Search

Orpington MP Jo Johnson meets talented young chess players

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 December 2017

Orpington MP Jo Johnson playing chess with his opponent Edwin. Picture: Petts Wood and Orpington Chess Club

Orpington MP Jo Johnson playing chess with his opponent Edwin. Picture: Petts Wood and Orpington Chess Club

Archant

Young chess players were treated to a visit from their local MP.

Orpington MP Jo Johnson presenting eight-year-old Shlok Verma with an engraved plate in recognition of his performance for England in the recent European Youth Chess Championships. Picture: Petts Wood and Orpington Chess Club Orpington MP Jo Johnson presenting eight-year-old Shlok Verma with an engraved plate in recognition of his performance for England in the recent European Youth Chess Championships. Picture: Petts Wood and Orpington Chess Club

Jo Johnson – who represents Orpington – attended Petts Wood and Orpington Chess Club’s junior practice at St John’s United Reformed Church, Lynwood Grove, on Friday, December 1.

Mr Johnson chatted to junior and adult members and took on St Olave’s pupil Edwin in a friendly match. The MP also presented eight-year-old Shlok Verma with an engraved plate in recognition of his performance for England in the recent European Youth Chess Championships. Shlok achieved a score of 7/9 in the under-eight section of the championships – the second highest score by an England player.

“Chess is a fantastic game that requires skill, strategy and a calm head. It was terrific to attend Petts Wood and Orpington Chess Club’s junior practice and to see so many youngsters learning about and enjoying the game,” said Mr Johnson.

“I particularly enjoyed my match against my very impressive opponent, Edwin, and was delighted to present Shlok with his award for his recent performances. I would encourage anyone with an interest in the game to get involved with this great local club.”

The same evening, the group’s first (adult) team beat Dartford 5-1 in the Kent County Cup competition, the top division in the Kent league. The team is currently top of the league having won all its matches to date.

The second team, with five juniors playing, beat Beckenham and Bromley 3.5-2.5 to go top of their division in the league.

The junior section boasts about 40 members, aged between five and 17. The club meets on Fridays from 6.30pm.

Visit facebook.com/pwchessclub.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bromley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bromley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bromley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest news

Yesterday, 07:00

Bromley has one of the lowest rate of acid attacks in London in the past three years, new figures have shown.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Over 9,000 of Bromley’s Blue Badge holders have been contacted to be reminded of the rules of the scheme.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Bromley based charity has today been awarded funding through the Arts Council England Catalyst Small Grants fund.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A model railway group is looking for new enthusiasts to join its 53-strong membership.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

An exhibition of photographs documenting the last days of rural filling stations will be shown at the Ripley Arts Centre.

Most read

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder