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City Chess Champion

Naomi Wei, who will be entering Year 10 this academic year, has excelled in a number of chess tournaments over the summer.

Naomi Wei, who will be entering Year 10 this academic year, has excelled in a number of chess tournaments over the summer.

On 13th July, she won the runner-up prize in U14 Girls' section of Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Southern Gigafinal held in Reading. This meant Naomi qualified for the competition's final stage – the Terafinal at Loughborough Grammar School on 16th and 17th August. In the Terafinal, she again played well in one of the challenger sections and scored 4.5/6 (four wins, one draw and on loss). She only lost to the section's top seed Andrew Holton, who is a top England player and two years older than Naomi. Naomi won the top girl prize in her section.

The best moment for Naomi in the summer was certainly when she represented England at the Glorney International on 4th – 6th August at Stirling University, Scotland. There she played as board two for the England U18 Girls team in the Gilbert Cup, up against the teams from Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. She had a slow start in day one, firstly losing to an Irish competitor, having underestimated her opponent's attack, and then was forced to a draw by a Scottish opponent. On the second day, although Naomi played very well and controlled the two games, she still could not find way to turn the positional advantages into victory. She eventually settled for two draws against the Welsh and Scottish on day two. On the final day, Naomi decided to change her playing style a little bit and started her attack earlier. The strategy clearly worked well for her with two wins out of two. Her last game was actually the most critical, when her team's board three blundered early on and board one looked very drawish. She knew she must win to give England victory over Wales, so she rejected a few draw offers and played on for the win. Naomi did win in the end, and so did England!

Tournament details and all the chess games can be viewed from the official website http://www.glorneycupchess.org/.