Phoebe Price, a schoolgirl who has been playing chess since she was five year old has been given the chance to play chess for her country.
15 year old Phoebe, who is a pupil at Manchester High School for Girls, will fly to Romania to play for England in the world school championships.
Greenfield local Phoebe has been learning about the game from an early age as her parents Alan and Marie have run a local chess club for a number of years.
Phoebe, who is currently studying for her GCSEs, was selected for England’s under 17s team after she came joint third out of 60,000 youngsters and was the top performing girl in the tournament.
Phoebe said that she is delighted and really looking forward to competing with some of the world’s best young players.
She said: “I am still in shock to be honest, but absolutely delighted.
“Having played chess for more than 10 years it is fantastic to have this opportunity to compete at an international level.”
“Chess is a very strategic game and one which can take hours to complete. The longest match I’ve participated in lasted three hours.”
Phoebe also commented that she hopes to challenge chess’ boys only reputation: “Chess has also always been typically a male-dominated sport which gives me that little bit of extra motivation – it is always satisfying to beat the boys!”
Phoebe’s chess coach Stephen Rigby, said that her success was well-deserved.
He said: “Phoebe and her family have been involved in the chess scene in Oldham and at national level for many years. She has shown great determination and independence to thrive in her chosen pastime and we wish her all the best at this event. We hope to see her in the chess world for many years to come.”