A SOLIHULL boy is going head to head with some of the international elite at the World School Chess Championship.
Rohan Pal, aged nine, is representing England in the Under 11 section of the competition in Antalya, Turkey, which runs until April 27.
He is currently ranked England’s number four for under 10 year olds and is a member of the Warwickshire junior and adults team.
Rohan started playing chess two year ago and in that time he has been crowned winner of the under 9 British Chess Championship last year and came second place at the Warwickshire Chess Congress in February this year.
Speaking before facing his first match Rohan said: “I’m very excited and can’t wait to represent my country for the first time.”
Rohan is the reigning British under-nine chess champion, a UK Schools Chess Challenge Terafinalist and one of the stars of the Warwickshire Junior County Chess Squad.
Former England chess international player Paul Lam, who coaches Rohan and is a director at Coventry Chess Academy, said: “Rohan is one of our shining stars. His chess progress in the time that I have known him has been absolutely phenomenal.
“The consistency and completeness of his play is a joy to watch.
“His maturity is remarkable for a child of nine years and his conduct sets a fine example to others his age.
“As well as being very talented, his enthusiasm, determination and work ethic are second to none.
“He richly deserves this opportunity and I know that all these qualities will be on display when he fulfils one of his dreams to play chess for England.”