Bayelsan emerges winner of youth chess championship in Africa

Nigeria’s youngest gold medallist, Deborah Quickpen, has emerged winner of the just concluded U-10 Africa Youth Chess Championship in Ghana.

The 9-year-old Bayelsa-born chess prodigy, amassed 8.0 points, to defeat Tunisia’s Hasnaoui Abrar in her 9th and final game.

She was crowned champion ahead of nineteen others drawn from other African nations in the competition.

Little Miss Quickpen has now made history as the youngest female chess player to bag a WOMAN CANDIDATE MASTER title, after her feat.

The multiple medalist was among the two Nigerians selected to participate in the competition, alongside others from Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Tunisia and South Africa.

Recall that Deborah was ranked seventh in Africa, and first in West Africa after the Chess Championship in Namibia in 2019.

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