Sheffield youngsters check out Master-class

Firth Park Community College , Chess Grandmaster Chris Ward grives pupils free chess training session
Firth Park Community College , Chess Grandmaster Chris Ward grives pupils free chess training session
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YOUNGSTERS out for holiday fun with a difference made all the right moves - taking in chess tips from a genuine Grandmaster.

Chris Ward was in town for the launch of a new North Sheffield Junior Chess Network.

Young players aged six to 13 flocked to the event at Firth Park Community Arts College.

Chris, a former British Champion and coach for the England junior chess team, said more under nines were starting to play and the game was growing in popularity.

He said: “Although chess is not an easy game, it is clearly a pastime with concentration requirements that help children develop in other areas of life too.”

Jeremy Hamm, Sheffield chess team captain, said the new network was a great opportunity for children across the north of the city to get involved in the game.

He said: “Over the past year, I’ve been running a junior chess club called Burngreave Checkmate! in Burngreave Library - and I know what an appetite for chess there is among young players.

“Those people helping with junior chess clubs at schools and elsewhere understand just how much children love playing chess when they are given a chance to do so.”

Penny Rea, leader of Wincobank Youth Group, who invited Chris to the event, said:“As a youth worker and ex-teacher I knew there were many children playing at school and at home who may not yet feel brave enough to take on the world, but would really enjoy the chance to play in a friendly tournament with other children.”