An eight-year-old boy has beaten 13 other budding chess champions to win first place at the 96th British Chess Championship under-eight (U8) category. Ryan Au Ho-wai of ISF Academy was awarded a HK$963 cash prize along with a trophy for his win at the 11-day competition in Torquay, South Devon, England. Ryan battled competitors from all over the British Isles, including former age group champions from London and Scotland. He is the first Hong Kong under-eight representative to win first place. Fighting off jet lag took its toll when he moved a wrong piece by accident leading to his only draw. But he went on to beat four other players to move on to the final. The final round against the Scottish champion was a real nail biter, with both players waiting for the other to slip up. It was all about 'thinking, calculating and not giving up when you are down', he said. 'One must still keep thinking even when one is having the upper hand because a game is not exactly won until one has checkmated their opponent.'' Ryan started learning chess at the age of five and has taken part in other tournaments. He ranked 11th overall in the Under-seven category of the forth World Schools Chess Championship in Singapore last year. He hopes to gain an official World Chess Federation (Fide) rating and play with Grandmasters one day.