Chess: Singapore's young talents checkmated by studies, says fraternity

Few chess players here reach the pinnacle of the game.
Few chess players here reach the pinnacle of the game.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SINGAPORE - Chess has enjoyed an increase in participation among Singapore youth in recent years, with last year's National Schools Individual Championship seeing a record 1,325 participants, up from an estimated average of between 1,100 and 1,200 from 2003.

In the 1980s, the competition attracted about 600 students.

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