School Sport: Brentwood Prep’s Pert is double chess champion
PUBLISHED: 10:30 05 August 2016
Youngster lands British titles
Brentwood Preparatory School pupil Nina Pert surpassed all expectations to take two titles at the 103rd British Chess Championships.
Year three pupil Pert played superbly to defy the rankings and win both the British under-eight and under-nine girls’ titles at the Bournemouth Pavilion.
And the youngster proved a chip off the old block as dad Richard is an International Master who recently became the 2016 English Chess Rapidplay champion.
He said: “Nina competed in the British under-eight championship and even though she was one of the strongest girls in the event there were a few with higher rankings.
“She played superbly to win the title and then competed in the under-nine championship and totally surpassed expectations by winning that title too, playing up an age group!”
Eight-year-old Pert, who practices at Brentwood School and Chelmsford Junior club, was making her debut at the British Championships and pitted her wits against the best national players, with 70 boys and girls competing in the two age groups.
Dad Richard, who has represented England on numerous occasions and is Essex’s top ranked player and current champion, added: “I enjoy playing and didn’t want to go to events and leave my family at home and so I taught my children so they could come too.
“My aim was to get Nina and her six-year-old brother Max to a sufficient level so they could compete, however, I didn’t realise that Nina and her brother would also become very accomplished players!
“There are other children at the tournament who play more than Nina, but she has a good feel for the game and seems to be very good at sitting down and concentrating.
“I’m very proud of Nina. Chess is one of things which I tend to do with the children and to see Nina succeed in that area is fantastic. She has many other interests too.
“She’s a long way off reaching my level but for her age she is very good. Even so, she wasn’t favourite to win either title as there were other higher ranked girls in both events so it’s a great achievement to win both.”
Preparatory School headmaster Jason Whiskerd said: “We are delighted that Nina’s outstanding commitment to chess has resulted in such a great achievement at national level.
“We are committed to providing a suitable platform for our talented chess players at Brentwood and this latest success follows a hugely popular inaugural Prep tournament held in May.”