16-year old Adam Taylor, top board for the current League Champions Manningtree A, has been selected to play for England in the forthcoming World Youth Chess Championships in Durban, South Africa. The 11-round event starts on 19 September.
Sadly, representing England at chess is not the same as in most other sports: the cost of travel and accommodation has to be borne by the parents. Adam's mother Debbie will in fact be 'Head of Delegation', responsible for the ten youngsters in the England team. The cost to the family will be in the region of £3,000.
The Suffolk County Chess Association, at its AGM in June, awarded a grant of £100 to Adam and several individuals also contributed.
If anyone else would like to make a donation, however small, it will help to offset the enormous expense that Debbie has to bear.
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