Marcus checks into chess team

A young chess champion is set to mix with the masters after being picked to play for England.

Marcus Rose, who attends Brooke Weston School in Coomb Road, Corby, has qualified to play for his country after being involved in the tricky game for just four years.

The year seven pupil, who plays in the under 12s category, has qualified to play as part of the National Chess Junior Squad after coming out on top in the the West of England championships which were held in Swindon last month.

He played six games but managed to qualify for the national tournament after completing just five of his games.

Marcus plays in his spare time at a club in Wellingborough and also attends Brooke Weston's after-school chess club where he teaches other students some of his complicated moves and strategies.

The National Junior Squad Championships take place in Wolverhampton from Friday, April 9, until Sunday, April 11.

Youngsters who do well at the tournament could go on to represent their country at the European Youth Championships.

Marcus said: "I was really pleased to qualify for the National Junior

Squad and hope I'll be selected to play a few tournaments – particularly as they sometimes travel to other countries to play their teams.

"I started because my dad used to play chess and it's something that seemed to suit my natural ability.

"It's very logical because although there may only be 32 pieces, there's a limitless amount of moves.

"You can never have the same game twice and the way you learn is by losing more than winning.

"You learn where you made the mistakes and so don't make the same mistake twice."

The youngster has been entering chess tournaments since he was just eight years old and it is hoped that he is talented enough to eventually gain full honours for his country.

Any youngsters who are interested in getting more involved in the game can go along to Corby chess club which meets on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Silver Band Club in Denford Road.

For further details call the club on 01536 260197.