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Chess champ has all the right moves

PUBLISHED: 11:03 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010

A YOUNG chess master battled it out with other Londoners to win a young players tournament. Conor Murphy, 10, from Bexley, won the U12 London Junior Chess Championships in Westminster last month, beating off the competition of some 72 children at the ev

A YOUNG chess master battled it out with other Londoners to win a young players' tournament.

Conor Murphy, 10, from Bexley, won the U12 London Junior Chess Championships in Westminster last month, beating off the competition of some 72 children at the event.

Playing nine rounds, Mr Murphy notched up eight wins and one draw to finish in first place, even overcoming members of the England Junior Chess Squad.

The Eltham College pupil, who started playing chess from the age of four, said: "It was really good to win because it was a big tournament. I only started playing professionally a couple of years ago, so I would like to play in England tournaments in the future."

He was also awarded the title of London Boys Champion and Best Under 11 player as he is an academic year ahead.

Headmaster Paul Henderson said: "We are immensely proud of Conor's success.

"Not only does he have an incredible mathematical brain, but he is also a well-rounded, popular individual who excels in music.

" We hope that he can maintain his competitive advantage and enjoy continued success."

Titles for the xhampionships, which originated in 1924, are awarded for seven age groups. For more information, go to http://www.ljcc.co.uk/index.html.

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