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Rydal Penrhos perfrom well in prestigious chess event
20th September 2016

A young chess prodigy at Rydal Penrhos performed well as part of the Wales side at a prestigious international event.
Imogen Camp, a Year 11 pupil at the school, was part of the Welsh Women’s senior team that competed at the Chess World Olympiad over a two week period this month.

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

The 15-year-old played in nine of the 11 rounds at the event, scoring 50 per cent against strong opposition and earning the international title of Women Candidate Master (WCM). 

She also gained an impressive 66.4 points rating from the tournament, securing her position as top U16 girl in Wales and second overall from the competition.

Wales finished a healthy 14 places above their initial ranking in both the Women and Open sections and no less than three of the Women's team earned the WCM title, all in their Olympiad debuts. 

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

She is also the current British Girls’ champion and currently plays for Colwyn Bay first team in the Chester and District League.
Acting head Roger McDuff, said:

“This was a fantastic performance on the international stage for Imogen, and everyone at Rydal Penrhos is thrilled for her and the Welsh side. She has demonstrated an enormous amount of talent to compete with people far more experienced, and this is going to stand her in good stead and she pursues further success in the future.”

 

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