EDMUND Yu stalks his prey patiently waiting for the right moment to attack.

When he sees an opening he moves in, takes control of the centre and puts his opponent to the sword.

This is the formula the 11-year-old chess prodigy from Merewether used to claim the under-18s 2010 NSW Country Junior Chess Championship at Roseville in Sydney last month.

‘‘The main thing is to attack the centre when you see a mistake, if you control the centre you win,” Edmund said.

Edmund began playing competition chess three years ago after learning the game at school.

After winning the under-12s division of the NSW Country Championships for the past two years, he made a jump to the under-18s.

‘‘Most games were really tough and the older kids weren’t too happy to lose to someone my age,” Edmund said.

Edmund credits his mathematical mind and his father, who plays chess with him every day, for his success.

‘‘I really don’t care if I win or lose, I just want it to be a good game,” he said.

Edmund is now preparing for a series of chess tournaments in Sydney later this month.