

Weymouth Chess Club are performing above average this year in the Dorset Chess league and tournaments.

Based at the Redlands Sports Centre on Dorchester Road, the club play on Tuesday nights between 7pm to 10pm.

In the Dorset Closed Championship this year first team skip of Weymouth A and chairman of the chess club, Allan Pleasants, took joint first place in the open section of the event.

This was followed up by Chris Leeson securing first place in the major section of the event to complete an uncommon double for Weymouth.

Next up for the club is a trip to the Carlton Hotel, Bournemouth to play in the Dorset County Chess Association, which is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.

Weymouth A currently sit in second place this season in the division with eight points winning five, drawing three times and losing twice. They are behind Poole in first who are also on eight points but sit above the club as they have not lost.

In Division 2, Weymouth B are first with 10 points.

The club are always on the lookout for new members.

A spokesperson for the club said: “Anyone interested in improving their chess and possibly playing for Weymouth are more than welcome to come along and just sit down and have a game.

“You may be social champions against family or online so let’s see just how good you really are.”

Tutoring by a county master and National champion is given freely.