Young chess master to compete on world stage

An 8-year-old student at Cumnor House School for Boys in London has been selected to represent England in the World Chess Championship in Brazil this November.

One of the top-ranked Under 9 chess players in the UK, Robert Akeya-Price started playing chess at the age of 4 and has won 23 trophies so far in his short chess career. The Year 4 student has also represented Cumnor House School as one of the youngest players against a group of Sixth Form pupils, showing good promise.

Last year Robert won the Under 7 section of the 17th South of England Junior Chess Championship and was then selected to represent England in the World School Chess Championship in Greece (Under 9s section). He is a Champion of English Chess Challenge in the Under 6, Under 7 and Under 8 sections and he won first prize in the UK Chess Challenge Gigafinal Under 8 section.

Robert was inspired to play chess by his mother, Sholpan, and his aunts, who are well-known grandmasters in Kazakhstan and want him to follow the same path.

Peter Clare-Hunt, headmaster at Cumnor House School, commented on Robert’s selection: “We are extremely proud of Robert’s achievements in chess and wish him the best of luck at the World Chess Championship.”

Robert also represents the Kent Junior chess association Under 9, Under 11, and Under 13 teams and is an active member of Coulsdon Chess Club.


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