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8-year-old chess player harbours 'Grand' dreams

Saturday, April 06, 2013    

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HE'S only eight years old, but Nathan Walsh can be considered one of the leading contenders in the 12 and under division of the Carifta 2013 Chess Championships, which runs over this weekend.

His goal at his tender age is to achieve the highest designation in the sport — Grand Master.

Walsh began playing chess in 2010 at the age of five years old. After just about a year of being introduced to the game, he entered his first international tournament in 2011, and surprised every one by capturing first place in the six and under division of the Junior Orange Bowl International Scholastic Chess Championship.

Since then, he has racked up an impressive collection of medals and trophies numbering over 20. Under the watchful eyes of coach Adrian Palmer, the current eight and under National Chess and Blitz champion prepares to do battle in the Carifta 2013 Chess Championships.

How does this Grade Three student of Sts Peter and Paul Prep School feel about playing against high school students? "Not a problem", he shrugs nonchalantly. An avid admirer of Magnus Carlsen — the youngest chess player to achieve Grand Master status, this unassuming youngster vows to become Jamaica's first Grand Master and no one should be surprised if he pulls it off.

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