GARY Kasparov beware: Ferntree Gully chess wonderkids Denise and Ethan Lim look bound for world domination.
The brother and sister duo turned in sizzling performances at the recent state junior championships, where Ethan won the state under-eight title, and Denise placed second in the under-12 division.
It comes after the gifted Wattle View Primary School students travelled to the Philippines to compete in an international competition between Asia-Pacific nations. Ethan placed eighth in the tournament’s under-eight division, while Denise placed an impressive 11th.
In just grade two, Ethan already has two national titles to his name, while Denise was the under-10 national champion in 2009 and the under-12 national runner-up this year.
Dad Yew Sze Lim introduced his kids to chess a few years ago, but it was only months before they were whipping him all over the chess board. Now the kids look set for international chess glory, with Denise keen to replicate the achievements of her heroes, the Polgar sisters, who are all international champions.
Denise and Ethan are Knox Leader’s joint junior sports stars of the week.
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– GM Susan Polgar