Luke Pulfer is the new king of Canadian youth chess.
The nine-year-old South Surrey resident captured a national under-10 title at Canadian Youth Chess Championships in Ottawa last weekend.
The trip to nationals – which ran July 10-13 in the country’s capital – was not a first for Pulfer; he placed second at the event in 2011, which earned him a trip to World Youth Chess Championships in Brazil.
With this year’s victory, Pulfer, along with 11 other Canadian age-group champs, is again set to take on the world – this time in the United Arab Emirates.
The World Youth Chess Championships will be staged Dec. 17-29 in Al Ain, UAE.
Pulfer began playing chess in 2009, and has won more than two dozens trophies since.