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MP and local chess champion face off at the House of Commons

MP and local chess champion face off at the House of Commons

14 year old Emma Bentley, a world renowned youth chess champion from Chesterfield, met her local MP Toby Perkins at the House of Commons for a head to head battle. The young superstar and Mr. Perkins also discussed the Chess for Schools programme and ways of getting more young people involved in the sport.

Mr Perkins has been an advocate of chess for many years in Chesterfield including his involvement with the school’s club at Holymoorside Primary. The Chesterfield MP is a firm believer in the game’s advantages in education and would like to see more schools developing their chess clubs and becoming involved with inter school competitions. Ms Bentley and Mr. Perkins were joined yesterday by International Chess Master Malcolm Pein who promotes and sponsors England’s biggest ever chess event.

The match was on a knife-edge, with the young champion eventually showing why she is one of the best players in the world. Mr. Perkins, not to be defeated without a challenge, used his experience well and came very close to producing a shock victory.

Mr Perkins said:-

“Chess is a great game for young and older people to play. Emma is one of the best in the world for her age, as I found out very quickly during our match, but everyone can enjoy chess at their own level. Emma is a fantastic talent and I am delighted to be working with her to develop interest in chess across Chesterfield and the country”.

After the game Miss Bentley said:-

“It was a great pleasure to meet Toby and play chess. We both had a good game and a busy day. I very much look forward to playing him again in a return match in chesterfield possibly in a school promotion of chess”.

One Response to “MP and local chess champion face off at the House of Commons”

  1. Chris says:

    Chess is an excellent sport and not has great educational benefit but it is also very therapeutic, and can be used to teach many skills such as forward planning, concentration and strategy.

    I am glad that Toby is continuing to promote Chess and young achievers alike.



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