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Chess prodigy Imogen Camp gets Wales call-up for World Olympiad
13th April 2016

A young chess prodigy at a Colwyn Bay school has been rewarded for a fine season with a national squad call-up.

Imogen Camp, a Year 10 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, has been selected for the Welsh Women’s team that will compete at the Chess World Olympiad in September.

The event, which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, takes place every two years and Imogen will be part of a team of five testing their skills against some of the best female players in the world.

Mother Syringa Camp, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the news. Imogen has worked very hard at her chess over the last few years, training and studying for several hours each day and regularly playing tournaments at weekends and in the holidays.

“She has weekly coaching with two top players in Wales, alternately with International Master Tim Kett from South Wales (via Skype) and with local player Michael Vidler and we are delighted with her progress so far.”

It has been a season to remember for the 15 year-old, who was crowned joint Wales U16 champion, while also competing at the World Youth Championships in Greece.

She is also the current British Girls’ U14 and U15 champion and currently plays for Colwyn Bay first team in the Chester and District League.

“Imogen would like to thank both her coaches and all those who have supported her over the years with her chess, and is looking forward to this new challenge, albeit with some trepidation,” added Syringa.

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