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Congratulations to Naomi Wei, who has recently competed in a range of Chess tournaments, obtaining some remarkable results!

Congratulations to Naomi Wei, who has recently competed in a range of Chess tournaments, obtaining some remarkable results!
 

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After winning English Girls U14, English Junior Rapidplay U14, and London Junior U14 champions later last year, she continued to perform well in various competitions. In the first two tournament rounds of Delancey UK School Chess Challenge, she scored 13 wins from 13 games to advance to the national stage - Southern Gigafinal on 13 July. The first round of the challenge is Essex Megafinal Qualifier on 10 April, in which she beat 7 boys to win the tournament outright with a perfect 7/7. The second round is Essex Megafinal on 10 May, in which she repeated the feat of previous round to win the tournament with another perfect score 6/6 (http://results.tournamentdirector.co.uk/tournamentview.asp?Service=&Style=&Tournament=E1E0F7F0FFD840C191BB48FDAD77D9F6).
 
Apart from junior tournaments, Naomi also played a number of adult tournaments and team matches for Wanstead Chess Club and Essex County Chess Team. She scored 2.5/3 for Essex County team in English Chess Federation (ECF) Counties Championship this season so far. Recently on 18 May she helped Essex to beat Cambridgeshire to reach ECF counties championship semi-final (http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/ViewCupResult.cfm?CupID=53&ID=5015&Round=3&Slot=1&Org=4). During Easter, Naomi played in Southend Chess Congress Open section. She got results from 4 out of 7 games and won the 2nd prize for woman players after Norwegian Woman Grand Master Niina Koskela.
 
 
The most impressive achievement Naomi had recently is that on 3 May she made a perfect debut in the final weekend of Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) which is the top chess league in UK. She played for Barbican Club in 4NCL's top division - division one's championship pool. In that group, there are 8 teams of 8 players to play for league championship and according to the rule every team has to have at least one female player. On the day, among the 64 players of 8 teams there are 49 chess masters including 24 International Grand Masters. Among the 8 female players, there are 2 International Grand Masters including former Women World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova, 4 International Masters and 1 FIDE Master. The field is extremely strong and Naomi was the only non-titled female player, not to mention she is the only female junior player as well! Nevertheless she played brilliantly to beat her Lithuanian opponent, FIDE Master Rasa Norinkeviciute, after 55 moves in just over 5 hours. After seeing Naomi's performance, Barbican team manager Dr Jonathan Rogers has promised to give more games to Naomi next 4NCL season. The 4NCL results on 3 May is at http://www.4nclresults.co.uk/4ncl/9/1c/export/ and Naomi's game has now been published at http://chess-db.com/public/game.jsp?id=425850.12801925.170582784.
 
Naomi's recent successes have certainly been noticed by England selectors. She has recently been selected and invited to play for England in this year's World Youth Chess Championships, European Youth Chess Championships, and Glorney International. Sadly, she will only be able to make Glorney International on 4-6 August at Stirling University, Scotland. In the Glorney International, she will play for England U18 Girls team up against the teams from Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The three day event will be broadcast online via website http://www.glorneycupchess.org/.
 
We wish Naomi every success for her future Chess matches!