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Nine-year-old Beeston schoolboy hopes to deck rivals and become national Top Trumps champion

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Nine-year-old Beeston schoolboy hopes to deck rivals and become national Top Trumps champion

A nine-year-old Nottinghamshire schoolboy is hoping to trump the competition at a much-loved card game to be crowned a national champion.

Alex Clements, from Round Hill Primary in Beeston, has battled through to the Top Trumps Schools Tournament Grand Final being held at Chester Zoo this weekend.

He has beaten thousands of players, both in person and online, to reach the country's top 12 - most of whom are older than the Year 4 pupil.

Alex – who says a good memory is the key to playing the game well - is hoping his favourite card from the Awesome Animals deck, Scruffy the Monkey, will help him to become the youngest ever winner in the competition's eight years.

He said: "I've been using my maths trying to figure out which is the best card and it's between Scruffy and Tash the Elephant – but Scruffy is the one I won with in my heat, and the picture is really funny.

"I've been playing Top Trumps for a long time, since I was three with some of my family, but I'm not an expert, it's taken a lot of practice.

"The club at school started this year and I signed up. I didn't know if I was going to get in as it was really popular."

Alex did well in games of Top Trumps Turbo – a version where players compete in mini games to win cards to battle with – at school before competing online to reach third place on a national leaderboard, winning his place in the finals.

He said: "I'm excited about going to Chester to see all the animals, and I'm excited about going to the tournament.

"I've been practising with the Awesome Animals for a long time so I don't think it will be a problem being nine."

Alex's mum Sam, a hospital worker, said: "We are all extremely proud of him and very grateful to his teacher Mrs Barto-Smith for inspiring a Top Trumps club at the school."

Alex's teacher Alexandra Barto-Smith said: "This is the first time we have entered the Top Trumps National Schools competition and I am delighted with just how far Alex has already got in the competition.

"I think the Top Trumps game is an excellent way for children to learn key facts and is a very engaging way to promote the learning of topics across the board.

"Additionally, Alex was also very aware of the strategic aspect of the game which made it all the more thrilling in school."

In recognition of this year's tournament theme of Awesome Animals, as well as the title the winner gets to interact with and adopt a meerkat from Chester Zoo, and see a plaque unveiled in their name at the animal's enclosure.

Alison Brooks, general retail manager at Chester Zoo, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be hosting this year's event and with over 20,000 'awesome' animals here at Chester Zoo we're sure that all the grand finalists will have a day to remember.

"We wish each of them all the very best of luck."

Claire Simon from Winning Moves UK – owners and makers of the Top Trumps Brand – said: "Congratulations to Alex, we wish him all the very best in the grand finals.

"He is already a champion of his school, and to be one of just 12 elite grand finalists from a starting line-up of very many thousands is amazing.

"We can't wait to crown our 2017 Top Trumps Tournament champion and see them lift the trophy."  

by Taboola