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Young citizen: South Woodford chess wizard aiming to be a grandmaster by the age of 18

PUBLISHED: 12:02 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 19 June 2018

Chess-wizard Kyan Bui shows off the four trophies he scooped up at the Wanstead and Woodford Chess Club's AGM this month. Photo: Tony Fox

Chess-wizard Kyan Bui shows off the four trophies he scooped up at the Wanstead and Woodford Chess Club's AGM this month. Photo: Tony Fox

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A prize-winning 12-year-old chess wizard from South Woodford is encouraging his peers to put down their computer games and try their luck at becoming grandmasters.

Kyan Bui, of Woodford Road, joined Wanstead and Woodford Chess Club only 18 months ago but he scooped four prizes at the club’s annual general meeting on June 12.

He has earned accolades for being a top point-scorer, for coming top in rapid 30-minute chess matches and for the best relative junior performance.

“I feel happy because I worked hard to achieve that and I am pleased with the results,” said Kyan, who is entirely self-taught.

And his achievements have led to him being this week’s nominee for the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen.

The chess club was almost entirely composed of adults before Kyan joined and encouraged in a wave of younger players.

“It’s a good way to improve your concentration and also take your mind off things,” he said.

“It’s good for your social skills and it helps develop the creative parts of your brain and your imagination.”

Kyan has played his way into becoming a member of the Essex County Chess Team, which sees him taking part in competitions across the country.

Talking about his dreams for the future, he said: “I hope to be a grandmaster by the time I am 18.”

In July, Kyan is set to compete in the British Chess Championships against some of the top players in the country.

His adoptive father Tony Fox, who nominated him for the Young Citizen Award, is extremely proud of his achievements so far.

“He studies the game very hard,” he said, adding: “He is going to be a known name when he is older.

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award is about celebrating the amazing young people in our borough.

It is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which provides each monthly winner with a £30 gift card. The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at the Mayor’s Community Awards.

You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under-25. Send your nomination to aaron.walawalkar@archant.co.uk

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