Rydal Penrhos pupil stars at World Youth Chess Championships
2nd November 2015

A chess star at a Colwyn Bay school helped Wales to their best ever round at the World Youth Championships.

After suffering an epic five hour defeat in round five, Year 10 pupil at Rydal Penrhos Imogen Camp responded magnificently to help Wales secure their first double digit score of the tournament, which is being held at Porto Carras in Greece.

The number one ranked junior player in Wales secured a straight-forward win against her American opponent on Saturday, October 31 in a Queen and Knight ending.

Win this win, she now moves on to 2.5 points out of six as Imogen tests her skills against some of the best young players on the planet.

Father Andrew Camp, head of delegation and national manager, who is also a Preparatory School teacher, said: “It was an unbelievable round from the team and you could tell that Friday’s rest day really helped them regain their energy and focus.


Imogen Camp with her American opponent prior to the round six game

“Imogen bounced back from her devastating loss to get another win, which was brilliant as she was so unlucky to lose the five hour marathon in round five.

“Wales scored a fantastic ten points overall - our first fifty percent round, increasing our percentage even further.

“What made it even more remarkable was that these ten points came in the form of nine wins and only two draws. A superb achievement.”

Now the Welsh side have achieved their double-digit milestone Mr Camp will be ceremoniously dumped and dunked in the hotel pool, in accordance with a promise he made to the team prior to the tournament.

“The things we do to motivate,” he added.         

The World Youth Chess Championships will conclude this week on Friday, November 6.


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