Ieysaa is chess king

Junior chess champion - Ieysaa Bin-Suhayl.
Junior chess champion - Ieysaa Bin-Suhayl.

A chess prodigy aged eight has taken top honours in British and Italian junior championships at his first attempt.

Home-educated Ieysaa Bin-Suhayl, of Marshland St James, is also waiting to hear the result of his maths GCSE exam.

He competed in national chess competitions for the first time this year.

At the Italian Championships held in the Alps in July, he punched above his age to finish joint first in the under-10 category.

He then set his sights on the British Championships under-9 crown. The tournament was held in Torquay at the beginning of August and Ieysaa emerged unbeaten.

His mother, Tomasina, said: “I knew Ieysaa had all the capabilities to do very well but we really weren’t expecting him to win this year as he had been focusing on completing his maths GCSE in June. He was adamant that he could do it and proved us all wrong. He played like a little grand master.”

Ieysaa, of School Road, said: “Chess is exciting. I like it because there are hard moves to think about but I play for fun as well.” He also enjoys playing football with his friends.

He now plans to compete in the World Youth Chess Championships in the United Arab Emirates in December.