Continuing on from my blog of 3rd April 2010, young Theo Slade of Bude passed another milestone in his early chess career when he won the Boys U-9 B group at last weekend’s UK Chess Challenge Southern Area Gigafinal held at Wellington College, Berkshire. He got a trophy, cheque for £100 and goes forward to the ultimate final for all age groups, when the winners from the Southern and Northern regions play off for the national titles. This will be held in Warwick next month.
As reported earlier, although living in Cornwall, close to the border with Devon, Theo is being drawn into the sphere of Devon’s junior chess activities as there is more going on there. He receives tuition through the internet from Dave Regis, leader of the Exeter Junior Club, and plays in as many tournaments as he can fit in. Devon already has a number of promising juniors, especially those centred around Torquay Boys’ Grammar School where Modern Languages master Trefor Thynne has influence, but Theo’s potential must be as great as anyone’s, if he continues at this rate.
Watch this space…..