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National Call-up for England Youth Chess Champion

Friday, 09 September 2016

Over the summer, Sharon Daniel, a Year 10 pupil at Bolton School Girls’ Division, represented England in the European Youth Chess Championship, held in Prague from 17 to 29 August. She was chosen to represent her country having won the English Youth Chess Championship earlier in the year.  Sharon was one of 28 players in the U8 to U18 age range representing England in the tournament that saw 1500 competitors take part.  In the U14 age category, Sharon placed 48th out of 120 other players, defeating and securing draws with some strong Russian contestants.

A month earlier, in July, Sharon was named as the UK (Chess Challenge) Gigafinal Ultima Chess Champion (U14).

Reflecting on the European tournament, her father, Dr Daniel said: “She thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and we are very proud of her.  We would like to thank Bolton School for introducing Sharon to chess through the Chess Club while she was at the Junior School, Hesketh House and we are grateful for all the support given to Sharon by the staff.”

Sharon started playing competitive chess when she was 9 years old. She was the British Under 11 and Under 13 girls’ champion, English Youth Girls’ Chess Champion for Under 11, Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 and Northern Gigafinal Winner for Under 11, Under 12 and Under 13. She played for the England Under 11 team and is currently a member of the National Junior Chess Squad. She has previously represented England in the World Youth Championship in 2013 at Al-Ain, UAE. Sharon captained the Manchester Chess Team for Under 9, Under 11 and Under 14. In addition to this, she has also captained the school chess team for the last 5 years, who won the ECF National Schools Under 11 Girls’ Tournament in 2013. As well as chess, she enjoys playing netball, badminton and table tennis. She plays the piano, the violin and the guitar. In 2014, Sharon was the winner of the Channel 4 tv programme, Mensa Child Genius. She is also an Ambassador for the English Speaking Board (ESB).

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Sharon, pictured at the Euro Youth Chess Championship held in Prague

Sharon, pictured at the Euro Youth Chess Championship held in Prague

Sharon in action against Russian opposition

Sharon in action against Russian opposition