Bolton School Junior Girls

Chess Success for World Class Players

Mahima Raghavendra, a Year 6 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 Sharon Daniel, an old girl of Hesketh House who is now in Year 7 of the Girls' Division. The pair also travelled to Montenegro for matches in September.

During their time at Hesketh House, the girls' interest in chess was ignited for the first time. Chess matches in the classroom soon led to the girls joining local chess leagues in Manchester and Atherton as well as the Junior School team.

Since then, Mahima has been really successful in her chess career: not only is she a part of the English U11 team, 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.

Sharon has also built up a fantastic track record within competitive chess, both in and out of school. 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.

Both girls have achieved amazing things since they started to play, and there are surely more successes to come.

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