Thursday 25th March 2010 by C. Freeman
Marcus Rose, who has been playing chess for just four years, recently qualified to play for the England team in the National Junior Squad. Marcus, who plays in the under-12 category, took part in the West of England championships in Swindon where he played six games and, due to the scoring system, qualified for the squad after five.
Marcus, from Year 7, plays at a club in Wellingborough and also attends Brooke Weston's after-school chess club where he teaches other students moves and strategies. He is now going to compete at the National Junior Squad Championships in Wolverhampton in April.
He 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 limitless amounts 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 Northamptonshire Schools' Chess Association is holding a tournament at Unity College, Northampton on Saturday 8 May. More information and an entry form is available for download here.