Pupil’s pawn to be king of the board
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
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)