London MindSports Centre moves a step forward

Yesterday, 15th December 2020, we purchased the ex-Salvation Army citadel in Ravenscourt Park, to turn it into the London MindSports Centre, for £1.7M.

The purchase was made by a company set up for the specific purpose of purchasing and owning the building, MindSports Property Limited (MPL). I, Toby Manning, am a Director of this company. The T Mark Hall Foundation is investing £400,000 in MPL (£100,000 of which is done via the London Go Centre) and the remaining investment is from Bridge players associated with the Young Chelsea Bridge Club (YCBC). We are in discussions with the Chess community to see if they also wish to invest in MPL.

YCBC have premises in Goldhawk Road, where the last two London Open Go Congresses were held. These premises will close, and both YCBC and the London Go Centre will move to the London MindSports Centre.

We have a certain amount of work to do to re-commission the building, especially as it has been unoccupied for four years. Some modifications need to be made (e.g. install a bar) and we will get on with this in the New Year. We do not yet know when we might open the building for use (and this will depend in Coronavirus, of course), but we will proceed as fast as possible.

Toby Manning BGA President

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