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Last Updated: Monday January 08 2007 15:53 GMT

Schoolboy is youngest chess champ

David Howell

A 16-year-old schoolboy has become the youngest chess grandmaster in the UK.

David Howell, from East Sussex, earned his place in the record books at an international chess competition in Sweden on Friday.

The title of grandmaster is one of the highest rankings in chess to be awarded by the world chess organisation.

David, who started playing chess at the age of five on a 1 set bought from a jumble sale, said: "This is something I've aspired to all my life."

Before David, the UK's youngest grandmaster was a boy called Luke McShane, who was about six months older than David when he set the record in Denmark in 2000.

Vladimir Kramnik shakes hands with 11-year-old opponent David Howell
David became the youngest player to score against a world chess champion when he was just 11

It isn't the first time David has made it into the record books.

Five years ago, when he was 11, he wrote us a Press Pack report when he became the youngest chess player to score against a world chess champion.

And he still has high hopes for his future.

"I'm the kind of person who lives for the passion of the game and the passion of winning and I just want to prove myself," he said.

"I love the game so much, I just want to achieve all that is possible from it."

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