Pupil’s pawn to be king of the board

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Tara Dun­don tara.dun­don@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

north­ern coun­ties and one for south­ern coun­ties to de­ter­mine the strong­est play­ers.

The win­ner of the north and south tour­na­ments will then go through to the tera-fi­nal cham­pi­ons to com­pete against one an­other and be crowned the UK Chess Chal­lenge win­ner. Matthew said: “There was a com­pe­ti­tion at school and we had to play seven games each. To qual­ify to the next stage we had to get at least 17 points and I man­aged to get 19 so I won.

“Af­ter that I went on to the mega-fi­nals in Lough­bor­ough and won that one too.

“If I win the gi­ga­fi­nals I will get £100 and a tro­phy so I am quite ex­cited.

“I started play­ing chess about three years ago. My gran­dad, Charles Berry from Yax­ley, won a lot of chess tour­na­ments. “He was a chess leg­end . “I asked him how to play and he taught me ev­ery­thing I need to know.

“We still play each other but I am now at the stage where I can beat him.

“At first I found it quite dif­fi­cult but it wasn’t long be­fore I knew all the moves and how to put some­one in check mate.”

How­ever, for Matthew, chess is just a hobby as the young­ster hopes to take up a ca­reer as an ac­tor when he is older.

He said: “I have been tak­ing part in a lot of shows at the Key The­atre but my chess still takes up a lot of my time.” A YOUNG chess whizz is hop­ing to prove he is king of the board when he com­petes in a pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion next month.

Nene Val­ley Pri­mary School pupil Matthew Thomp­son, has de­feated thou­sands of young girls and boys to se­cure him­self a place in the third round of the Bri­tish Land UK Chess Chal­lenge.

The 11-year-old, of Fos­ter Road, Wood­ston, Peter­bor­ough, has been putting his best pawns for­ward in a bid to be­come a grand­mas­ter of the game.

The na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in­volves more than 2,000 schools across the coun­try.

Matthew played seven games against other chess fans at his school in Sugar Way, Wood­ston, where he se­cured 19 points, win­ning him a place in the mega­fi­nal.

The mega­fi­nal was held in Lough­bor­ough and saw Matthew play against the strong­est play­ers from all schools in the county, and de­spite los­ing his first and last game, Matthew won.

Matthew has now se­cured a place in the gi­ga­fi­nals in Manch­ester on July 11.

There are two one-day tour­na­ments, one for

Pic­ture: Ben Davis

CHECK MATE: Matthew Thomp­son (11) from Nene Val­ley Pri­mary School has qual­i­fied take part in the Giga-cham­pi­onships chess fi­nals in Manch­ester. (METP07-06-10BD408)

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