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Chess ace moves on to England honours

PUBLISHED: 12:39 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:54 25 August 2010

HE’S GOT GAME:

HE'S GOT GAME:

A 10-YEAR-OLD chess champion has earned the right to represent his country after blitzing the opposition in qualifying rounds.

A 10-YEAR-OLD chess champion has earned the right to represent his country after blitzing the opposition in qualifying rounds.

Year seven Eltham College pupil, Conor Murphy, has been chosen as England's U12 representative this September at the European Youth Chess Championships in Batumi, Georgia. Headmaster, Paul Henderson, said: "Conor's achievement is quite remarkable.

"If he continues to play at such a high standard in relation to his age we could well be witnessing the development of a future Grand Master. We wish him every success for the Championships."

His selection was based on consistent successes in a series of qualifying tournaments. Conor was victorious as part of an 18-strong England Junior Chess Team in the "tournament of young talents" in the Czech Republic during the Easter break.

The tournament attracted players from over 10 countries and is regarded as one of the strongest open junior competitions in Europe.

Conor was undefeated over nine rounds and emerged outright winner of the U12 section, proving to be the most successful player of the English contingent.

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