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Chess Success for World Class Players

Monday, 16 December 2013

Sharon Daniel, a Year 7 student with a flair for chess, has flown out to the United Arab Emirates to represent England U11s in the World Youth Chess Championship! She is joined by Mahima Raghavendra, now in Hesketh House Year 6. The pair also travelled to Montenegro for matches in September.

The two girls discovered their ability and interest in the game during their time at Hesketh House. Since then, Sharon has built up a fantastic track record within competitive chess. She is one of the best U11 female players, as proven by her long list of achievements: not only part of the England team, she has also won the AJIS Chess Tournament multiple times, and was crowned the U11 English Youth Chess Champion 2013.

Mahima has been equally successful so far in her chess career: she too is part of the English U11 team, and in June she competed in the European Schools’ Chess Championships in Serbia. Prior to this, she has won the U9 AJIS Chess Tournament, the UKCC Giga Final, and was the best U9 girl in the British Chess Championships.

These are brilliant achievements for both girls, but there is wider interest in chess throughout the Senior Girls' school as well.

A group of six Year 7 and 8 students have taken part in Round 1 of the National Schools’ Chess Championships. Sharon Daniel, Zara Walsh, Neha Bagewadi, Naaddiya Mohammed, Santina Hundle and Shivani Chohan travelled to Stockport Grammar School on the 11th of December to compete, and won comfortably 4-2 - without using their age-handicap!

On the 16th of December, the girls played their second match, which was against Smithills. Again their skills brought them a swift victory: 5-1. This is great news for the whole team.

The team are due to play the Boys’ Division B Team in the new year. Best of luck to all of the players, and may the best team win.

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Mahima Raghavendra waves Hesketh House goodbye as she sets off for the UAE

Mahima Raghavendra waves Hesketh House goodbye as she sets off for the UAE