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Brothers in arms shine at UK event
6:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in Local
BEWDLEY chess playing brothers James and Joseph Friar were in good form at the UK Schools Challenge.
The pair came through a host of district, county and regional tournaments to book their place at the Terra final in Loughborough.
Sixty-thousand children started the process with only 170 making it to the final two-day tournament.
While they were both beaten early on, they excelled in their challengers sections with Joseph, 14, coming third in the B group to earn £132 prize money, while James, 16, finished third in the C section to win £175.
Their success means they are also eligible to play for England in international events.
Dad Jim Friar said: “Both boys did really well to reach the final as tens of thousands of youngsters had tried their luck.”
Joseph also went into the record books this year by being the youngest player to win the Worcester and District League Cup, beating an all adult line up.
League success turned out to be a family affair when James and Joseph were joined by their dad, uncle Mike, Craig Evans and Andrew Moore in Hagley’s winning team, when they won the Worcester County league Division One in May.
Both boys play for Hagley, Kidderminster and Worcestershire’s first team as well as the Celtic Tiger in the four nations.
They are also both products of the Worcester Junior Chess Academy (WJCA) which is based at King’s School, Worcester.
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