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BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker humiliated by 8-year-old boy in speed chess match

BBC Breakfast's Dan Walker revealed one of his humiliating moments when he got defeated by a young boy in a game of speed chess.

The presenter and co-host Louise Minchin were discussing on the effect of the popular Netflix show The Queen's Gambit that half a million new users started to play chess since the show begins.

Dan said he used to teach his children occasionally a few years ago and used to consider himself "half-decent" at chess.

He tells Louise during the programme: "Until I played an eight-year-old. His dad was brilliant at chess so he taught his young lad how to play properly.

"He invited me to a game of speed chess and it was over in under a minute!

"It was one of those deeply humiliating moments."

Louise tries to make light of it and says: "When I have sorted out the Rubik's Cube in under a minute, I will move back onto chess.

"I don't know enough about chess but I guess there must be set moves, mustn't there?"

Dan said he also realised he had made a wrong move when the boy laughed at him.

"When I play them again in a normal game I make a move and I could see him laughing at my move," Dan continues.

"He is thinking four or five moves ahead."

Nick Barton from chess.com said that most people think is for boring people or nerds but he sees it differently.

He said: "I see top players every day and they have big personalities, like any other profession.

"They have their own ways of doing ways and there's a lot of eccentricity in chess."

Nick also said the website has recorded 100,000 new players every day, nearly a five-fold increase compared to last year.

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