Record numbers of chess players continue to do battle at the 100th edition of the British Chess Championships, in Torquay.
More than 1,000 competitors have entered the event, which is set to run until mid August at the resort's Riviera International Centre.
Paignton's very own grandmaster Keith Arkell was yesterday paired with David Graham in the second round of the marathon contest.
There are 23 different sections catering for all ages and abilities but the main focus of interest will be on the championship itself.
At least 100 players – 33 of them titled, including 13 grandmasters – will hope to unseat defending champion Gawain Jones.
Spokesman Bob Jones said there had been "no great surprises" in the first round matches.
"Among the titled players, just Glenn Flear and Richard Palliser dropped a half point, but that will probably be of little significance at the end of the day," he added.
To mark the centenary of the two-week event, a few extra activities have been laid on this year, including the Bullet Chess Challenge, an attempt on the world record for the number of games played within one hours, based on around 60 seconds per game.