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Imogen Camp

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Imogen Camp

Talented young Bay player Imogen Camp has added to her list of accolades with a national title in 2017. Imogen, now 17, will be defending her title on Cardiff over Easter in 2018.

Imogen, a pupil at Rydal Penrhos, was crowned joint Ladies Champion after competing in the senior category for the first time at the Welsh Chess Championships in Cardiff.

This is the latest in a long line of chess success for Imogen, who already has a number of regional and national junior titles. She has also been a part of the Welsh squad and competed at events such as the World Youth Championships.

Imogen, who plays for Colwyn Bay’s first team, pulled off a stunning double by landing the U15 and U16 Girls' titles at the UK Championships in 2016.

She then put in an outstanding performance for Wales in the Women's Olympiad at Baku, Azerbaijan, making 4.5 out of 9 against strong players, and was awarded the FIDE Women's Candidate Master Title.

Mother Syringa Camp said: “We are absolutely delighted. 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, International Master Tim Kett from South Wales (via Skype) and with local player Michael Vidler. We’re delighted with her progress so far.”

It was a season to remember for the 16-year-old, who was crowned joint Wales U16 champion, while also competing at the World Youth Championships in Greece.

Imogen, who began playing chess at the age of four and is now 16, had her early talent nurtured at Rydal Penrhos, where her father Andrew coached.

Imogen has also been selected to play for Wales in the 2018 Chess Olympiad to be played in Batumi, Georgia from September 23rd to October 6th