THROSTON Primary School’s very own chess queen has impressed on the board yet again after winning her second competition in a matter of months.
Young Poppy Boyd only took up chess at the end of last year, but made the right moves as she won a regional competition against fellow pupils across the North East in May.
And the seven-year-old was celebrating again over the summer holidays when she won a competition in Derbyshire against young chess players from throughout the north of England.
And today the Year 3 pupil was hoping for even more success when she was representing the school at another competition, this time in Yarm.
“I had no idea I was going to win the last competition,” said modest Poppy, who lives in Bishop Cuthbert with dad Adam, 31, the former Pools striker, child-minder mum Chamene, 29, and younger brother Jacob, four.
“I just thought I’d go and give it my best shot.”
Poppy learnt how to play the game with the help of her granddad, Kevan Turner, at the end of last year.
Ironically, just a week later the school asked youngsters whether they would like to join the chess club and her success started out from there.
Dad Adam said: “When she first started playing she used to practice loads, but she doesn’t do too much now.
“She just does brilliantly when it comes to playing in the competitions.
“She enjoys it, and she did absolutely fantastic at the competition in Derbyshire.”
Poppy just missed out on winning the northern championships for her age but her impressive performance in that competition earned her the chance to play in Derbyshire.
She was hoping to make all the right moves again today when she was back on the boards with fellow pupils from Throston Primary School for the inter-school competition in Yarm.