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13 year-old chess star takes on 24 opponents in Truro

By WBEsme  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

  • Theo Slade taking on challengers.

  • Junior chess champion, Theo Slade.

  • Junior chess champion, Theo Slade.

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A thirteen year-old chess wiz has shown his incredible sporting talent by taking on 24 opponents in a simultaneous chess display in Truro.

Theo Slade, from Bude, impressed spectators by beating 21 of his 24 challengers in the Lander Gallery on Saturday.

The teenager, who played up to 9 games at a time, took on opponents from across the county including challengers from Camborne, St Austell, Falmouth and Liskeard.

Throughout the four hour display the schoolboy only broke his concentration once to have a banana and a cup of coffee.

Theo said: “Performing a simultaneous chess display is much more tiring than playing a normal game - keeping eight or nine games in my head at once is not easy.

“I was pleased to play well and meet so many new people - one man even asked me to sign his book!

“I hope the spectators and players enjoyed the event as much as I did and hopefully it raised awareness of Cornwall Junior Chess.”

The teenage star has represented the England under 16’s chess team in China and is regarded as an up and coming talent in the game.

Robin Kneebone, organiser of Cornwall Chess, said: “Theo is a very good player and he conducted himself most admirably throughout, you would have though he had been doing this all his life.”

For more information about junior or senior chess in Cornwall visit, www.cornwallchess.org.uk.

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