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Mini grand master goes international

PUBLISHED: 09:29 17 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:45 03 March 2010

A YOUNG chess master from Suffolk is looking forward today to jetting off to Finland to represent his country in a tough tournament.

David Donaghy, from Witnesham, near Ipswich, comes from a chess mad family that has prepared him to face opponents from different countries during the competition at the end of May.

A YOUNG chess master from Suffolk is looking forward today to jetting off to Finland to represent his country in a tough tournament.

David Donaghy, from Witnesham, near Ipswich, comes from a chess mad family that has prepared him to face opponents from different countries during the competition at the end of May.

The 12-year-old, from St Alban's High School, has represented England before. Two years ago he played for the junior squad against Wales winning both of his games.

He said: "I think it is going to be more difficult this time but am looking forward to going to Finland as I've never played chess abroad before. I have been to France, Germany and Majorca on holiday but have only played in England and Wales."

His father, Stephen, said: "I am delighted for him and also very envious as I'm not invited. The trip will be a great experience as he will get the chance to go sightseeing. I've never been to Finland before and have offered to carry his board for him!"

The youngster is a member of two junior chess clubs – Ipswich Junior Club, at Coppleston High School, and Woodbridge Chess Club – as well as an adults club based in Ipswich. He also plays opponents over the Internet and reads books on chess strategies to sharpen his skills.

Everyone in his family plays chess but David was really introduced to the game by his mother, Heather, at the age of four. He won his first trophy in an under-six competition in Stowmarket when he was five and has gone on to win another ten.

David learnt his winning ways from his older brother Michael, aged 15, who has won some trophies himself. He has also been coached by Mark Gray and Scott Taylor who both play for the Suffolk senior chess team.

Younger sister Juliet, aged nine, has also been bitten by the bug. She has just claimed her first title as 'best girl aged under nine' at a competition in Sudbury.


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