A Wandsworth schoolboy is being hailed as England's next top prodigy after he annihilated the field in the world's largest chess tournament.

Ten-year-old Denis Dupuis, who plays for Battersea Chess Club, stormed to victory in his age group section of the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge at the weekend.

The Belleville Primary School pupil won an astonishing nine out of 10 games in the "terafinal" event and drew the other.

Former British chess champion Grandmaster David Howell, who commentated live on the final, described the youngster's win as "very impressive".

Denis's coach, Grandmaster Glenn Flear, added: "It's Denis's enthusiasm and passion for the game that is the real reason for his progress.

"It also goes to show that, despite him concentrating on his busy year for exams, he hasn't lost his touch! May he go onto even greater things!"

The Delancey is a huge UK-wide event with more than 40,000 children entering this year from 1,200 schools.

The first stages began in March and two hundred players eventually made it to the two-day final stage held in Daventry, Northants, including 53 in Denis's U10 section.

In total, Denis won 26 games out of 29 with most games lasting around an hour.

Along the way, Denis twice beat another homegrown chess hope in Shreyas Royal, the world's youngest Candidate Master, who he met in the grand final.

Both youngsters play represent Battersea, which meets every Tuesday in Falcon Road, but Denis won the two-game play-off with a win and a draw.

Denis's dad Réjean said: "Denis told me this was his best day ever, he is very happy with the outcome!

"He's worked very hard over the last few years on his chess to get here - lots of missed birthday parties, holidays and ice hockey games - we are very proud."

Denis picked up a winner’s cheque of £600 for his efforts.

Leon Watson, who teaches chess on the online learning platform Chessable, added: "Denis has been training hard and it shows.

"He's a special talent but anyone can become a strong chess player if they put the work in."

Grandmaster Simon Williams added: "I could tell after meeting Denis that he had tremendous talent. He had this Grandmaster on the ropes during our encounter which is not bad for someone so young!

"Winning the U10 section is an amazing feat, as it is where the elite of chess players nationwide battle it out. Denis has the potential to go a long way, especially with the correct backing.

"Denis and his father were two of the most charming people I met at Battersea Chess Club. This didn't remain with Denis at the board though, where he played like beast!"