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Year 7 Chess rookie Roman Pyrih reaches final of Chester U18 Tournament

Year 7 Chess rookie Roman Pyrih reaches final of Chester U18 Tournament

A budding Chess hopeful proved that age is no barrier with success at a high-profile district event.

Roman Pyrih, a Year 7 pupil at the school, produced a sensational efforts to finish second at the Chester Chess Festival last weekend.

The feat was made even more remarkable by the fact that Roman was testing his skills in the U18 category, something that brought with it a string of fine performances.

The 11-year-old was the star of the show in the qualifying stages and was the number one seed going into the final after topping the leaderboard with 4.5 out of a possible five point to secure a place in the final.

Unfortunately for the Ukrainian boarding pupil he was unable to claim the crown as he fell to his first defeat of the competition to a much older and more experienced opponent.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “Despite not winning the title Roman can take plenty of positives from his performance, which was exceptional given his inexperience playing competitively and the age category he was entered in.

“This experience will do his confidence and development an untold amount of good and the sky is the limit in terms of what Roman can achieve if he continues to progress in this manner.

“Our Chess programme is something we are very proud of here at Rydal Penrhos, and with talent such as Roman coming through then it is in very safe hands.”

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