Year 13 student Naomi Wei celebrates multiple wins at the UK Chess Challenge (UKCC).
After winning the UKCC London Extra Megafinal in late June with a 6/6 score, Naomi competed in the Southern Gigafinal, where she played very well as the 3rd seed. She drew with the 1st and 4th seed in round three and round four, and in the final round managed to beat the 2nd seed in a fierce counter attack. In the end, Naomi finished as the joint 1st of the U17 section with a score of 5/6 (4 wins and 2 draws), and qualified for the final stage of UKCC - Terafinal.
This year's UKCC Terafinal was held at Daventry Court Hotel on on 12th and 13th August. A total of 47 players ( all year group winners in the southern or the northern Gigafinal) competed in six rounds for the £2,000 top prize and STRAT title at Terafinal. Former British champion GM David Howell (current British No. 2) and former UKCC champion GM Stephen Gordon gave live commentary for the Terafinal on site along with IMs Michael Basman (former UKCC director) and Malcolm Pein (ECF Director of International Chess).
Naomi was the 14th seed in the starting rank and she once again finished strongly by beating the 3rd seed in the final round with black pieces. Her final score was 5/6 (5 wins and 1 loss), which was enough for her to win the girls' champion, and joint 2nd place in UKCC 2017! Naomi was also awarded Michael Basman Trophy (the best game prize) for her brilliant last round game. You can watch the game on the Chess24.com website. Naomi was presented with her prizes by Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for Trade Policy.
Naomi recently attended a European Summer Program in Rationality, where she joined a group of mathematically talented young students from around the globe for an immersive two-week workshop.