Lilly vis­its Clas­sic to meet chess hero

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A SEVEN-year-old girl was on cloud nine af­ter meet­ing her hero, the chess world cham­pion Magnus Carlsen, re­cently.

Lilly is a ju­nior chess player at The Ger­rards Cross CofE School, on More­land Drive, and in Novem­ber won all of her games at a com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the ro­tary club.

She re­cently went to the Lon­don Clas­sic, la­belled as the most pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional chess event, where she got Mr Carlsen’s au­to­graph.

Mr Carlsen has ap­peared on BBC One’s The One Show and is set to make an ap­pear­ance on CNN.

Vas­sos Ger­giou, who coaches the young­ster, said Lilly was de­lighted to meet Mr Carlsen, and called her ‘our lo­cal hero’, adding she could be a ris­ing star.

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