By Thomas Weavin
Stroud youngster Indy Southcott-Moyers, 14, represented England in the FIDE World Youth Chess Olympiad in Holland.
Indy joined Stroud Chess Club 8 years ago. In the first six months he and his family would laugh together about how many games they’d lost that week, relishing the opportunity to celebrate a rare win or draw.
Fast forward to today and Indy is now the top player at the club, and more impressively, in the top 5 for his age group in the country. He’s played at tournaments across Europe.
So far his team have played three out of nine rounds, winning matches against Montenegro and Malta, and a loss against 15th seed Armenia, in which Indy managed to secure a draw with the black pieces against young Armenian FIDE master, Benik Agasarov.
Indy Southcott-Moyers: “It’s great being part of a team, chess is normally such an individual game. The Olympiad gives me a chance to enjoy watching each other, preparing with and analysing our games together. We have to speak quietly about our tactics though as all the other countries speak such good English.”