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Schoolboy becomes chess champion
David Howell
David Howell took up the game at the age of five
A 16-year-old Sussex schoolboy has become the youngest chess grandmaster in the UK.

David Howell, who goes to Eastbourne College, earned his place in the record books at an international competition in Stockholm.

The UK's youngest grandmaster was previously Michael Adams, who achieved the title at the age of 17.

The Seaford boy said success was down to self-belief and concentration. He said: "A lot of chess is in the mind."

David achieved the feat when he competed in the 36th Rilton Cup in Stockholm.

He took up chess at the age of five, on a 1 set bought at a jumble sale.

By the aged of 11, he was described as a prodigy, when he set a world record as the youngest person to score against a reigning world champion.


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