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Chess Highlights From Dubai

Thursday, 09 January 2014

Chess star Sharon Daniel from Year 7 is now back in school after returning from the United Arab Emirates with another international chess championship under her belt. She and Mahima Raghavendra from Hesketh House Year 6 travelled out to compete in the 2013 World Youth Chess Championships in December, and both really enjoyed the experience.

Sharon has previously competed in Montenegro and Serbia with the UK Girls team in the under 10s and under 12s age groups, as well as competing in a number of UK tournaments. She was delighted to play at an international level yet again: “It was exciting because I was competing against the best players in the world.”

Once in Dubai, the focus was on chess from the start, and there was no time for sight-seeing. The girls received coaching from grand master chess players.

Mahima was fortunate enough to meet Jovanka Houska, winner of the British Women’s Chess Championship in 2012, who offered her tips and advice! Mahima managed to rank 121st within her age group, which is a brilliant achievement as the competition was much tougher than within the UK. However, she has no plans to stop yet: she wants to continue to improve her game, and hopes to compete at the British Chess Championships this year as well as in mixed competitions.

Of the 146 players who competed in the Girls Under 12 category, Sharon came in 80th. She is now looking forward to her next competition, the European Schools Championships in June which will be held in Kavala, Greece. In the meantime, she will be taking part in the National Schools Chess Championships as part of the Girls’ Division team.

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Sharon now plays for the Girls

Sharon now plays for the Girls' Division team

Mahima first discovered the game at Hesketh House

Mahima first discovered the game at Hesketh House's Chess Club, where she still plays