Chess ace Emma reigns supreme

Chess prodigy Emma Bentley made all the right moves when she won the U11 All England Gold Championship.

Emma claimed the crown at Nottingham when she competed against the country's most talented girl players.

The triumph followed on from last year's success in the same competition at U10 level.

Emma (11), from Wingerworth, began playing chess three years ago and has come along way since she first competed in the Woodseats Cup at the Abbey Hotel in Sheffield.

Last year she flew to the USA and won the World Open Girls U11 Championship at the prestigious Las Vegas Chess Festival.

Emma competes regularly in the Four Nations Chess League as a member of the Poisoned Pawns team.

Academically, Emma is also extremely talented.

A student at Sheffield High School, she has just taken her mathematics GCSE, five years ahead of schedule.

There was more success for Emma last weekend when a late call-up saw her make her home debut for the England U18s in the Faber Cup against Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Emma drew her four matches as England won the trophy.