The World Cadets Chess Championship has recently finished, and Lancashire’s own Niamh Bridgeman of Morecambe Chess Club was representing England in the Girls’ U12 section.
Report from Matt Bridgeman
Niamh’s had an excellent World Cadets Chess Championship in Santiago De Compostela. The England team consisted of 14 of the best boys and girls from around the country and 4 coaches. There was plenty of drama in the first week as storms hit the area and one of the competition days had to be postponed and moved to the Saturday rest day.
Niamh finished very strongly over the second half of the competition to come equal 50th out of a field of 107 of the best Under 12 Girl players in the world, with 5.5/11. Her best result came in the final round, where, as a big underdog she held European Union Under 12 Champion and Woman’s FIDE Master, Lucia Sevcikova of Slovakia to draw, in a position Niamh was actually winning but where she was also low on time.
She played 11 games in total, including playing the world number 8 (Niamh nearly won that one) and two European Champions (the aforementioned draw and the other again a real back and forth battle – Niamh did not get easy pairings from round one!) Other players Niamh encountered were from Russia, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Spain, Moldova, Greece, South Africa and Jamaica.
In total across all events, there were 827 players competing from 86 different countries. The picture is from Niamh’s 7th round game, which was a draw against Petra Kovacs of Croatia.
A full report from the English team manager is available on the ECF website.
All games are available from the World Cadets Chess Championship page, the game that Niamh and Matt are proud of, was a loss. In this game, Niamh pushed her opponent, rated 400 ELO points above Niamh.
The game evaluation shows Niamh getting the edge in the middlegame, before eventually running into time pressure and her stronger opponent ran out victorious.