Bob Feng, a 13-year-old student at Evergreen Park School in Moncton, is heading to Taicang, near Shanghai, on Monday to play in an elite bridge tournament.
Feng will take part in the 2012 World Youth Bridge Championships as part of team Canada. He is the youngest member of the team and the only player from outside Toronto.
Feng has only been playing bridge for two years and is already a world-class player. He credited his attitude for his success.
"If you want to learn bridge, you have to have a positive attitude towards the game. So if you don't like bridge, you can't be a good bridge player," he said.
Feng started playing two years ago in a school program and has been practising regularly ever since. He has also studied the game extensively in books, online and with his father.
Feng also said he sees more value to the trip than merely the potential to win.
"I would like it to be more than a competitive thing, where instead of trying to win a bunch of championships, I would like to meet a whole bunch of new people and make lots of friends," he said.
"And hopefully find some nice partners along the way."
Feng was born in China and immigrated to Canada when he was two years old. After the week-long competition at the bridge table, he and his mother plan to stay in China an extra week.
In all, six players under the age of 21 make up the Canadian youth team.