England Call Up for Junior Chess Players
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Two chess prodigies from Bolton School Girls’ Division Junior School will, later this year, be flying out to Europe to compete in World and European Chess Tournaments.
Sharon Daniel, a Year 6 pupil who has only been playing for three years, will represent England in the European Youth Chess Championship in Montenegro in September and in the World Youth Chess Championship in the UAE towards the end of the year. Sharon, aged 11 and from Westhoughton, is currently amongst the best female players in England in the U11 age group and has a string of titles behind her. So far, she has amassed a total of 26 trophies and 17 medals, including the recent U11 Grand Prix which makes her the 2013 U11 English Youth Chess Champion, the UK Chess Challenge Mega Final in the U9 and U10 age groups and she has won the AJIS Chess Tournament for the last two years.
Sharon has been in the England Girls’ Team for three years and is the strongest player in the Junior Girls’ School Team, which she captains, and in the Manchester Chess Team that she plays for.
Mahima Raghavendra, a Year 5 pupil at Bolton School, has been invited to take part in the European Schools’ Chess Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia at the end of June. Mahima, aged 9 and also from Westhoughton, has qualified for the U11 England Team trial this year and will play for the England Girls’ Team. Mahima has only been playing competitive chess for one year but last year won the national U9 AJIS Chess Tournament, the UKCC Giga Final and was the best U9 girl in the British Chess Championships. She plays for Atherton in the local chess league.
Bolton School Girls’ Division Junior School plays in the Bolton Chess League and won the league in 2012. Many of the girls in the team also play for Manchester and other local teams.