England call joy for rising East Preston chess champ

Rising chess star Dominic Miller, 12, of East Preston, has been selected to join the national chess team after a strong performance at a tournament earlier this month SUS-141121-130443001
Rising chess star Dominic Miller, 12, of East Preston, has been selected to join the national chess team after a strong performance at a tournament earlier this month SUS-141121-130443001

THIS young chess protégé from East Preston is set for great things after being selected for the national junior chess squad.

Dominic Miller, 12, who attends The Prebendal School in Chichester, has been chosen to represent the England squad after his impressive performance at a competition this month.

His score of 9/11 at the Leeds Rapidplay tournament prompted the national squad to give him a straight norm, usually only achieved from two qualifying tournaments.

Dominic’s coash, Chris Jones, said: “Dominic has a natural ability and his achievements are beginning to shine through after his hard work over the last few years.”

“I am a Regional Master and I think Dominic will pass this if he continues to develop at his current rate.

“I think he can easily achieve the title of Fide Master and possibly even International Master status, depending on how his game develops over the next five or six years.”

Tim Cannell, head master at The Prebendal School, said: “He is obviously one to watch as his chess record is already extremely impressive. He thoroughly deserves the England selection and we are all watching his progress with great admiration.”

A delighted Dominic said: “I am really pleased about my performance and I’m looking forward to many more tournaments to come. I enjoy playing chess and it’s good to play with others who enjoy it as much as I do.”